Ravenna Caufield isn’t your typical English society miss, being raised in a Foundling Home will to that to a girl. In I Adored a Lord by Katharine Ashe, Ravenna has gone from general animal caretaker for Sir Beverley Clark to the sister of a Duke (as explained in I Married the Duke), making her an eligible young lady in the eyes of the Ton. Ravenna would rather spend her time with the animals but a fortune teller told her and her sisters that if one of them married a Prince then they would discover the identity of their parents. So Ravenna finds herself in a remote castle in the mountains of France competing with other young ladies for the affections of a Spanish Prince. Everything goes awry when a body is discovered in a suit of armor in the castle and a valuable dog goes missing. Unable to stand by Ravenna finds herself teaming up with the one man she swore she would never be alone with again, Vitor.
Lord Vitor Courtenay has come to the French castle to make sure that his half-brother, the prince, makes an eligible match. Vitor is distracted when he discovers an intriguing woman in the stables and, when she misunderstands his intentions, finds himself injured by that young lady. Vitor doesn’t want Ravenna anywhere near the murder investigation but even he can see the wisdom in keeping the irrepressible Ravenna close by, for her own safety, of course.
I Adored a Lord is a fun unexpected historical romance. I loved how the first meeting between Ravenna and Vitor went so terribly wrong, no first kiss magic here but at least Vitor survived the encounter. (I have to admit I really struggled with his name and still call him Victor in my head.) Ravenna’s upbringing and subsequent life choices were brave and made for a very interesting and different historical novel. I have to admit I totally didn’t see the murderer being who it was, Ashe did a great job of casting suspicion on numerous characters as the novel progressed. I Adored a Lord is a stand alone novel (I haven’t read the first book in the series at this time) but, like most series, I imagine the reading of I Adored a Lord could only be improved by reading I Married the Duke first. I plan on adding it to my TBR pile and will definitely be reading I Loved a Rogue when it comes out in February 2014.
I Loved a Rogue (February 2015)
You can read an excerpt here.
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Title: I Adored a Lord
Author: Katherine Ashe
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Publisher: Avon Romance
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.