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.
Novel Reaction is excited be a part of the Blog Tour for Katharine Ashe’s I Adored a Lord, the second book in the The Prince Catchers series. First let’s get to know a little more about Katherine.
Award-winning, best-selling author KATHARINE ASHE writes intensely lush historical romance, including How To Be a Proper Lady, among Amazon’s 10 Best Books of 2012 in Romance, and eight other acclaimed novels set in the era of the British Empire. With the publication of her debut novel in 2010, she earned a spot among the American Library Association’s “New Stars of Historical Romance.” She was a nominee for the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award in Fiction, and in 2011 she won the coveted Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Romantic Adventure. Katharine is also a finalist for the 2014 RITA® Award, the highest honor in the romance fiction industry, for How To Marry A Highlander. She lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History at Duke University, Katharine writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve high adventure and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about her books, please visit her at www.KatharineAshe.com.
I thoroughly enjoyed my way through I Adored a Lord (your can read my review here) and am thrilled to be able to share with you an excerpt from it.
He was nearly a head taller than she and certainly the most handsome man she had ever stood so close to, with his shirt of close-woven linen and waistcoat of brocaded silk. The whisker shadow of the night before that had scratched her chin had gone; his cheeks were smooth and high-boned, his jaw firm. “You seem remarkably comfortable with all of this.”
“I was at war, Miss Caulfield. There is little that can discomfit me now.”
But that was not the entire truth. He was not at ease as he seemed to study her features now.
“As you can see, I have knowledge that can help you find the murderer,” she said.
“What suggested to you that I have any intention of pursuing such a course?”
“Of course you have, or you would not have brought the body here and bribed the servants to keep it a secret from everybody else.”
“I did not bribe them.”
“You must have. I would have. After you tell the prince, I suppose he will summon the local law to investigate. When it arrives, let me help.”
“I cannot in good conscience allow that.”
“Then allow it in bad conscience.”
“You must allow me to help.”
“And yet I will not, despite my wish to please you.”
“You don’t wish to please me. You wish to thwart me.”
“You are correct. In this at least.” His gaze slipped to her shoulder, then her arms she was hugging to her waist, passing over her breasts as though they were not there. “Your lips are blue. You must retire to the warmth of your bedchamber. I will instruct Monsieur Brazil to send up a maid to build your fire again.”
“Aren’t you concerned that the murderer might realize we have discovered the body and will know that I know about it, and will come after me?”
That muscle twitched in his jaw again, but she did not know if humor or pique inspired it. “Yes.”
“If you keep me close, he won’t be able to get to me easily.”
“Interesting choice of words from the woman who vowed not two hours ago that she would not in this life come close to me again.”
“To solve the mystery of the murderer,” she said, her tongue abruptly dry, “of course.”
“Ah.” A smile caught at the corner of his mouth, the dent peeking out. “Of course.”
“I have plenty to recommend me to this investigation that the local police will appreciate.”
“An expertise in deaths involving medieval armor, perhaps?”
“A female body.”
That stalled him. Again his gaze dropped but this time it more than grazed over her breasts; it lingered. “I will admit I am not seeing how that makes you an expert investigator to murder.” He lifted his eyes to hers. They were decidedly dark and not entirely focused. The night before, his eyes had looked like this when his body atop hers had become aroused.
“I can speak to the women at this party in a manner in which I suspect you cannot. In regular conversation that seems like gossip I can encourage them to reveal information that could be valuable to discovering why this man was murdered and stuffed into a suit of armor. I will investigate this murder whether you or the local police wish me to or not.”
There was a stillness about his contemplation of her that at once made her breathe more deeply and unnerved her.
“You have me against the wall, it seems,” he finally said.
“The moment I have cause for concern over your safety, I will remove you to the village.”
“You will do no such thing. You haven’t the right. I may not actually be a lady, but I am a guest of the prince—”
“Who will do as I advise.” He seemed entirely confident of this.
Suspicion prickled at Ravenna. “Who is to say you are not the murderer, and now that you know I have useful information you won’t dispatch me too?”
“None but me.”
She glanced into the darkness where the butler had disappeared, then back at the tall, dark man who had subdued her quite effectively in a stable the previous night. “This is the part where you pull out the bloodstained dagger, isn’t it?”
“Why wouldn’t I have done it earlier, before Monsieur Brazil knew of your involvement?”
“No doubt you only thought of it at this moment.”
“It seems I am carelessly shortsighted.”
“You are not the murderer?”
“Go to bed.” He grasped her fingers and tucked them around the lamp handle. For a moment his large, strong hand encompassed hers, and she thought that no man who murdered another could possibly have such a marvelously warm, gentle touch. Then he released her. “The prince will call the party together after breakfast. If you truly intend to assist in this—”
“You must have your wits about you.”
“I always have my wits about me.”
“I think I am coming to see that.”
“You haven’t dispatched me because you know you need my help.”
“Do I?” He took a half step closer. “Or perhaps I have not yet dispatched you because, as depraved as I am, when I look at your lips I can feel your body beneath mine in the straw. If I were to do away with you now, that scenario could never be repeated.” …
I missed reading the first book in The Prince Catchers series but I will definitely be reading the rest of the books in the series.
The Prince Catchers Reading Order:
I Loved a Rogue (February 2015)
For Pia and Dragos everything looked to be finally falling into place: most of the construction has been completed on their estate, they have moved in, and Peanut (their little boy) is growing by leaps and bounds. In Pia Saves the Day by Thea Harrison, everything that Pia loves is threatened when Dragos loses his memory. While memory loss is never a good thing, it is especially bad when that loss happens to one of the most powerful and oldest beings in the world. When it looks like Dragos is not going to be coming home anytime soon, Pia does the only thing she can, she goes out to find him.
Thea Harrison’s created world is both unique and intriguing and while I don’t usually enjoyed continued stories of main characters (part of the reason I don’t love Urban Fantasy and because I want characters to have their happily-ever-after without continuing to struggle again and again) I have really enjoyed the continued saga of Dragos and Pia. Pia Saves the Day is definitely NOT a stand alone novel. While you don’t have to read the entire series (some of those are novellas but still it is quite a few books) you DO need to have read Dragon Bound and Dragos Takes a Holiday before reading Pia Saves the Day. At roughly 100 pages Pia Saves the Day a a fun quick read but like I said, read the other books first (and Peanut Goes to School is super cute). I like all of Harrison’s Elder Races series and recommend you enjoy the entire series.
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Title: Pia Saves the Day
Author: Thea Harrison
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 101
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Release Date: July 21, 2014
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.
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