Review: The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

Posted January 3, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 9 Comments

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Review: The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

5 Stars

The Raven Prince
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Princes Trilogy #1
Published by Warner Forever
Released: November 1, 2006
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 392
Source: Purchased



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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About Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince.

Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was fortunate to be able to travel extensively as a child, visiting St. Andrews, Scotland; Germany; France; and Belgium. She spent a year in Oxford, England and was a summer exchange student to Kawasaki, Japan.

Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job.

Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.

But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories.

Since then Elizabeth has written thirteen books to critical acclaim: The Prince Trilogy (The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince); the Legend of the Four Soldiers series (To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast, and To Desire a Devil); and the Maiden Lane series (Wicked Intentions, Notorious Pleasures, Scandalous Desires, Thief of Shadows, Lord of Darkness, and the upcoming Duke of Midnight .) All of Elizabeth’s books are set in eighteenth century England and all feature a fairy tale story that serves as a foil to the main story.

Elizabeth’s books have made the New York Times bestseller list seven times, have finaled five times in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award contest, and have won three Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards. All of her books have received Top Pick reviews from RT BookReviews magazine. Wicked Intentions, Notorious Pleasures Scandalous Desires, and Thief of Shadows received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. Four of her books were voted into All About Romance’s (AAR’s) Top 100 Romances of All Time list and six were Desert Isle Keepers at AAR. Elizabeth’s books have been translated into eighteen languages.

Elizabeth researches extensively for her historical romances, both by reading books on topics such as: history, costume, warfare, social mannerisms, and cooking, and frequenting museums whenever she can to study portraits and the little dogs that aristocratic Georgian ladies seem to always be holding. When desperate she often consults Mr. Hoyt, who is an archaeologist and Historical Research Wizard.

Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with a pack of untrained canines and a garden in constant need of weeding.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

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?
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9 responses to “Review: The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

  1. Aly P

    I love the cover and the idea of the book is not bad, I just don’t like Ms. Hoyt’s style 🙂
    Great review.

  2. Maria D.

    Good review – I’ll have to add this to my list – I’m reading her Maiden Lane series right now

  3. Sophia Rose

    Sounds great! I haven’t read this author’s books yet so maybe I’ll give it a try with this series.

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