Summary

Alison Quinn, Countess of Waxwold, is content with her bookish life - until she's summoned to be a lady-in-waiting to the Queen of Tremontane's mother for six months. Even the prospect of access to the Royal Library doesn't seem enough to make up for her sacrifice, but Alison is prepared to do her service to the Crown. What she's not prepared for is Prince Anthony North, Queen Zara's playboy brother, who's accustomed to getting what he wants - including the Countess of Waxwold.
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?
©2015 Melissa McShane (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic reviews

"Strong female characterizations underscore the appeal of this novel; Queen Zara is more than just a figurehead, and Alison staunchly refuses to settle for less than both love and a successful career." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tami B. on 06-04-18

Could NOT stop listening.

Would you consider the audio edition of Servant of the Crown to be better than the print version?

Considering I got the second and third book at the library and was on a longer than I wanted to wait list to get this book, YES the audio was better than the print version. It is one of the rare occasions where I had to increase the speed of the narration. The narrator was in no rush to tell the tale (not neccessarily a bad thing) and I could still understand her accent at the 1.25 speed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't have one favorite character. All were well written, and because I don't want to share spoilers, all I will say is their wasn't any fluff in McShane's details. Pay attention because it will be worth it.

What about Gemma Dawson’s performance did you like?

She did a decent job of even the men's voices and I really appreciated that.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was a little upset by a detailed seduction scene, but it was very important for many reasons. Sorry for that little spoiler.

Any additional comments?

I have a complete book hangover, but got so much work done because I just couldn't stop listening. Can't wait to get to the next two books in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Moody on 02-07-17

Very enjoyable

Excellent book the characters keep you involved in the story and the story is refreshing. Really enjoyed reading it.

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