The Ice Princess

Elizabeth Hoyt
The Ice Princess
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Release Date
August 2010
Historical Romance


As the madam of Aphrodite's Grotto, the most infamous brothel in London, Coral Smythe knows everything possible about men's needs and desires. Yet she's never experienced the love of a single man-not even that of Captain Isaac Wargate whose hawk-like eyes stare at her with both condemnation...and lust.


Captain Wargate heartily disapproves of the sensuous madam who always wears a golden mask. She lures his officers from both his ship and their duty. But when Coral herself is offered up as the prize in a game of chance, Wargate impulsively enters...and wins.


Now the puritanical navy captain has just seven nights to learn everything he can about the mysterious madam and what she knows of a man's desires. But when Coral is threatened by the new owner of Aphrodite's Grotto, will Wargate take a chance on the woman beneath the mask...and on love?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jun 07, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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Elizabeth Hoyt took a gamble in creating a heroine who had been a whore and who was now the madam of London's most infamous brothel, Aphrodite's Grotto. Would readers take to her? I'm not sure about the others, yet, I have to commend the author's sheer talent and storytelling ability, for she made it work for me.

Totally against her will, Coral Smythe became the prize of a wager--seven illicit nights. Though Naval Captain Isaac Wargate disapproves of her, he couldn't help but come to her rescue. But will seven nights be enough for them?

The author made a complete role-reversal here--the heroine who had been with a lot of men, while the hero whom we can infer to have been only with a few women, as he'd been married (widowed now) and his profession as a naval captain meant he would be at sea for long stretches of time. I have to admit I did wonder whether it would work, whether I would come to like Coral enough to root for her HEA with our handsome, grave naval captain. And I would have to say, yes.

Why? Because Coral is a fighter, and to survive, she did what she had to. For herself and for others. Because at heart, she also yearns for love, for a man's kind touch. And mainly because of Isaac, who saw the woman underneath the madam, who took the time to woo and court and know her. Because their story is the kind of fairy tale that we sigh about, the kind of romance that moved us and caused us to shed tears over.

Because we are not our pasts or what circumstances force us to be. Because we are not beaten, because we can rise above and reach for a better, more glorious future, if we but have the courage to make it happen.

My practical side remains leery that such a story could happen in real life, but my romantic side says, "Why not?"

THE ICE PRINCESS is book 4 of the Princes Series, which starts with The Raven Prince. I haven't read the other books in the series, but you can bet I'm going to search them out!

Get it, read it, and submerged yourself in this fairy tale of hope and dreams coming true.
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