Thursday, February 20, 2014


Happy Thursday, everyone! This is a new feature hosted by Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

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.


The Raven Prince (Princes Trilogy, #1) The Raven Prince (Princes Trilogy, #1)

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.


  1. One of my all time favorites...

  2. I've never read anything by Elizabeth Hoyt, but I'm thinking I should. Do you recommend I start with this one?

    1. I would since it is easily my favorite of hers. I will warn you that Hoyt is pretty spicy in her sex scenes...she writes them well, but they can be a little jarring if you aren't expecting them. Hoyt obviously loves her fairy tales since she uses them as epigraphs in every book she's written. Her Maiden Lane books are amazing as well.

  3. I just loved this series, and Raven Prince was one of my favorites. Loved your pick of the week. Hoyt does have a certain way with her stories.

  4. This was such an awesome book! Agree with Renee, Hoyt has a certain way with her stories. So, so excited to read Apollo's story this year. ^_^


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