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Incredibly vivid lead characters, earthy writing and an intense love story buoy the third entry in Hoyt's Georgian-set romance series (following The Leopard Prince), which kicks off with Lucy Craddock-Hayes's page-one discovery of Viscount Simon Iddesleigh in a ditch near her home, naked and beaten almost to death. Though her blustery father fears for Lucy's virtue, they take the battered man in, and the insightful, beautiful Lucy is soon as drawn to the handsome, witty gentleman as he is to her. But Simon's mission, to avenge the death of his brother, pulls him in two opposing directions: his soul-deep need for revenge and his desire to protect Lucy. The exquisite romance, flawed slightly by a dearth of historical details, is touched by Hoyt's mesmerizing storytelling; in a less talented writer, the love story could easily have been overwhelmed by the revenge subplot, but Hoyt skillfully uses Lucy and Simon's internal and external conflicts—including the threats against their lives—to enhance her love story. (Sept.)
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Lucy Craddock-Hayes thought the man lying in the ditch was dead, but he survived the assault. With the help of her servant, Lucy brings the gentleman home, and learns that he is Viscount Simon Iddesleigh. As Simon slowly recuperates, he finds himself falling in love with sharp-witted and surprisingly sharp-tongued Lucy, but he also knows that the longer he stays, the more likely it is that his quest for vengeance will endanger Lucy and her family. Delectably clever writing, deliciously complex characters, and a delightfully sexy romance between two perfectly matched protagonists are the key ingredients in the third book in Hoyt's superbly crafted, loosely connected Georgian-era Princes trilogy. Charles, JohnSee all Editorial Reviews
I liked the book--I did not know there was a series, so I intend the read the other two.
I liked Simon and Lucy's dynamics together, although his falling in love with... Read more
The review of Suzanne (Vine) here sums up the novel quite nicely. I loved her first two books in the series but The Serpent Prince seemed as though it had been written by another... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cherie Moore
This is the second book by this author I've read now, and I'm glad to have given her books a try. Lucy is a true heroine and Simon is quite a different kind of tragic hero. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Belasco
I had been waiting a long time to read this one. I only recently started buying e books and had not found this one in print edition when first reading the series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
If the author had refrained from having the hero say "Angel" every time he opened his mouth, I would have given it five stars.Published 7 months ago by Frances
I guess I can’t love every Elizabeth Hoyt story with the same kind of devotion I felt for the first two books in this series. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jen (Red Hot Books)
A dandy's, dandy, Simon dresses like a Georgian fop in full wig, red heeled-shoes and lots of lace. He falls madly for Lucy, and this is a rare book where the relationship is... Read morePublished 9 months ago by heidiandpona
An enjoyable read, not as much fun as her previous two which I read in quick succession. Towards the end I felt like shouting at the hero "oh cop on.." . Read morePublished 11 months ago by Romance Junkie