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I couldn't help but cry and love this book. Magnificent. A love story that's not just hot air. ( )
  RinHanase | Mar 11, 2017 |
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 darkest books. While Lucy and Simon’s chemistry is intense and Hoyt is a master at writing scorching sex scenes, Simon’s obsession with vengeance overshadows their romance. It creates a conflict between the lovers that is virtually insurmountable as Simon is unwilling to give up his need for revenge and Lucy is incapable of reconciling his behavior with her love for him.

The fact that villains are truly evil and deserve the ignominious deaths that Simon inflicts on them goes a long way to mitigating his actions. Nevertheless, this does not negate the fact that he is murdering these men in cold blood, which does not present his character in a positive light. Moreover, the idea of Lucy’s supposedly redemptive love never fully materializes and she plays little to no part in the final climax and resolution.

The secondary characters in Maiden Hill provide some much needed comic relief. Lucy’s irate father, busybody best friend and curmudgeonly servant are all wonderful caricatures of life in a small English village and it is worth reading the book if only for their banter.

Overall, The Serpent Prince is the weakest installment in the Princes Trilogy (the books are only loosely connected through the friendship between the heroes), but it is well-written and gripping in parts. Recommended for readers in the mood for a little angst. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Lucy Craddock-Hayes is perfectly content with her quiet country life until the day she finds Viscount Simon Iddesleigh naked and near death in a ditch near her home. After just a few weeks in his company, she finds her former life dull and cannot imagine returning to it. But Simon is on a quest to avenge his brother's death, a quest that imperils not only himself but his relationship with Lucy.

There's a bit more melodrama in this one but I have a high tolerance for it. And it's counterbalanced by Lucy and Simon's rather steamy relationship. A good read for those who enjoy this kind of thing. ( )
  MickyFine | Apr 29, 2016 |
4.5* This was a romancangsty book, but sometimes you need the angst instead of the love and laughter. It was also very well written and I just loved the H/h and wanted them to figure things out and get their HEA. ( )
  Bugetta | Sep 29, 2014 |
Not quite as good as its two predecessors, but nevertheless a fun read. Engaging hero/heroine and good secondary characters. The ending was rather abrupt; would have liked a bit more wrapping up. ( )
  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
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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 honesty startles his jaded sensibilities - even as it ignites a desire that threatens to consume them both.

Charmed by Simon's sly wit, urbane manners, and even his red-heeled shoes, Lucy falls hard and fast for him. Yet as his honor keeps him from ravishing her, his revenge sends his attackers to her door. As Simon wages war on his foes, Lucy wages her own war for his soul using the only weapon she has - her love.

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Country bred Lucy Craddock-Hayes is content with her quiet life. Until the day she trips over a naked unconscious man, Viscount Simon Iddesleigh.

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