Note: The author is a friend of mine and I read this both as a beta reader and then again as an ARC. All opinions are mine alone and she didn’t even give me cookies to say nice things.
Servant of the Crown is not a perfect book, but it’s pretty darn close. It’s a beautifully told story of romance intertwined with political plotting and learning to overcome the baggage of the past.
I’ve already informed Melissa McShane that I am the number one fangirl of this book and the others in this series.
One of the things I love is the way the characters draw you in until you are personally invested in each of them and having their stories come together in a wonderful way.
I feel so much empathy for Alison and her struggles. I want her to overcome her past and become this totally wonderful person. And somewhere along the way I totally fell in love with Anthony with all his faults and foibles. Not to mention I want to BE Zara when I grow up. (There is a Zara short story in the back of the book which gets me right in the feels every time I read it.)
Another thing that I enjoy is the balance between the personal plot and the political one and how the two are intertwined. Both plots are straight forward enough that as a reader you don’t get lost, but with enough complexities and nuisance that the answers aren’t obvious until you arrive at them.
And the third point I will go on about is the cast of secondary characters. There are a lot of secondary characters who get a mention and the author does a beautiful job of breathing life into these characters. When the book ended I found I wanted to know more about how Doyle’s theater efforts went and exactly what was entailed in the pickle story. I always love a book that keeps living in my head long after I’ve put it down.
I keep thinking there are some negatives I should come up with, but really it’s an excellent book and whatever little things there are don’t bug me enough to make it into a review. This is a book, and the start of a series, that I know I’ll come back to and I look forward to sharing with my daughter when she’s a little older.
Not a spoiler quote but one of my favorites:
I loved your mother very much. Sometimes I hurt her, and sometimes she hurt me. But I have never regretted giving her the chance to do so, because it gave her the chance to love me.