I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
This book is in my top 5 romance novels.
He didn't have a huge part, but I loved Jock the dog. :-) but really I like Anna. She was such a well constructed character.
The scene when Anna meets the Earl's London butler from under the bed covers was so well written and narration was fabulous.
Yes yes yes....almost did
This was a super sexy book with a twist on the typical romance story. A widow and a not so perfect man...but let's face it I could never picture him as anything but gorgeous!
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
The English romance between Anna Wren & Edward Swartingham develops slowly at first. Much like many within the genre, the characters question themselves and make every effort to combat their feelings. What sets Hoyt's "The Raven Prince" apart is how/where they get together. Anna's jealousy over Edward's plans to satiate himself, leads her to take advantage of a unique opportunity. Risks be damned! The trysts in London were no doubt very entertaining to read. Once the jig is up, Edward is determined they should marry, but Anna is not in agreement. A couple of evil characters hatch an extortion scheme which definitely adds color/flavor to the narrative.
Moira Quirk does a good job narrating though she doesn't distinguish the many characters outside of Anna & Edward consistently.
The story is interesting. I have love hate relationship with the book, parts of it I loved but others were to explicit for me, but having said that I am glad I gave it a chance. This is my first Elizabeth Hoyt and it won' be the last
This well written story kept my rapt attention from beginning to end. I couldn't turn it off.
Moira Quirk gave an excellent performance---transporting the listener into the English country side where you could almost smell the roses.
The sexual scenes are a little more explicit than I care for, but are an integral part of the story, not like some books where they seem to be thrown in to take up space.
I recommend it to all Romance lovers!
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
When the protagonists Ana Wren and Edward, the Earl of Swartingham, were introduced, I was surprised. I was surprised because I had gotten used to reading Julie Garwood's novels in which both the hero and heroines are regularly described as gorgeous and respectable people. Yet, Elizabeth Hoyt presented the hero, in particular, with real human physical flaws with no redeeming personality to speak of.
First of all, Edward is a man who has experienced great loss (1. His mother, father, brother and sister died from the pocs epidemic and his wife in childbirth.) Physically, Edward is a tall man with prominent features, and although he is the only one in his family to survive the pocs epidemic, he did not survive unscathed. You get the idea that he was a handsome man, whose good looks were ruined by the poc scars. Edward is very aware of his scars and how people perceive him. Yet, he is emotionally bruised as well due to the loveless relationship in his first marriage. His first wife thought he was repulsive and only married him because her father forced her to (this came out when she was on her deathbed in childbirth).
For the reader, this presents a challenge: to fall in love with the hero for more in depth reasons than immediate good looks. And, for me, I did. I really developed an appreciation for the hero due to his internal struggles, conflicts and grief.
Ana Wren is also a woman who has experienced loss in her life. She is a widow and although she loved her husband when she first married, this love wained as her husband left her bed when Ana was found to be infertile. Her husband Peter had an affair that Ana was aware of and tried to keep private. Ana carried her own internal scars of blame for her infertility. Despite being rejected by her husband for the last few years of their marriage, she is the ultimate survivor. She lives with her mother in law and a woman she took in and she finds a way to keep the household afloat. Ana is very likeable: she is intelligent, educated, gardens and has a heart of gold. Of course Edward was bound to fall in love with her!!!!
The love that develops between Edward and Ana is so powerful. I enjoyed their growing relationship over their clever banter, conversations, and experiences etc. And, before you know it, you feel the insatiable pull between both persons. Yet, Edward refuses to make any advances to Ana because he is seeking a wife who is able to bear children as he needs an heir. The problem is that he is falling in love with Ana, but after finding out that she did not have any children in her first marriage, it is assumed by all that Ana is infertile. This causes much tension between the two characters because it is a love that can not develop into the long-term, lasting relationship of marriage even though they both want each other.
I was shocked when Ana disguised herself as a prostitute in order to spend 2 nights with Edward. I have to say that I blushed with the sex scenes. I don't think I have read such erotic sex scenes yet. (And, I've read 50 Shades of Grey!!!). Needless to say, when Edward finds out Ana posed as the prostitute he was with...well, the line is drawn in the sand and things change........
Elizabeth creates such interesting characters who are rich with substance due to the experiences that contribute to their life stories.
I loved Moira Quirk's performance. She is an excellent narrator. The voice she created for Ana is almost musical and lyrical. Her voice is crisp, clear and lovely. Moira Quirk also does a superb job in creating Edward's masculine voice. She is probably my favorite narrator. I would love for her record for other audiobooks.
I have to say that I cried at the end during the epilogue. It was such a perfect, redeeming ending for these two very deserving people. It is one of my favorite audiobooks to listen to from time to time. Love really does heal all wounds.
I found it more coarse than romantic. Superficial, smutty dialogue. Unpolished, shallow characterisations.
Certainly not Elizabeth Hoyt. Probably try another Georgette Heyer, though you need more of hers. I've almost exhausted your supply & can't understand why any of her books are abridged. It spoils them.
She was adequate for this type of novel. Not much in the way of subtlety to challenge her.
All of those but mainly disappointment.
The characters and moira is wonderful.
The aphrodite scenes. Wow.
The first nite at aphrodites
A true real romance.
Can this woman write a better book. NOT.
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.