What is Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. Since Tin and Mary C. are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, they've decided to focus on this beloved genre.
Here are the rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 2008.
THIS WEEK I AM FEATURING...
The Raven Prince (Prince Trilogy #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Originally published in November 2006
There comes a time in a lady's life...
Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant male on horseback nearly squashes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits.
When she must do the unthinkable...
The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior.
And find employment.
When Anna becomes the earl's secretary, it would seem that both their problems are solved. Then she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London for his "manly" needs. Well! Anna sees red—and decides to assuage her "womanly" desires...with the earl as her unknowing lover.
***************************Elizabeth Hoyt's debut novel was a Georgian-set romance that showcased her style early on. There are two unconventional protagonists: an impoverished, mousy widow and an arrogant, pox-scarred lord. Neither Edward or Anna is typical of this genre with their looks and personalities, but their love story is full of as much passion and romance as a thousand other books I've read over the years. I especially enjoyed the epigraphs before each chapter which tells a fairy tale that directly relates to the original story.