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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Drea's Review: The Leopard Prince

Title: The Leopard Prince
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Princes #2
Format: paperback
Release Date: April 1st 2007
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
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Rating: 4-stars

Drea's Review:

Lady Georgina shouldn’t be lusting after her steward Harry Pye. He’s her servant. It’s simply not done. But she’s already a spinster with estates in her own name thanks to an aunt’s will. She doesn’t need to marry. And she doesn’t want to. Ever. So what’s wrong with having an affair with the man she’s attracted to?
Harry isn’t about to become an aristocrat’s plaything. Not after an Earl beat his father and sent them both to the poor house. He’s after his revenge. And taking a job for the lady who owns the estate next to that horrid Earl is the first step toward getting it. But sheep are dying and the locals think he’s to blame. Georgina champions him, and he soon can’t ignore his attraction to her.

Things I loved in this story: characters who behave unconventionally for their day, an Alpha male who isn’t about to be lead around by his member, a strong female who can hold her own, and the bad guy getting his. The writing is decent. The love scenes extra steamy (see below).

Things I wasn’t into in this story: a secret baby, the heroine fleeing to London twice, and the sister’s side plot where she’s being blackmailed into marriage. There’s also some jumping into the bad guy and the sister's points of view (POV). I get bored when the POV shifts away from the heroine or hero and put book down.

What you need to know before grabbing this: the sex scenes are explicit. There’s crass wording in Harry’s POV not usually found outside of erotic romance/erotica. Do not pick this up if you are easily offended.

Do pick this up if you want to fan yourself over a hot, working-class Alpha male in a historical romance.


Challenge Update: This is book three toward the 2014 Historical Romance reading challenge I signed up for ages ago. I have nine more to go!



13 comments:

  1. It's nice to see that the roles are different in this one, it's always so interesting! Thanks for the review!

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    1. No problem, thank you for stopping by!

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  2. From the cover I wouldn't expect historical romance.

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    1. I believe this is the 2nd cover they did. The first one was more what you'd expect.

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  3. Historical erotica is my thing now or something like that. Great find, drea!

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    1. Thanks! The genre is so fun. I adore it :)

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  4. I read the first book in this series, and really did not like it. The language was a problem for me, and the strange actions of both hero and heroine, totally not time period correct. So no, this one is not for me.

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    1. I'm glad I've saved you from another problem!

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  5. Well Drea you've totally sold me! I love pretty much all of those things other than the secret baby (grs on those) but the class difference, an alpha male, strong heroine and some erotic elements to the smexy bits...I'm in!

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    1. I've come to enjoy the mixture of erotic + historical, if done well. Sometimes it feels like it's done simply to be shocking. Those I don't like. This one worked for me :)

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  6. I got to check right away for this one. I love Elizabeth Hoyt's historicals! Now I hope I find this bad boy on audible.
    Great review!
    Thank you Drea :)

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    1. Ooh, I'd be interested to know how it feels in audio :D

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  7. I'm not easily offended, so I think I'll be fine (even with the secret baby, and other dramatic plot devices, LOL). I make exceptions for HR that I wouldn't for contemporary ;) Great review, Drea!

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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