The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt (2007)
Description: 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.
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.
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…
Review: On her way home Lucy literally stumbles over a body... Simon's body. Although not dead, Simon was very badly injured. Lucy brought Simon to her home and cared for him. While at this modest home, Simon began to fall for Lucy. After a failed attempt on his life, Simon realizes that if he stays Lucy will be in danger. It appears that he really cannot live without Lucy so he returns to her and brings her back to London with him to be his wife. Lucy discovers Simon's secret war... a war that threatens to tear them apart.
This was a very emotional story. Hoyt created characters with deep feelings that you couldn't help feel for. Once you start reading this book you will not want to put it down. A must read for historical romance fans.
Score: 4 out of 5