Prince of Swords

Prince of Swords

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Overview

A once elite, beautiful young woman has turned to a life of Tarot card reading for English nobility in order to maintain a life of squalor for her and her family. But even Jessamine Maitland could not foresee Alistair MacAlpin's irresistible charm. A privileged aristocrat turned infamous cat burglar, he's going to take Jessamine on the adventure of a lifetime. Little does she know, the arrogant thief has absolutely no intention of ever being caught—by man or woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781974947010
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 1,034,588
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Anne Stuart has been an author for over forty years. The winner of the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, she has been featured on most bestseller lists and has speaking engagements all over the country. She has appeared in Vogue, People, and USA Today. When not traveling, she resides with her husband in Northern Vermont.

Tanya Patrick is drawn to succulent stories and luscious landscapes. She has acted in Brazil,
London, New York, San Francisco and the Southwest. She trained in acting in Italy and New York. While voicing characters of all ages, genders, and time periods, Tanya transports listeners to cities and towns all over the world — from Egypt to France and from Afghanistan to Ireland.
She uses words to paint passionate images. In between recording sessions, she can be found hiking in the desert with her red heeler, kayaking on a sparkling lake, or getting her hands wet in the clay studio.

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Prince of Swords 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
theshadowknows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think I'm more disturbed by the fact that I wasn't disturbed by this book. Anne Stuart is known for her special brand of bad boy heroes - unrepentant, blissfully amoral, borderline psychotic men who are laws unto themselves. I embraced the appeal of this kind of hero in Lord of Danger, was repelled by A Rose at Midnight, and just kind of indifferent to my most recent encounter with Prince of Swords. Maybe it was because I had read about how despicable Alistair McAlphin, the Earl of Glenshiel is, had braced myself for murder, rape, and mayhem, only to be nonplussed when I didn't find any. Not that I wanted there to be murder, rape, and mayhem. But I was expecting to be shocked - a contradiction in terms that is sure to defeat itself and so, unsurprisingly, I wasn't that shocked. Sure Alistair is a bad boy. He suffers from extreme ennui. His cure: defying death, the law, and common decency by taking to the rooftops of London at night and making a name for himself as the Cat, a notorious jewel thief. He also indulges in the usual gambling, drinking, and whoring, the appeal of which has started to pale considerably by the time our story starts. Alistair is dangerous enough as it is. A bored Alistair is distinctly forbidding, because who knows what naughty, evil deeds he'll come up with to distract himself from his jaded existence? He finds distraction enough in the person of Jessamine Maitland, an impoverished noblewoman trying to support her mother and sister by telling fortunes at house parties. As soon as he sets eyes on her, Alistair determines to seduce, toy with, and generally destroy the life and sanity of the unfortunate Jessamine. She really doesn¿t stand a chance.Jessamine isn¿t a wilting violet though, thank goodness, and she does put up a good fight. She¿s particularly adamant about protecting her chastity because she really can read the tarot cards, and, if she loses her virginity, she¿ll lose her gift. Added to which Alistair might as well have a big danger sign on his forehead. I wasn't so disturbed by Alistair¿s pursuit of Jessamine, not like I was with the hero's pursuit of the heroine in A Rose at Midnight. There's just something about Nicholas that really turned me off. *cough* rape *cough* Alistair, on the other hand, I found to be more sympathetic. Not that he's got a bleeding heart hidden under his cold, sardonic exterior, or any soft spots to speak of. Rather it's more the nature of his double life that I found interesting, his pure effrontery and disregard for anyone but himself. He's not particularly romantic (read: not romantic at all), but he certainly is sexy. He¿s trouble with a capital T, but the kind of trouble that can be a lot of fun. Sadly, for Jessamine, there¿s not much fun in the kind of trouble that Alistair stirs up for her. It's after he gets what he wants in terms of seducing Jessamine that I guess I started to have reservations about his character - no, not after he shoots at her (just a warning shot though ¿ can you believe that¿s supposed to be a consolation?) abducts her, ruins her reputation, and forces her into a life of crime. It was after she gave into him, after she starts having feelings for him, and he discards her (like he's promised to do all along) that I wonder how the happily ever after is going to be wrangled out of this twisted situation. Jessamine keeps coming back to him after that, poor girl, trying to save him from himself and the law, and each time she's asking for her heart to be broken all over again. And it is. How couldn¿t it be, when the man finds out he loves her, and so perversely tries to destroy any feeling she has for him, and any he has for her? I¿d be happier if the book had been a bit longer, if I could have had a bit more insight into Alistair¿s mind beyond his cynicism and dissatisfaction with his life. We are left to assume that he¿s dissatisfied and bored because he doesn¿t have Jessamine in his life, that she¿s the on
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elleOI More than 1 year ago
I really liked this historical novel! The characters are very likable, and i love the fact that they are soooo human- they are not the most perfect people but they are perfect for each other. Lovely love story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First read this book when I was a teen. Now going on 25 and still an avid reader I find myself still going back from time to time to read this book. It's my own classic. I love the way the book has everything a good romance book needs but not overly so. Some authors tend to get obsessed with the villain and go overboard. Some authors tend to make their characters flawless. Anne Stuart gave us just enough villain and a great ending to him. I also loved that both characters weren't 'The most perfectly beautiful' man and woman in the world. Anne Stuart doesn't go out of her way trying to make her characters special. She makes them human. They have faults, insecurities. That's something I respect and love about her. In my opinion she's one of the best.