The Raven Prince
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: November 1, 2006
Book #1 in the Princes series
Number of Pages: 392
Ages 15 and up
Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant man on horseback nearly crushes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits.
THERE COMES A TIME IN A LADY’S LIFE
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.
WHEN SHE MUST DO THE UNTHINKABLE . . .
When Anna becomes the earl’s secretary, it would seem that both their problems are solved. But when she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London, she sees red-and decides to assuage her desires…
I can’t remember where, exactly, I saw a recommendation for this book. It was most likely a thread on Twitter. I wish I had written it down because I really would love to thank the person who suggested this title. I have never read this author and, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m just recently getting back into reading more historicals. Now I have another author whose library I’m eager to dive into which will mean I’ll continue adding historical romance to my rotation.
The flow and rhythm of the writing in this story is so spot on. Other than the story itself and the characters gripping me, the style really made it hard for me to put this book down. I adore how, when the main characters initially meet, and even the next meeting, they are a bit lackluster about the other’s looks. For all intents and purposes, Edward and Anna are rather plain looking. In fact, Edward is even considered a bit unattractive due to his scars. Yet, as the story progresses and they get to know each other they find more and more they are attracted to until they believe the other to be the most gorgeous thing around. It’s done so organically and in increments and I just love it all.
The grumpy, loud, and large Edward is really quite the gentleman and cares deeply for those around him and who, as an earl, he is responsible for. Anna is a hard worker and doesn’t expect to be given more than she’s earned. Anna has such strong opinions but has always, in the company of men, held her tongue to be a proper lady. Somehow, with the dynamic Anna has with Edward, she feels safe airing her real thoughts and it intrigues Edward. One of the wonderful things about this story is watching Anna grow her confidence and always do what she feels in her heart is correct.
There are so many heart-melting, swoony passages in this story that I just didn’t expect. Like I said, Edward has a heart of gold. And beneath his swagger that comes with his station in life, there is a vulnerability that comes from losing his whole family and being scarred himself.
I’m really happy I have been revisiting historical romance. I kind of forgot how fun it can be.