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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

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 02-12-13

TRICORNS, DUELS, A DEVIL & AN ANGEL - AHHH LOVELY

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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Serious Story Line and Serious Love Scenes

What did you love best about The Serpent Prince?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how there was a pretty meaty story other than the romance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • LR
  • High Bridge, NJ, United States
  • 08-28-13

Not the best of the three.

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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.

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  • Angela
  • Tampa, FL, United States
  • 06-25-13

Viscount Iddesleigh Revealed!

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Narrator

Would you listen to The Serpent Prince again? Why?

Story is interesting and narrator is the best of any I've heard before

What does Moira Quirk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She can make her voice portray many different characters and you always know who's speaking. Her voice is very pleasing to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just enjoyed

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 02-19-13

Thoroughly Enjoyable - but 10.5 hours not 22 hours

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.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 02-13-13

Another good book by EH.. Not 20 hours long.

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Love It!

The prince-trilogy is my favourite of Hoyt. I love them all and re-listen to them with pleasure. Moira Quirk's Reading is the best. I've actually searched books with her as narrator just cause she's so pleasing to listen to.

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  • weeden
  • Quitman, TX United States
  • 07-18-16

Great historical listen

This book is an erotic historic novel

Viscount Simon Iddesleigh is after revenge when his brother was killed, but the reason for his brothers murder is going to lead to more than what he bargained for. When a duel goes rye and he finds himself in the arms of an angel. Lucy is his salvation he soon finds that he cannot live without her, she is his conscious.

Lucy Craddock-Hayes has been waiting for her courtship of 4 years to finally become more than a ride every Tuesday. When she finds a naked man her world is going to change, she will find what true love. She will have to keep in mind that she cannot give up on him.

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Very Good Book Funny, Romantic and Action

What made the experience of listening to The Serpent Prince the most enjoyable?

The story from the very beginning grabs your interest and the beginning characters as well, Lucy, Simon and Lucy's father. The bantering between Lucy and Simon and then with her father is very funny.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Simon because of his personality. He has a great sense of humor but also he is very cynical. As you listen to the story you learn why Simon is the way he is. The comments he makes is a protective wall. As you listen you learn why he has a disturbing dark side and a strong determination.

What does Moira Quirk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is very good. Her narrating made an enjoyable listen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It was hard to stop listening to go to sleep, so my advise is not to start the book right before going to bed.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the relationship between Lucy and Simon.