Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Princes #2
Release Date: April 1st 2007
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
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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.