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The Serpent Prince (Princes #3)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  5,936 Ratings  ·  382 Reviews
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.

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 h
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Forever (first published 2007)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
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.
Dec 02, 2009 Julianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romances w/Complex Characters
Reviewed for THC Reviews
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
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
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
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
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
Beanbag Love
Nov 29, 2009 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Juliana Philippa
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 w
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
Sep 24, 2016 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I know. I am late to the wagon.

Elizabeth Hoyt's early work. I think it is more of a 3.5 star book but I like Simon and Lucy. So I went up.

I like her way of telling a story. When her characters are tolerable, I enjoy the book, which is the case of this book. I find Simon, the red-heel wearing, outrageously extravagant, madly never-taking-anything-seriously Simon, charming. He has to be one of the most comical heroes I have read about. He is not an alpha hero. But I find him interesting.
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
Oct 11, 2007 Eviltwinjen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2011 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
Nov 02, 2011 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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:-)
The Serpent Prince
4 Stars

Determined to avenge his brother’s murder, Viscount Simon Iddesleigh is beaten and left for dead on the side of the road by his enemies. Upon discovering the unconscious Simon, Lucy Craddock-Hayes nurses him back to health and ignites in him both an intense passion as well as deep-seated desire to be a better person. But Simon’s all-consuming personal vendetta overrides his honor and threatens not only his love for Lucy but her life as well…

Definitely one of Hoyt’s darke
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I guess I can’t love every Elizabeth Hoyt story with the same kind of devotion I felt for the first two books in this series. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this story. It’s still a well written book, with interesting characters and an engaging romance. I just had a few issues that kept me from adding it to my favorites list.

I think the biggest issue came with the hero. Simon is a man hellbent on revenge. He is systematically killing off the group of men who conspired to kill his older brother. I
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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
Kathie (katmom)
Sep 04, 2014 Kathie (katmom) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 06, 2013 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairytale
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
Mar 19, 2009 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 19, 2015 Widala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The truth is I was a bit reluctant reading this book, because the other two were awesome and I was afraid I'd be disappointed. But fear no more because this book is also awesome.
Considerably darker but still hold the wit and the charm of the other books. The struggles, both Lucy's and Simon's, were heartbreaking but of course true love conquers all.
After the gruff Raven Prince and the quite and dignified Leopard Prince, here comes the Serpent Prince with a silver tongue and tortured soul. Throug
Dec 14, 2015 Nidofito rated it really liked it
This is what I'm talking about. This is the Hoyt I remember and love.

After the disappointing two books from the Princes trilogy, I was not hoping for much from its finale. But I had a gut feeling that this one might be different. I felt it when I read the blurb and I'm glad to say that I was right.

Firstly, I loved the book mostly because I love inner conflicts. Yes, the source was external but it became something more than that, something that took hold in Simon and became a part of him. As such
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.
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Historical Romance 101 always inspires me to read more historical romance, and to try out new-to-me authors. That inspiration led me to pick up The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt because I have heard such fabulous things about this series and about this author. The Serpent Prince was fabulous; it is exactly what a historical romance should be, even though I did have my frustrations.

The Serpent Prince starts off with Lucy, the heroine, discovering the body of man on the side of the road in her
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Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.
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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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