He’s no Prince Charming, but then again, she’s not a brainless beauty…
At first, it feels as if Alison complains too much about how men treat her, but it really gives you a feel for how annoying it is to have constant attention lavished on one for something that’s an accident of birth. And, as Alison, says there is something selfish about a man insisting he has the right to compliment a woman. “You say what women want to hear,” she said, “but you do it with a kind of possessiveness, as if a woman’s beauty belongs to you and it’s your right to say anything you like about it. It was never about me. It was always about you.”
If Anthony can look beyond the beauty to find a bright scholar in love with books, libraries, and the theater, can he find himself? Is there more to him than gambling, womanizing, and racing? He’ll have a chance when beyond the political maneuverings on the ballroom floor, a power struggle threatens to destroy something Alison cannot allow: the library.
McShane creates strong female leads who ask the world to accept them as they are. If you enjoy complex, well-rounded characters, unique and believable world-building, and good writing, you’ll really enjoy McShane’s novels. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read so far including the Extraordinaries series, Convergence series, The Smoke-Scented Girl, The God-Touched Man, and the Crown of Tremontane series.
When the fallout from an unfortunate public encounter throws the two of them together, Alison has no interest in becoming the Prince’s next conquest. But as the weeks pass, Alison discovers there’s more to Anthony than she—or he—realized, and their dislike becomes friendship, and then something more—until disaster drives Alison away, swearing never to return.
Then Alison is summoned by the Queen again, this time to serve as Royal Librarian. A threat to Tremontane’s government, with her treasured Library at stake, draws Alison into the conflict…and into contact with Anthony once more. Can they work together to save the Royal Library and Tremontane? And can she open her heart to love again?