When the devil meets an angel...
Country bred Lucy Craddock-Hayes is content with her quiet life, until the day she trips over an unconscious man - a naked unconscious man - and loses her innocence forever.
...he can take her to heaven...
Viscount Simon Iddesleigh was nearly beaten to death by his enemies. Now he's hell-bent on vengeance. But as Lucy nurses him back to health, her honesty startles his jaded sensibilities - even as it ignites a desire that threatens to consume them both.
...or to hell.
Charmed by Simon's sly wit, urbane manners, and even his red-heeled shoes, Lucy falls hard and fast for him. Yet as his honor keeps him from ravishing her, his revenge sends his attackers to her door. As Simon wages war on his foes, Lucy wages her own war for his soul, using the only weapon she has: her love.
©2013 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2013 Hachette Audio
This was a good book in the Raven Prince series. This book was not 20 hours long, it was about 10 hours. Not sure why the site says 20 hours or it downloads for 20 hours but it is not. There are 3 books in all but not exactly listed as a series, The order of books is Raven Prince, Leopard Prince and then Serpent Prince. All 3 books were very good, however Leopard Prince was my favorite. I love Elizabeth Hoyt. The Narrator Moira Quirk is fantastic. Worth the credits for sure.
Book 3 of The Prince trilogy but it's totally a stand alone listen with the only link with the previous 2 books is a meeting in a coffee house as the three heroes chat and you realise they were all friends.
As I've said before in other reviews, when you invest 22 hours of your life to a book you hope that investment will be worth it. Well, this certainly was - from Chapter 1 I was hooked and continued to be drawn into a romantic love story that was woven between Simon, hell-bent on a quest to avenge his dead brother by duelling and Lucy a country Lady with a high provincial moral code.
We see Simon (a tortured soul) and Lucy (a smothered soul) being drawn together as she finds him naked and nurses him back to health after being left for dead. As their conversations bring feelings and desires the attraction between them grows rapidly and, as they throw quips and banter with each other, the humour melts their shells and melds them together but Simon has dark secrets and never feels good enough for his Angel Lucy.
However, the very likeable main and secondary characters and events all play their part in eventually tearing them apart with revenge, guilt, murder, heartbreak and desperation making their presence known too. Can love overcome all or will it just not be enough in this well written and well narrated story.
Just one thing - I would have loved an epilogue!
Worth a credit? It's a typical EH book - clever dialogue in a well thought out descriptive plot and if you can shrug off the historical imperfections along with the sexy bits - then you will thoroughly enjoy this long (you could double speed it) but very very enjoyable listen - so that's a Yes for the credit.
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!
Wow, just wow. So many things in this novel worked really well for me. The main characters, Lucy and Simon are excellent foils for one another (innocent versus jaded, angelic versus corrupted) and I find it refreshing that they were upfront about their feelings for each other almost from the start. Their honesty with one another allowed their relationship evolved in a very organic manner, and (in my opinion) the strong sex scenes served to further develop the characters' relationship rather than just to titillate. Moira Quirk did an outstanding job with the delivery of the story.
The elements of the plot, such as the external conflict (ie. Simon's mission to avenge his brother's murder), were also interesting to read about. The layers to Simon's backstory were gradually revealed as the story progressed, which made the resolution to the conflict very satisfying. The fairytale of the Serpent prince that is woven into the main story was also lovely and appropriate, as it mirrored the dynamics of the characters' growing relationship.
Lastly, the quality of the author's writing was superb. She's crafted some very wonderful dialogue between Lucy and Simon, and has perfected the art of showing the characters' feelings rather than telling.
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
The love scenes were quite steamy while remaining romantic. So many romance novels tend to either be too sweet or too hardcore, but the Serpent Prince is a great compromise.
I liked how there was a pretty meaty story other than the romance.
The only extreme reaction I had to this book was that I had to forcibly make my self NOT think about Simon is a wig and red pumps. I realize these were the style of the time period, but after the Raven and Leopard Princes being so manly I hated when Hoyt brought up him wearing those ridiculous shoes and a wig.
Say something about yourself!
This story was good, as are ALL of Elizabeth Hoyt's, but the Raven Prince and the Leopard Prince had better stories. Moira Quirk was incredible as always! If you've read the above two books, this is worth adding to your library.
Have you ever heard the tale of the serpent and the frog? I' m sure you have and if you haven't, well...
Elizabeth Hoyt finally gives listeners the story of the mysterious Viscount Iddesleigh and I must say he remains a mystery even after the last syllable has been uttered. Which isn't the dissappointment you would expect. Viscount Iddesleigh appears in several of Hoyt's previous novels, The Raven Prince and The Leopard Prince and finds a way to endear himself to listeners as the shallow rouge whose only concerns are his roses, his flamboyant wardrobe and his own comfort. None the less, without fail this self-centered viscount seems to appear in the nick of time to render his services as an expert swordsman just when all seems lost.
Well, now it's the viscount's turn to be rescued and only the angelic Lucy Craddock-Hayes can chisel away the dark layers of his past and ongoing secrets to look upon the real man behind the title. Without a doubt Hoyt gives the viscount a list of inner demons to battle and his need for Lucy seems to be the salvation he desperately needs and truly believes he does not deserve. Yet the humility he shows to win her endears him to listeners. Lucy proves to be just the woman he needs but when his true nature and dark secrets are revealed can she accept him as he is or demand he change his nature to keep her by his side? Enjoy the listen as you journey with Simon and Lucy through torment, trails, and redemption in The Serpent Prince.
If you are looking forward to the usual fairy tale told by the narrator or as in the last installment, one of the characters, I'm afraid you may be a bit put out by the tale of the Serpent Prince. However, like the story itself the fairy tale may remain a mystery.
The raven prince. Omg. It kept you on edge.
All of it.
Hoyt is the most amazing author. I want all her books.
Story is interesting and narrator is the best of any I've heard before
She can make her voice portray many different characters and you always know who's speaking. Her voice is very pleasing to listen to.
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As the finale to the princes by this author this book was disappointing. Yes you love the lady lead and you at first like the male lead but I don't think she does a good job really mixing in emotions into their relationship until the last oh say 30 minutes.
It's like they get married because she is enthralled with him but there's really no love - and since he married her for love it makes so sense. Also his prolonged anger is a bit over the top. The weakest of the books.
Climax is hardly a climax.
I love Elizabeth Hoyt books and have most of them in audio so I can't understand why a publisher/producer would take a series and go with an inexperience narrator. When will they understand that an experienced narrator makes the difference in whether a book is tolerable or great.
This narrator has a child-like voice and I could not tell who was speaking. I got through 7 chapters and had to shut it off. I so wanted to listen to all the Prince series but I will go with the written word. Rosalyn Landor, Anne Flosnik, Kate Reading or any of the experienced narrators would have done this justice.
Don't waste your credit.
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