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Anna Wren, giovane e sensuale vedova, per risollevare le proprie finanze decide di accettare un lavoro come segretaria di Edward de Raaf, conte di Swartingham. Uomo duro e scontroso, Edward ha già fatto scappare diversi dipendenti, ma con Anna è diverso: l’attrazione fra loro è forte fin dal primo incontro e cresce a ogni diverbio. Quando Anna scopre che Edward si reca a LAnna Wren, giovane e sensuale vedova, per risollevare le proprie finanze decide di accettare un lavoro come segretaria di Edward de Raaf, conte di Swartingham. Uomo duro e scontroso, Edward ha già fatto scappare diversi dipendenti, ma con Anna è diverso: l’attrazione fra loro è forte fin dal primo incontro e cresce a ogni diverbio. Quando Anna scopre che Edward si reca a Londra per soddisfare i propri desideri, prende una decisione temeraria: introdursi nel bordello e passare con lui una notte di passione…...

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ISBN : 10333395
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Il principe e la preda Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-05-06 00:27

    The Raven Prince was a sweet, sensual, delectable book that I've had sitting on my tbr pile for years now! In a way, I don't regret that, because I read it at the right time. This lovely story took what could have been dark and melancholy subject matter, and made something upbeat and whimsical, yet no less moving. Anna and Edward are characters that get shoved into closets and overlooked when it comes to romance novels. They are both over thirty. Neither is drop-dead-gorgeous. Neither are shining diamonds of the ton (who usually bore me to tears anyway). Neither is especially wonderful to the world--except for me. I prefer reading about the misfits, the 'ugly ducklings' and 'raven princes'. I liked the fact that although both Anna and Edward have had some very tragic, lonely times in their lives, neither of them are particularly whiny about it. They have moved on to live their lives, even though deep down, they hoped for better. Anna was married for years to a man who made her feel inadequate because she never conceived, even going so far as to cheat on her. When he dies, she settles into widowhood, supporting her mother-in-law on his dwindling investments. In fact, she reminded me of the story of Ruth and Naomi from the Bible in how she cared for her mother-in-law and loved her. The time comes for her to get a position, and there are few to come by in Little Battleford. However, the mysterious Earl of Swartingham needs a secretary, and his estate manager, Hopple, is desperate enough to hire a woman. When the two meet, there is a connection. Not exactly love at first sight, but something that develops into much more than what an Earl should feel for his secretary. I liked that both Edward and Anna looked past the superficial to what mattered in life. Anna saw Edward's smallpox scars, but more importantly, she saw a strong, beautiful man, even if he was a bit surly. Edward saw a vivid, attractive women although she had a plain face to the rest of the world. He liked being around her, talking to her, being with her. He liked her for who she truly was, giving her an acceptance her deceased husband had denied her.Ms. Hoyt managed to take some aspects that wouldn't have appealed to me and to build a lovely romance. In theory, I didn't like the idea of Anna meeting Edward in Aphrodite's Grotto, pretending to be a lady of pleasure. I hate the idea of prostitution, and I especially hate when the hero in a romance book that I am reading goes to a brothel. What Ms. Hoyt did here was pretty cool. If she was going to have Edward go to a brothel to deal with his unseemly, lustful urges for his secretary, why not have his secretary be the woman he slakes those urges on? Those love scene were very well-written and "fan-yourself-now" steamy.Anna discovers passion for the first time, and has to pay the price of passion--the knowledge that it is gained without knowing she is loved by the man she is with. Edward enjoys his time with the mystery woman, but his mind always goes back to Anna. Why does she come to mind when he's with this other woman? How can he feel such passion for her when his mind is fixated on Anna?I liked how Ms. Hoyt deals with the double standard that society holds to regarding prostitution. A woman is the one who is sullied, but men are just doing what comes naturally. It drives me crazy! Anna helps a sick prostitute and has to deal with a bit of social stigma because of it, because that woman is dirty and beneath her. I was glad she was brave enough to do what was right, showing what a 'good woman' truly is. I do have to say I didn't like some of the double standards that Edward showed. His anger at finding out Anna was his mystery woman, and the way he put her on the "pure, innocent" pedestal, but had no problem slaking his urge on the professional woman who he always called whores. It's just my personal issue with the subject. I hate prostitution, but I hate it because I don't think a woman should have to use her body that way. Even moreso, I hate the hypocrisy of society when it comes to prostitutes. They didn't get 'sullied' by themselves. So, I particularly liked when Anna tells Edward off when he lectures her for taking in the sick prostitute, Pearl. The way I look at it, the oldest profession would go out of business if people didn't pay for sex, so it goes both ways for me, with a higher burden put on people who pay for sex. Anyhoo, societal rant aside...back to review.I liked the subtle humor here, a light touch that brightened this story and kept it from being too melancholy. As much as I like angst, sometimes it's nice to have a fun read that's also deep and manages to move me at the same time.I don't think I have much more to say here. I really enjoyed this book. I liked Ms. Hoyt's ability to write clearly, beautifully, but never floridly. She captures the Georgian era, but isn't heavy-handed about it. I knew I was reading a historical romance, and I believed in the setting. I definitely want to read more of her books (good thing I have been accumulating almost all of them over these few years). The elegant simplicity of her prose made this a swift and enjoyable read. This was historical romance that was enjoyable from beginning to end--I never felt the plot drag or my attention start to wane with this book. Although some of their moments of blindly holding on to misconceptions and fruitless determinations frustrated me, I never lost respect or liking for Anna and Edward. I could see that they had built barriers to love out of fear of heartbreak, and to keep themselves safe from further loss. Because I felt like I knew and cared for them, I found their passion very hot, but it also was a sweet, deep love story, so it satisfied me on both levels. In fact, I loved the characters for all their imperfections; I felt that they were normal, relatable people who deserved a happy ending. I was glad I got to see them get their happy day in this book.Thanks to my Secret Santa Julie for selecting this book as one of my Christmas presents to read for the Lisa Kleypas group!

  • Baba
    2019-04-29 05:33

    FULL REVIEW NOW POSTEDEdward said to Anna:"I am in you, and you are holding me. There is no going back from this moment."4.5 stars.LITTLE BATTLEFORD, ENGLAND, MARCH 1760I don't want to give away too much and of course I don't want to spoil your reading experience. That's why my synopsis will be super short. Suffice to say that Edward de Raaf, the fifth Earl of Swartingham, meets Anna Wren while falling off his gelding--oh, please excuse me, Edward--you did not fall off, you were unseated. *cheeky smile* Shortly afterwards, Edward is in dire need of a new secretary and guess what? Plain Anna--small morsel dressed in brown, her hair hidden by a god-awful frilled cap--gets the job. If you want to know more about these two and why Edward was aroused by a frumpy woman with an outstanding mouth he didn't even know, then you have no other choice than to read The Raven Prince. I guarantee you it's totally worth your time and money. Enjoy!The Raven Prince is another great story and deliciously penned by the amazing Ms. Hoyt! Loved it! Darn, what's not to love about Edward, Anna, and a wonderful cast of secondary characters? Edward and Anna are brilliant characters! Tons of amazing and super witty dialogues, steamy sex scenes, and a good plot deliver anything and everything I need and want in a superb HR! Here's a little teaser.She glanced up in time to see him discard his coat."No, the room seems most temperate." Her tentative smile froze as Edward drew off his neckcloth."I'm overly warm," he said. He unbuttoned his waistcoat."What are you doing?" Anna squeaked."Dictating a letter?" He arched his eyebrows in a parody of innocence."You're disrobing!""No, I would be disrobing if I removed my shirt," Edward said, doing just that."Edward!""My dear?""He thinks me a wanton." Why, naturally you are such a wanton woman, Anna! That's nothing to be ashamed of. I mean it's way better being a wanton creature who is enjoying sex than being a frigid and uptight old maid, isn't it? Anna is a wonderful heroine. I liked her a lot. Boy, she gives dearest Edward a piece of her mind! These two made me laugh a lot--it was such an entertaining read!Davis, the evil old reprobate. Even though he is terminally incompetent he was so devilishly diverting, too! God, this man gave Edward lip and made me laugh out loud!"I was not ogling anyone. I slipped.""Naw." Davis scratched his scalp. "Your eyes were about falling out of your head they were, gawking at her big bubbies."Edward grit his teeth. "I slipped and fell.""Almost a sign from the Lord above, that," Davis said, waxing philosophical. "Gawp at a girl's bubbies and land in pig shit.""Oh, for God's sake. I was sitting on the railing of the pigsty and I slipped.""Prissy Peward sure did have big dugs, that lass did." Davis sounded a little wistful."You weren't even there.""But that pigsty stank had nothing on the horse shit on your face now.""Dav-is."I do not want to forget Mr. Felix Hopple, though. My oh my, he was a rather amusing secondary character as well.Hell yes, it's the truth. Once you have had a taste of certain sweets, it is quite impossible not to think, not to want, not to crave until you have taken another bite. And Lord Swartingham is such a deliciously sinful man--like a tasteful dark chocolate mousse. Yum!! I'm gonna say this straight forward. Edward is by far NOT a handsome man (he has scars from the smallpox), yet there is something special about him. He is sexy as all get out and it is undeniable…he is a great lover! I didn't particularly like the first sex scene--it was a bit anticlimactic, however my disappointment didn't last, after all. Edward satisfied our Anna in every way possible and then some during the next love scenes. *bliss*What I did not likeThe last chapter. Frankly, that was rather disappointing in so far as it felt way too cheesy! And cheesy never works for me--it's kind of a pet peeve. This ending prevented The Raven Prince to claim a highly appraised place on my favorite-historicals shelf. Oh, Edward, please continue in the same way…scowl as much as you want but my devilishly gorgeous and fabulously sinful Mickey from Scandalous Desires is grinning down at you right now. He claimed his spot there, and he is not ready to leave it. Pirates don't give up easily, after all. *waggles eyebrows*Overall The Raven Prince is a fabulous story. It was such a fun ride and right now I'm off reading The Leopard Prince!

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-05-13 04:49

    The Raven Prince is the first book in the Prince’s Trilogy and my first read by author Elizabeth Hoyt, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! I enjoyed the uniqueness of this story in that neither of the characters could be considered even remotely conventional, and this in a time when being anything less was nigh unto blasphemous! Also, there was a Beauty and the Beast fairytalesque feel to it that was done so well one could easily believe in this story and its wonderful characters.A widow of six years, Anna Wren knew that, as the cover blurb explains, there comes a time in a woman's life when she must do the unthinkable - and find employment and like it or not, her time had come. Her husband had left them a small sum to get by on, but it was quickly running out and she needed to do something about it. Plain of face and slightly plump, she was considered rather ordinary of person. However, she was quite smart for a woman, able to read, write and do sums, but the problem was, not only did she live in a smaller village where there little demand for her skills, and even worse, she was a woman, the poor dear!Edward de Raaf, the Earl of Swartingham was most unfortunate when it came to finding and keeping secretaries. It might have been his horrid disposition, his demanding schedule or his pox scarred face, but whatever the reason, he’d just lost another one and at a most inopportune time. Edward is in dire need of a secretary and has given his estate manager, Felix Hopple, one day to find a replacement or find a new employer. Well, as luck would have it, Mrs. Wren, whilst out pounding the pavement road, looking for employment, ran into (almost literally) Mr. Hopple. They spent some time conversing and Anna became aware of Mr. Hopple’s desperate search for a secretary and after some deliberating – and fretting and sweating on Hopple’s part – she was hired. And thus begins the tale of how a rather unremarkable widow comes to be in the employ of an unhandsome, overbearing Earl and how the two learn to work together and come to terms with their feelings for one another.One small thing I want to mention, and explain why The Raven Prince did not get a 5 star rating from me, is that in places I felt the writing was… choppy. It didn’t flow well. What I noticed were sentences that seemed to end abruptly or times when a conversation would start out one way, for example; happy, playful, teasing – and then end up terse, angry or upset… and there was no way to tell from the actual dialog the direction the conversation was taking until it was over and someone just wasn’t happy. If the author had hinted at the emotions of the speakers, that would have helped the flow. I’m chalking this up to being a debut novel, and while I did have to go back and re-read parts to see what I had missed and found that the problem was the writing itself and not me, it didn’t detract from my overall joy of the story. Now, that said, there were so many things to love about this book, but what stands out in my mind is Edward’s confidence. As a young man he lost his entire family to the pox. Although he lived, he was left severely scarred and this had such an impact on him. I mean, he functioned well, was smart, successful, and seemed well adjusted and all, but every time there was any question about his relationship with a woman, his pox scars were his first concern. While he understood others’ reaction to them, he also accepted that they were part of him and made allowances for those around him. I can only imagine how severe the scarring was for it to have played such a big part of the story, but despite that, he kept on keeping on. He lived, did the things that needed to be done, didn’t lock himself away in his home, and yet… my heart broke for him because of the fact that he had to be at all concerned that someone would find him repulsive. It gave him a vulnerability that I wouldn’t have expected, but one I couldn’t ignore. Anna was such a joy to read about. I loved her for all the things she risked, all the things she did, to be with the man she had come to care about. And my heart broke for her as her husband’s infidelities while he was alive come back to haunt her even in his death.Ok, one of my favorite characters was Mr. Davis, Edward’s valet/butler. What a hoot this man was! He suffered from a malady known as Selective Hearing Loss. It’s a wide spread, yet little understood illness, usually found in teen agers. In fact, all three of my own children became afflicted with this illness somewhere around the age of 13. I found it quite endearing in Mr. Davis. Not so much in my own children. Another delightful part of this novel was the fairytale within the story, which was so beautiful in its telling, that I had thought it surely written hundreds of years ago by a master storyteller. But the truth is that it was also written by Elizabeth Hoyt. What a talent she has! I’m looking forward to continuing the Prince’s Trilogy and seeing what’s in store for Harry Pye in The Leopard Prince.I think it best if I end my review here, because if I keep going I’ll give away far too much and I want to leave the treasures of this story for you to find on your own.

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2019-05-14 01:26

    Sigh. I'm not one for struggling with unbelievable plots in historical romance - I mean, I did read and liked some of Tessa Dare's novels *giggles* - but in The Raven Prince my disbelief was so tightly linked with my irritation at the hypocritical heroes that it certainly ruined any enjoyment I could have felt. Perhaps I'd have been less disappointed if I hadn't pinned so many hopes on Anna, who was smart and sarcastic in the beginning, but sadly I've spent the remaining pages cursing, where did you go Anna where the fuck did you go would you give me back my heroine!Unfortunately the plot was so long-winded and convoluted when really, Edward and Anna could have prevented my sanity if they, you know, actually did something about their attraction, got it over with and added some much-needed layers to their relationship. Stop right there with your "it was improper then!" excuses : Elizabeth Hoyt makes her heroine, a widow whose "purity" is thrown in our face on a page-basis (can you feel my annoyance now can you), go to a brothel and pose as a prostitute to seduce the earl she's so enthralled with, without him knowing who she is. I don't have any problem with that, of course, but miss me with the "that's unrealistic!" excuses. Everything in this book is unrealistic. She might as well have gone all the way. I realize that I might not be really clear about what bothered me, and I don't want people thinking that I have a problem with an heroine recognizing and acting on her sexual needs. God, no. I am all for women to take pleasure in any way they want. But a romance novel needs tension, sexual and sentimental, in order to work. I loved Edward and Anna's banter in the beginning, and I genuinely thought that I would adore seeing them slowly falling for each other. I didn't, though. From the time Anna had sex with him in the brothel, everything was about sexual attraction and along the way, Elizabeth Hoyt forgot to make her characters develop a real connection and love each other for who they really were. The tension wrinkled and my boredom increased exponentially until the end. I just didn't care.I did appreciate the reflection about double standards, but her take on this issue would have been stronger if it hadn't been accompanied by the regular sexism that keeps rotting most romance novels, in sentences like these : "She was a woman, and where her body went, her emotions followed willy-nilly. The act had somehow bound her to him, whether he knew it or not."Huh? Is there something I do not know about the woman body or...? I also do have a problem with male leads who keeps yelling stuff like, YOU WILL MARRY ME! over and over again, no matter how pure they think their reasons are. I don't know, it just rubs me the wrong way every time, and by the time the heroine says yes - they always say yes, because of course - my exasperation is often unwavering. And as much as I loved the fact that Edward was scarred and not some perrrrfect man, my excitation towards him fell along with the endless descriptions of his magic dick. Yes, he has one of those. Isn't Anna lucky. Finally, there were several villains??? I think?? But they were so fucking ridiculous that I couldn't take them seriously for one second, and actually Anna never did either. Why bother then? In one word : disappointing.For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-04-23 06:51

    ★★★★★ Man-oh-man-oh-man-man! Elizabeth Hoyt knows how to tell a story! I loved every enchanting word of this one. In a genre chocked with redundancy, Ms. Hoyt has written a RomanceLandia fairy tale and distinguished it with strong, compelling characters; the fascinating main protagonists, a devoted hound, an insightful mother-in-law, the average villagers, the lowest servants, the devoted friends, and last, but not least, the disgust-worthy villains – they all leap off the page. She has peppered her first in the Princes Trilogy with witty banter and a moving, well-paced storyline. The sensual scenes? They are a combination of sizzling, combustible heat and aching, heartfelt emotions. Don’t pick this one up unless you can afford to neglect your Real Life and fall under EH’s spell.

  • Jilly
    2019-04-22 02:22

    Huh. It was cute and had some funny moments.The monkey is right. It was fine. Not life-changing or anything, but okay.But, sheesh, talk about unrealistic, "out there", not-in-a-million-years would this happen stuff. There was a lot of crazy things going on in this story. Even so, I could give it points for never getting boring.Okay, maybe it wasn't THAT crazy, but still.

  • Pepa
    2019-05-10 05:43

    Ha sido empezarlo y leerlo en un par de días, teniendo en cuenta que es relectura, no puedo dejar de volver a darle las 5 estrellasSiendo sincera, le sobran escenas hot, lo admito... y el tema del final se termina de forma muy abrupta. Pero me da igual. Creo que es de esas novelas que tienen todo lo que me gusta encontrar, chispa entre los protagonistas, luchas dialécticas con ironía, momentos tiernos, momentos de carcajada, y una historia detrás de dos personas que han superado un pasado.Me lo he pasado genial otra vez con esta pareja y eso es lo que me gusta cuando leo. Diversión y conseguir que la lectura me haga olvidar el tiempo que llevo leyendoPersonajes tópicos y con un argumento cliché que la autora sazona con un detalle que la hace del todo original. Supongo que ahí radica que me guste tanto. Todos los personajes tienen su qué y la frase final... y esa máscara de ojos verdes me ha encantado!!

  • Julianna
    2019-05-10 07:39

    Reviewed for THC Reviews"4.5 stars" The Raven Prince was an enjoyable read which I thought had some rather unusual elements. As I read the first chapter or so of the book, I was reminded of one of my all-time favorite romances, Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels. While The Raven Prince does bear some resemblance to Lord of Scoundrels, it is still very much it's own distinctive story. Much like their counterparts in Lord of Scoundrels, Edward can be rather temperamental and boorish, while Anna is very plucky and unconventional. They share a few moments of sharp, witty bantering, but I wouldn't have minded seeing them go toe-to-toe a few more times than they did. I can certainly appreciate attractive people, but the ratio of impossibly beautiful characters in romance novels to those found in the real world, is so disproportionately inflated, I can't help getting bored with them sometimes. I actually found it refreshing that Anna's very first impression of Edward was “ugly,” and Edward's first impression of Anna was “frumpy.” I think this allowed the author to send a subtle message that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “love truly is blind,” because once these two started falling for one another, they were each thoroughly beautiful to the other, something to which I can really relate. I have only come across a couple of authors I can think of who have a tendency to write more mature characters, so having Edward and Anna be a little older was a very pleasant change as well. She was 31, and I initially had the impression that he was nearer 40 until it was revealed late in the story that he was 34, although I had to do the math to figure out his age.Elizabeth Hoyt has a slightly different writing style in that she doesn't seem to reveal all of her character's insecurities, vulnerabilities and motivations right away. Most authors have a tendency to let the reader in on these things up front, and then the story centers around them making peace with those things and finding healing if the pain is deep. With Edward and Anna, Ms. Hoyt leaves the reader with the sense that there are mysterious things lurking beneath the surface that can't be seen, but she takes her time, revealing them one-by-one when the situation seems ripe for it. This does give the story a more languid feel which may not work well for readers who prefer a faster pace, but I thought that it was an interesting approach. The story also has a very angsty quality to it, I think, in large part, because of Edward's intensity. I found a certain beauty to it though, an emotional depth that was somehow different from other stories I've read. Edward and Anna have both suffered emotional pain in their lives, yet both seem to be fairly comfortable in their own skin and not harboring major neuroses. Once again, I thought this was a unique blend which made the characters very complex and multi-dimensional.Edward had his moments of intensity, but I don't think that I would quite classify him as tortured. He had times of what I would characterize as personal reflection that would sometimes reach an emotional high, but he always came back down rather quickly. Edward was quite temperamental though, having scared away several male secretaries, before hiring Anna. He could occasionally be prone to throwing things in a fit of anger, but was probably equally likely to express himself with sarcasm. Some people don't want to be around him, not just because of his temper, but also because he is badly scarred from the smallpox, so he always respects anyone who doesn't mind his scars and can hold their own against his boorish behavior. It becomes readily apparent as the story progresses that Edward's bark is really worse that his bite. I really liked Edward's complexity of thinking, how he fell hard for Anna, but was conflicted both in his feelings for her, especially after he discovered her deception, and his sense of duty to his family line. Watching him try to figure things out and understanding what he was feeling and thinking made him a very interesting character to read. Another thing that made him quite appealing to me was his combination of erudition and earthiness. He was obviously a very intelligent man, but one who wasn't afraid to go out in his fields and come back covered in muck. Edward also made my geek list because he seemed more comfortable alone or out on the land with his tenants than in social settings, and he was extremely knowledgeable about agriculture, having written a number of scholarly papers on the topic, as well as lecturing at the Agrarian Society. In fact, he could sometimes get so wrapped up in his work that he would become oblivious to the time and what was happening around him. I've always loved smart men, but that, in addition to all of his other qualities made him positively irresistible.Anna was a very spirited heroine that I liked very much too. I loved how she was never afraid of Edward's temper, and always handled him quite deftly. She was strong and fairly confident, but the few times she allowed her insecurities to get the best of her, she realized her mistake pretty quickly and came back fighting. She is also very kind and caring, doing what she must to make sure her elderly mother-in-law and their orphan maid are provided for, and she even takes in an injured prostitute when no one else would have, even though her actions set tongues to wagging. What I think I liked most about Anna and the whole story though, is how she discovers her attraction for Edward, and boldly decides to be naughty just once in her life to get what she think she wants. She seduces him in disguise at the brothel he frequents, because she simply can't bear the thought of him bedding anyone else. Yet even though she thoroughly enjoys the experience, she is terribly conflicted afterward. She feels a bit of guilt for having deceived Edward, but most of all she realizes that the physical pleasure wasn't all that she truly desired. I loved that the author brought out these feelings in Anna. It was exactly what I was thinking and feeling at that moment in the story, and I would have been quite disappointed if Anna hadn't felt that way too. Everything worked together to make her a very relatable character for me.There were a number of great secondary characters in The Raven Prince as well. Edward's estate manager, Felix Hopple, was a hoot with his flamboyant clothes, but we find out later that he is also a rather shy, sweet man. Edward's valet, Davis, is another fun character. He's a feisty old man who rarely works and constantly goads Edward into threatening to fire him. Their interactions were quite amusing. I also enjoyed Edward's initially nameless dog, and the little rabbit trail of Anna trying to help him think of a suitable name. Anna's mother-in-law is a sweet old lady who is always very supportive of her. I also liked Pearl, the prostitute Anna rescued, and her sister Coral. They became the catalyst for and the confidantes of her naughty exploits. There are a couple of ne'er-do-well characters who try to stir up a bit of trouble for Edward and Anna after they discover what Anna did. Last but not least there were Edward's two friends, Harry and Simon, who become the heroes of the next two books in the series, The Leopard Prince and The Serpent Prince respectively. There were a couple of other elements of The Raven Prince that I particularly savored. Each chapter begins with a snippet of a fairy tale with the same title, which Anna had found in Edward's library. I'm sorry to say that I'm not up on my Greek mythology, but I discovered through other reviewers that this is apparently a re-telling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche. I liked it every bit as much as the main novel and found myself eagerly waiting to get to the next chapter to discover what would happen next in that story too. Ms. Hoyt also has a talent for writing deeply sensuous love scenes that are like a sweet treat for the imagination. I thought that everything was very tastefully done, but sensitive readers should know that these scenes do get rather spicy and the use of a handful of explicit words that I've rarely seen outside the erotic sub-genre (and which some may find offensive) do push the traditional historical envelope a bit. Ultimately, my only complaint about the book which kept it from a perfect five stars was that the first ¼ or so of the book moved a little too slow and I felt that the initial attraction between Edward and Anna in those pages was a bit too subtle and not quite palpable enough to suit me. Once I got past that section though, it became a very engrossing read. Overall, The Raven Prince was an excellent debut novel from Elizabeth Hoyt, and one I very much enjoyed reading. It was my first book by Ms. Hoyt, but it has earned a spot on my keeper shelf and has left me quite eager to continue The Princes Trilogy.

  • Juliana Philippa
    2019-05-23 02:27

    UPDATE: First read in May 2011; reread in January 2017 and was just as good and endearing as I remember. What refreshing leads!! Really love both Anna and Edward.Absolutely fabulous - probably one of my all-time favorite romances (5 stars)I cannot believe that I have spent so long avoiding Elizabeth Hoyt! I tested whether I had been right in thinking she wasn't the romance author for me when I read Wicked Intentions a week and a half ago ... and discovered that I had been so, so wrong! From reviews and summaries, I had always thought that her books were a little too wild while being short on actual story/substance, but I could not have been more wrong and cannot wait to read her backlist.I thought I loved Wicked Intentions, but The Raven Prince was even better! I loved that both the hero and heroine didn't really think much of the other at first - Anna thought Edward was ugly, not very thoughtful of others, and grumpy (lol, he is that last), while he thought she was plain and a goody-two-shoes widow. The romance between Anna and Edward is so sweet and they have both been through so much and are so in need of love that you can't help but be completely overjoyed when they finally get their HEA. Anna has always done as she should and felt quite alone since the death of her husband, who did not treat her as she deserved; Edward lost his whole family to smallpox when he was young and is in many ways a very tragic figure (at the beginning!). The dialogue between them is fun and witty, their relationship development is strong, and the chemistry between the two of them is fabulous.If anything I think Hoyt's summaries almost do her books a disservice. For this book, the summary makes their relationship out to be a little seedy and the plot twist of Anna going to London to stand-in for the prostitute Edward would sleep with is made to sound ... I don't know, just all lust-based, when by this point, the reason Anna is upset that he's going to a whorehouse is because she has feelings for him and thinks he may be attracted to her - but won't act on it - and the reason Edward is going to the whorehouse is to try and get his mind off of his lovely secretary whom he knows he can't do anything with.The secondary characters were an absolute delight! I *LOVED* Mr. Hopple and his ridiculous clothes, "Jock" (the dog) was so cute and created some very funny moments in the book, Coral was super interesting and well-written, and I utterly adored Mother Wren - how wonderful that Anna had a mother-in-law who was not evil and actually ended up supporting her and siding with her over her (now-dead) son.The only thing I realized later was that the subplot (which was very minor and really only takes place during the second half of the book) kind of sizzles off. One part is "resolved," if you can call it that, but I still don't know what happened to the letter that was in the locket ...? Obviously didn't bother me much because I didn't even remember that till later! Might have been better all around without this small attempt at a mystery/blackmail subplot.Bottom LineAll in all, an utterly fabulous book - terrific cast of characters, great romance, and several scenes that had me literally laughing out loud, which I realized I hadn't done in some time with an HR. Cannot wait to read the rest of the series! Lord Iddesleigh was hysterical and I'm especially excited for his story.Princes TrilogyBook 1 - The Raven Prince - Edward de Raaf, Earl of Swartingham (5 stars)Book 2 - The Leopard Prince - Harry Pye (4.5 stars)Book 3 - The Serpent Prince - Simon Matthew Raphael Iddesleigh, Viscount of Iddesleigh (3.5 stars)

  • Whitney Atkinson
    2019-05-17 08:23

    I read this book because I found it on a list of feminist romance books and I wanted something smutty but something that wouldn't make me hate myself. If anything, i'm not mad about it. Sure, there's plot points and dialogue and pitting women against each other and microaggressions I could point out, but overall, I think this book does a lot to challenge women's roles in society. Also the love interest had a dog who was amazing. So. I'm biased.

  • Tammy Walton Grant
    2019-04-27 00:39

    4.5 starsOne of the problems with reading a very popular romance novel after everyone on the planet has already read it, is trying to find something to say about why you loved it that isn't the same as everyone else. Everyone has already talked about story, the depth, the meaning, the writing, the Beauty and the Beast angle, the main characters, the steamy scenes - what's left?I loved this everything about this book. It's going on my favourites shelf - where I keep the books that I re-read and love most of all. There is something about it that enables me to lose myself in the story, feel the attraction, feel the tension between them, fall in love with Edward and wish I was Anna. One of my favourite scenes is one where Edward has bet Anna that she can't make his dog answer to a name she has just given it, and the forfeit is a kiss: Anna began to tremble. He bent his dark head toward hers, and his warm breath caressed her lips. She closed her eyes. And heard the dog clatter into the yard. Anna opened her eyes. Lord Swartingham was frozen. Slowly he turned his head, still only inches from hers, to stare at the canine. The dog grinned back, tongue hanging from his mouth, panting. "Shit," the earl breathed. Quite, Anna thought.Part of the appeal for me is in the way that Edward and Anna are portrayed. Neither is "stop-traffic" gorgeous. It takes a second look before you appreciate the beauty of Edward's eyes, for example, or the shape of Anna's mouth. There is so much more depth to a person, imo, when their wit and their personality is part of what makes them attractive. This is what attracts me in real life and I suppose it follows me into my reading. Plastic, barbie-doll beauty has never held any appeal for me - either in men or women. (Unless it's Halle Barry. That woman is so beautiful she exists on a whole other plane.)Anyway. That's what I liked the most about this book. Elizabeth Hoyt forces you to look past the scars and the grumpiness to see the serious hottie hiding behind them. Oh all right, and the lonely man convinced no one will want him because of those scars. (That's the touchy-feely part. I just thought Edward was seriously sexy.)So no matter which romance trope is your favourite -- Ugly Duckling, widow/spinster, Beauty and the Beast, boss/secretary, this one has a bit of everything. Throw in some hilarious secondary characters (I'm thinking of Edward's valet, Davis), an intriguing fallen woman, and an excellent introduction to The Princes, Leopard and Serpent, and you end up with a book that was, for me, almost perfect.

  • Shin Mon Thway
    2019-05-17 03:28

    Wow .. again and .. wow!!!What a revelation!!! I read this book in one day so my face was practically glued to it. This was my very first Elizbeath Hoyt’s novel and I'm very glad that I chose this book as my first. I discovered this book under an article about the hottest, dirty romance novels and the title caught my attention as well as the description of this book. I've always been fascinated by the historical romance novels and it's a bit difficult to see nicely constructed love stories with equal romance and smut in this era. When I first read a few pages, I was a bit disappointed by how mundane and ordinary the characters seemed to be. But Alas! I was wrong. This book attracted me so much that I felt like even taking a shower was such a hindrance while reading it. I literally feel butterflies in my stomach when reading about every little encounter between Anna and Edward.The story is so pure yet so dirty. It truly makes you hot and bothered but in a very fascinating and interesting way. And the way the author maneuvered the plots and twists are amazingly brilliant. Spoiler Alert - especially chapter 9 and 10 .. 😁😁😁 The smut was spectacular. Literally makes you hot and panting! After reading this book, I have decided to read all of Hoyt’s books. She does have a gift of enticing and charming her readers while making them wanting more and bothered. Well deserved 5 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    2019-05-18 00:27

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestTHE RAVEN PRINCE was the Unapologetic Romance Readers' December book of the month pick, and I barely scraped by, finishing the book on December 29th. But I did scrape by, and am proud of it! I was initially excited that RAVEN PRINCE had run, because I really liked the other book I'd read in this trilogy, THE LEOPARD PRINCE, and this one was supposed to be even better.Here's the thing about Elizabeth Hoyt - she's really hit and miss. When she's on her game, she hits balls out of the court left and right. She's written one of my favorite historical romances of all time (DUKE OF SIN). But man, when she's not on her game, the results are - in keeping with the sports metaphors - foul.THE RAVEN PRINCE isn't a bad book. Most of the members in our buddy read really liked the book, and I did, too. But it isn't a prime example of Hoyt's works by any means and suffers from some major problems which I'm going to discuss.***WARNING: MILD SPOILERS***The plot is pretty simple. Anna Wren is a widow who is living in poverty with her mother-in-law, Mother Wren, and a loyal servant named Fanny. They're running out of money and on the cusp of making the terrible decision that no lady should make: starve in dignity like a lady or work like one of the peons? *rolls eyes* Luckily, Anna is able to secure a prestigious position as the local Earl's secretary, and he is none the wiser at first because she's hired by his man while he's on a trip. When he gets back, he admires her work before he learns of her sex (again, very luckily), and he decides to keep her on as a lark, and because she makes his naughty bits feel funny.There's a bit of a Beauty and the Beast element to this book, because the Earl is terribly scarred all over because of small pox. I was wondering why this sounded so familiar, and then it occurred to me that I had read a book with the same trope earlier this month: Tessa Dare's THE DUCHESS DEAL, except in the case of the duke in that story, the result of the scarring was fire from explosives. Anna is attracted to the Earl but her late husband cheated on her, so she doesn't want to jump into anything with another man because she is so damaged emotionally. #notallmenThere's a side plot where Anna ends up making the acquaintance of two prostitutes named Cora and Pearl, and they end up owing an Anna a favor when she saves Pearl from dying in the road. Anna decides to go to this brothel named Aphrodite's Grotto because she knows that the Earl plans to go there and she wants to sleep with him incognito, by means of a mask. Cora makes arrangements and the Earl has THE BEST LOVINS EVAR ™, so he comes back several times, but Anna has second thoughts and ditches him on what is supposed to be the third night, bemoaning her virtue and her feelings. There's also another sideplot involving blackmail (and the woman who cheated with Anna's husband), and the Earl finds out who Anna is and offers her marriage (in anger, at first) - except he's engaged to another woman so first he has to call that off, and while he is, Anna is contacted by the blackmailer and runs away, and there's drama, but then everyone winds up happy, the end.There were several reasons I didn't like this book as much as I should have. I don't generally like stories where the characters have sex with each other not knowing who the other is. It feels icky. There was only one book that I didn't mind that trope in, and that was a bodice-ripper; I expect those kinds of shenanigans from bodice rippers. The way Anna reacted afterwards just felt so convoluted, too. She was very emotionally vulnerable, but that disappeared whenever it was convenient to the plot, so she came across as undeveloped. Same with the Earl. Sometimes you read about characters who feel fully fleshed out and human, and you feel invested with them. These characters felt like little puppets moving around on a stage. I didn't feel invested in them at all.Another trope this book employs that I don't like is the "I was barren until I ended up with the right man" trope. I tried to tell myself that maybe Anna wasn't barren, but her husband was - but then I remembered that her husband was cheating on her with another woman, and (it's heavily implied) got said OW with child. Of course Anna is only able to have children when she ends up with her true love. *rolls eyes* I don't know, something about this feels vaguely ableist, like it's sending the message to barren women, "Oh, you're just not trying hard enough" or "you're just not with the right person." It feels gross and manipulative, and I don't like this trope at all - but it's used a lot.I did like the fact that Anna wasn't another virginal widow (another trope I hate), and her relationship with her mother-in-law was genuinely touching. All the secondary characters in this book are also excellent, like Hopple and his bumblebee and frog waistcoats, the cranky and mutinous Davis, Cora and Pearl (of course), and Mother Wren. They actually stole the show from the main characters, which is a problem. But the writing is good, and the garden scenes (there were several) are so magical that they reminded me of the reveal in THE SECRET GARDEN, and there were some pretty steamy moments in THE RAVEN PRINCE, so I guess I can't fault it **too** much.3 stars

  • Nuria Llop
    2019-05-20 07:28

    Una relectura que he vuelto a disfrutar y a la que le he vuelto a encontrar los mismos inconvenientes, pero son pocos y de escasa importancia. Excepto uno: los fragmentos del cuento que introduce cada capítulo y que no tienen relación con el contenido del mismo. Aunque la moraleja que contiene el cuento, que es la misma que la de La Bella y la Bestia (la belleza está en el interior y las apariencias engañan), sea también el mensaje que nos transmite la novela de Hoyt, creo que son demasiado extensos para que, por sí solos, no sean realmente una introducción al capítulo, una pista de lo que nos vamos a encontrar. Me han despistado y, a veces, incluso cortado la tensión emocional que va generando la lectura de esta preciosa historia que la autora ha tejido inspirándose en el cuento. Eso no ocurre en "El príncipe Leopardo", la segunda entrega de esta serie de 4 títulos de los que solo se han publicado 3 en España y que, en mi opinión, es la mejor en su conjunto.Dejando aparte el cuento, la historia engancha, está muy bien escrita y la relación de los protagonistas es deliciosa. Un amor que se cuece poco a poco en un "in crescendo" perfecto y creíble, del todo coherente con el carácter y la situación de los dos. Una protagonista femenina fuerte y dulce a la vez, viuda, cuyo comportamiento encaja en los cánones de la época, y un protagonista masculino bastante arisco que se infravalora en el aspecto físico y se vuelca en la mejora de sus propiedades van descubriéndose el uno al otro y a sí mismos de un modo que te atrapa sin remedio. Desengañados del amor, ni se plantean encontrarlo. Tampoco hay una atracción física inmediata, sino que va surgiendo con ese descubrimiento mutuo. Sensualidad, erotismo y sexo en su justa medida y narrado con elegancia. Unos secundarios entrañables, sobre todo la suegra de ella y uno de los criados de él. Me encanta el estilo de esta autora y lamento que sea otra de las que las editoriales españolas han dejado de traducir, privándonos a las lectoras de poder disfrutar de novelas románticas de calidad. Una novela muy recomendable a las que os guste la romántica histórica.

  • Blacky *Romance Addict*
    2019-05-21 05:25

    4,5 stars :)Well I found a new historical writer for me <3 This book kinda reminds me of Lord of Scoundrels, both heroes have problems with their looks, but the heroines only see what's inside them <3 A lovely, funny, romantic story of an earl in need of a secretary, and a young widow in need of a job :) He has a temper, and she has one to match XD They are attracted to each other and fiting it, and I must say I loved every scene while they were working at his house XD great dialogue :) Well, I know I'll be reading the sequels, this one got me hooked :)

  • Bubu
    2019-05-14 06:42

    I just accidentally deleted the review that I had been writing for the past hour. And there I had already written so much.I'm totally bummed!

  • Susanne
    2019-05-03 04:49

    Historical Romance - 3.5 stars!With his hands at the back of his head, squeezing water from his hair, his muscles stood out in sharp relief. The sun glinted off his flexed arms and chest, and his black underarm hair curled damply. Rivulets of grimy water, mixed with blood from ewe, ran down his chest and arms. His low-slung breeches clung to his hips and thighs, delineating the bulge of his manhood. He looked quite pagan. I so wanted to love this book. I really did. But for some unknown reason I did not click with the main characters.It is a story about widow Anna Wren who is in desperate need for employment. The Earl of Swartingham has just frightened off his two most recent secretaries and he is in desperate need for another one. So Anna gets the position as the Earl's secretary. She is attracted to him despite his smallpox scars. He is attracted to her despite her boring looks. And when she realizes that he is leaving for London to get her out of his head, she follows him to London and poses as a high-prized whore at a bawdy house."He might recognize me if we meet again." Anna pushed the kipper to one side of her plate. "It would be so unladylike to return a second night.""Yes, I do see your problem," Coral murmured. "One night in a brothel is perfectly respectable, whilst two comes perilously close to being déclassé. I had one main problem with this book. I couldn't fathom their attraction. Both of them thinks rather badly of the other but can't resist the attraction. It felt like the author told me of the attraction, but I couldn't feel it from the writing. It might have had something to do with the introduction. On the other hand, there were some good parts as well. I liked Ms Hoyt's descriptions of the landscape. If only the romance had felt as real as the flowers. Daffodils dotted the tender grass beneath the trees. The branches above wore only a fuzz of new leaves, and the sunshine broke through with hardy impediment. Each yellow daffodil shone translucent and perfect, creating a fragile fairyland. It was also novel and hot! I really liked the new twist and their meeting at the brothel was way beyond your standard historical romance. The tiny romance subplot was very sweet. I will definitely try more of Ms Hoyt in the future!Thank you Karen for reading it with me! <3 <3Hero 2 ♥ Heroine 3 ♥ Romance 2 ♥ Humor 2 ♥ Hotness 4

  • Erika
    2019-05-15 08:36

    Pheewww... what a mind-blowing read. It was...If I may give an advice - based on my own experience - reading it in public place is not a wise thing to do.

  • Ian
    2019-05-20 03:38

    Edward de Raaf, the Earl of Swartingham has a problem. After yet another secretary has fled from his service he desperately needs a replacement. But finding someone willing to put up with his abrasiveness and temper is proving difficult. Impoverished widow Anna Wren desperately needs a job to keep the wolf from the door. She is even willing to put up with the Earl to earn some much needed money and manages to con her way into the job. With small-pox scars from childhood, most women find Edward repulsive but Anna is able to see beyond the scars to the man beneath. As they battle wits their affection grows and soon becomes attraction. But the town gossips are whispering and scandal could destroy any chance they have. The stars of this book are definitely the women. They really carry the whole show. I thought the male characters, even Edward were mostly just decoration. That's not a complaint, I like books about strong willed women and this is definitely a good one.

  • Mo
    2019-05-07 01:34

    I enjoyed this one. I love a strong heroine. Of course, he doesn't have fair hair in the book ... Raven ... hint there Mo? What the heck. It is Friday night. I am tired after a long week of work! "A good garden can always be restored ..."“Oh, how she wanted this man! She wanted to hold him like this tomorrow and fifty years hence. She wanted to be by his side every morning when he woke, she wanted his to be the last voice she heard before she fell asleep at night.”

  • Zoe
    2019-05-05 02:32

    OK I am going to say something that is very unpopular here: I did not like this book. I believe that this book was Elizabeth Hoyt's first book, and a very popular book, too. My first read from Hoyt wasThe Leopard Prince, which came after this book. I was blown away by the way she tells a story, I still believe that she writes on a different level than a lot of the writers out there and is very talented.But I didn't think this book was all that special. I disliked the heroine Anna intensely. I don't understand why Edward felt compelled to marry her. The sex scenes are hot, yeah, but I skim-read them, in the beginning I was just disgusted then I was bored. This book, being such a wildly popular book, I will skip the summary. There must be great reviews out there that detail the plots. I will use my review to explain why I ended up skim-reading this book. I will start with what I liked. I liked that Edward was scarred by small pox and felt insecure about it. I liked that Coral saw through Anna's hypocrisy and called a spade a spade. I liked that Anna refused to marry Edward, even though it was a half-ass refusal (come on admit it, Anna, you WANTED TO marry him). I wanted to write one more what I liked, but I couldn't find anything else. So this is it. What I did not like (and I try to remain calm): Anna Wren, aka the chaste widow heroine: Anna Wren, from where I see it, is a HYPOCRITE. She was all hots for Edward, but could not bring herself to tell him. Then she lied to Edward, pretended to be a prostitute and had sex with Edward then she had the nerves to feel bad about it afterwards. Hoyt already touched on it herself in the book and put it rather poignantly: Anna was making love. Edward was just having sex. But Anna Wren, what did you think was going to happen? What were you expecting? Earth-shattering sex and love?? I have no word for this heroine. I simply despise her. I totally thought it refreshing that Anna wanted to JUST HAVE SEX LIKE A MAN. No problem. I admire that. Do it. But why lie about it? And worse: why feel ashamed about it? If she was going to feel ashamed about what she did, she should have never done it. That is rule number one: if you feel ashamed about something, you probably shouldn't do it. If you have already done it, then live with it. Don't sit there and feel bad and start wondering oh why is something missing. She asked for sex, she got sex. There was nothing missing in that sexual act. What was missing was her brain. I could go on and on about Anna, because I really did not like her. But I will just stop here before I say something really mean. I did not like her, personal opinion. If she was my friend I would have kicked her in the butt and told her to get a grip of herself. Do or not do, make a decision and live with it. Don't give me this crap about oh I wish he would let me kiss him when we had sex. What do you think is going on? He thought he was having sex with a prostitute and you made him believe that. (deep breath) But I did not like Anna, it became exceedingly difficult for me to like the story. I had an extremely unflattering picture for Anna, a rather plain-looking widow who was not honest with herself and the man she lusted after, but had the gulls to pretend to be a chaste widow. And of course she rather considered herself funny and brave. She was not afraid of Edward, that must spell courage. Oh how this woman annoyed me. The last time I was this annoyed with a heroine was when I readNine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. I don't want to give Hoyt a 1 star but that is hardly fair. Sarah Maclean got a 1 star from me for that pathetic heroine Callie. I will leave a 2 star rating for now. I would have liked to give this book at least 3 stars because I truly like Elizabeth Hoyt as a writer. But I am not certain I can do that after I examined my feelings toward Anna. I honestly would not mind if Anna was a real slut, whatever that word means. Make her horny, for Edward or for many other men, since she seemed so determined to have some great sex. It is alright. No judgements, seriously. But a woman who could not face herself and her lusts, who had to lie to extort sex, and could not live with herself for doing that, I have no respect for that. (deep breath)Namaste.

  • Sam (AMNReader)
    2019-05-02 08:24

    4.5 - one little plot point (and no, not the device at the end-is it wrong I was really hoping for that?) was too distracting for me. While the writing was purposeful and tight (in other words, REALLY good), as well at funny at times, I also have the beautiful/artistic factor, and here for me, I didn't notice that to be a strength (maybe on a reread!).So why a 4.5, Sam? (view spoiler)[You have a plot distracting you (Chilly) needlessly nefarious side characters (Felicity)-one and the same really-(hide spoiler)] Um, the way the romance develops and who it develops between. It's the how, it's the why, it's the realistic and understandable barriers, and it's their choices in the end. It's the build between Anna and Edward, and of course his eventual undoing. The heartbreaking moment in the stable I didn't think I'd recover from--honestly, it's a little funny to me how the characters paralleled Noah & Gavin Illegal Contact a bit, which I just read. The grouchy one with a temper who barely anyone can get along with, and the assertive and compassionate opposite who can handle the person and understands their own self-worth and then ultimately a reason that keeps them apart which makes sense in their worlds, so much it hurts.I'd love to do a longer, more detailed review but I was up too late finishing this! What a great read.

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2019-05-10 05:45

    I was unsure about the grade but I am just gonna go all bitchy on this book. Truth be told, I sat there reading and nitpicking and never truly connected. Did it make me want to read more by this author...no. Would it make me pick up more books by her if I found them at the library, no, and that really means it should get a 2. Which is still of course an ok grade.So many things irritated me with this book. The first time Anna sees and hears Edward she thinks of one thing..is that how his voice sounds when making love? Honestly? Wtf, someone needs to get laid and fast. I doubt a prim 18th century widow would think that.Then she becomes his secretary, again, wtf is this? She is a woman! Then she dines and rides with him. Oh girl, do not talk about that your reputation might take a hit, everyone, I mean everyone would already think you are his mistress. And if they are not then something is seriously wrong with that village.The sexual tension continues *yawns*. She is also not repulsed by his scars cos he is pretty on the inside or whatever. Really? I found him to be quite the ass in the beginning. Also how they sparred at once. No no, that is not proper etiquette. You are obviously a loose woman. Why he keeps thinking of you are a virtuous saint I do not know.To the brothels! Yes she finds a note and begins to think why men gets to smex around but women don't. Hello, because that is the era you live in. Do not go all modern on me or I will kick your ass. Anyway, what does our prim heroine do, yes she talks to a whore for 2 minutes and decides to go to a brothel and have sex with Edward. What? When did this happen? I am totally lost by this plot. WHY on earth would you do that? Just lift your skirts to him in the library and have at it. Yes he would not think you all prim and proper afterwards but at least you would get laid. Pretending to be someone else behind a mask at a brothel is something that does not go through my head. You also put yourself up to be raped by strangers, sold, killed, where is your head?Of course he later finds out, duh, so we could totally have been spared the stupid brothel story, oh and I must also mention that he has a magic penis. A very magical penis that cures every womb.Let's see, anything else I can snark at....I actually liked that she took pity on the prostitute, that I liked.Oh the villains. Do not even get me started, another stupid plot that made no sense. Someone making a big deal of nothing. I could have been spared that too, it was just embarrassing and I wanted to hide behind my book.Last, I am sure all these things could have been forgiven one way or another but at the end I realized that I suffered through the book and never connected. Why would I connect to the prim widow who just thinks about sex. Or the earl who goes on and on about how ugly he is and lusts after his secretary. An easy way to fix that, try to seduce her, if that fails, pay her off. I did not feel the chemistry, I did not get why she liked him, or he her, as she was so plain. But hey she was outspoken, he must like a challenge.I fear that yes I like HR, but HR does not like me back. I keep trying and I am sure everyone thinks I love HR to pieces, but I don't. It seldom impresses me. I enjoy it, it's a good genre, good escapism in it's silliness. But great, no, not that often. Really seldom really.Would I recommend it..no not really

  • Chan
    2019-05-14 06:44

    I gobbled this upWriting: Sometimes the writing didn’t fit the era. I didn’t always get that 1700’s feel. This was disappointing.characters: Anna and the Earl are both widowed. Anna is a forward thinker and challenges the societal norms. The Earl is taciturn, but enjoys a challenge. Storyline: Anna and her mother-in-law were left in a financial hole. Anna has to work to provide for her family and she weasels her way into the Earl’s employ. The Earl is shocked to find a female sitting at his secretary’s desk, but is quickly amazed by her competency. Because of the huge disparity in class, they both feel that marriage between them would not be appropriate (there’s also another reason). Anna has some big Kahunas! The lengths this chick went through to get her man She put her life on the line in order to be with the Earl. Her actions may not seem like much today, but in the 1700s she would be an outcast. Then the Earl protected her reputation and lost money in the process. And that Duel at the end-Hmm...I’m second guessing the babies. He wasn’t described as the most attractive man.I was hoping for a different revealing of Anna’s actions, but what the author wrote was fine. (Although what I had in mind would have been much better LOL)Intimacy Scenes: Sweet corn and a bushel of hay! I thought given that this was the 1700s we would have some flirty looks, a little over the sweater action and then skip to “The next morning.” NOT SO! There were only a couple of scenes, but they were hot and filled with emotion. That first scene had my heartbreaking for Anna.Overall: My goodness. What has taken me so long to read an Elizabeth Hoyt book. This book had feeling. I was upset with Anna’s dead husband. I wanted to beat the crap out of that other woman who was bothering her. Then Anna’s overwhelming compassion for others...this was a great read.

  • Daniella
    2019-04-29 01:39

    Take all my 5 stars, Elizabeth Hoyt! You definitely deserve it because The Raven Prince is nothing but perfection itself. Oh my goodness, I'm crying now as we speak. Damn.I never thought I would read this book, actually. I'm not particularly fond of its themes; prostitution is a very big turn off for me, and the hero going to a brothel is my biggest pet peeve of all. That's why I'd shied away from this until I was convinced by a friend that it's really worth the time and effort.And it really is.My God, this just flooded me with so many emotions that I laughed, cried and growled with fury althroughout. I loved every second of it. Ms. Hoyt managed to handle those distasteful themes and create such a beautiful tale from them. I found myself filled with awe at how she artfully executed the story. The storytelling was enthralling, and the characters, lovable. Edward and Anna were great leads, and they were supported by likeable secondary characters. I appreciated how they were developed throughout the story. We actually get to see Edward escape his dark and lonely world, and become a man open to love. Anna, once constrained by the double standards of her society, gains the courage to defy it and fight for her right to love, to live. I think it's also worth mentioning how the book tackled the issue of society's double standards when dealing with women. This gave the story further depth. It actually made me realize that while we've long moved on from carriages and corsets, we still have a long way to go to abolish this problem in society. The quest for gender equality is not yet finished, in my opinion. But at the very least, I'm still glad that we've come closer to our goal. Whoa. Did I just discuss about gender equality while talking about a historical romance novel? Yes, and it actually goes to show just how awesome this book is. It has significance.I guess I've fangirled enough. Now it's time for you guys to try this out. I'd have to warn you though: be ready to be amazed because this is one brilliant story.

  • Jen
    2019-05-17 00:44

    Oh, how she wanted this man! She wanted to hold him like this tomorrow and fifty years hence. She wanted to be by his side every morning when he woke, she wanted his to be the last voice she heard before she fell asleep at night.I don't think I can add anything that hasn't already been said in the hundreds of fabulous reviews for this book, but I will say Edward was HOT HOT HOT! Smallpox scars and all. Anna's a extremely lucky lady, indeed. A very well written book and I loved how the Raven Prince's story was told with this one concurrently. An overall fantastic read!

  • -y.a
    2019-04-27 03:51

    I have heard of this book for a long time, but I didn’t have a heart for it because I thought it was some kind of angst novel filled with petty drama, annoying heroine, manwhore, mistress, miscommunication, blahblahblah that guaranteed to piss me off. Okay, I was totally wrong:/ *facepalm*In fact,the Raven Prince has a great mix of banter, likable MCs, steam, and adorable supporting characters. And it seems to offer something new apart from other typical HR drama: 1. The heroine actually compromised the hero?2. A damning secret ended up turning the storyline for the best;) Overall, it is a fun read:D

  • Lelyana
    2019-04-22 07:38

    Memang sulit jadi janda, apalagi di jaman abad ke 18 yang menganggap janda gak pantes menikah lagi, dan cuma cocok jadi courtesan...[image error]Bertemu dengan si Earl misterius, Edward de Raaf., Earl of Swatingham yang pemarah di tengah jalan, dan hampir tertabrak kudanya....Anna Wren tidak tahu jika nasibnya akan berubah hari itu juga ...Kehabisan uang warisan dari suaminya , Anna mencari pekerjaan menjadi governes dan malah mendapatkan tawaran jadi sekretaris sang Earl yg berwajak penuh scar bekas chiken pox.[image error]Anna yang bertampang bisa saja, dengan topi yang jelek,namun bibir seksi dan mengundang dosa[image error] sudah menarik hati sang Earl dari awal....si Edward lucu banget, tiap bicara sama Anna, selalu terpaku sama mulut nya yg luar biasa seksi hahahhaha......Anna yang entah kenapa tertarik juga (padahal kalo di liat2, si Edward ini gak ada cakep2nya dengan wajah penuh scar cacar air itu), galak pula dia...gampang marah dan punya anjin besar tanpa nama (awalnya) yg kemudian akan sanagt setia pada Anna. Cerita ttg anjing ini juga lucu, awal nya Anna ingin menamai Duke, tapi Edward yg earl tersinggung,nanti dia lebih tinggi dong pangkatnya dr saya, begitu kata Edward. Akhirnya di temukan satu nama, Jock.Nah si Edward yang makin lama makin napsu liat Anna dan merasa Anna ini perempuan baik2, tp bukan level dia, ga berani bahkan untuk mencium mulut Anna yg super duper seksi itu [image error], pergilah dia ke London untuk melampiaskan rasa frustasi nya ke brothel ...Anna yang curiga dan gak rela Edward tidur dengan perempuan lain, meminta Coral (seorang cortesan, yang adiknya Pearl di tolong Anna dan di rawat dg baik saat sakit, pdhl Pearl ini pelacur)....Nah berangkatlah Anna ke London demi bisa bobok2an dengan Edward, dengan menyamar , pakai topeng, di brothel langganan Edward....sampai di brothel Edward sdh di tunggu Aphrodite sang madam dg info bahwa ada seorang wanita yg sudah menunggu dia di kamar.Anna yang malam itu pakai topeng kupu2, tidak di kenali Edward saat mereka akhirnya uhuk2 dengan serunya [image error].....sampai Edward sendiri merasa bersalah pada Anna yg tinggal di desa... bersalah nya pada Anna bukan pada tunangannya, Lady Gerard....Barangkali karena Edward menikmati lovemaking nya dengan di perempuan misterius itu, dan ketagihan hingga ngajak ketemu lagi besok nya....Tentunya Anna mau lah, dan kali ini lebih agresif,Anna yg menyerang Edward, hm, ada sex oral disini yang membuat Edward makin tergila2 dengan perempuan bertopeng ini....[image error], hingga mengajak ketemu lagi "Tomorrow"....Mau cerita soal acara uhuk2 dan "oralit" aka...s*x oral mereka, sepertinya Edward sangat terkesan dengan keahlian Anna dalam mengisap dan menjilat...wkwkwkkwk[image error]samapi di pandangi terus mulut seksinya Anna tak lepas2..makanya diajak ketemuan lagi saking addicted sama "ilmu" lick2an nya Anna hohohoohooo[image error]Nah Anna yg merasa ini udah gak bisa di teruskan lagi, pulang ke desa dg rasa bersalah dan berdosa...Edward, mabuk2an dan berkelahi saat tidak bisa menemui perempuan misterius itu di malam ke 3.Sayang nya Anna di pergoki seorang yang sengaja mengikutinya atas suruhan Felicity, teman Anna sendiri, kekasih gelap alm suaminya Peter. Huh ![image error]Anna merawat luka2 Edward, dan rasa bersalah Edward tehadap Anna makin besar, di berilah Anna hadiah mawar...so romantic ya...dan Anna di cium di kebun Edward yang berantakan itu, sayang nya after itu pengen gampar si Edward deh, waktu dia bilang kalo dia sdh bertunangan dan akan menikah, dan memerlukan pewaris dan menikah dengan perempuan yang bisa punya anak (4 thn menikah dg Peter, Anna tdk punya anak)....[image error]Saat di pesta nya Felicity, Anna di sindir2 kalo Anna sudah ganti profesi,marahlah Edward dan mereka langsung pulang, sampai di rumahnya, Edward menyadari bbrp hal dan terbuka pikirannya kalau perempuan yang di tidurinya di Aphrodite's Getto adalah Anna.[image error]Malu sekali Anna ketahuan Edward kalo dia yang waktu itu begitu agresif mendatangi Edward..tentunya Anna punya alasan kan yg harus nya di jelaskan pada Edward kenapa dia melakukan itu...ini malah lari dan menganggap Edward sudah tidak mau lagi mempekerjakannya jadi sekretaris.Edward sendiri, setelah merenung2 dan tidak rela jika Anna melakukan hal2 yg mereka lakukan waktu di London pada pria lain, sampai pada keputusan kalau dia harus menikahi Anna, walaupun taruhannya adalah dia tidak akan memiliki keturunan (pssst....wkt mereka uhuk2, Ed spread his seeds inside Anna lho)....[image error]....Tapi apakah hal itu akan mudah? Mau kah Anna yg sudah merasa terhina dan malu menjadi istri Edward?Lamaran dan rayuan di lancarkan Edward , termasuk tetap mempekerjakan Anna dan membayar gaji Anna selama Anna libur. Awal nya Anna menolak, sampai pada satu saat Ed minta Anna untuk melakukan lagi apa yg pernah mereka lakukan di London ...weck ! Dasar lelaki.... [image error]...Anna nya mau lagi , jadilah mereka uhuk2 dengan seru dan ehm...many many "oralit" during pendekatan mereka menjelang pernikahan....Sayang nya fitnah dan pemerasan Felicity masih saja di lancarkan dan Anna yang tidak mau nama baik kekasihnya tercemar, lebih memilih lari dan meninggalkan Edward. Edward sempat menangis lho saat menyadari betapa dia mencintai Anna nya yang nakal ini [image error]Untunglah semua berjalan lancar (kalo gak lancar bukan HR namanya, dan harus happy ending)..hingga Anna akhirnya kembali ke pelukan Edward ....Love the book so so very much....Walaupun urusan brothel ini cukup mengganggu, at least after bertemu, Edward hanya tidur dengan Anna , tidak pernah dengan perempuan manapun *sepertinya ini ciri khas hero E.Hoyt yang aku sangat suka*Ingin memberikan 5,5 bintang buat buku ini, dan pasti akan lanjut dengan buku2 seri Princess ini....recommended buat HR lover ...

  • MelissaB
    2019-04-29 07:34

    I enjoyed this historical romance set near the Regency period (it may be Georgian). The story was a bit atypical in that the plot took place in a country village and manor instead of London. The heroine, Anna, is a widow who becomes the secretary of Edward, the lord of the local manor. Edward has pox scars over his face and body from a smallpox outbreak that killed his entire family. He is a very gruff and forbidding man who has a bad temper.They fall for each other but Edward is engaged to a young girl because he wants to have children. He needs an heir plus he is pretty lonely. Anna knows she is below his station and she may be barren. She cannot have an affair with him because she is a respectable woman in the community. She saves the life of a prostitute, whose sister is the mistress of a marquess. The sister offers Anna anything she wants. Anna wants a night with Edward, who was running off to London to visit a high class brothel because he cannot have Anna without ruining her reputation. The sister sets Anna up in the brothel so she is the woman Edward spends two sensuous nights with.Eventually, Edward finds out about Anna's deception and demands they marry. They have to work through his anger at her deception and her fear of trusting a man because her dead husband cheated on her.I enjoyed this book much more than the average regency book. This book had great love scenes that were hotter and more detailed than the average historical.

  • ♥Sharon♥
    2019-05-05 08:43

    What a wonderful story by Elizabeth Hoyt. I so enjoy her writing and her characters. Edward, the Earl of Swartingham was a bit gruff and moody while Anna Wren was a strong-minded woman with a backbone. I loved how she took control of things and left the Earl with his jaw dropping on more than one account. Just a lovely story all around.