The Serpent Prince : Princes Trilogy

  • by Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by Moira Quirk
  • Series: Princes Trilogy
  • 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When the devil meets an angel...
Country bred Lucy Craddock-Hayes is content with her quiet life, until the day she trips over an unconscious man - a naked unconscious man - and loses her innocence forever.
...he can take her to heaven...
Viscount Simon Iddesleigh was nearly beaten to death by his enemies. Now he's hell-bent on vengeance. But as Lucy nurses him back to health, her honesty startles his jaded sensibilities - even as it ignites a desire that threatens to consume them both.
...or to hell.
Charmed by Simon's sly wit, urbane manners, and even his red-heeled shoes, Lucy falls hard and fast for him. Yet as his honor keeps him from ravishing her, his revenge sends his attackers to her door. As Simon wages war on his foes, Lucy wages her own war for his soul, using the only weapon she has: her love.


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Thoroughly Enjoyable - but 10.5 hours not 22 hours

Wow, just wow. So many things in this novel worked really well for me. The main characters, Lucy and Simon are excellent foils for one another (innocent versus jaded, angelic versus corrupted) and I find it refreshing that they were upfront about their feelings for each other almost from the start. Their honesty with one another allowed their relationship evolved in a very organic manner, and (in my opinion) the strong sex scenes served to further develop the characters' relationship rather than just to titillate. Moira Quirk did an outstanding job with the delivery of the story.

The elements of the plot, such as the external conflict (ie. Simon's mission to avenge his brother's murder), were also interesting to read about. The layers to Simon's backstory were gradually revealed as the story progressed, which made the resolution to the conflict very satisfying. The fairytale of the Serpent prince that is woven into the main story was also lovely and appropriate, as it mirrored the dynamics of the characters' growing relationship.

Lastly, the quality of the author's writing was superb. She's crafted some very wonderful dialogue between Lucy and Simon, and has perfected the art of showing the characters' feelings rather than telling.

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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"


Book 3 of The Prince trilogy but it's totally a stand alone listen with the only link with the previous 2 books is a meeting in a coffee house as the three heroes chat and you realise they were all friends.

As I've said before in other reviews, when you invest 22 hours of your life to a book you hope that investment will be worth it. Well, this certainly was - from Chapter 1 I was hooked and continued to be drawn into a romantic love story that was woven between Simon, hell-bent on a quest to avenge his dead brother by duelling and Lucy a country Lady with a high provincial moral code.

We see Simon (a tortured soul) and Lucy (a smothered soul) being drawn together as she finds him naked and nurses him back to health after being left for dead. As their conversations bring feelings and desires the attraction between them grows rapidly and, as they throw quips and banter with each other, the humour melts their shells and melds them together but Simon has dark secrets and never feels good enough for his Angel Lucy.

However, the very likeable main and secondary characters and events all play their part in eventually tearing them apart with revenge, guilt, murder, heartbreak and desperation making their presence known too. Can love overcome all or will it just not be enough in this well written and well narrated story.

Just one thing - I would have loved an epilogue!

Worth a credit? It's a typical EH book - clever dialogue in a well thought out descriptive plot and if you can shrug off the historical imperfections along with the sexy bits - then you will thoroughly enjoy this long (you could double speed it) but very very enjoyable listen - so that's a Yes for the credit.
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio