The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt (2006)
Description: 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. What is a gently bred lady to do?
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. Dammit! How hard can it be to find a decent secretary?
When Anna becomes the earl’s secretary, 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.
Review: From the start, sparks fly between Anna and Edward. Desperate for money, Anna takes a job as Edwards secretary (a position usually held by a man). She seems to be the only one who can handle Edward's nasty temper. Edward has just returned to his ancestral home and is in the process of finding a bride so he can restart his family line. There is just one problem with his master plan... he is falling for his audacious secretary Anna. After many misadventures and miscommunication, will Anne and Edward overcome the odds to stay together?
A very engaging story right from the start. The banter between Anna and Edward was fun to read. Hoyt's characters felt real and one can't help feeling for them. There were many different emotional currents running throughout this book and they never stopped until the end. As with her other books, some of the language is a bit too modern, but overall a great historical novel.
Score: 4 out of 5