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Even in the best of circumstances, the odds of a positive outcome are depressingly low. But add a dog—a very big dog—and, Anna Wren reflected, disaster becomes inescapable. The horse in question made a sudden sideways jump at the sight of Anna in its path. The mastiff, jogging beside the horse, responded by running under its nose, which, in turn, made the horse rear. Saucer-sized hooves flailed the air. The man went down at her feet like a hawk shot from the sky, if less gracefully.
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 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. It was just too funny.
I listened to this audio just in two days and I listened 7 hours straight yesterday. So you can see how attractive and compelling this audio was! The following is the original review that I left years ago when I read the paperback! I read this book in one day so my face was practically glued to it.
I discovered this book under an article about the hottest, dirtiest romance novels and the title caught my attention as well as the blurb of this book.
I've always been fascinated by the historical romance novels and it's a bit rare to see nicely-constructed romance novels 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. 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. Literally makes you hot and panting! She does have a gift of enticing and charming her readers while making them wanting and yearning more.
View all 38 comments. 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 Sigh.
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! 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! 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: The act had somehow bound her to him, whether he knew it or not.
Is there something I do not know about the woman body or? 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: For more of my reviews, please visit: View all 8 comments. This is another incredible historical romance book that I had the pleasure of reading.
And I devoured it happily at one sitting. Anna is a spirited young widow who lives with her mother in law and their orphan poor maid at their humble home.
Their financial situation is getting worse. So, Anna decides to get a job. They will not start on the best terms. Because of her, the Earl, Edw This is another incredible historical romance book that I had the pleasure of reading.
Because of her, the Earl, Edward fell off his horse. And he never actually wanted a woman as a secretary. But gradually, he will like Anna and he will start developing feelings for her. Anna will not pay attention to his scarred face and body smallpox scars or his anger management issues and she will really really like him. Unfortunately they can never be together. Edward needs a wife that can produce a heir. Anna cannot have children. Anna was not happy in her marriage. Besides the fact that they did not have children, her husband was also a cheater.
Anna never felt loved and wanted. So, when she learns that Edward will visit soon a brothel that he visits frequently, she decides to be naughty for the first time in her life. She will wear a mask and wait for him in a dark room. And Edward will have her. For two nights. And then she will disappear and she will become his secretary again. Edward was alone since he was a child.
His siblings and parents died from the smallpox. Later on when he got married, his wife died during childbirth. He has just got engaged again but during his latest visit in the brothel that he frequents he will meet a working girl that will make him crazy. He will only have two nights with her and then he will be back to the other woman who cannot stop thinking i. When Edward realises that his secretary and the prostitute are the same person, he will not react reasonably.
Out of the characters, Anna was definitely the most interesting one. A lovable woman capable of unlimited passion and tenderness. She will not hesitate to stand again the judgemental village, when she looks after a dying prostitute or when she gets a job that only men usually have. Awesome book!
View all 12 comments. Pero me da igual. Me lo he pasado genial otra vez con esta pareja y eso es lo que me gusta cuando leo.
View all 10 comments. Feb 22, Jilly rated it liked it Shelves: 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. View all 5 comments.
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. View all 34 comments. First read in May ; reread in January 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 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! 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! Bottom Line All 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. View all 41 comments.
Aug 24, Julianna rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Sensuous Historical Romance. Reviewed for THC Reviews "4. 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 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. 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.
Once I got past that section though, it became a very engrossing read. 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.
View all 15 comments. Apr 20, Princess under cover rated it really liked it Shelves: This might be my 3rd reread of the book since that first time I discovered the author over a decade ago. Some of the plot is not very believable, a bit too contrived, but the story tugged on my emotions, and that's always a sign of a well-written story. Anna is the perfect mix of ladylike forebearance and patience and wit while also a woman who goes after what she wants. Edward is a great "large, brooding, man's man" trope of a character, rather blunt and hard but with a soft heart and tender feel This might be my 3rd reread of the book since that first time I discovered the author over a decade ago.
Edward is a great "large, brooding, man's man" trope of a character, rather blunt and hard but with a soft heart and tender feelings. The best combo for his stereotype. I liked both of them right off the bat. What prevents this from being 5 stars is the contrived plot bit, and also the fact that the Hero techinically doesn't stray from the heroine, but given that he doesn't know it's her at one point, he definitely does, bc both their emotions had already been engaged by that point and he's purposely trying to deal with it in this way.
Since it IS her, it's not cheating, per se, but still. I know men and women get sexually frustrated and want an outlet, and men tend to do it with a lot more freedom in that time period and in any time period well, maybe not today in developed cultures. This is a romance novel. I'm reading it to escape, not to face aspects of reality I don't particularly like, so in this sense, despite that there's no technical cheating, I didn't like it. Otherwise, a very good read. And given that I've read pretty much everything EH has written since first discovering this book, it's obvious the issues above did not deter me from this author!
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. I'm biased. View all 4 comments. But I did scrape by, and am proud of it! 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. But man, when she's not on her game, the results are - in keeping with the sports metaphors - foul. 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. 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: 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: 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. 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.
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. 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. 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 l 4. 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. 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. 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. 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.
View all 31 comments. What a revelation!!! 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 Wow.. 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. 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. Spoiler Alert - especially chapter 9 and She does have a gift of enticing and charming her readers while making them wanting more and bothered.
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: Sensualidad, erotismo y sexo en su justa medida y narrado con elegancia. View 2 comments. 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! View all 24 comments. Jun 19, Jen rated it really liked it Recommended to Jen by: Jennifer Leighton.
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. Smallpox scars and all. Anna's a extremely lucky lady, indeed. A very well written book and I loved how the Raven Prin Oh, how she wanted this man! A very well written book and I loved how the Raven Prince's story was told with this one concurrently.
An overall fantastic read! View all 19 comments. 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: We 4,5 stars: Well, I know I'll be reading the sequels, this one got me hooked: So why a 4.
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 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. 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 was The 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 OK I am going to say something that is very unpopular here: 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 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: 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. No problem. I admire that. Do it. But why lie about it? And worse: If she was going to feel ashamed about what she did, she should have never done it.
That is rule number one: 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. 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. 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.
View all 18 comments. Nov 07, Blodeuedd Finland rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 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.