Sara’s Review of I Adored the Lord by Katharine Ashe + Excerpt

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I’d like to thank Tasty Book Tours, Avon Romance, and Katharine Ashe for the opportunity to be a part of this event! If you’d like to see all of the blogs participating in this tour, please click on the banner above. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. =^.^=

I Aodred a LordRating: paw4

Publisher: Avon Romance

Release Date: July 29, 2014

Series: The Prince Catchers #2

Goodreads Description:

Three very different sisters beguile society with their beauty and charm, but only one of them must fulfill a prophecy: marry a prince. Who is the mystery Prince Charming, and which sister will be his bride?

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 his spoiled prince of a half-brother and 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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Review:

Ah, what a difference a sequel makes! May I say that I enjoyed this book much more than I did the first in this series. Not to say that I didn’t like the first book, but I definitely appreciated the characters and storyline in this book a great deal more when all is said and done. Yes, Ashe has earned some serious purrs this time around, murr!

I completely adored Ravenna. Her love of animals, overall gypsy nature, and desire to fight for the underdog won my heart right from the start. Thus far out of the three Caulfield siblings, she is definitely my favorite! Likewise Vitor made my heart swoon. While he wants to protect Ravenna, he’s also not afraid to let her be herself. He accepts her as she is and doesn’t seek to change her. Right there he’s won my respect and admiration. Together these two are the perfect couple. Their attraction for each other is seriously hot, and from the first moment they met I could help but grin in delight. They are a fun pair and I defy any fan of Historical Romance not to like them. Also I have to give a nod of acknowledgement to all of the secondary characters who made this book a charming read. I loved them all, even the catty twins whom I seriously hated for their behavior towards some of the other young ladies, and the rather inept mayor turned detective (he earned more than one eye roll from me).

Yes, I REALLY liked this book! Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. And it’s not just the characters that kept me intrigued, but the mystery element to the storyline was a fantastic touch. I wanted to know who did it, and I constantly kept revising my theory of who and why as the story progressed. Just when you think you have it figured out, Ashe would add a twist into the mix to keep you guessing. My only complaint in the end, and one of the reasons for why this didn’t rate as a 5 paw read, was that the answer to who did it had me shaking my head and asking “Did I really just read that right?” Usually with a mystery I can joke with friends about who the killer is, but in this particular case, I can’t do it because I’d literally be spoiling things. And if you don’t know by now how I feel about spoilers, then you obviously haven’t been paying attention to any of my previous reviews.

The other thing that kept me from giving this a full paw rating was that there were some events that I thought were unnecessary to the plot line. On the one paw I can see these scenes as being red herrings (Mmm herring) created specifically to divert the reader’s attention from the actual truth in order to keep the mystery going a bit longer, or in one specific case to make Ravenna admit her true feelings for Vitor, but on the other paw I think the story would have been just as strong without them. I mean, just how necessary was it for Ravenna to end up in the river or for Ann’s dress to be ruined? Or even for the dog to be dognapped? Okay, yes, in retrospect, I can actually see the importance for everything happening the way it did, but during the initial read I honestly felt that some of what happened just didn’t need to.

Having said that though, I will admit that Ashe can be a bit of a brutal writer as well, and I mean this in the best of ways because she knows how to pull emotion from her readers. I actually cried towards the end of the novel due to something that happens to a character whom I greatly liked. Yes, I actually felt like I’d been punched in the gut with this one scene and I did yowl in despair over it. Seriously, Ashe, if you end up reading this, did you have to add that heart wrenching twist? Really?!

So yeah, as reads go, this is definitely a fun one, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the final book of this trilogy! If you are a fan of Historical Romance, or if you were debating on whether you wanted to read this book or not because you were not all that enamored with the first of the series, let me say that you definitely don’t want to miss this one, murr! Purrs and tail waves to of approval to you, Ashe, for a job well done. =^.^=

Excerpt:

“Why are you out here? Hiding behind trees so you can jump out at unsuspecting women?”
“I was at the village observing Monsieur Paul interrogate the servants. The mayor under-exaggerated his deputy’s incompetence.”
“He is less than helpful?”
“He’s a drunken simpleton. Also, the mayor’s nephew.” His grin reappeared. “Alas, mountain communities.”
“You are now here. On the north side of the castle. The village is to the south.”
“I must have gotten lost.”
Ravenna pursed her lips. “You are withholding information from me. This is clear. But Monsieur Sepic is a numbskull. If we hope to discover the identity of the murderer, it will be best if we work in concert. Agreed?”
He seemed to consider this, or rather her , then said. “What have you learned?”
She pulled off her gloves and flapped her cloak open to dig in her skirt pocket. She felt watched. It had never before bothered her to be watched by a man; no man ever did unless she worked on his animals. Now her fingers slipped on the packet.
Lord Vitor caught her hand. His were large, without gloves but warm. She jerked back.
“I spoke with Mademoiselle Dijon, and with Lady Margaret and her daughter, Ann,” she said too quickly, “then the duchess and Lady Iona. I learned nothing useful, unfortunately. Gossip may not suffice to draw them out.”
“You are honest to admit it.”
“I haven’t any pride to be wounded by admitting my mistakes.”
He stepped close to her. “That is refreshing to hear. Pride is one of my worst faults.”
“You are admitting to a fault? I am astonished.”
“I’m hoping to turn up your good side.”
She looked up from the packet in her hands, and her tongue stuck to the roof of her mouth. She loosed it with effort. “Don’t look at me like that.”
“Like what?”
“Like you intend to kiss me again.”
“I am not looking at you like that.”
“Are you intending it?”
“Since you have made very clear the consequences of doing so without your permission—”
“Ever.”
“—it would not be in my interests, would it?”
“I have never been swayed by a pretty face.”
A single dark brow rose. He wore no hat and the sunlight shone in his eyes, lighting them to sapphire like the jewel in his neck cloth the night before. “Pretty?”
“Rather, a handsome face. Beast was the ugliest pup in the litter.”
“Who is Beast, I wonder.”
“The best—” Her throat closed. “Just don’t.”
The color was high on his cheekbones and his eyes were abruptly serious, like in the drawing room when he and his brother had spoken. “I do wish to kiss you, Miss Caulfield, however unwise that would certainly be.”

About the Author:

Katharine AsheAward-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.

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