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The Ice Princess

(Princes #3.5)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,087 ratings  ·  287 reviews
As the madam of Aphrodite's Grotto, the most infamous brothel in London, Coral Smythe knows everything possible about men's needs and desires. Yet she's never experienced the love of a single man-not even that of Captain Isaac Wargate whose hawk-like eyes stare at her with both condemnation...and lust.

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ebook, 100 pages
Published August 15th 2010 by Forever Yours (first published 2010)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

I absolutely adored The Princes Trilogy by Elizabeth Hoyt, and was beyond happy to hear that one of the characters, Coral Smythe, who was introduced to us in The Raven Prince, was given her own short story in the novella, The Ice Princess. But don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a just a “wrapping up loose ends” story, because this actually had quite a bit of angst and detailed relationship building.

Coral, as you might recall if you’ve read The Raven Prince , is the madam of Aphrodite’s G
Shin Mon Thway
If I have to decide my favorite books in Miss Hoyt’s princes trilogy, that’d be the first book and this one. I loveeeedddevery single second reading this novella.

I am sure most of my friend knows it by now that I’m a hopeless romantic. I also seem to have a kink for impossible and difficult relationships. This book was a match made in heaven for me.

Coral is the madam Aphrodite of London’s notorious brothel and she’s currently in trouble. She had to borrow some money due to a difficult situation
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
"You're so beautiful I am awe-struck. I want to lay beside you and simply watch you sleep. I want to hold you in my arms and make you tremble."

London, 1762

Coral Smythe is the madam of an infamous brothel called Aphrodite's Grotto. Captain Isaac Wargate stood like a gloomy black rook of doom at the side of the hall. Coral thought he was an irritating man. It irked her that he ignored her constantly. But Captain Wargate is not interested in the trade of any human flesh, after all. Isaac just wante
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
In a nutshell:

The Ice Princess really made me happy. It's been so long since I read something that gave me a warm, tingly feeling inside. The writing was brilliant, the pacing was just right, and the characters were lovable. It was obvious to me, the reader, that there couldn't be any other man more perfect for Coral than Isaac. He was everything she needed. And it was such a joy seeing these two people find themselves in the world.

What I didn't like was the crudeness of the language at times.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Perhaps this came along at the right time for me. I wanted to read something competent and engaging and romantic with it. This ticked all of those boxes. And I've just slogged through a book, which is the opposite of all those things, so, Hoyt perhaps gets more credit here than she really should for this book.

It's very short. It finished at about 57% of the Kindle edition I read (the rest being the first few chapters of one of Hoyt's other books). I liked the premise. The austere sea captain, wh
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Short, sweet, and involves the madam of a high class brothel. It's very sweet how Isaac doesn't treat Coral like a prostitute. Wish it'd been longer.

I really need to make a shelf just for prostitutes/madams/brothels. They deserve their own shelf.
Powerful writing and strong-smart-but-flawed characters made something as short as a novella be so emotional, so beautiful, and just so good.
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the Elizabeth Hoyt & The Princes Trilogy
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Elizabeth Hoyt has done it again, writing yet another compelling story. The Ice Princess is a novella sequel to her fabulous Princes Trilogy that features Coral Smythe, a secondary character from that series, as the heroine. In a less talented author's hands, I probably would not have enjoyed The Ice Princess half as much. Because of the brevity of the story, the time frame in which the events occur would admittedly be rather unbelievable in real life, but Ms. Hoyt has a
Tammy Walton Grant
When I was reading The Raven Prince I found myself posting quotes from a prostitute named Coral Smythe.

"I can get you a night with an accomplished male whore or a virginal schoolboy." Coral's eyes widened. "Famous libertines or ragpickers off the street. One very special man or ten complete strangers. Dark men, red men, yellow men, men you've only dreamed of in the black of night, lonely in your bed, snug under your covers. Whatever you long for. Whatever you desire. Whatever you crave. You ha
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Coral is introduced in the Raven Prince book.....she is a very well written secondary character in that that kind of continues to linger in your thoughts after the book ends. It makes you wonder "what happened to Coral?" I was really glad she got her own story....I actually love novellas and read alot of them because I don't have time to enjoy full length novels all the time and very few can write an unforgettable short story....Hoyt of course makes that list....I just need to s ...more
I'd enjoyed Elizabeth Hoyt's other books in this series, but this novella was not, I think, worth looking out. It had some promise initially - the madam-with-a-heart, and the puritanical captain - but the progress of their relationship felt manufactured (she began to trust him so quickly, he overcomes his prejudices almost immediately) and the sub-plot with the villain was distracting. Having said that, Hoyt always writes well, and I might have enjoyed this more if I hadn't expected more. ...more
Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)

Really cute story and I really liked it. Book 2 & 3 were not that great for me but I really like this one. Maybe because it involved characters from book 1 which I loved. Anyway, super sweet and quick read.


Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
3.5-4 stars. As is inevitably the case with most of these shorter novella-length stories, there wasn't enough character depth and development, even though the foundations and backgrounds for the main characters were built well. The characters were sketched well, but I would have appreciated a more fully drawn picture of them.

We met Coral Smythe in Hoyt's The Raven Prince, in which her cynicism and bold personality set her apart from the other secondary characters. I'm not a fan of mistress or co
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hf-england
You're so beautiful I am awe-struck. I want to lay beside you and simply watch you sleep. I want to hold you in my arms and make you tremble...I want to touch you until you forget yourself, forget where you are, forget the world."

OMG. swooon swooon swoon... And THIS is how,dear authors, you write a novella!

Coral Smythe is Aphrodite, the madam of an infamous brothel. Captain Isaac Wargate is a regular visitor to the brothel, if only to shepherd his juniors away. He does not participate in th
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
I've been waiting for ages for this novella to be available on kindle to Australia. Finally... and it didn't disappoint.

An epilogue to the Princes series, ( we had seen glimpses of the heroine Coral Smythe in the series) only Elizabeth Hoyt could turn the story of the notorious Madam of Aphrodite's Grotto and the dour sea captain Issac Wargate into a beautiful love story.

My only complaint... it was too short. I would have loved this as an expanded full length novel.
Lori Foster
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love that each of Hoyt's characters are different - and none of them are perfect. This heroine was forced to sell herself to help care for herself and her sister, and I admire her so much!
Loved, loved, loved the very unique hero who moved beyond that historical cliche "she must be a virgin" characteristic and into "I understand her and I love her." Wonderful stuff!
This was very much a novella, and a tad on the lukewarm side for me. No pun intended.

Isaac, the H, wins seven nights with Cora, the masked Madam of a brothel. Despite his disapproval on all previous visits, he is suddenly in love and emotionally seduces Cora who's heart is encased in ice. There is an incomplete side plot of an evil doer that is trying to get control of the brothel that was interesting but not developed enough.

Three stars because Elizabeth Hoyt is an excellent writer and this had
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really am no fan of novellas. I like to stay with the characters for a while. I am a fast reader and novellas can hardly hold my attention for more than an hour. This usually means a mediocre reading experience and rating.

I think The Ice Princess is the only novella I have read so far which I rated above 3 stars.

So many othes have said it: Elizabeth Hoyt is one talented writer. I really think so. I admire such writers, how they weave a compelling story. Most admirable. Hoyt picked Coral, a "
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet little ebook. If you read The Raven Prince, then you probably had questions about Coral Smythe the newest madame over Aphrodite’s Grotto. This is her story. Stern Navy's captain, Isaac Wargate, has been coming in these last two years to round up his men at Coral's establishment. She has to fight her attraction of the tall blue-eyed Navy man, after all who can resist a man in uniform. After a strange twist of fate, Coral has agreed to 7 nights of utter sin with the captain, at th ...more
Three and a half stars.

The final novella in the Princes trilogy focuses on Coral Smythe, the beautiful courtesan from the previous books who became the madam of Aphrodite's Grotto, known as Aphrodite to the men who frequent the brothel. There is one man who comes to the brothel that she can't work out, Captain Isaac Wargate, a naval captain who disdains both Coral and her women, coming in only to verbally spar with Coral and collect his errant men. Until one day the new majority owner of the bro
Not Now...Mommy's Reading
I enjoyed this novella. Had it been a full-length novel that allowed me to becoming better acquainted with the hero and heroine, I would have undoubtedly given it four stars.

Normally stories featuring heroine who are courtesans "cheat", in my opinion. Either the heroine is a virgin who is forced into becoming a courtesan and thus meets the hero or she is pretending to be a courtesan but is still quite the virgin or something of the sort. Coral Smyth, the "Aphrodite" of Aphrodite's Grotto, is ind
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 could have made this one shine as a full length story :) ...more
What a lovely novella! There are some really great secondary characters from The Prince's Trilogy, and it's really lovely to hear more about one of them.

This is a really well-written little story, as well. The characters are well-defined, the plot is short and sweet, and it doesn't leave you wanting with an inadequate epilogue.

Loved it!!
Jessica B
I absolutely loved this series so this was a wonderful treat! I thought the author did a good job with the fallen women aspect since usually am not a huge fan of that story line but this time I really enjoyed it!

The more I read by this author the more I love her!
Shuhada Ramli
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed all of these #ThePrincesTrilogy and The Ice Princess was the quickest one to finish. The storyline was very straightforward. Not so much of antagonism and it was a very relaxing read. Coral Smythe deserves her happy ending too. I love Elizabeth Hoyt! Looking forward to reading more of her series!

Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-plain, okay
Nice story, a little bit rushed, but it was a short story, I understand.
Feb 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This rates a C-. It was all right but I don't feel strongly about it. It's a short story/novella. My main objection is that I didn't buy the emotion--love--between them. Yes, they had a physical attraction, but this puritanical, moral man had no reason to love her. He didn't know her--at all. They played one game of checkers. That does not a relationship make. And she is a whore. She has been for years, and a madam. Evidently EH thinks because she's been abstinent for 2 years it wipes out the ye ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nicole by: Susana
Rating: 3.5

And so my reading challenge for 2014 is finally complete.

ohmigosh! A million thanks to Susana who pointed out to me that Coral DID in fact have a story.

This was a short (and I do mean short) read. Once you reach 54%, you're done. The rest are merely sample chapters.

I must say that I am shocked that Ms. Hoyt packed such a punch in so little pages. True, at some point it did feel extremely rushed. I wished on more than one ocassion that this would've been a longer novel so I could've en
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Wow that was incredibly short, but really really sweet. This novella has Coral Smythe who was briefly in the first book of this series The Raven Prince as the very young madam of a famous brother Aphrodites Grotto. In The Ice Princess we see her fall in love with a serious sea captain and finally have the happy ending that she deserves. ...more
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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 different." She lifted a hand to delicately trace his hairline.
He closed his eyes, feeling her fingers tremble against his skin.
"For whatever reason," she said softly, "when you are with me, you are
simply Isaac and I am Coral.”
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