The story was well laid out, the main characters were perfect, the narrator did a great job on all the different characters and made them all stand out.
This booked flowed so well, no slow parts, no annoying heroines etc
Very talented in being able to make each characters 'voice; their own and very different. I will be looking for other books with her narration
The end was the perfect mixture of anguish and joy when they are brought back together
I will be keeping this book in mind to listen to again and again in the future.
Camden Smith owns DREAMFly Marketing, a full service marketing firm located in Southwest Florida. She regularly reviews books and is an avid reader as well as audible client. Favorite books are mysterious romances or those stories about personal growth.
What I mean by the headline is the writer didn't sell us some hot guy - she sold us a real guy. She didn't sell us some babe - she sold us a real woman and she makes the story organically mature into a love story - really good.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
As with any Elizabeth Hoyt novel I have listened to, this one is also well written. Ms Hoyt can breathe life into her characters and we can see them carrying out the story in our mind's eye. Did I mention she is very good at writing sex scenes as well.
The earl is insecure about his looks because he has a pock marked face. This causes him to doubt that anyone can love him. Anna is capable of looking beyond his disfigurement to see the honorable man but Anna thinks that she is too far below his station to even think of a romance. The brothel masquerade is her solution to her desires.
Moira Quirk as always does a fantastic job with the delivery of the story
I loved this story. The fairytale of the Raven was excellent. This was a good story line. The characters in the story didn't kept me guessing and when I wasn't wondering what was coming next I found myself trying to guess where the fairytale was going.
This was my first Moira Quirk performance.
I laughed and was totally entertained. This is the best of the Prince stories.
Say something about yourself!
The main characters have flaws, and more dimension, than you often come across in a romance. And I really enjoy the start of each chapter, as the author intertwines a fairy tale of sorts, relating to her main story.
The Earl -- he's pockmarked, and ugly, quoting Mrs. Wren, yet for all that, it makes him so much more likable and interesting as the book progresses.
Just the pragmatic way Anna takes life in stride, even though she has been hurt so much in the past
Elizabeth Hoyt has a special way of writing, that is very different from so many romance writers, with a good historic background.
I'm married with one daughter, just finished my BS in Health Science, and I'm a choosy fiction/romance/paranormal/anything spellbinding listener during my commute.
I'm impressed with the creativity of this story line, and the enjoyable way this author made her characters appeal to the reader. As with many stories, I wasn't grabbed right away with intrigue, but the building elements soon left me unable to stop listening. It isn't easy to hold the reader's attention even after the development of a relationship, but this book did just that. It also isn't easy to create a touching ending for two characters whose lives are filled with tragedy, but this author did it beautifully. This novel is well worth the money if you are a lover of historical romance, and especially if you are tired of the same old romance stories. This story would have received 5 stars for story, except that the relevance of the Raven Prince pre-chapter quotes escaped me; forgive me if you saw the connection and believe it to be a contributing factor, but I didn't see the purpose.
What happens when you combine the story of a bad tempered earl, who cares nothing for what others think about him, loves agriculture and doesn’t mind getting dirty, with a beautiful young widow whose philandering late husband caused her to distrust any man who claims any warm feelings towards her in any way? Well… throw in a meddling mother-in law, a pair of courtesans, the late husband’s mistress a few blackmailers and you have The Raven Prince. Anna Wren may seem docile on the outside but to the Earl of Swartingham she is the perfect secretary. Efficient, direct, and with a mouth he cannot stop dreaming about. The Earl may be a brut but Anna who has been without a man’s touch for seven years (and her husband has been deceased for six) longs to be with him and when the opportunity arrives she grabs on with both hands in order to embark on the ride of her life with the earl in tow, even if he doesn’t know it is her he is making love to. And let me tell you dear listener he does it well indeed. The intense chemistry between Edward and Anna will have you staring into space with your mouth agape and will require that you give your head a brisk shake to bring your mind back to the reality of your own life. In addition, Hoyt also treats you to another enchanting fairy tale throughout the listen. Definitely worth the time and the credit.
I love to read and have recently discovered the joys of audiobooks! iPhones definitely make it easier to enjoy.
I did not read the print version so I can't really say.
I liked Anna because she wasn't your typical romance heroin. Normally they are unmarried and virgin, but not Anna. I liked that she already had some experience to bring to the story.
I really enjoyed her reading because she read the words as I would have with the right pauses and hesitations. Her reading of the intimate moments wasn't cheesy.
It was a good romance. What made me get the book was the ingenious idea of going to "London" the same time as the "ugly" hero.
I do not get the cover of the book, as the author clearly states the hero is ugly and her heroine "plain". She does not spend a lot of time really developing the emotional side of the characters and at the end of the book I found myself wanting to know more about their likes/dislikes, personalities, shortcomings and strengths. Besides a marginally bad tempered man I don't know much about the hero.
OK, but a better series in the same vain would be the Sylvia Day ones.
A book lover with a romantic soul, but willing to take a leap of faith. I LOVE to get sucked into a story and live there for a bit.
I didn't mind traffic jams and I would drive around the block one more time just to keep listening. The book was captivating, the narration perfect and there was a fairytale that started the beginning of each chapter that was as compelling as the book itself! I was a little hesitant because the storyline seemed a little trite and overdone, but it was SO well done that it seemed fresh. The story was compelling and I was emotionally invested in all H&H. I really enjoyed this book and I HIGHLY recommend it!