I guess I can’t love every Elizabeth Hoyt story with the same kind of devotion I felt for the first two books in this series. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this story. It’s still a well written book, with interesting characters and an engaging romance. I just had a few issues that kept me from adding it to my favorites list.
I think the biggest issue came with the hero. Simon is a man hellbent on revenge. He is systematically killing off the group of men who conspired to kill his older brother. It’s a mission that almost goes terribly wrong for him when his adversaries try to have him offed first. He had been beaten, stabbed, and left for dead when our heroine found him dumped nude in her small town. It’s as she nurses him back to health that a friendship –and something more– grows between them.
I understand what motivates Simon’s need for vengeance, but it consumes him. And that “issue” I mentioned comes from the fact that he puts it before all things, including Lucy. I kept waiting for him to have his moment of clarity where he realizes what a fool he has been and changes his mind. For me, that came in a form too little, too late. I need my heroines to come first for the hero when it’s do or die time. I felt like things only worked out because of good luck and Lucy’s willingness to bend, even after he breaks her heart.
Don’t get me wrong, Simon’s not a bad guy. I believed he loved Lucy. I enjoyed them together, even though he is a little more of a dandy and a bit more pompous than I generally choose in a hero, though to be fair, much of that is mask for his own low opinion of himself. I liked Lucy a bit more than I liked him. She is very no nonsense and direct. She knows her mind and her heart –and she stands firm in her own morality… well, mostly.
I just thought it took too long for Simon to get his head on straight and when it came time for the climax, poor Lucy just had to wait it out at the house. It’s interesting, though, that in reading several reviews on this book, many people considered it the best in the series. I guess that goes to show we’re all looking for something a little bit different. Overall, I’m glad I read it, but I’d pick the first two books in the series over this one, any day.
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The Serpent Prince
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing