The Prince: A Devil's Duke Novel

The Prince: A Devil's Duke Novel

by Katharine Ashe

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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.

Best Romances of the Month, Amazon Editors’ Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062641748
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Series: Devil's Duke Series , #4
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 423,468
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers WeeklyWomen’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit her website or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.

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The Prince: A Devil's Duke Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
MistyRose24 More than 1 year ago
K. Ashe landed among the stars, 5 star reviews, with this book. I have two favorite books; this is one of them. You can tell the author did her research on this novel; the nuances of the characters are spot on. Ziyaeddin, the Prince, is also an artist. His point of view, is seen through a true artist’s eyes—the descriptions and casual interlacing of actual ‘artist colors’ like ‘raw sienna’ speaks to real artisans. This was a joy to read with such depiction of reality in the characters, the storyline overall, and the creativity of the composition. Libby Shaw, a trailblazer of her time, paved the way for the women in the medical field today. It is unique to see through the eyes of those who prepared the road for females in the medical field now. Libby goes to great lengths to pursue her surgeon dreams…dressing as a male, living with a Prince practically alone, and tries to blend in by joining the guys at the pub after classes. She is a truly unique heroine and one genuinely appreciated in this genre. I absolutely love strong headed lead women, even the ones that get in their own way…because of being too smart or pure ambition/drive. They make for some interesting situations, often comical, in novels like this one. The romance and physical tension is well done also; it is a great balance of storyline and romance/intimacy (and the build-up). This book is a real page turner as well. I read it in 2 days. Overall, the storyline is unique with strong believable characters, references to medical knowledge but not overly done, and it tops off a great Devil’s Duke Series as the fourth book (The Rogue, The Earl, and The Duke (where these two character meet for the first time)). I highly recommend this book to the Historical Romance readers and those who appreciate strong (feminist/activist) female leaders across genres. Definitely one of K. Ashe’s best books…if not the best.
ReadingGenie More than 1 year ago
The Prince" (A devil's duke Novel) by Katharine Ashe June 2018 Libby Shaw had what I would call an obsession. She wanted to be a surgeon but in 1825 allowing a woman to attend studies much less become a surgeon was unheard of. So what does Libby do? She dresses as a man. This is Libby's story about her journey and how the Prince becomes involved in this scheme. Sometimes in quest of our goals we overlook our influence on another's life. Happy Reading! ReadingGenie
DianaSMcC More than 1 year ago
THE PRINCE by Katharine Ashe, is a very different historical story. It deals with the prejudice of society and the scientists not allowing women to become physicians. I enjoyed parts of this book, but not all of it. Elizabeth (Libby) Shaw wants to follow in the footsteps of her father, and be a surgeon. When her father leaves Edinburgh and goes to London for an extended stay, she sees this as an opportunity to go to medical school. Incognito, of course. Since women aren’t allowed in medical school, she assumes a male identity. She dresses as a young man and calls herself Joseph Smart. While attending a school function an artist she had met before recognizes her and follows her. Ziyaeddi Mirza, a mid-eastern Prince in exile, supports him self by painting portraits. He recognizes Libby who he met two years ago, as she is leaving a medical building She is dressed as a man with a beard. He remembers her beautiful lips. Now I had a hard time believing this. Two years ago? And he remembers her lips, while she is disguised as a man? Ibrahim (the name Ziyaeddi is going by in exile) confronts Libby and threatens to expose her unless she lets him paint her. She makes a deal with him, that he allow her to board at his house as Joseph Smart, and in exchange she will sit for an hour per week as a model. He lost part of his leg during his escape from his homeland and is in constant pain. He works on Libby’s portrait every Sunday. They get to know each other during this hour each week. When Libby finally gets to see the portrait that she sat for dressed as a woman, she is surprised to see Ibrahim has painted her as Joseph Smart. (This made no sense to me. Why would he paint her as a man? I didn’t feel the author explained this action.) Through her study of medicine, Libby is able to make a prosthetic leg for Ibrahim. Her kindness touches his heart. Libby seems to be on the autism spectrum scale with tendencies towards OCD, or so it seems when she has an episode. When she has a bad episode, Ibrahim helps her through it. I’m not sure, but I don’t think the implied OCD is something one gets rid of. This book does have it all. A dangerous subplot, a hot and cold romance, tempers, passion and heroine and hero who have their secrets lives exposed. Libby and Ibrahim have many obstacles to overcome to reach their HEA. Like I said at the beginning, I liked some parts of this book and some parts, not so much. The writing of course is excellent. And the historical facts the book is based on are very interesting. For instance, there was an Irish woman, Margaret Buckley, who dressed as a man to become a doctor. She called herself Dr. James Barry. That was in 1809. My thanks to Romance Junkies Reviews for giving me a copy of this book in return for an honest review
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Libby Shaw, the adopted daughter of forensic physician John Shaw, longs to be a physician but this field is closed to women. She concocts a plan to disguise herself as a man to enroll in medical school. She rents a room from famous portrait painter Ibrahim Kent. Their friendship turns into something deeper and she falls in love with him. They are seen kissing in an alley while she is dressed as a man and he is arrested. There is only one way to save him and she does not hesitate. Love these characters! Headstrong Libby who is brilliant and determined to be a doctor. She finally realizes she is also a woman and loves Ibrahim. He is aloof until she gets to him and he can’t pretend indifference anymore.
janeeyre01 More than 1 year ago
4.5 I loved this story!! Elizabeth/Joe she was so quirky and intelligent. Her friends in lectures were great too. I am a big fan of Bones so liked that she a quality like hers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my awe of this book!! I was hesitant to read this story, even though Katharine Ashe is my favorite author, because I detest stories about female characters disguising themselves as boys and awkwardly plodding along while not being recognised as female and also hate fictitious countries that are created to impress the reader with the author's originality. However... I loved, loved, loved this story!! Based on fact about a such woman, Libby was to be admired while battling OCD. And Ziyaeddin was the hero of dreams!! This wonderful story brought a tear and I hated to see the end. SWEPT AWAY BY A KISS is Ashe's best and THE PRINCE surpasses it!! ,
charlo721 More than 1 year ago
I loved Libby and Ziyaeddin. Ms. Ashe made their story come to life for me, I couldn't put it down. Just when I thought it couldn't get better, it did. If you haven't read anything from this author, this is a great place to start. It's the fourth book in the Devil's Duke series but it can be read as a stand alone. You will want to read the rest of the series. I received an eARC from the author.
KattCollins More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading previous novels by Katharine Ashe, but this book was exceptionally good. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. I fell in love with both hero and heroine. It’s easy to love a handsome, wounded, honorable, tragic, noble, heroic man who happens to be exceptionally handsome. But I’ve never fallen in love with a heroine before. I found the synopsis interesting, if somewhat far-fetched (sorry, but it’s true). A woman wants to be a surgeon (forbidden to her) and an exiled Prince who happens to be an artist meet and develop a relationship. But the story was so. Much. MORE. Katharine Ashe’s portrayal of Libby, her brilliant and struggles in the mundane world, was exceptional, painfully honest and showed tremendous insight into the world of alternative thinkers. Her fascinating, accurate description of medical education at the time is typical of her love of historical research and accuracy. The emotion she manages to convey with small inferences and witty dialogue is magical. Ziyaeddin is more than a tragic hero. He’s a flesh and blood man who has learned patience, compassion and an understanding of human nature through his life experience, and through using his tremendous skills as an artist. He pays attention to detail, human feature and nature, and his experience as ruler and survivor have shaped him into the strong and passionate man that he has become. He is familiar with both privilege and pain. Of all her books, this may very well be my favorite (so far). Although part of the Devil’s Duke series, this book can be read as a stand-alone, and will not disappoint. There is something almost magical in Katharine Ashe’s writing. She draws you in, mixing fact with vivid imaginings, drawing characters so rich in depth that her own artistic ability with a pen (or keyboard) is equivalent to Ziyaeddin’s gift with a brush, or Libby’s with a scalpel. I haven’t words to describe the feelings her Libby aroused in me as she struggled with her lists and rules, or Ziyaeddin’s haunted past. I’ll just use one word: BRAVO
EastsideFan More than 1 year ago
Katharine Ashe has become a favorite author of mine and this book is a perfect example of why. I love this book so much Libby and Ziyaeddin are just magic together and their connection is palpable. I love that Libby is not perfect, she's quirky and OCD and has anxiety and probably a whole lot more. But she's also super smart and generous and non-judgemental. Ziyaeddin is also generous and giving and a true deep, old soul. The side characters add great richness to the story. One can easily "see" Edinburgh and the settings from the surgeon's college to Ziyaeddin's artist studio, Ashe's descriptions are evocative of not only the specifics but the atmosphere of each locale. The ending is sigh worthy. I will be reading this over and over.
Gitane1850 More than 1 year ago
I really invite you to read the story of Ziyaeddin and Libby, an epic love story
Cindyvon73 More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written. It was hard to put down. Loved it from beginning to end. Libby Shaw was bound and determined to become a Dr, like her dad. Except in Edinburgh in the late 1800’s it was frowned upon, women couldn’t be Drs. Nevertheless, Libby would find a way. Smart, cunning, and ambitious Libby set her plan in motion wth a little help from a friend, Ziyaeddin. Wickedly maddening in more ways than one, Libby is determined to succeed. Being a prince in a foreign land isn’t easy, esp when no one can know who you are. Ziyaeddin had to leave his country as a young boy to save himself. Now, painting portraits for the rich gives him work and money, as well as helping Libby to follow through with a crazy scheme. He’ll do whatever it takes to help her, as long as she sits for him. What starts out as a helpful gesture turns into something dangerous as tempers, passion and secrets are exposed. ~Kudos to Katharine Ashe for an emotionally intense page turner that’ll have you on the edge of your seat, nail biting, wrought with anticipation for what happens next.
Cathy_Rackowski More than 1 year ago
A love story with twists and turns that will keep you on your toes. When duty for ones country and passion for ones natural scientific gifts collide can love survive in the end? That is the question asked here and the road to the answer is a complex but rewarding one. This is the story of two people who are destined to be great in their own fields of brilliance, she as a surgeon in a time only men are allowed to work in that field, he an exiled but important leader to his small country…. Both needing to suppress the people they really are, she a loving woman, he a great portrait artist. Full disclosure here...this is one of my least favorite tropes, the woman who disguises herself as a man, one I would normal skip... but knowing how well Ms Ashe can weave a tale she made it work for me. The plot-line works in this story, for the first time I believed it and I'm glad I took the chance. We follow Ziyaeddin (pronounced Zee-y’aye-deen), known in England as Ibrahim Kent, in his support of Elizabeth (Libby) Shaw in her endeavor to succeed in Edinburgh’s all-male Royal College of Surgeons by hiding the fact that she's a woman. Ziyaeddin must fight his love for Libby as he knows he is destined to go back to his rightful place as Royalty in his home country to fight for his people. Can a woman truly live as a man to fulfill her utmost dedication to science and healing? Can a brilliant artist sacrifice his love for a woman and the gift of art to fulfill his obligation to his people? The answers are painful and the road they travel is filled with conflict but the resolution is well worth it all in the end. Ms Ashe has crafted a beautiful story about honor, passion, determination, love and patience. I highly and honestly recommend this book, it's a great read. NOTE: this can be read as a stand alone book.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
THE PRINCE is the last book (?) in the Devil’s Duke series, and having read the previous ones, I had to read this one, although the woman-disguised-as-a-man is one of my least favourite tropes, and I had also I recently read another novel with a similar premise. Well, I’m pleased to say that Katharine Ashe made it work. Libby Shaw, daughter of the illustrious forensic physician John Shaw, has decided that will become a surgeon regardless of the fact that women are not allowed to pursue the required studies. She needs to hide her real identity, and who better than the attractive man she had met two and a half years ago to help her: famous portraitist Ibrahim Kent – Prince in exile Ziyaeddin Mizra. She has a deal for him, which will make it a very difficult enterprise because Ziyaeddin has never forgotten those lips, which he has never managed to paint to his satisfaction. Based on historical facts, THE PRINCE is a sweeping saga, as well as a feminist fairytale. Through Libby, we experience the impossibility for women to become physicians in the early 1800s, as well as all the intricacies of the medical profession, prosthetics (which was fascinating), the Resurrectionists, and the global political situation at the time – real and fictitious. Ms. Ashe has obviously done a tremendous amount of research, but I admit I was confused by the use of “Iran”, since Persia only adopted that name in 1935, 110 years after the beginning of the story; I had understood that during the Regency era it was known as Persia. Ziyaeddin and Libby have been attracted to each other since they first met, and it was striking how different they were: Ziyaeddin is calmness personified and a man of few words, while Libby is effervescent, tenacious, and a chatterbox; Ms. Ashe succeeded so well as conveying Libby’s bubbliness in her lines of dialogues that I could hear Libby talking a mile a minute, and honestly, she would have driven me batty at the beginning; thank goodness, she calmed down at some point. I’m not exactly sure why the OCD episode – at least, that’s what it appeared to me – was included, unless it was to show that Libby had a “flaw” (I’m not aiming to be politically incorrect her, only that Libby seemed at times a little too perfect.). Katharine Ashe’s prose is always impeccable, the dialogue natural and clever, and the characters very well-defined; some secondary characters were particularly charming, Archie for instance and Coira. I was a bit surprised that Libby’s agreeing to pose for Ziyaeddin did not go as I expected – for which I was thankful. The romance progressed organically, and it was a relief that Ziyaeddin was not an arrogant hero, and the romance is lovely. The abundance of details made the environment and the era come to life, although I feel some things could have been condensed a little. Nevertheless, THE PRINCE is a fine addition to this series, and even though some characters from the first three books make brief appearances, it stands perfectly on its own. In fact, had it been shortened a bit, it could have been the start of a whole new series; there is that much material in this novel. I give 3 1/2 stars.
jerichat More than 1 year ago
Extremely surprised – in a good way! I’ll be honest. I wasn’t too excited about this book when I finished the previous book in the series (The Duke). I’m a big fan of this author, but that last book missed the mark for me. I wasn’t sure I liked the premise of this one – specifically a foreign prince in hiding from a war-torn Middle Eastern country. Ziyaeddin won me over. What a fantastic character. Strong, but not overbearing. He understands the OCD heroine (Libby), and accepts her as she is. He encourages her to pursue her dream (to study and become a surgeon), when the rest of society makes it impossible. Libby is a wonderful, flawed character – but fascinating. Her complete confidence in her ability to succeed in medicine, but her complete inability to deal with the expectations of society for a woman of that time and social class. There are wonderful secondary characters – specifically her classmates, and her 2 friends (Iris & Coira). I enjoyed this book – I’m thrilled Ms. Ashe has returned to her strong storytelling.
def618 More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth (Libby) Shaw wants to be a doctor like her father. Her father has gone to London for several months and she sees this as an opportunity to go to medical school. Women aren’t allowed in medical school, so she dresses as a young man and uses the name Joseph Smart. She hopes to be an apprentice to a surgeon. While watching a public dissection she meets some other students and one of them, Archie, invites her to go to the pub with him and his friends. As she’s leaving, she notices a man she met two years ago, the artist Ibrahim Kent, and realizes he recognizes her. He follows her and agrees to keep her secret. Ziyaeddin Mirza, is a mid-eastern Prince in exile using the name Ibrahim Kent. He makes a living from his fabulous paintings. He lost part of his leg and is in pain quite a lot. His sister is still in his homeland and sends a letter to him through a trusted source. She wants him to stay in Scotland until the time is right to come home. Libby decides to move in with him, so she can study in her disguise. He tries to say no but gives in to her. He paints and she studies medicine as they fall in love. Libby sees how hard it is for him to walk and makes him a more functional prosthetic leg. Then comes the day he must return to his homeland. He gives Libby his house, so she can continue her studies. There is a lot more going on in this book that I will not spoil. Mystery to solve, Libby’s issues and wondering if he’ll ever return to Scotland. Don’t worry, there is a HEA! I hope you’ll read this wonderful book. Katharine Ashe is an automatic buy for me.