Series: Princes Trilogy
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Format: Paperback *own copy
Page Count: 384
Published: Grand Central Publishing, 2012
The second installment to the Princes Trilogy tells the story of Harry Pye -of the coffee and agriculture loving trio- the rough and tough land steward, and the very owner of the land that he manages, one Lady Georgina Maitland.
I have to say, the very first and foremost thing that comes to mind when I think of this series is the unusual heroes. I think I’ve already mentioned this in my review for the first book in the series, but it deserves another mention here because I think this is the first time I read a historical romance where the hero is not a Lord, or a Viscount, or a Duke or any other title that you can think of. No, the hero of this story is a mere land steward, but don’t get me wrong, I only say ‘mere’ for the sake of emphasizing the difference of him. In a very good way of course.
Harry Pye is such a man that he protects his privacy like his life depends on it, and in some cases you can see that it really does, he refers to his friends as my lord, and he likes to carve wooden animals -a lovely hobby and also a sign to him being a solitary man. And of course he’s imperfect in some physical way which I came to expect from the heroes in this series. But the physical imperfection is in no way the focus of the story, you’d think that with a story about a man who’s scarred on the outside you’d get a plot that includes the obstacle of the scar, but this is not the case here. In fact, if I wasn’t reminded in a few occasions, I wouldn’t even have realized. Why tell all this? I just like the idea of a hero who’s not perfection. Sure they are in some way, it’s why we love them, but a man who’s not a rake, who’s not rich, who’s simply not perfect save for his resistance to marriage is, well, nice.
Lady George is as unusual as she could get with a hero like Harry. She’s not a young and naive lass but a woman who knows what she wants and again, who’s not afraid to get it. She was the kind of heroine I’ve come to expect from a good historical romance and I can say she didn’t disappoint.
The only bit I could’ve done without is the usual doubts that the characters have for themselves, the attempt to leave the other in the hope that it would make things better. I wish historicals could find a better subplot than this as the last minute twist. But other than this one bit, I liked the story.
The supporting characters I loved. I wouldn’t mind seeing them again somewhere later, although I wouldn’t know how they would fit in the next book. But still, I wish there was a short mention somewhere towards the end that was a bit more than we already had because I really enjoyed them.
A lovely add to the trilogy, and I can’t wait to read the next and last one of this series, simply because I can never get enough of a story of the nonchalant and witty character.
In the meantime, I’m adding four spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.
Princes Trilogy by Elizabeth Hoyt:
- The Raven Prince
- The Leopard Prince
- The Serpent Prince
- The Ice Princess*
*This is a short story involving one of the recurring characters.