Review The Ice Princess by Elizabeth Hoyt
SEVEN NIGHTS OF SIN
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.
SEVEN NIGHTS OF ECSTASY
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.
SEVEN NIGHTS OF LOVE
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?
As far as short historical novellas go, it was such a great cute little novella and it was adorable. Its an odd way to describe a book about a madam in a brothel, but it was adorable. Coral is a woman who has had to claw her way up from the worst possible circumstances, she was a teenaged whore who managed to find a decent protector, to keep a roof over her head and food in her and her sisters belly. Then she found a slightly better protector, taking steps up and up until her last protector who hurt her beyond anything she’d anticipated and she decided to instead of seeking another protector decide to open up her own brothel so that she could help other girls make money but at the same time she would be able to not have to herself, still turn tricks.
Of course there was strife, the person she borrowed money from in order to open the club is an ass who threw her back into the ring with the wolves, mainly some men that wanted to possess and use coral, and one of the men playing for her was Issac the captain of the ship that comes to port who always manages to look down on Coral slightly, who never engages in any of the women’s activities, yet still comes to “watch over” his men at Coral’s place. Isaac is a widower who has strange feelings for coral, his possessiveness and protectiveness play a large part into his character, and why he chooses to win for her.
Of course you know where the story is going to end up, there is going to be a couple of come to Jesus converations between the two of them, they’ll fight, coral will win against her evil investor then she’ll run away, they’ll be reunited and bam HEA.
But the truly interesting part about the whole story, was just how these two spoke to each other. The interaction between them was positively electric and it was, well frankly they were two of the best written most interesting characters I’ve read in quite a while. I simply loved reading about them and seeing how they reacted to each other.
Overall Rating: B