The Ice Princess (Princes Trilogy Novella)

The Ice Princess (Princes Trilogy Novella)

by Elizabeth Hoyt

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The Ice Princess (Princes Trilogy Novella) by Elizabeth Hoyt

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892963010
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2010
Series: Princes
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 57,165
File size: 830 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at:

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"Elizabeth Hoyt writes with flair, sophistication, and unstoppable passion."--(Julianne MacLean, author of PORTRAIT OF A LOVER)

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The Ice Princess (Princes Series #4) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
saamwilson More than 1 year ago
It is only 76 pages on my nook not 100 as in the description. I have read most of her books, this is only a short story.
Rowy Bohlen More than 1 year ago
I have read all of her books. I love when authors make new stories out of secondary characters. My only complaint was it was too short. These characters could of been developed into a full length novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it despite it being ever so short. Love the tentative love growth between Pearl & Capt Isaac.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story but could have been better developed into a full length book.
cmbCB More than 1 year ago
I wondered what happened to Coral in the Raven Prince. Great short story!
BananaTricky 8 months ago
Three and a half stars. The final novella in the Princes trilogy focuses on Coral Smythe, the beautiful courtesan from the previous books who became the madam of Aphrodite's Grotto, known as Aphrodite to the men who frequent the brothel. There is one man who comes to the brothel that she can't work out, Captain Isaac Wargate, a naval captain who disdains both Coral and her women, coming in only to verbally spar with Coral and collect his errant men. Until one day the new majority owner of the brothel auctions a week with Aphrodite as the prize in a game of loo. Isaac Wargate is strangely drawn to the elusive Aphrodite and wants to get to know her better, despite her profession but he can see she is skittish and so he plays a long seduction game trying to reach the woman behind the (literal) mask. I enjoyed this, I thought it could have been called the Captain and the Courtesan and frankly I got tired of the fairy stories which unfold at the start of each chapter after the first novel, but overall this was a compact tale which drew me in and finished off the series nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a short story,which I don't usually like, adorable that's all I can say...
GoddessPhD1 More than 1 year ago
A short story with a lot of punch **4 STARS** I read “The Ice Princess” by Elizabeth Hoyt because I wanted to read more about Coral Smythe, the prostitute/mistress readers met in “The Raven Prince”. When readers meet Coral in “The Raven Prince” she is a woman of solid ice. She has wedged a battle axe between sex and love until she feels nothing. I sympathized with this character so much in that book – she used the few weapons women had at the time to survive; her wits and her body. In “The Ice Princess”, Coral is the madam at Aphrodite’s Grotto. She’s at the pinnacle of her career and content to managing the brothel instead of servicing clients until her business partner decides to hold a card game…with her services as the prize. For a short story, it packed quite a punch of plot, character development, and growth. Coral and the hero, Captain Isaac Wargate, are both familiar with each other, but Wargate seems the only man immune to her charms. I loved Captain Wargate’s patience in getting to know Coral…taking their relationship day by day as he chipped away at the ice around her emotions. I even understood Cora’s attempt to push Wargate away through impersonal sex. All of these character developments made for a more satisfying HEA…even when the story seemed too short – I wish Coral had gotten her own full length novel. Again, Hoyt excels at writing tight (squeezing every word and verb for maximum impact) and strong female characters. She’s an author I enjoy studying as I work on craft.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Crystal Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book The Ice Princess is a great short read. Coral is a woman who hides herself behind a mask and never lets anyone see the true woman. She started selling her body when she was fourteen to help her sister and herself survive. She changed her name to Aphrodite and hasn’t slept with a man in two years. Captain Wargate just wants to get his crew and make sure they don’t get into trouble at the Grotto. He has been wanting Coral for awhile but hides his feelings. Isaac makes Coral think he doesn’t like her and that’s the way it is. Until one night Coral is the prize in a card game and Isaac wins her. I enjoyed watching Isaac court Coral. She didnt know how to take him because all her defences start coming down. He gets her to trust him enough to take off her mask and lets him see the woman underneath. It was great being able to meet the real Isaac and Coral and watching them start trusting each other. I like Elizabeth Hoyt’s books and enjoy the way she writes. Thanks for a great story.
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Just a short story (and not a very good one)
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Elizabeth Holt Published By: Forever Yours Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Rating: 5 Review: "The Ice Princess" by Elizabeth Holt was greatly enjoyed short but sweet read. This was one of this author 'Princess Trilogys' and could be considered a novella...which tells the story of Ms. Coral Smythe, who had owned the Aphrodite Grotto...which was a famous brothel in London. A problem comes up where Coral loses control of ownership and then she is auctioned off in a 'loop game' where the winner gets to spend seven nights with her. From there this story takes off and this is where I say you must pick up "The Ice Princess" to see how this will come out. I really admired this heroine(Coral) because even in a bad situation, she does make the best of it. The hero (Issac) also proves to be a very interesting person and I will just stop at that. Pick up the read and you will see how he becomes a sweetheart with his only intentions are that of saving this damsel in distress. I thought "The Ice Princess" was a very sweet, adorable, short, romantic, and steamy story and if you like that... I would definitely recommend this read as a excellence choice of a read for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been disapointed in any of hoyt's books. She is absolutely the best..short story but oh so romantic and sweet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short but well developed. I liked it very much.
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Good short story but felt the author trying to stretch out the series by tying up a loose end.
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