Also in this series: The Serpent Prince
Series: Princes Trilogy #1
Published by Warner Forever on November 1st 2006
Genres: Historical Romance, Georgian Era, Fairy Tales
There comes a time in a lady's life...Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant male on horseback nearly squashes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits.When she must do the unthinkable...The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior.And find employment.When Anna becomes the earl's secretary, it would seem that both their problems are solved. Then she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London for his "manly" needs. Well! Anna sees red—and decides to assuage her "womanly" desires...with the earl as her unknowing lover.
Anna Wren, a widow, is in search for a job that could help with their financial needs, and miraculously finds a job as a secretary to the Earl of Swartingham. At first Anna is overjoyed but knows that it won’t be a easy task to be a secretary to a man who hold a temper. Edward, is shocked when he comes home to see that a woman is his secretary, a woman that stands up to him and isn’t afraid of his temper. Edward is physically drawn to Anna but knows that she is a lady and knows that he can never make an advance toward her, but the more time they spend with each other, he starts to realize she is the first woman he is comfortable with, someone to talk with, to walk with and one that see him beneath the scars on his face. But then the unexpected happens, and they will both realize that they will be able to find their ever after if they would fight for it…
The Hero (Edward, Earl of Swartingham)
Edward, has lost every person he has every loved to a disease, and he is the sole survivor. Widowed and without a heir he knows he must marry and soon, just in case something were to ever happen to him. Edward has much unresolved hurt and bitterness in his heart but the moment Anna enters into his life, he starts to soften just a bit at a time and he starts to come to the realization how much she means to him…
The Heroine( Anna Wren)
Anna, has always blamed herself for being unable to bear children after being married for four years, and now that she is a widow, she has found someone that she could find herself loving and spending a life with. But then she finds out that he desires children and knowing that it would be unlikely she could be with….she still aches to be with him any way that she can….even knowing that it could end in heartbreak.
The Raven Prince is the first in the Princes Trilogy, and as the first book I have read from this author, I just fell in love….I found myself not wanting this one to ever end. I loved Anna and Edward and even the mutt ‘jock’ was a hoot throughout the book. I immensely enjoyed the interaction between the characters, especially Anna and Edward. Anna is not afraid of Edward, despite the fact that pretty much everyone else is….and she stands up to him like a spitfire not afraid of a thing, which only increases the heat and passion that builds between them. At first it took me a little bit to get into the books, but once I did I couldn’t put it down, I was totally immersed into a unforgettable romance, that had my full attention!!! A Keeper for sure! Looking forward to reading more from Elizabeth Hoyt.
My Favorite Quote
“All this time I’ve been restraining myself because I thought you were a respectable lady. All this time when you only this,” He swooped in then and devoured her mouth, ravishing her softness, making no allowance for her smaller size, her femininity. ” This is what you crave. What you traveled all the way to London for,” he whispered against her mouth.