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The Raven Prince

(Princes #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  18,345 ratings  ·  1,249 reviews
There comes a time in a lady's life...

Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant male on horseback nearly squashes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits.

When she must do the unthinkable...

The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad
Mass Market Paperback, 392 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Warner Forever
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Dec 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who like the ugly ducklings to have their happy ending
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Julie (Mom2lnb)
The Raven Prince was a sweet, sensual, delectable book that I've had sitting on my tbr pile for years now! In a way, I don't regret that, because I read it at the right time. This lovely story took what could have been dark and melancholy subject matter, and made something upbeat and whimsical, yet no less moving.

Anna and Edward are characters that get shoved into closets and overlooked when it comes to romance novels. They are both over thirty. Neither is drop-dead-gorgeous. Neither are
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

The Raven Prince is the first book in the Prince’s Trilogy and my first read by author Elizabeth Hoyt, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! I enjoyed the uniqueness of this story in that neither of the characters could be considered even remotely conventional, and this in a time when being anything less was nigh unto blasphemous! Also, there was a Beauty and the Beast fairytalesque feel to it that was done so well one could easily believe in this story and its wonderful characters.

A widow
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicals

Edward said to Anna:
"I am in you, and you are holding me. There is no going back from this moment."

4.5 stars.

I don't want to give away too much and of course I don't want to spoil your reading experience. That's why my synopsis will be super short. Suffice to say that Edward de Raaf, the fifth Earl of Swartingham, meets Anna Wren while falling off his gelding--oh, please excuse me, Edward--you did not fall off, you were unseated.
Shin Mon Thway
Relisten - May 12 2018

I can’t even tell you how much it’s pleasurable to listen and see the characters come alive for one of your favorite books. I read this book years ago when I was still reading MF romance (I still read some MF historical romance from time to time but it’s quite rare). I vividly remember how I was blown away by the authenticity and genuineness of the protagonists at that time. Both MCs are neither astonishingly beautiful nor impeccably perfect. But those two imperfect
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Sigh. I'm not one for struggling with unbelievable plots in historical romance - I mean, I did read and liked some of Tessa Dare's novels *giggles* - but in The Raven Prince my disbelief was so tightly linked with my irritation at the hypocritical heroes that it certainly ruined any enjoyment I could have felt.

Perhaps I'd have been less disappointed if I hadn't pinned so many hopes on Anna, who was smart and sarcastic in the beginning, but sadly I've spent the remaining pages cursing, where did
Sophia Triad
This is another incredible historical romance book that I had the pleasure of reading. And I devoured it happily at one sitting.

Anna is a spirited young widow who lives with her mother in law and their orphan poor maid at their humble home. Their financial situation is getting worse. So, Anna decides to get a job. Since Anna is highly educated (for a girl), she manages to score a job as the fifth Earl of Swartingham’s secretary.
They will not start on the best terms. Because of her, the Earl,
Huh. It was cute and had some funny moments.

The monkey is right. It was fine. Not life-changing or anything, but okay.

But, sheesh, talk about unrealistic, "out there", not-in-a-million-years would this happen stuff. There was a lot of crazy things going on in this story. Even so, I could give it points for never getting boring.

Okay, maybe it wasn't THAT crazy, but still.
Lisa Kay
Man-oh-man-oh-man-man! Elizabeth Hoyt knows how to tell a story! I loved every enchanting word of this one. In a genre chocked with redundancy, Ms. Hoyt has written a RomanceLandia fairy tale and distinguished it with strong, compelling characters; the fascinating main protagonists, a devoted hound, an insightful mother-in-law, the average villagers, the lowest servants, the devoted friends, and last, but not least, the disgust-worthy villains – they all leap off the page. She has peppered her
Juliana Philippa
UPDATE: First read in May 2011; reread in January 2017 and was just as good and endearing as I remember. What refreshing leads!! Really love both Anna and Edward.

Absolutely fabulous - probably one of my all-time favorite romances (5 stars)
I cannot believe that I have spent so long avoiding Elizabeth Hoyt! I tested whether I had been right in thinking she wasn't the romance author for me when I read Wicked Intentions a week and a half ago ... and discovered that I had been so, so wrong! From
Princess under cover
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This might be my 3rd reread of the book since that first time I discovered the author over a decade ago.

Some of the plot is not very believable, a bit too contrived, but the story tugged on my emotions, and that's always a sign of a well-written story.

Anna is the perfect mix of ladylike forebearance and patience and wit while also a woman who goes after what she wants. Edward is a great "large, brooding, man's man" trope of a character, rather blunt and hard but with a soft heart and tender
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Sensuous Historical Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" The Raven Prince was an enjoyable read which I thought had some rather unusual elements. As I read the first chapter or so of the book, I was reminded of one of my all-time favorite romances, Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels. While The Raven Prince does bear some resemblance to Lord of Scoundrels, it is still very much it's own distinctive story. Much like their counterparts in Lord of Scoundrels, Edward can be rather temperamental and boorish, while Anna is
Whitney Atkinson
I read this book because I found it on a list of feminist romance books and I wanted something smutty but something that wouldn't make me hate myself. If anything, i'm not mad about it. Sure, there's plot points and dialogue and pitting women against each other and microaggressions I could point out, but overall, I think this book does a lot to challenge women's roles in society. Also the love interest had a dog who was amazing. So. I'm biased.
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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THE RAVEN PRINCE was the Unapologetic Romance Readers' December book of the month pick, and I barely scraped by, finishing the book on December 29th. But I did scrape by, and am proud of it! I was initially excited that RAVEN PRINCE had run, because I really liked the other book I'd read in this trilogy, THE LEOPARD PRINCE, and this one was supposed to be even better.

Here's the thing about Elizabeth Hoyt - she's really hit and miss. When
Tammy Walton Grant
4.5 stars

One of the problems with reading a very popular romance novel after everyone on the planet has already read it, is trying to find something to say about why you loved it that isn't the same as everyone else. Everyone has already talked about story, the depth, the meaning, the writing, the Beauty and the Beast angle, the main characters, the steamy scenes - what's left?

I loved this everything about this book. It's going on my favourites shelf - where I keep the books that I re-read and
Shin Mon Thway
Wow .. again and .. wow!!!

What a revelation!!! I read this book in one day so my face was practically glued to it. This was my very first Elizbeath Hoyt’s novel and I'm very glad that I chose this book as my first. I discovered this book under an article about the hottest, dirty romance novels and the title caught my attention as well as the description of this book. I've always been fascinated by the historical romance novels and it's a bit difficult to see nicely constructed love stories with
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jen by: Jennifer Leighton
Oh, how she wanted this man! She wanted to hold him like this tomorrow and fifty years hence. She wanted to be by his side every morning when he woke, she wanted his to be the last voice she heard before she fell asleep at night.

I don't think I can add anything that hasn't already been said in the hundreds of fabulous reviews for this book, but I will say Edward was HOT HOT HOT! Smallpox scars and all. Anna's a extremely lucky lady, indeed. A very well written book and I loved how the Raven
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, hr
I just accidentally deleted the review that I had been writing for the past hour. And there I had already written so much.


I'm totally bummed!
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply perfect.
I loved this book--everything about it. If I could, I would give this one more than 5 stars!
Blacky *Romance Addict*
4,5 stars :)

Well I found a new historical writer for me <3 This book kinda reminds me of Lord of Scoundrels, both heroes have problems with their looks, but the heroines only see what's inside them <3 A lovely, funny, romantic story of an earl in need of a secretary, and a young widow in need of a job :) He has a temper, and she has one to match XD They are attracted to each other and fiting it, and I must say I loved every scene while they were working at his house XD great dialogue :)
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ah, more corset stuff. I REALLY liked this one though, the dialogue and characters were fun. Totally unbelievable plot twists at times, but whatever, if you go with it it's fun. I would sign up this author as a guilty pleasure in the future. Like I said in another review, I haven't listed a lot of these corset books I've read lately because most of them are snoozers. This one's writing was very enjoyable and good enough to note for those who want to read smutty corset romance.

Also has some
Sam (AMNReader)
4.5 - one little plot point (and no, not the device at the end-is it wrong I was really hoping for that?) was too distracting for me. While the writing was purposeful and tight (in other words, REALLY good), as well at funny at times, I also have the beautiful/artistic factor, and here for me, I didn't notice that to be a strength (maybe on a reread!).

So why a 4.5, Sam? (view spoiler)
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK I am going to say something that is very unpopular here: I did not like this book.

I believe that this book was Elizabeth Hoyt's first book, and a very popular book, too. My first read from Hoyt was The Leopard Prince, which came after this book. I was blown away by the way she tells a story, I still believe that she writes on a different level than a lot of the writers out there and is very talented.

But I didn't think this book was all that special. I disliked the heroine Anna intensely. I
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this one. I love a strong heroine.

Of course, he doesn't have fair hair in the book ... Raven ... hint there Mo? What the heck. It is Friday night. I am tired after a long week of work!

"A good garden can always be restored ..."

“Oh, how she wanted this man! She wanted to hold him like this tomorrow and fifty years hence. She wanted to be by his side every morning when he woke, she wanted his to be the last voice she heard before she fell asleep at night.”
Blodeuedd Finland
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was unsure about the grade but I am just gonna go all bitchy on this book. Truth be told, I sat there reading and nitpicking and never truly connected. Did it make me want to read more by this Would it make me pick up more books by her if I found them at the library, no, and that really means it should get a 2. Which is still of course an ok grade.

So many things irritated me with this book. The first time Anna sees and hears Edward she thinks of one that how his voice
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it

Historical Romance - 3.5 stars!
With his hands at the back of his head, squeezing water from his hair, his muscles stood out in sharp relief. The sun glinted off his flexed arms and chest, and his black underarm hair curled damply. Rivulets of grimy water, mixed with blood from ewe, ran down his chest and arms. His low-slung breeches clung to his hips and thighs, delineating the bulge of his manhood. He looked quite pagan.
I so wanted to love this book. I really did. But for some unknown
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erika by: Rizka & Rane : Thanks girls! *hugs*
Pheewww... what a mind-blowing read. It was...

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If I may give an advice - based on my own experience - reading it in public place is not a wise thing to do.
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like their men in stockings, and women in chemises.
Recommended to Ian by: Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Edward de Raaf, the Earl of Swartingham has a problem. After yet another secretary has fled from his service he desperately needs a replacement. But finding someone willing to put up with his abrasiveness and temper is proving difficult.

Impoverished widow Anna Wren desperately needs a job to keep the wolf from the door. She is even willing to put up with the Earl to earn some much needed money and manages to con her way into the job.

With small-pox scars from childhood, most women find Edward
Jacqueline's Reads
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
4 Stars

Elizabeth Hoyt has been on my TBR list for historical romance authors for sometime now. When I’m in a Historical Romance binge, I’m in it. I like to read series for days. Anyhow, I liked the Raven Prince. I did find it a bit wordy at times and a little too descriptive, but the overall story, angst, and characters were my jam.

It’s a meaty book and I did read it in two days.

The thing that got me was the storyline, although there was a part I wasn’t fond of, thankfully it wasn’t the FULL
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I gobbled this up

Writing: Sometimes the writing didn’t fit the era. I didn’t always get that 1700’s feel. This was disappointing.

characters: Anna and the Earl are both widowed. Anna is a forward thinker and challenges the societal norms. The Earl is taciturn, but enjoys a challenge.

Storyline: Anna and her mother-in-law were left in a financial hole. Anna has to work to provide for her family and she weasels her way into the Earl’s employ. The Earl is shocked to find a female sitting at his
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Take all my 5 stars, Elizabeth Hoyt! You definitely deserve it because The Raven Prince is nothing but perfection itself. Oh my goodness, I'm crying now as we speak. Damn.

I never thought I would read this book, actually. I'm not particularly fond of its themes; prostitution is a very big turn off for me, and the hero going to a brothel is my biggest pet peeve of all. That's why I'd shied away from this until I was convinced by a friend that it's really worth the time and effort.

And it really
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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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“Do you think 'Duke' is a good name?' she asked.

His face blanked for a second before it cleared. He glanced at the dog in consideration. 'I don't think so. He would outrank me.”
“Where are we going?” she asked.

“Mr. Durbin’s sheep have begun to lamb, and I wanted to see how the ewes are doing.” He cleared his throat. “I suppose I should have told you about today’s outing earlier.”

Anna kept her eyes straight ahead and made a noncommittal sound.

He coughed. “I might’ve, had you not left so precipitously yesterday afternoon.”

She arched a brow but did not reply.

There was a lengthy lull broken only by the dog’s eager yelp as he flushed a rabbit from the hedge along the lane.

Then the earl tried again. “I’ve heard some people say my temper is rather . . .” He paused, apparently searching for a word.

Anna helped him. “Savage?”

He squinted at her.


He frowned and opened his mouth.

She was quicker. “Barbaric?”

He cut her off before she could add to her list. “Yes, well, let us simply say that it intimidates some people.” He hesitated. “I wouldn’t want to intimidate you, Mrs. Wren.”

“You don’t.”
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