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by Elizabeth Hoyt
Released: November 1, 2006
Series: Princes Trilogy #1
Published by Warner Forever
Genres: Historical Romance
This was a fantastic book, it is superbly written and really stands out from the crowd of other historical romances with its unique characters and lovely romance. ~ Under the Covers
Impoverished widow Mrs Anna Wren needs to find a job if she doesn’t wish to starve to death, luckily Edward de Raaf, Earl of Swartingham needs a new secretary as he has managed to scare of the latest one with his quick and extremely loud temper. Anna isn’t so easily frightened away and as their friendship grows, so does their desire.
For my first read of 2013 I decided to start with a series that I know I love, so I chose the Princes Trilogy, its mixture of romance, passion and humour always has me completed absorbed in its’ pages.
What first caught my eye about this book was the hero, Edward, he isn’t your typical historical hero, he is ugly and pock marked with a foul temper and doesn’t hesitate to bellow at people and throw any nearby ornaments. Yet somehow I found myself as drawn to him as Anna was, you forget his ugliness as the book goes on as you see the warm and caring man beneath who only wants to rebuild his home and start building a family to fill it. Anna was his perfect match, unafraid of his fearsome temper and appearance she was feisty and brave enough to come out of the role that society had cast for her and do what she needed to, be it find a job, help someone in need or go after the man she was falling in love with.
The romance between the pair grew steadily through the book as their friendship develops. I really enjoyed this deepening of their affections rather the insta-love, it made the connection between the two characters seem much abiding and deeply rooted as their love grows organically through the book. I also like how the romance in the book correlated with the telling of the fairy tale at the beginning of each chapter. The fairy tale was a brilliant touch, penned by Edwards sister, it added an extra dimension to the book and I found myself looking forward to the new chapters so I could see what would happen next in the tale.
This was a fantastic book, it is superbly written and really stands out from the crowd of other historical romances with its unique characters and lovely romance.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?