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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Review: The Prince by Katharine Ashe

This was so not what I was expecting and I mean that in a good way!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: May 29, 2018

The temptation of her lips…

Libby Shaw refuses to accept society’s dictates. She’s determined to become a member of Edinburgh’s all-male Royal College of Surgeons. Disguising herself as a man, she attends the surgical theater and fools everyone—except the one man who has never forgotten the shape of her exquisitely sensual lips.

…will make a prince say yes to her every desire.

Forced to leave his home as a boy, famed portraitist Ziyaeddin is secretly the exiled prince of a distant realm. When he first met Libby, he memorized every detail of her face and drew her. But her perfect lips gave him trouble—the same lips he now longs to kiss. When Libby asks his help to hide her feminine identity from the world, Ziyaeddin agrees on one condition: she must sit for him to paint—as a woman. But what begins as a daring scheme could send them both hurtling toward danger…and an unparalleled love.

What’s it About? Determined to become a surgeon, Libby Shaw is ready to do anything to get into Edinburgh’s all ale Royal College of Surgeons. Even become a man. In disguise only of course. She manages to fool everyone except for Ziyaeddin. Libby’s met the famed portraitist before and that meeting made such an impact on Ziyaeddin that he drew Libby. Except he couldn’t get her lips right, and now he sees a perfect opportunity to immortalize Libby when she asks for his help to keep her identity a secret. He agrees to help her if she sits for him to paint her as a woman. But Libby isn’t the only one keeping secrets, Ziyaeddin is an exiled prince of a distant realm and between that fact and Libby’s hiding her femininity, they’re headed towards dangerous territory.

Overall reaction to the story? The Prince is yet another grand, sweeping romance by the talented Katharine Ashe and I fell in love with Libby and Ziyaeddin!

Libby is as close to a modern day woman as one can get without taking away from the historical facts. I loved her determination to follow her dreams no matter what and her courage to speak her mind. Libby had a brilliant mind but she also had a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder that only the field of medicine could calm. I loved that her struggles with the disorder were shown but that they didn’t dominate the story or become the only thing that defined her. Libby didn’t let a little thing like “No Women Allowed” stand in her way. She always had something to say and reminded me of a hummingbird with all her restless energy. I loved that Katharine Ashe balanced her confidence in her skills with Libby’s inability to function like she was expected to as a woman of her time and social class. It kept her grounded and realistic. She was amazing but not amazingly perfect that she seemed inhuman.

Ziyaeddin was a delightful hero. He was talented, charming, and was the most un-princelike character I’ve ever met. He didn’t put on any princely airs, he wasn’t pompous or arrogant, he was quite humble and easy to like. The one thing that stood out to me though was how lonely he was. As an exiled prince he didn’t have much when he left his homeland and as a result he became self reliant and was a very kind soul. At first I couldn’t imagine such a character as royalty, he just didn’t fit the stereotype of one, but as I continued on with The Prince I saw hidden qualities in him that did identify him as a royal. He is a contrast to Libby in that he is calm and tends to think things out rather than talk a mile a minute like Libby. He balanced out her energy with his own more subdued one. I loved them together, he provided what she was missing, and she provided what he was missing. They fit so well as a couple.

I will say that the romance was a slow, almost crawl, burn. I could appreciate taking some time to build up to a romance but sometimes I got a little frustrated with the pace. And as with the previous book in this series, there are a lot of details to take in, so much so that I would definitely recommend reading this series in order so that it can be enjoyed and appreciated properly.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Ziyaeddin and Libby are one of the most unique couples I’ve ever come across.

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