Friday, August 1, 2014

Review Stop on the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for I ADORED A LORD by Katharine Ashe + #Giveaway

Welcome to my review stop on the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for I ADORED A LORD, a Prince Catcher’s novel by Katharine Ashe. As usual, Katharine does not disappoint. She is able to create characters with whom we fall in love, a story that keeps us turning the pages, and a happily-ever-after that leaves us sighing and eager for the next.

***eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review

Blurb for I ADORED A LORD:

She’s intended for his brother. He’s destined for adventure. Then a dangerous mystery throws them together, and all they want is each other.

All that clever, passionate Ravenna Caulfield wants is to stay far away from high society’s mean girls.

All that handsome, heroic Lord Vitor Courtenay wants is to dash from dangerous adventure to adventure.

Now, snowbound in a castle with a bevy of the ton’s scheming maidens all competing for a prince’s hand in marriage, Ravenna’s worst nightmare has come true. Now, playing babysitter to a spoiled prince and his potential brides, Vitor is champing at the bit to be gone.

When a stolen kiss in a stable leads to a corpse in a suit of armor, a canine kidnapping, and any number of scandalous liaisons, Ravenna and Vitor find themselves wrapped in a mystery they’re perfectly paired to solve.

But as for the mysteries of love and sex, Vitor’s not about to let Ravenna escape until he’s gotten what he desires…

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Twenty-two years ago, three sisters traveled to England in the company and protection of their nanny. Their ship sank and the three girls were the only survivors. Without anyone to say who they were, the girls were sent to a foundling home. Life wasn’t easy for them there, but soon the Reverend Caulfield adopted them after losing his wife and daughters to fever. Even as the girls desired to know who they were, the only clue they had was a ring worthy of a king – or perhaps a prince, according to a gypsy who foretells that one of them will marry a prince and learn the truth of who they really are.

Ravenna, the youngest of the sisters, comes to find herself at a bride-hunting party thrown by Prince Sebastiao of Portugal. Unlike her sister, Arabella, Ravenna doesn’t believe the gypsy's prophecy and has no plans to ever marry so when she’s tricked into attending the party by her sister, she’s not too happy to have gained the attention of the handsome Lord Vitor Courtenay, who has no desire to be there anymore than she. Of course, neither are thrilled at finding themselves in the middle of a murder mystery when an uninvited guest is found murdered in a suit of armor with a note in his pocket suggesting he had a rendezvous with one of the young ladies attending the party. The party soon turns into a mystery whodonit with a house full of potential suspects.

Katharine Ashe invites us to the best party ever in I ADORED A LORD, book two of the Prince Catchers series. Ravenna is a sweet young woman with a passion for all things furry, and possible even tall, handsome, and furry things, but she’s a determined woman who refuses to allow herself to become a plaything to a man who is only seeking a bit of fun rather than a wife, or so she thinks. I fell in love with Vitor because he knows what he wants and is determined to win Ravenna, but is willing to wait for her realize her own feelings. The cast of characters creates a real party atmosphere, and I’ve known a real life couple very similar to Sir Beverley and Mister Pettigrew, and so they gave me reason to smile.

I highly recommend I ADORED A LORD by Katharine Ashe. I recommend the series as it stands right now as well. If you love historical romance with a twist and fabulous characters that leap off the page at you, read this delightfully intriguing party atmosphere story with a murder mystery, which will keep you guessing to the end.

Happy Reading Everyone!

About the Author:
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 her website, and feel free to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


I ADORED A LORD, a Prince Catchers novel by Katharine Ashe, Avon Romance, available now in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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Tasty Book Tours said...

Thank you for hosting today! And a Very Happy Birthday!!

Renee B said...

I really liked this one...a sweet and charming romance!! And I love the idea of the basis of this series.

Janice Hougland said...

This sounds exactly like my kind of story! A bevy of scheming maidens competing for Vitor and Ravenna wanting nothing more than to escape all those scheming females! I imagine this will be a real romp of a story, not unusual for Ms. Ashe. I really like her writing. Thanks for the post, Unwrapping Romance!

Amy Valentini said...

Janice, I hope you read this one because Katharine manages to stir up all kinds of emotions in you right from the start but keeps you so entranced, the pages practically turn themselves. She is one of the best in romance, without a doubt.
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by Unwrapping Romance.