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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?

On the way to marry a prince in a castle, a lady should never:

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Overview

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?

On the way to marry a prince in a castle, a lady should never:

  1. Bribe an infuriatingly arrogant and undeniably irresistible ship captain,
  2. Let him kiss her senseless on a beach,
  3. Battle thieves at his side,
    and
  4. Exchange wedding vows with him, even under the direst circumstances.

But daring, determined Arabella Caulfield isn’t just any lady. And Luc Westfall is no typical ship captain. He’s the new Duke of Lycombe, and to defeat a plot that could destroy his family he must have an heir. Now he knows just the woman for the job . . . and he’s not above seduction to turn this would-be princess into a duchess.

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Editorial Reviews

RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Stars (top pick)
Praise for I MARRIED THE DUKE:“Well written, carefully plotted and original. Ashe intrigues readers with an adventure, a romance and a mystery, all of which will keep them eager for the next installment.”
Raleigh News & Observer
“The story is intriguing and will keep you riveted beyond the final page. It takes mere minutes to become completely invested in the outcome, not just of Arabella and Luc’s tale, but of the entire series.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062229816
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 386,246
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.64 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call "intensely lush" and "sensationally intelligent," including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors' Choice for one of the Ten Best Books of the Year, and How to Marry a Highlander, a 2014 RITA® Award finalist. 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 History, she writes romance because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality, too.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** I Married the D

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

    I Married the Duke by Katharine Ashe
    Book One of the Prince Catchers series
    Publisher: Avon
    Publication Date: August 27, 2013
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss

    ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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?

    On the way to marry a prince in a castle, a lady should never:

    1. Bribe an infuriatingly arrogant and undeniably irresistible ship captain,
    2. Let him kiss her senseless on a beach,
    3. Battle thieves at his side,
    and
    4. Exchange wedding vows with him, even under the direst circumstances.

    But daring, determined Arabella Caulfield isn’t just any lady. And Luc Westfall is no typical ship captain. He’s the new Duke of Lycombe, and to defeat a plot that could destroy his family he must have an heir. Now he knows just the woman for the job . . . and he’s not above seduction to turn this would-be princess into a duchess.


    What I Liked:

    This book was cute and hilarious and exasperating (in a good way) all at the same time! I absolutely loved the first half of the book, and while I didn't enjoy the second half as much, I liked it! Overall,, this book was pretty good! Not a new favorite, but a great read.

    The summary is pretty spot-on. I love how it's broken up, into a list form and paragraphs. Pay attention to that list. It's important in this novel (hint hint)! While Arabella didn't really bribe the ship captain, she did have to work her cleverness on him in order for him to bring her aboard. The ship isn't a passenger ship, and most certainly not for ladies.

    Anyway. So this book is basically split into two parts. One, with Arabella and Luc on the ship and when they disembark, and two, when they are at the Prince's castle, where Arabella is supposedly going to work. I loved the first half of the book, because the interactions between Arabella and Luc were so sweet and steamy and THERE. In the second half, there are quite a few interactions, but they are tempered with Arabella's refusal to be around Luc (for whatever stupid reason she conjured).

    While Arabella and Lux were on the ship, neither could deny the attraction between them. While Arabella doesn't know that Luc is also a Duke, she knows that he is important among his men and his ship. Their interactions on the ship are filled with humor and banter and chemistry. Even when they get off the ship, and stay in town for the festival to pass, sparks fly and neither can resist one another.

    But then Luc is attacked, and Arabella is told that he is dead, and that she should go to the Prince's castle to accept the job she was offered. But he didn't die. He wasn't even injured THAT badly, and he makes a full recovery. However, just before he "died", his friends convince Arabella that she needs to marry him.So, they get married, while he is injured and possibly dying.

    So, when Arabella arrives at the Duke's palace, she stays there for a few days, brokenhearted, until the Duke of Lycombe arrives. Luc. For some twisted, deranged reason, Arabella is so angry with Luc, because she believes that he doesn't love her, and that they shouldn't be married, and that she doesn't want to be a duchess. WHATEVER, girl.

    One thing I'd like to point out that I liked is that Luc isn't perfectly perfect in his masculine form. He has scars, and while that might make him imperfect to some, it just makes him more masculine to Arabella. And apparently, he's still quite good-looking. Can't go wrong with scarred AND good-looking.

    But all's well that ends well! I really like this book, despite my slight annoyance with Arabella in the second half of the book. The back-story, the past of Arabella and her sisters, is really cool. One of them is destined to marry a prince! It wasn't Arabella... which of the sisters will it be?!


    What I Did Not Like:

    Like I've already mentioned, I didn't enjoy the second half of the book AS MUCH. It was still pretty great, especially since the ending was nice, but I didn't like it as much as I LOVED the first half of the book. Arabella and her weird self, trying to break of the marriage,just didn't sit right with me. I mean, any idiot could have that Luc loved her! Well, except her - she couldn't see it. It's always like that though, right?

    Basically, if a duke married me (in the time period of the book), and he loved me, and he wanted to STAY married to me, and he was filthy rich? I wouldn't be going ANYWHERE. Or complaining. Or pushing him away. Especially if he's hot. And loves me. Full package of yummy!


    Would I Recommend It:

    Hmmm. There are definitely better historical romance novels that I liked more (despite the fact that I'm giving this one four stars). BUT, this one is pretty great. If you've got time (and money, I suppose), then read this one! It's not a must-read, but you'll most likely enjoy this book if you read it, I'm sure!


    Rating:

    4 stars. I can't wait to read the next two novels in this series! I just wish they were coming out sooner.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    The best book I ever read! Read it in 3 days and that was with a

    The best book I ever read! Read it in 3 days and that was with a convention and trip out of town. Love it, it is a real page turner.  I recommended this too and the person spent 6 hours reading it the first time she picked it up.  A must read and must have.  This is on my present list for Christmas gifts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    LOVE this saucy historical romance! I absolutely wanted to t




    LOVE this saucy historical romance! I absolutely wanted to throw the book about half way through at a twist that had me totally confounded. I thought-Well Jesus, just where the hell is she gonna go from here. I knew I had tons left to read, and I have to admit I was a little steamed, but there was a good reason for the twist, and I totally enjoyed Luc and Arabella’s story beginning to end. That’s not all, I’ve got even better news; it is only the first book in The Prince Catchers trilogy. I really can’t wait to dig into Ravenna’s story! Five hearts for I Married the Duke.





    Arabella is one of three sisters that were sent away by their mother at a very young age, presumably for their own protection. Luckily the young ladies were taken in by a priest to be raised together. One year a gypsy band came through town and the girls decided to pay the fortune teller a visit. They desperately wanted to know who their mother and father was, and had only one item to remember them by-a spectacular gold and ruby men’s ring. Using the ring the Gypsy fortune teller got a glimpse not of the past, but of the future. She informed the girls that one of them would marry a prince, and only then would their parentage be revealed.





    Luc has been the heir apparent to a Dukedom for most of his life. His parents are dead. The guardian for his brother and him is a bishop and a very cruel man. After his half mad brother slips from their guardian’s evil clutches Luc escapes London by buying his commission into the navy. Even after his commission ended; due to his losing an eye in a sword fight, he managed to stay away from London society for the greater part of adulthood. That is until a sharp tongued governess buys passage on his commerce ship to the very last place he wants to be. During his trip home he learns that his uncle has passed on, but he is yet unable to inherit the dukedom as his Aunt is pregnant once again. If she manages to deliver a live male the title will pass to the child. His aunt though, has been trying for years to bear a child, but to no avail all previous pregnancies ending in stillbirth. With his life in such turmoil the last thing Luc needs is to be infatuated by the beautiful young heiress whom he learns has designs on the prince residing in Luc’s own home.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Really great read... fast too

    Really great read... fast too

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

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    Book 1 in the Prince Catchers series. This is the story of Luc

    Book 1 in the Prince Catchers series.

    This is the story of Luc and Arabella, a one-eyed "pirate" and a governess searching for her prince. When Arabella finds passage on Luc's boat, she thinks he is an overbearing scoundrel and avoids him at all costs, but fate doesn't always listen to our wishes.

    If you're looking for a fun story of politics, murder, family squabbles and love, this is definitely the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Entertaining

    I just barely started to read Katarine Ashe and found that she is amazing. Great story with an admirable hero and heroine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Highly recommend - check it out!

    I loved this story! I can't wait for the next 2 books in the series!!!

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  • Posted September 19, 2013

    Nice story

    Nice story

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    A caustic and witty romance ! Fun, with  temperamental characte

    A caustic and witty romance !

    Fun, with  temperamental characters and some deliciously biting reparties, I had a great time turning the pages of this new serie.
    There are secrets, conspiracies, pirates, thieves, princes, balls and an especially  beautiful love story quite original.

    The author shows, through her narrative, the importance of keeping an open mind in love and don't be afraid of the unexpected. 

    Thus, Arabella focuses too much on the prophecy instead of listening to her heart. She tends to think negatively about her feelings. She believes that Luke and men all have bad intentions. So, she erects pretty strong barriers which she is the only prisoner.
    As for Luke, he wants an heir. Even if his heart beats for the young governess, he hesitated, for a moment, regarding her status.
    Fortunately, in the most tragic circumstances, they manage to be honest with themselves.

    Full of suspense and wicked vilains this historical romance is refreshing and pleasant. A good serie to start!

    Lucie
    newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    I MARRIED THE DUKE by Katharine Ashe is an exciting Regency Hist

    I MARRIED THE DUKE by Katharine Ashe is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. #1 in “The Prince Catchers”,and what a beginning!

    “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?”

    “I Married The Duke” is the story of Arabella Caulfield, the middle Caulfield sister,the stronger of the three sisters,who is looking for her Prince Charming and their father,what she finds is…. Lucian (Luc) Westfall,new Duke of Lycombe,a sea Captain with a tortured soul,partially blind,with a wounded soul and not looking for a Duchess or love. But enter…..Arabella,who is searching for the identity of her father. As children they where placed aboard a ship by their mother, sent to England,along the way the ship sank,they where the only survivors with their nanny,they are considered orphans,with a mother who was a possible harlot. No one knows who their true identities, all they have is a ring their mother placed within their care.They where taken in by a priest and raised as his children.

    This is a powerful story of meeting your destiny,your fate and finding your true love. Filled with secrets,danger,passion,an attempted murder or two,trust issues,misunderstandings and love. You see Luc is not all he appears to be either.

    Fast paced and passion filled with plenty of action and adventure. If you enjoy historical romance with a bit of mystery,and lots of passion than don’t miss “I Married The Duke”. The question remains,who is the Caulfield sibling’s father and what is their true identity? A wonderful read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Another hit by this author. I can hardly wait for the next installment in “The Prince Catchers”,which sister will find her true love next, I wander? And will their true identities shock us all when it is finally revealed? Well written with engaging and charming characters and an interesting as well as intriguing storyline. I loved it! Well done indeed!! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Edelweiss.

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: MILD

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Good read..

    This book will keep you smiling. The duke is typical in his higher than thou attitude and keeps his own secrets. The lady shows warmth and compassion. I like how she puts the duke in his place more than once. Then there is the stable hand, who knows his horses, can rescue a dog and her pups, and makes his own steam! The dowager and the "Queen" can dish out some very good advice.

    This book was a fun read, it transports you to a totally different place. I like the fact that it was set more in winter and out of the glamorus ballrooms of London. The characters, even the supporting ones had a personality you could believe.

    Great Job!

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