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The Serpent Prince (Princes #3)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,388 ratings  ·  271 reviews
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 an—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 ho...more
Mass Market Paperback, 362 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2007)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

What a thrilling, romantic, sexy, and emotionally compelling conclusion – albeit a bloody one – to the Prince’s Trilogy!

Viscount Simon Iddesleigh is a man hell bent on avenging his brother’s murder and nothing and no one can keep him from his mission. Using whatever means he can, he hunts them down, calls them out, and then dispenses with them. The truth? Can’t say as I blame him, but the men responsible know what he’s about and they disagree with me. They’ve decided to stop waiting around to b...more
Dec 02, 2009 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romances w/Complex Characters
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The Serpent Prince was a fabulous wrap-up to an already wonderful series. It carried a lot of weight and depth that kept my mind engaged throughout. The story is a study in contrasts with a very potent mixture of light and dark, innocence and eroticism. Lucy is the lightness and sweetness to Simon's darkness and pain. Simon hasn't known anyone as virtuous and kind as Lucy since the death of his brother, and he subconsciously senses that his “angel” can bring the light of...more
Review of The Princes Trilogy series.

I'm happy I had this series as my first read by Elizabeth Hoyt. Her writing is captivating, her stories are intriguing, and The Princes Trilogy is an outstanding romance series.

Source: Disney Fairytale Photographs by Annie Leibovitz

Inspired by Greek myth of Psyche and Eros and The Princess Golden-Hair and the Great Black Raven by Howard Pyle, The Raven Prince brings us a brave widow with controversial actions and a very lonely aristocrat with scarred face.

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I loved every minute of this novel. Miss Craddock-Hayes is just the sort of heroine I like; smart, compassionate, and attractive. Simon clearly adores Lucy, and always treated her as such. Maybe it was the fact that Lucy so obviously needed someone to shake up her life that made Simon so appealing. I wanted him to give Lucy what she needed.

And boy did he. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. The sensuality in this book was the most wonderful that I've ever read. This isn't the sort of romance that's heavy...more
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
"Why do you think that you're irredeemable? All men can find grace if they repent of their sins."
"So speaketh the angel of the Lord." (...) "But what if I am a devil from hell itself and not of your world at all, angel?"

3.5 stars.

The dead man at Lucinda Craddock-Hayes's feet looked like a fallen god, and our heroine was pretty surprised to discover that the mysterious man was not dead at all. Lucy is nursing Simon Matthew Raphael Iddesleigh, sixth Viscount Idde...more
Great hero - an acerbic wit, and bon ton fashion sense, hiding a much deeper, more tragic soul, with a confused, and confusing, sense of morals, driven by revenge.

The heroine is also more complex - not straightforward, but intelligent, used to dealing with relatively difficult men, such as her father, and yet with a very strong sense of herself, her place in the world and of what is right, although she's no model of perfection. The hero calls her an angel, but to me she's more of a goddess of d...more
Beanbag Love
Had a hard time putting this one down. While it had a stronger beginning than finish, it was just barely. I loved the two characters throughout and, even though it was extremely angst-ridden, it was romantic and hopeful as well.

Lucy meets Simon when she finds him unconscious by the side of the road. Naked. Bloody. Dead (or so she thinks). She's such a kind heart, she intends to haul him away even as a 'deader' but when she finds he's actually alive she demands her servant help her get him into t...more
It's not very often that you get a trilogy, where each and every book is just as good as the next. The Serpent Prince to me however had a darker overtone then the other two. It was still just as good, but Simon was a dark star. The man hid behind his words, clothes, wigs and his red heeled shoes. (for some reason in this book I found that sexy.) In the other books, he was kind of overlooked as a dandy. We didn't have as much background.

But for his own book, he became a solid sexy individual. Lu...more
This was my favorite book of the Princes Trilogy. I loved the hero, Viscount Simon Iddesleigh, who was a dandy sort of fellow, complete with lace-bedecked shirts and red high-heeled shoes! Someone wanted him dead and after being beaten to a bloody pulp he ended up being found by the heroine, Lucy Craddock-Hayes, and nursed back to health.

During the time that Simon was staying at Lucy's country home, they began to care for one another and crave things that they didn't even know they needed. Simon...more
Least favorite in the trilogy - Simon was wonderful, but their "love" came far too quickly (3.5 stars)

Definitely my least favorite of the three Prince books, which is also the most disappointing, because after the first one, The Raven Prince , I was soooo looking forward to Simon's story.

I loved Simon and I also liked Lucy, but I found their relationship hard to believe: why this instant connection that causes them within minutes to see deep within one another's souls?? For me, the foundation wa...more
Oct 11, 2007 Eviltwinjen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of smutty Regency, especially Loretta Chase/Sabrina Jeffries
Shelves: romance
So, so close. In her previous two books, The Raven Prince and The Leopard Prince, Elizabeth Hoyt showed enough potential to keep me looking her up, despite the fact that her plots all petered out with a whimper. She'd have great characters, great humor, good sex scenes, all the ingedients for a successful piece of Regency candy, and then she just couldn't bring it home. Suspense plots would be defanged when the "villain" turned out to mean well after all; lovers would do ridiculous things or h...more
I was seriously enjoying this book up until it fell apart a little for me at the 75% mark when Lucy did something that I thought was very much out of character (view spoiler). Before that part, I devoured this story and thought the portrayal of Simon's obsession with, and falling for, Lucy was wonderful, intense, and...more
This is the final book in the Princes trilogy by Hoyt. I loved both The Raven Prince and The Leopard Prince and was expecting the same with this one. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it half as much.

This is as much a love story as a story of revenge. The hero, Simon, has inherrited the title of Viscount after the death of his brother in a duel. A duel he was forced to make by four men who stood to gain money after his death. So Simon found out who those men were and challenged them in duels in orde...more
Kathie (katmom)
WOW...a hero who is not perfect...a hero who is dark and has really DARK secrets...and still, I really like Simon.

Once we learn the reasons for his darkness I can even understand him.

Lucy loves his quick wit...and so do it.

She and her friend are talking about Lucy finding him, naked and beaten, beside the road. Lucy thought he was dead. Her friend asks: Face up? Or down?

When Lucy says face down, her friend (as they watch him fencing in the yard) says, "that's a pity". Made me LAUGH!

Once again we...more
Cynthia (aka Artemis)
Nov 02, 2011 Cynthia (aka Artemis) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
Ms. Hoyt saved the best for last and joined my very, very slim ranks of auto-buy authors.

Viscount Simon Iddesleigh is one of the most tortured hero's I have read in quite a while. His devastated soul hides behind his frippery and foppery. He is driven on getting revenge on his enemies; no matter the cost. What a beautiful, complicated hero Ms. Hoyt has crafted with Simon. As we watch him love and take care, oh so wonderfully, Lucy and his roses. While at the same time, hunt and destroy, one by o...more
Loved the story, loved Simon, flawed and tortured as he was (I love the fact that EH doesn't give us perfect heroes!) and loved Lucy... The only thing I didn't love was the description of the fashion: I have a hard time feeling attracted to bewigged, powdereded and beribonned men in red high heels, I gotta say:-D but once I ignored that fact and (un)dressed Simon as I wished in my head, I enjoyed the book:-)
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Elizabeth Hoyt is an amazing writer and with this book, she shows her talent in so many ways. There is a bit of a mystery with the hero is beaten and left for dead because he is trying to get revenge on those that did his older brother in. Small town miss, Lucy the heroine finds Simon almost dead on the side of the road and that is where the story picks up.

This is about two people finding each other. They are soul mates. Simon is the real reason to read this engaging tale. He says he is soulless...more
This is the third book in the "Prince" trilogy. I liked it for the most part, but I didn't get into it as much as I did with the others. This is the story of Lucy, country miss, and Simon, city viscount. Lucy is naive but very smart, someone you'd like as a friend. Simon was the best part of the book, he is outrageous and different from most romance heroes, with his red-heeled shoes, wig, and witty comments. He hides his quest to avenge his brother's death behind a mask of nonchalance. I really...more
Carolyn F.
I'm going to give this a 3.5 stars because although I liked it, it wasn't as good as the other books I've read by Elizabeth Hoyt.

Lucy find Simon in a ditch slowly freezing to death after being stabbed and dumped. She takes care of him and becomes attracted to him. Simon is trying to redeem himself and in some way his brother in a pretty horrible way but doesn't let Lucy know. She finds out.

I wish she had a little more about the first two men in the trilogy, like Lisa Kleypas does sometimes, wi...more
Romance book rating...keep that in mind.

Elizabeth Hoyt has quickly risen to the top of my must read list in the genre. I think this was the book that sealed the deal. Lots of fun, lots of drama.

For those of you considering taking up one of them to read, let me just say that she raises the bar on the sex scenes. I'm almost uncomfortable knowing that I'm recommending these books to people who know I've read them. Just crazy smoking hot. I'm not so worldly or sophisticated that I'm not embarrassed...more
3.5/5 stars. Hmmm... I seem to have picked a lot of books recently where vigilante heros take it upon themselves to murder a lot of people in the story, avenging some wrong committed against their loved one. Not my cup of tea, I'm afraid. Or, maybe I'm just not in the mood for those types of storylines at the moment. 2 in one weekend is a bit much for me.
As Dorothy said to the Scarecrow- I think I'll love you most of all ... okay she said miss, but same sentiment. The Serpent Prince completes Hoyt's Prince Trilogy with Viscount Simon Iddesleigh tale of loss and heart wrenching love and it is my favorite of the three.

When Lucy Craddock-Hayes comes upon Simon for the first time, he is naked and left for dead on the country road near her house. When she discovers "he ain't quite dead yet" she brings him home. He awakens later to an angel sitting be...more
This book started off with a great premise and great characters but it never builds anywhere. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad book but I thought it had a lot more potential. The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite romances so I was looking forward to reading this.

The book starts out promisingly when the heroine comes across Simon the viscount(not knowing he is one) assaulted and left for dead lying in the road. The heroine Lucy plays the good Samaritan, saving and nursing h...more
Maureen Feeney
3.5 STARS to be exact
The book description sums the story up perfect, so pointless adding my tuppence worth.

The H/H are great characters, especially Simon I loved his humour.This book is well written,great love scenes. The plot is fair enough with the first half of the book being about Simon and Lucy's developing relationship, and the second half of the book being more about Simon taking his violent revenge on his enemys.I honestly dont think the story came together as good as her previously 2 bo...more
Jessica B
I didn't love it as much as The Leopard Prince but it was still very good. Simon is the younger son of a viscount. His brother is murdered leaving him with everything including his brother's wife and child. When Simon goes looking for vengeance he ends up naked and almost dead in Lucy's ditch.

Lucy brings him home and helps him back to health. She soon realizes that she wants no other man but Simon but he has already left. But alas... he soon returns and whirls her off to London where the are ma...more
I did like this book. Although I think Edward de Raaf is still my favorite prince, Simon Iddesleigh makes a close second.

Simon is sensual and saucy and entertaining. He hides the real Viscount Iddesleigh behind a mask of flippant indifference and defensive wit.

But Lucy, our stern and likeable heroine, can see past the front that Simon has put in to place.

Lucy is it for Simon.

But Lucy has to come to terms with the demons that accompany Simon.

There was some hot lovin' in this book. Full marks for...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
After the awful ending of the second one, I was nervous about reading this one. But I liked it far more than I thought I would. Mostly because the two main characters aren't complete idiots who spend 80% of the book waxing poetic about how they just can't be together. Nothing ruins a story for me quite like that brand of self-indulgent bullshit. So this was refreshing and romantic, and I ended up liking Iddesleigh far more than I did in the previous two books.
Definitely THE BEST of the series. I loved this one, so much deeper and dark than the first 2. I really liked book 1, book 2 not so much but this one I ADORED! Specially after the 2nd half of it. The end was even better. For some reason everything just worked for me.

The perfect ending for this very entertaining series. Definitely recommend it for historical romance fans.
Jenny E
This was a pretty "dark" romance, but I couldn't put it down the last 100 pages, and OMG have I said that Elizabeth Hoyt can write some passionate lovin'?? I think this was my favorite book of the series. I usually like light-hearted romances, but I enjoyed this darker look at revenge and vigilantism and unconditional love.

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“... You are the closest I will ever come to heaven, either here on Earth or in the afterlife, and I will not regret it, not even at the cost of your tears.
So I go to my grave an unrepentant sinner, I’m afraid. There is no use in mourning one such as I, dearest...

-Simon to Lucy in a letter before the last duel.”
“Lucy swayed in shock. A gust of wind moaned through the conservatory and blew out all but one of her candles. Simon must have done this. He’d destroyed his fairyland conservatory. Why? She sank to her knees, huddled on the cold floor, her one remaining
flame cradled in her numb palms. She’d seen how tenderly Simon had cared for his plants. Remembered the look of pride when she’d first discovered the dome and fountain. For him to have smashed all this . . .
He must have lost hope. All hope.”
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