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.
You know how sometimes something goes wrong and instead of sitting down and dealing with it you just keep putting it off?! Then you blink it has been a week, you blink again and it has been three. That is what happened to Novel Reaction, I keep exceeding my bandwith with my provider, which is not surprising given I have been blogging for five years and I LOVE large beautiful images. Because of my love of the images I now have to go back into my past posts and fix the images sizes. Not a truly horrible task but very time consuming. But my goal is to get things up and running smoothly on Novel Reaction soon. I have started to schedule blog tours and hopefully will be getting some authors on to share with us as well as reviving the books-to-movie challenge (goodness knows Hollywood seems to be only doing sequels and books lately, not much original from them directly). Sorry things have been so boring here, but read your novels a little longer and know that soon we will be discussing books and leading men and all things fabulously written.
Do you ever find yourself lost in a series of books? It doesn’t even have to be the same series of books, you just find yourself caught up in the story, the flow of words, the adventure. Well, that is where I have been for the last couple of weeks. I would think “One more page and then I will go write that review I need to write or prepare a blog posting” and then I blinked and it has been a shocking three weeks since I last logged into Novel Reaction. I blame the public library. Seriously, any place that will someone to check out a total of 30 items at a time (print and ebook) is just bound to get a person in trouble. And of course, because my son loves it (wink, wink), we have to go back at least once a week and I find myself behaving like Golem from The Lord of the Rings, grabbing the books off the shelves and petting them while whispering “My precious”. Honestly, this last visit I decided I was going to only get one print book, just one mind you! I am a strong woman. I have successfully completed Grad school, have passed the AZ Bar to become an attorney, both very difficult things that required disciple and yet, I am almost ashamed to admit it, I came home with eight print books and received an email letting me know the two ebooks I put on hold were available for download. *hangs head in shame* Apparently, I have no self control when it comes to books. Now for the more important question that I am sure you are asking yourself, what I have a read lately? Well, I am going to share with you some (just some mind you) of the books that I enjoyed, some of which will get reviewed some of which will not. I don’t review everything I read for two reasons, 1) I read ALOT and I mean ALOT (since getting my library card three weeks ago I have read 4 ebooks and 15 print novels not counting my reread of 4 books and 2 review copies) and 2) I want book reviewing to remain something I enjoy and so not forcing myself to analytically focus on everything I read but to simply enjoy the pleasure of a good book keeps it fun and interesting for me. Of course, anything amazing I come across I share with all of you.
The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts (Second book in the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy)
Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist—and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers bust on his compulsive list-making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery McTavish…
Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a first-hand look at its amazing renovation—and a newfound appreciation for Owen. Since he was her first boyfriend when they were kids, Owen has never been far from Avery’s thoughts. But the attraction she’s feeling for him now is far from innocent.
As Avery and Owen cautiously take their relationship to another level, the opening of the inn gives the whole town of Boonsboro a reason to celebrate. But Owen’s hard work has only begun. Getting Avery to let down her guard is going to take longer than he expected—and so will getting her to realize that her first boyfriend is going to be her last…
The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter (First book in the Lords of the Underworld series)
They dared to open Pandora’s Box, and now must carry an eternal curse. New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s incredible Lords of the Underworld series begins in a remote fortress in Budapest, where six immortal warriors, each more dangerously seductive than the last, are bound by an ancient curse none has been able to break. Journey through this dark and sensual world, where the line between good and evil blurs and true love is put to the ultimate test. Bundle includes: The Darkest Night, The Darkest Kiss and The Darkest Pleasure.
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.
Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments…and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love….
I Thee Wed by Amanda Quick (Second Book in the Vanza series)
It isn’t easy making a living as a lady’s companion when one possesses a sharp tongue and an original mind. That’s why Emma Greyson has gone through three such positions in six months. Her current post at a tiresome country house party has her bored to tears—until an extraordinary encounter with the legendary Edison Stokes leads to a secret position as his assistant.
Stokes is on a peculiar mission, searching for an anonymous thief who has stolen an ancient book of arcane potions. He suspects his quarry is among the party’s guests—and that the villain is looking for an intuitive woman on whom to test a certain elixir. A woman just like Emma…
For Emma, the new post brings unexpected passion and chilling danger. But when murder strikes, she realizes the awful truth. Unless she and Edison devise a scheme to outwit a merciless killer, she could forever lose the man of her dreams—and even her very life….
So what have you been reading this lovely summer? Anything fabulous I need to add to my TBR pile?