The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

I was browsing my library’s catalog for novels and inadvertently checked out the digital copy of this one. I took it as a sign that I needed to read it, despite the several other books I have to read.

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One-Sentence Synopsis
A well bred lady employs a steward who she’s attracted to, despite the fact that everyone else in the town thinks he’s a sheep killer. For a full synopsis, see this book’s Goodreads page.

The Good Stuff
Historical class differences were a thing, and I enjoyed how Georgina had very few effs to give about her relationship with her steward, at least not as far as the town and her family was concerned. Sure, she had some concerns at the end, mostly around the standard “The other person doesn’t love me” trope, but I loved that when her brother tried to tell her to stay away from him, she pretty much ignored him.

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I also enjoyed the backstory and family dynamic of Harry, tragic as it was, because it added another element of drama.

Things That Made Me Go Hmmm
George’s sister Violet was a royal pain. She was whiny and selfish and immature. I mean, she was only 15. However, she also represents another point I liked about the book – a supportive family. When she reveals she had relations with someone older than her, her family doesn’t force her into marriage. And even though they give George a hard time at first, when all is said and done, her brothers truly seem to want her happiness over anything else. So yay for supportive families!

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Also, the heroine went by George and the hero’s name was Harry, and it took me awhile to not think of George as the man in the story.

The Romance Factor
There was definitely some angst here, which added to the romance factor. Also, I enjoyed the tradition switch to the woman being the employer, and bonus points for the sweet carved animals he made for her. 4/5

The Steam Factor
Standardly steamy for this author. 4/5

Final Thoughts
This book is part of a trilogy and was definitely enjoyable. Also, ginger heroine with wild hair is full of win.

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