This book was a lot of fun for me to read, especially since I recently read Jane Eyre. I found lots of parallels between the two books.
Edward (the her...moreThis book was a lot of fun for me to read, especially since I recently read Jane Eyre. I found lots of parallels between the two books.
Edward (the hero of the book and an Earl) is quite the quirky disagreeable angry sort like Rochester of Jane Eyre. Yet, he is also loving and cares deeply for Anna (the heroine). He first meets Anna when she is walking down the street and he falls off his horse, which he is quick to point out is undoubtedly entirely her fault. He has a dog that seems menacing at first, but is actually quite lovable. And, one of the other closest parallels, Edward discovers that while he was away Anna has taken up a post at his estate working for him unbeknownst to him.
That is pretty much where the similarities between Jane Eyre and The Raven Prince stop. Happily, I did love both books :)
There was lots of humor in this book. One spot that sticks out in mind is where the hero and 2 friends are wearing masks to sneak into a brothel so their identities will be protected. One of the hero's friends suggests that perhaps the dog accompanying them should be wearing a mask as well. hehehe. It just struck me as very funny and had me giggling at the thought. I know, I'm weird ;)
This is my first book by Elizabeth Hoyt, but it won't be my last. She had a nice writing style and some very steamy romantic sex scenes. I look forward to reading her next book :)(less)
This book was interesting, but it had potential to be much better -- if only it had been about 150 pages shorter and had lost the purple prose. At 530...moreThis book was interesting, but it had potential to be much better -- if only it had been about 150 pages shorter and had lost the purple prose. At 530 pages, the author tended to dwindle on and on in useless details instead of focusing on the fun parts of the book. The interesting parts were with the heroine playing her twin brother and living as a young man in Georgian England. Too bad the editors didn't help cut down some of the useless bits. Also, you could definitely tell this was an older style bodice ripper type of romance based on the sex scenes and flowery bits. I mean, come on... who honestly would use the words "LOVE MILK"? Oh well. :)
Someone may ask, why are you giving this book 3 stars if you found it to be so tedious to read at times? The answer is because I happen to love a good gender-bender storyline. That, and one of the characters dies from a legion of leeches. I kid you not. WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!(less)
There were some really vile characters in this book, but happily the hero of the book wasn't one of them. This was a fun gender-bender book with both...moreThere were some really vile characters in this book, but happily the hero of the book wasn't one of them. This was a fun gender-bender book with both the hero and the heroine cross-dressing during portions of the novel.
I am intrigued enough by the Malloren family that I will likely read another book or two in the series.(less)
3.5/5 stars. I really have a mixed-bag of thoughts about this book, my first read by Kathleen Woodiwiss, so I decided just to do a simple the good vs....more3.5/5 stars. I really have a mixed-bag of thoughts about this book, my first read by Kathleen Woodiwiss, so I decided just to do a simple the good vs. the bad review.
The Good: -- Overall, the text was well written. I was concerned that this book would be crazy flowery, with purple-prose sex scenes (it was written in 1972). Luckily, the intimate scenes were not graphic like today's scenes, but they didn't use silly words, either. -- There was a really endearing and humerous scene when the heroine was ready to give birth to her baby. It was one of my favorite scenes in the book, I think. -- The story did a good job keeping my interest. I was worried I might find it boring, but I didn't have urges to skim any text. Last time I tried to read a romance written in the 1970s, I had to put it down because it was so bad.
The Bad: -- The author had an annoying style where the characters would speak to themselves as if they were doing Shakespearean soliloquies. It was kind of distracting, because the author would put quotes around the thoughts of the character, so you were never sure at first if the person was thinking to themselves or speaking out-loud. Also, some of the thoughts were downright silly. -- The story itself was very unbelievable in terms of the murders and mayhem that were occuring. -- There is rape in this book, and a belligerent male to the end. It is kind of sad when I read this kind of book that I could still like the character, and I'm kind of ashamed of myself for that.
This book will definitely not be everyone's cup-of-tea. I can see how it might even be considered controversial in some people's eyes. However, I take this type of story with a grain of salt and look at the time period it was written for, and the time period it was written. Too many people like to imagine life in the past as all romance and rose-tinted glasses, when in reality -- unless you were the privleged elite, life could downright suck.
Yay! I love it when I don't see a big twist coming when I read a book. That was a lovely historical. This was my first book by the author, but I look...moreYay! I love it when I don't see a big twist coming when I read a book. That was a lovely historical. This was my first book by the author, but I look forward to reading more by Teresa Medeiros in the future.(less)
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 stor...more3.5/5 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.(less)
A very enjoyable sequel to These Old Shades. It started a little slow for me, but picked up and didn't let go once it got started. It was kind of a tw...moreA very enjoyable sequel to These Old Shades. It started a little slow for me, but picked up and didn't let go once it got started. It was kind of a twist that the hero wanted to marry and the heroine didn't want to marry. Very amusing and fun :)
I am very glad that I speak French. I think it would be frustrating to read a book like this with French interspersed into conversations without knowing words like hein and voyons. I guess if you don't speak french you could look those words up, but it is much more natural if you can translate as you read. Lucky me :)
And for those of you have read it, I just have to ask in honor of the book --- Why Dijon!?!?!? :) hehehe(less)
Bah. I spoiled the big surprise in this book quite accidentally when researching something about Georgette Heyer on wikipedia while in the midst of re...moreBah. I spoiled the big surprise in this book quite accidentally when researching something about Georgette Heyer on wikipedia while in the midst of reading the book. (Don’t worry, I won’t explicitly spoil it for you, though I notice that the description of the book on the cover and the goodreads description spoils the big surprise as well) I would have preferred to have read the big reveal via the book instead of through wikipedia.
The heroine in this book was quite weepy and overly dramatic. I constantly would forget that she was supposed to be at least 18 years old based on some of her behavior and how those around her treated her as a child. In her defense, she did have quite a life during her formative years, so I was able to forgive her for the estrogen-mania for the most part. Despite the melodrama, she had a very quick temper and was quite interesting in her reactions to various situations.
My biggest problem with this book, and the reason that I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 -- I really didn’t care for the heroine and her love interest as a couple. It seemed kind of smarmy to me, between the 22+ years age difference and the father/daughter type of relationship between them. Icky! It’s true, I loved Jane Eyre and her relationship with a 40-something hero, however, I didn’t feel like Jane Eyre and Rochester were in a father/daughter relationship the way I felt it in this particular novel. I would have much preferred for the heroine to be paired with Rupert instead as they were closer in age and had a flirty/fun relationship.
Even though I wasn’t crazy about the heroine/hero pairing, I loved Georgette Heyer’s witty writing. There was no boredom for me reading the story, and the characters jumped from the page with their jocular dialogue. I love that, and this is why the story still receives 4 stars from me and not a lower score.
One of my favorite bits was when the heroine asked Rupert to spar: “Will you please fight me with a sword?” And, in token Georgette Heyer style, I loved Rupert’s response: “Thunder and turf, what next? I’ll fence with you, Rogue.” Even better, I loved when Rupert went fleeing away from her while she chased him with a sword, trying to escape so he could hide. Good gender reversal type of situations. Hehehehe
I look forward to reading the sequel to this book, Devil’s Cub, as I have heard good things about it.
On a final note: I admit I am not very clever as I haven’t figured out what the title of the novel means. If you understand it, please leave me a comment as I am curious :)(less)
A nice short story about the madam at the brothel featured in The Raven Prince. My only regret was that it wasn't a full length novel. I think Hoyt co...moreA nice short story about the madam at the brothel featured in The Raven Prince. My only regret was that it wasn't a full length novel. I think Hoyt could have made this one shine as a full length story :)(less)