The Leopard Prince (Princes) – book review

The Leopard Prince
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: April 1, 2007
Publisher: Forever
Book #1 in the Princes series
Number of Pages:  373
Kindle Edition
Source:  MCL
Historical Romance
Ages 15 and up
CW: murder, rape, neglect, torture
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The one thing a lady must never do…
Wealthy Lady Georgina Maitland doesn’t want a husband, though she could use a good steward to run her estates. One look at Harry Pye, and Georgina knows she’s not just dealing with a servant, but a man.

is fall in love…
Harry has known many aristocrats—including one particular nobleman who is his sworn enemy. But Harry has never met a beautiful lady so independent, uninhibited, and eager to be in his arms.

with her servant.
Still, it’s impossible to conduct a discreet liaison when poisoned sheep, murdered villagers, and an enraged magistrate have the county in an uproar. The locals blame Harry for everything. Soon it’s all Georgina can do to keep her head above water and Harry’s out of the noose…without missing another night of love.

I put this book off until the day before it was due back at the library. Not because I didn’t want to read it, but because I enjoyed the first story so much, I was just sure this one would be a disappointment. Seeing as I read this in one day I think it’s safe to say I was in no way disappointed.

There are so many layers to this story. Lady Georgina (George) is a smart and independent woman, especially for the times she is living. Harry is her land steward, therefore her employee. Any sort of personal relationship between these two would be highly inappropriate. But once you get to know George, you know that she’s never cared much for what is proper according to the snobs.

Harry and George have such an amazing relationship. He tries so hard to stay away from her, but she’ll have none of that. Since she’s his employer there is only so much he can push back. No matter the difficult situations they seem to find themselves in over an over. There is a great deal of mutual respect between these two, especially once Harry comes to really know the real George.

I’m not going to go into the layers of this book that I spoke of before because I don’t want to give anything away. It’s a bit of a suspense story as there is someone killing the sheep on George’s rival’s lands and Harry is the prime suspect. As Harry (and George since she won’t let him do it on his own) did deeper into how the animals are dying and who can be behind the killings, much is revealed.

As is often the case, much could have possibly been resolved or avoided with a bit more communication between the main characters. Yet, it makes so much sense in this story because of their different stations in society. Even once they give into their feelings, there is still that invisible wall between them. That question of how they can even think of having anything other than a secret affair hangs over them constantly.

There is only a brief connection in this story to the first story in the series so both can easily be read as standalone books. I know I said this in my review of the first book, but I’m saying it again…I’m really enjoying my foray back into the historical romance genre lately.

4.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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