Reviewed by Minx on
Protect the Prince is the second book in the Crown of Shards series and what an amazing series installment this story was! Right from the start I was dragged into the action and drama as Everleigh established herself as a queen who was not to be underestimated. Throughout the story, Evie struggled with faith in herself as a queen and ruler but she did not back down or whine about her turmoil. She ponied up and did what she had to for her people and I absolutely found her character admirable. I felt for her because the simpler days where she used to go unnoticed were forever gone and now she had to live in a spotlight that she would willingly give up if she could. Especially because her status was denying her the one person her heart truly wanted.
In this story there was some romantic tension between Evie and Lucas which picks up from where they left off in book one, Kill the Queen. Unfortunately, that meant they were really nothing beyond friends even though there was much more there between them. Lucas had been burned in love before because of his status, or should I say non-status, and any feelings he may have for Evie were tamped down firmly. Despite his refusal to act on any amorous feelings, Evie still carried a torch for Lucas which made some of the choices that she made in this story very heart-rending. I loved that Evie struggled with her feelings but when push came to shove she chose to do what she felt was right and Lucas had a few struggles of his own.
All of the characters that I fell in love with previously were back in book two but their roles had changed, and all for the better. It was great to see Evie’s inner circle comprised of individuals that would never be considered proper for court. It made things interesting but nowhere near as interesting as Evie did with her unwillingness to submit to what was expected of her. She refused to be anything less than what her people needed. I loved her in this book!! In addition to political shenanigans, there is plenty of action in Protect the Prince as well as subterfuge, betrayal, and some rather swoony moments. I loved reading this story and I am completely looking forward to what is next in this series!!
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
- Started reading
- 5 June, 2019: Finished reading
- 5 June, 2019: Reviewed