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Prince of Swords

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  514 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
She is an impoverished noblewoman who lives by her wits as a Tarot reader for the English nobility. He is London's most notorious cat burglar.

They met one dark, glittering night. Yet even Jessamine Maitland cannot foresee the destiny that will sweep her into the adventure of her life with the proud, arrogant thief who has no intention of ever being caught—by man or woman.

Mass Market Paperback, 380 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Zebra
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Another winner from Anne Stuart! Alistair (or the Cat) is an impoverished Earl who has resorted to stealing jewels in order to rebuild his fortune. But even after he's filled his coffers, he can't seem to stop his night walks that keep him from being bored. And everything becomes way more interesting when he meets Jessamine, a respectable woman clearly fallen on hard times, who tries to support her family by reading the cards. She claims to be able to read the past and future in them and in
Rashika (is tired)
Anne Stuart can write Historical Romances as well. YAY
I don't think I've ever cheered on a secondary romance this much. I loved the romance almost as much as the primary one.

I loved how the two love interests completely contradicted each other in so many ways yet you couldn't help fall in love with both of them.

Gahh so much sweetness in this book. MUST HAVE MORE.
Dec 12, 2013 Princessjay rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Wow, the hero and heroine REALLY GOT ON MY NERVES!!

I know Anne Stuart always write about masterful, amoral and ruthless men, with "strong" but actually incredibly foolish and vulnerable females who just can't help but fall for 'em. I have read a number of her books, and enjoyed them, because she usually inter-cut the hero's apparent cruelty with realistic (above-par for the genre) and poignant inner dialogue of him slow coming to care /love the heroine. While I most certainly do not read Stuart
OK insta-lust is most definitely not my thing. I closed the book as soon as I read the hero telling the heroine "I want your body" the first time they ever had a conversation.

Perhaps this might actually be one of the first books I've read that was both supernatural and historical, with romance thrown in as well. I had no idea this was actually any of those genres when I first read it. Frankly, most of Ms. Stuart's books haven't been up to par as A Rose at Midnight [my favourite book of hers] but this was ok. Apparently it wasn't memorable to me enough to remember that I've read this already hah. I might come back to this review eventually, but then again I might forg ...more
Jessamine is a tarot card fortuneteller gentlewoman down on her luck, living with her beautiful younger sister and mother in poverty. Alister is a foppish gentleman jewelry thief, bored with life. I liked Jessamine and Alister together, they hated but lusted after each other and their conversations made me smile. However, when they were apart all the other plot points bored me. There is a lot going on here: the evil Bowstreet runner using Jessamine's talent, secondary roamance of her sister and ...more
I thought this was awesome. Anne Stuart's heroes are often really evil people, like murderers and stuff, so it was a nice break that this one was only a thief. I was really into both romances, it's one of the only times where I am equally into the primary & secondary romance. Full of adventure, and romance, and sex, it was a pretty great book.

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Nov 06, 2016 BONNIE GUNN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book

This book is truly romantic; the jaded aristocrat falls for the genteel, impoverished heroine. He plans her seduction but ends up falling for her. This & To Love a Dark Lord are two of my favorite (among others) Anne Stuart novels
Amanda Ryan
Jun 15, 2011 Amanda Ryan rated it liked it
Ah, me. I know I’ve said it before (like…yesterday), but I love me some Anne Stuart. I’m so glad I grabbed this book. Nothing like filling a paper grocery bag with paperback romance books for $2. Library book sale FOR THE WIN!

Jessamine Maitland is the eldest of two, and she’s taken it upon herself to shoulder the burden of her small family. Her mother is useless. Her sister is young, beautiful, and chocked full of potential to catch a wealthy husband. Jess herself, however…she’s too old (so she
Read this years ago, but I need to reread it because I barely remember it. I think it was okay.
May 30, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Jewel thieves and tarot readers and Bow Street runners, oh my! The hero is really a villain but tries to reign it in a bit to protect the heroine. The heroine is a woobie with psychic powers, but smart ass enough to be entertaining. (view spoiler) Nice, totally predictable secondary roman
Dec 16, 2015 Joyce rated it it was ok
Ehhh... the beginning of the book was terribly boring for me. I didn't feel attached to any of the characters and I had to slough through all of Alistair's thoughts on his boredom and disdain for everything which was making me roll my eyes so hard. The only interesting that happened up to 2/3 of the book was Fleur and Brennan's side-story.

BUT I had to say that when Jessamine became less of a conflicted and swooning virgin damsel and Alistair was free to actually be mocking and sarcastic out loud
Melissa Kelly
Feb 05, 2012 Melissa Kelly rated it really liked it
Exciting story! Alastair is a nobleman who is bored with life and seeks excitement by seducing women, and thievery. Jessamine supports her family by working with the runners to catch the ill-gotten of society from law breaking. Jessamine is bestowed with the gift of tarot card reading and thus can tell the past, present and future. Her witch eyes perceive Alastair as the notorious cat who steals jewels from the upper class.
A romance brews between Alastair and Jessamine & Jess must decide if
Dec 02, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it
This was a delightful change of pace in the historical romance theme. The main characters were so different and by that I mean in a good fun way. The rich bored lord was so honest and real, saying things you would expect to hear and not all the drivel of polite conversation. The impoverished female was strong, proud and independent. I like that, she didn't whine or simper! The storyline was quick paced, colorful secondary characters really added to the plot and dimension of the story. A good fun ...more
Peg Hughes
May 29, 2016 Peg Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner

I am a new fan of Anne Stuart but have read nearly all of her historical in a matter of weeks. I love them because there is always a good story underpinning the romance; there is generally a lovely secondary romance; the hero has the good sense to find the heroine attractive though she is rarely conventionally beautiful and the hero starts out a complete and utter scoundrel, an irredeemable scoundrel who finds meaning to life in his love for the heroine.
Mar 30, 2016 Danielles rated it liked it
Well, what can I say,..this was not her best,...
It was nothing till the last part of this book.
The last part is good, hard, mysterious and it cost allmost your tears,.....
but the first part is not so good, it is slow and nor exciting,.....
Only the last part is as good as the Ice serie,.....
And this book has nothing to do with a Prince of Swords,..he is a thief!!!!!!
Well, I am glad her other books are better!!!!!!Much, much better!

Jan 03, 2016 Kam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Anne Stuart is one of my favourite authors, and this book was difficult to get hold of, but so worth the effort. The storyline was great, even if a little implausible (was it that easy to run about on rooftops in London?), the characters were well rounded, and there was also a secondary love story as is usual in some of Anne's older books. This one is a definite keeper!
Oct 14, 2015 Lua rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
3.5 acually
Like most of Anne Stuart's books, I enjoyed reading Prince of Swords. At first, I struggled to get into the story, but after the first half of the book my attention was fully captured. Ms Stuart knows how to talk about magic without being boring or contrived and at the same time with his offbeat characters you find yourself fully diverted.
May 19, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
Jessamyn and Alasdair are as opposite as night and day. she is a genteel woman who is on hard times and makes her living by reading Tarot cards for the wealthy. Alasdair is an Earl, also on hard times, who fills the empty family coffers by stealing the rich people's jewels. Both are delightful characters, and of course when the meet, sparks fly. This was a good read and recommended.
Christine Diane Paloma
This book was okay. There were some charming moments, particularly between the heroine's sister and the bow street runner (they were adorable together), but I found myself skimming some pages until I got to the end.
Dec 21, 2015 Tanisha rated it it was amazing
A typical Anne Stuart book,

Hero: Flawed, pure heart, handsome, criminal
Heroine: Sweet, innocent, plain yet extraordinary to hero.
Storyline: Mysterious, enigmatic, well written
Verdict: Go for it :P
Shannon   The Romance Addict!
Sep 23, 2014 Shannon The Romance Addict! rated it really liked it
As everyone knows I love Anne Stuart'sBooks and this one was no different.
Great Hero(like always) I love to hate him but I just end up loving them.
This book is one of her older ones but it still feels fresh. I really enjoyed it!
Mar 17, 2014 Lynn rated it really liked it
I like how anne stuarts male leads are alway a little dark. everyone luvs a bad boy sometimes lol another good read from anne stuart!
Dec 07, 2012 Frances rated it liked it
At little less fainting and crying by the heroine and her sister and this would have been a 4 star. I really like this author, always a good read.
Apr 27, 2014 Annie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I disliked this enough that I'm trying to track down how I even found it. Entirely too rape-y and poorly researched, which is saying something. I'm even a bit irritated that I bothered finishing it.
Mar 25, 2012 Bluefly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Semplicemente meraviglioso. Il primo romanzo della Stuart che ho letto e che mi ha convertito al genere romance. Anche se come la Stuart ce ne sono poche.
Oct 06, 2013 Doreen rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, thrill-a-minute plot and just enough kink to make it spicy. I'm never disappointed by Anne Stuart.
Dianna rated it liked it
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Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic sus
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