Published by Avon on May 29th 2018
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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.
“Last night in the pub my friends were discussing a matter that suggested to me acutely an area of study that, I fear, may cause me some if not considerable trouble in the future. Not only that, but being unable to share in even casual conversations about it is proving inconvenient.”
He nodded encouragement for her to continue.
After last night, there was no other way to state this. She dove in.
“My knowledge of anatomy is lacking. Male anatomy, in particular,” she clarified.
A single brow lifted. “Is it?”
“When the other students trade puerile banter, I am conspicuously silent. My studies on the subject are proving insufficient for the pretense of manhood I am living.”
“I see.” He glanced at her books stacked all over his parlor, about which he had said nothing for weeks. He was a generous host. She was depending on that now.
“Haven’t you examined male cadavers?” he said.
“Those do not move, of course.” She looked squarely into his eyes. In the candlelight they were the color of coal and, as always, very beautiful. “But you do.”
“Ah,” he said, smiling slightly. “I begin to see the direction of this conversation.”
“Will you help me with this?”
“Your studies would continue to suffer.” The knuckles wrapped around the end of his walking stick were stretched tight. “I, as you know, am not a whole man.”
She stepped forward. It was unwise, especially now that she knew what she was capable of in his proximity. But she could allow nothing to hinder her project, not even memories of his spectacular musculature.
His gaze snapped to hers, and in that moment it occurred to her that this man, who had agreed to her terms for living in his house, was neither celibate by nature nor inclined to remain so for much longer.
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The Prince is the fourth book in the Devil’s Duke series by Katharine Ashe. It can easily be read as a standalone book.
Elizabeth Shaw (Libby) wants nothing more in life than to be a surgeon. A profession that women are allowed no part of as it is a male-only field. When her father is called away for a year she decides to use that time to qualify to become a surgeon. In order to do that she has to dress and act as a man which she is more than willing to do.
Ziyaeddin Mizra is an exiled Prince living in Edinburgh until it is safe to return home. He makes his living as Ibrahim Kent, a famous portrait artist. He met Libby once a few years ago and has never been able to forget her ‘perfect lips’. When he sees a young man in a medical seminar he immediately recognises her as Libby and lets her know that he knows who she is. She explains what she is doing and why and he is happy to keep her secret. He also offers up his home to her to stay in so that she can be seen coming and going as a gentleman which she couldn’t do if she stayed with friends. The only thing he wants in return is for her to sit for him for one hour a week for him to capture her likeness, including those perfect lips.
What follows is a fabulous story with so much going on in it that once I started to read it I did not want to put it down. There is the subterfuge that poor Libby has to go through in order to prove that she has what it takes to be a surgeon despite her gender. Then there is Ziyaeddin who has been through so much during the military coup where his family were overthrown and he had to seek exile. His sister is still in danger, and he knows he will have to return to fight at some point to gain back the throne. Libby and Ziyaeddin are fighting the strongest attraction to each other because of their circumstances, but when they finally give in to their first kiss, oh my goodness, their passion was almost palpable. WOW. So, yes, all in all, this book had it all, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. What makes this book even better is that a lot of it is based on fact, on real people, which the author explains in her notes at the end of the book. Again I just have to say WOW. If all the books in this series are as good as this one, then I am definitely going to be reading them all!!
I voluntarily read an advanced readers’ copy of this book.