Another winner from Elizabeth Hoyt! She is now officially my favorite historical romance author. This book rocked my socks off. It’s part two in her Princes series, and though I most definitely enjoyed The Raven Prince, you can easily read this as a standalone. It’s one of my favorite tropes: the lady falling in love with a servant, and it is done deliciously right.
Lady George is independently wealthy, so even at 28, she really has no need of a husband. But that doesn’t make her immune to the attraction that a woman can feel for a strapping man. Harry isn’t trying to attract attention. He is simply trying to do a good job as her land steward. But when circumstances force the two of them to spend the night alone together, things start to slowly change in how they see each other.
George isn’t at all the ninny aristocrat that Harry thought she would be. She is actually quite intelligent and cares for her tenants. But she is so far above his station, he could never even consider acting on his attraction toward her. Besides, he has bigger issues to deal with, like the fact that someone is killing the sheep of an old rival and the blame is falling right at his feet. It’s obviously a frame job, but the threat to his reputation and freedom is very real, especial since his enemy is much wealthier and powerful.
This book hit all the right notes for me. Both main characters were well drawn and I adored them both. The progression of the romance was paced perfectly. I loved watching their feelings unfold. And the sexual element was very satisfying. It was hot without being overly dirty… just right for my taste. I think it was Harry who really won this book for me. He clearly admires and respects George –and wants her– but truly believes anything real with her out of reach. And the way he calls her “my lady” the whole time was totally swoon worthy.
It wasn’t 100% perfect. George pulls a dummy move at the end. But it didn’t detract from my love of the romance, or the book as a whole. Would definitely recommend.
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The Leopard Prince
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: April 1, 2007
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing