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    Romance at it's best, twists... turns & love.

    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.
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    Best book in the Devil’s Duke Series

    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.
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    A good read-Solid 3.5 Stars

    Solid 3.5 Stars. Interesting story about a unique and smart woman struggling to become a surgeon in the make dominated 1800’s and an exiled prince. I enjoyed the banter between Libby and Z the most. While it was not a typical romance, the situations the characters were in were far from typical. It was a god read, but did drag at times for me- particularly with the political intrigue /situation descriptions. I really did appreciate the epilogue though. A great peek into what women of that time had to endure to pursue a career alongside men in medicine.
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    Wonderful

    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.
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    A Different Kind of Romance

    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
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