I Adored a Lord (Prince Catchers Series #2)

I Adored a Lord (Prince Catchers Series #2)

by Katharine Ashe

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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?

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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ISBN-13: 9780062229830
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Series: Prince Catchers Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 625,907
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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 the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers WeeklyWomen’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.

Katharine 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, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit her website or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.

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I Adored a Lord (Prince Catchers Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
Ravenna Caulfield is one of three sisters raised by a local vicar, Mr. Michaels Caulfield. For the past six years, Ravenna has lived with Sir Beverley Clark and his lifetime companion Mr. Pettigrew caring for their numerous birds, dogs, cats, and occasional farm-animal. Ravenna’s sister, Arabella, recently married a Duke and believes Ravenna should marry someone of equal or greater social status. Ravenna soon finds herself at a house party in France thrown for the sole purpose of finding Prince Sebastiao a wife. Among the guests is Vitor Courtenay, half-brother of the Earl of Chase. Vitor doesn’t seem to take any notice of the gaggle of women parading around at the house party, except for Ravenna. When Ravenna stumbles upon a murdered house guest, she and Vitor team up to investigate the murder and find the killer. I….struggled to finish this one. It was “historical romance” meets “Clue” and while I greatly enjoy both of those things……not together. At least not like this. Normally I’m all about spicing up my romance novels with a good mystery – a murder mystery at that – but something about the execution of this one flopped. My head spun trying to keep track of all the characters (“suspects”), their motives and desires, as well as just what the heck was going on in the story itself. I felt that the actual “romance” between Ravenna and Vitor was lost amongst the chaos of the story, which in the end made their supposed love somewhat incredulous and forced. Vitor is an honorable man who has spent a great deal of time around religious orders of varying types and religious hermits. Were it not for his desire for Ravenna, he is the type of man who would seriously consider taking religious vows himself. Ravenna is independent and sharp-witted, easily finding connections between the seemingly incongruous clues littering the house party and its guests. She is also a skilled medical woman with an affinity for animals. Together, Ravenna and Vitor made a good investigation team, but the feelings between them seemed more friendly than amorous. There was no real sizzle of chemistry that came across in the writing and many of their conversations centered around figuring out the mystery, not each other. As for the mystery plot itself, I felt that it was well-paced, but more convoluted than necessary. The identity of the murderer came about after several red herrings, which I don’t mind, but the explanation felt jumbled, choppy, and a tad anti-climactic. Again, I think this was a product of too many characters. For anyone who has played the “Clue” DVD with all three endings viewed in sequence, that is very much like the last 25% of this book – it could have happened like this! Or like this! But it really happened like this! Sheer chaos and confusion. It would have played much better if the book was shorter and tighter with its explanations and plot development. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Prince Catchers series by Katharine Ashe, one of my favorite historical authors who tells beautiful and breathless love stories that make you feel like the first time you fell in love. This series features three orphaned sisters who believe that if one them marries a prince, they will then discover their true origins. Well, one of them believes it anyway. Ravenna Caulfield, the heroine, is the youngest sister. She is pure and guileless and it has never once occurred to her to attract a suitor or feel passion. She finds friendship, consolation, and comfort in the constant and steadfast love of animals. Indeed, she is mourning the loss of her beloved pet, Beast, for months after his death when the story opens. Bullied as a young girl, she finds herself quick to defend others who encounter it. "Do you know…I like you. You’re smarter than most humans." (p160) Her skill with animals leads her to a post living with “Petti” and Lord Beverly, two gentlemen of advanced years who agree to employ her but only if she allows them to become her guardians so as to maintain the proprieties. She finds a happy existence until, at the urging of her middle sister, Arabella, a new duchess, she accompanies “Petti” and Lord Beverly to a prince’s winter house party. There they hope she will find a nice young man to marry, much to her great reluctance. Ravenna finds she cannot expect to live with the two kindly gentlemen forever and she feels lost and out of place among the finely dressed ladies and gentlemen at the house party. Lord Vitor Courtenay is reluctantly at the castle to support his younger brother, the prince, in finding a bride, at the behest of their father. He has seen and experienced the cruelties of war yet he is a true and honorable gentleman. His own family tree is checkered and unorthodox. He is intrigued by Ravenna’s sweetness, her courage, and her unaffectedness. It is refreshing to him, a lord raised among gentleman and ladies of “quality.” When a man is discovered dead, Ravenna and Vitor embark on a hunt for the murderer (or murderess). She is determined to find out the killer while he is just as determined to keep her safe. There is a nice balance of both mystery and romance here and it reminds me a little of Ashe’s lovely novella, Captive Bride. Though there are many secondary characters, it is mostly easy to follow, especially since Ashe provides a nice list of who’s who at the beginning of the story that you can refer back to if necessary. The romance between Vitor and Ravenna is very sweet and touching, their passion exciting and new. And there are hints of the next story to come; Eleanor, the eldest sister, will have her happy ending in I Loved a Rogue. Will one of the sisters end up marrying a prince? I look forward to finding out next year.
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 star read - As usual, Katharine never fails to make us fall in love. 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. ***eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A charming read, with sweet romance and thrilling mystery, I Adored a Lord was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book. Ravenna was a great heroine. She was clever, kind-hearted, and had a quietly strong will. She wasn't a particularly memorable character, but I did like her. Vitor was wonderful. He was so sweet, eminently honorable, and very clever. He was a true gentleman that was also remarkably resilient. I absolutely adored him. The romance was very sweet. Ravenna and Vitor were lovely together. There was was some heat between them, with some definite sensuousness, but they were a mostly sweet couple. I thought they were great together. The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. The mystery was well done, though I wasn't totally hooked into it. I definitely didn't expect who the killer turned out to be, and I especially didn't guess how far the whole affair went. I enjoyed the story and the ending was wonderful. I Adored a Lord was a lovely historical romance. From the mystery, to the romance, this book was certainly an enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Story I Adored a Lord is the second book in the prince catchers.It is a fantastic story of Ravenna and Vitor during a castle party. Ravenna's life is changing with her sister married a Duke,losing her beloved dog and traveling with her employer to attend a party with a prince looking for wife.Vitor is an amazing Hero, he suffered during war and attending his spoiled brother's(the prince) party.I love all Katharine Ashe books and this is another great story with murder, kidnapping, mystery and adventures. I love how Ravenna and Vitor work together to find clues about the murder. It is an enjoyable and entertaining read. Thank you Katharine
Chenet_Fabiola More than 1 year ago
I adored a Lord is the third volume of the Prince catchers series by Katharine Ashe. I loved the first volume, I married the Duke and I liked the second one, a novella titled Kisses, she wrote. However, even if I was waiting for this book with some eagerness, I was afraid to be disappointed. The story starts some time after I married the Duke. Although Arabella, the heroine’s sister, didn’t wed a Prince, she doesn’t lose sight of the idea that one of the others has to do it. So, when she hears that a Portuguese Prince is searching his bride, she decides to send Ravenna, to the great displeasure of the latter who hates everything related to High Society. Everybody meet at Chevriot castle, which is in Franche-Comté in France. Despite some slowness at the beginning of the book, I had an excellent moment with it and I will read I loved a Rogue, which tell the story of the last sister, Eleanor, with great pleasure. The book will be published next year but I think that meanwhile, Katharine will publish some novellas to make us wait patiently. The novel contains some humour and emotion. They are always there in Katharine’s books. I find that she handles the different moments very well and her style is so fluent that we switch from an emotion to the other without realizing it. I was surprised by the development of the story. Indeed, the author included a mystery plot with a murder, the kidnapping of a dog, and a lot of potential culprits. Katharine well exploited the romantic suspense side, the numerous twists were well brought and the resolution of the intrigues was plausible. The atmosphere of the era (the story takes place en 1818) is well rendered by the author. For example, although there was a murder in the castle and the residents are confined until the culprit is found, the guests keep on having fun and behaving as if nothing happened. It was very frustrating for the reader and the heroine who would have liked that the investigation was taken seriously. Another positive point: the Mayor and his deputy are there to solve the mystery. The policemen are not present because of the snow. I loved the heroes. Ravenna has a big heart and she doesn’t stand injustice even if she can’t do a lot against it. She is observant and discreet. Vitor surprised me, especially at the beginning. I can’t tell exactly what I’m talking about but I was afraid of his vocation because of a scene. LOL Ravenna and Vitor are quickly attracted to each other and even if they don’t succumb to their passion immediately, there is not any tension and a few misunderstanding. That could frustrate readers who love those in a book, but that’s not a problem for me. However, I would have liked that they remained honest to each other until the end. Some secondary characters were nice, others were not very much. I wanted to hit the twins, Grace and Penelope, especially because I found they were not often put in their place. I loved Sir Beverley and Francis, Ravenna’s guardians, as well as some of the potential brides. There were not a lot of hot scene and they were not well described but I found they were very sensual, and that’s enough for me to like a book. As usual, I loved the end of the novel because it perfectly reflects what I expect of a romance novel: an ending emotionally satisfying. I adored a Lord is a different sequel but it’s as lively as the first volume and I wish that I will be as pleasantly surprised with I adored a Rogue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first of the series. I felt like I was watching a Sherlock Holmes play. I like this author and her books but this was a little tedious for me. I was constantly consulting the "Cast of Characters" from the front of the book to see who was who. I will read the final book of this series , but I hope that it will be more engaging than this one was.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying – I too Adored I Adored a Lord by Katharine Ashe.  I’m still in my obsession with all things historical romance, and I was curious to see where this story would lead after reading the first in the series.  The premise is simple: three young girls were sent into the world with no idea who their parents were: raised by a kindly vicar, a gypsy’s reading tells the girls that one must marry a prince to find out who they are, and end their curse.   Not all that simple when raised in a small community vicarage far from the Society in which they must find their mates.  In this story, we focus on Ravenna: by far my favorite of the three sisters she would, in modern times be the girl in the tatty jeans and sweatshirt with well-worn and loved Doc Marten’s on her feet.  Hopelessly un-feminine, her preferences are for animals and the outdoors over people, and she has left the vicarage to care for the animals of a local gentleman. We need not worry about propriety, for the gentleman, his multiple dogs and sheep and his good friend who always seems to be in residence are more the ‘kindly uncle’ types, and are not interested in Ravenna for nefarious or scandalous purposes.   One of the sisters has married well, and in her efforts to encourage Ravenna to do her part – she is off to a house party that is, essentially, a bride market for a young prince.  Quickly this story moves forward, introducing several members of society, their horrendously behaved eligible daughters, and enough secrets, family squabbles and mysteries to sink a ship. Oh – and did I mention the murder?  Set much like an Agatha Christie mixed with a game of Clue, the murderer is one of the invited guests, and Ravenna and the deliciously gallant Vitor is determined to protect her at all costs as they find the culprit.  EVEN after she bruised and battered him with a pitchfork, then bit his lip.  Like all Katharine Ashe stories I have read, it really is the characters that stand out to make the story sing.  Ravenna is marvelous, determined in her life’s path that will not include nobility or marriage, her slow recognition of her feelings for Vitor and the realization that she can be an object of desire even if she isn’t the ‘typical’ female invited to this party are beautifully drawn and give readers a true sense of her character and likeability.  Vitor, for his part, is disenchanted with his situation, frustrated with and angered by his brother, and still tasked with ‘smoothing’ the Prince’s rough edges, even as he is aware the killer is stalking the girl he cannot forget: Ravenna.  The mystery and the romance are both stand-outs in this story.  The mystery is well-crafted with plenty of characters that are potential suspects, so we get a chance to see their revelations and learn more about them, especially as many are more than a touch put-out by the restrictions on the invited guests: no leaving the estate and a skeleton staff of servants to serve what was meant to be a luxurious idyll.  I’m also not a huge fan of written dialect, and Ashe uses this sparingly, to give a sense of place and station in life, without overtly beating the reader over the head.  Romance wise – the story manages to develop with a solid pacing that felt appropriate, even as I sped through the pages to get to the end.  There is some steam that presents an interesting reaction from Ravenna, and her softening and blossoming in her new-found love and confidence is a wonderful addition, and I will say that I was cheering for her all the way.  You aren’t required to read the first book to understand this story: it is self-contained and information that is needed is provided in the story, without overwhelming the reader or presenting too many bits of information that are unnecessary.  A surprisingly engaging and quick read that shows smart writing, great characters and a mystery that isn’t truly solved until the end.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
streetmouse More than 1 year ago
Loved this murder mystery set in a French castle. The plot was fun and moved along nicely, but it was really "come for the mystery, stay for the love story." Ravenna and Vitor were charming together and I very much enjoyed falling in love with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually liked this one a tiny bit more than the first but both were good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story and Ravenna, Sir Beverley, mr pettigrew, & of course Vitor. Grew to like most of the people. I must roead this again to try to see if I can follow it better. Good story, good mystery. Almost to much info.
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I enjoyed Vitor and Ravenna but feel that their characters and romance were underdeveloped amid too many other persons in this novel. I mostly agree with the review posted before mine. LORRAINE
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A2 More than 1 year ago
Katharine Ashe has done it again - a lively, well-written historical romance with characters you love and just enough mystery and adventure to keep things lively. This is a great addition to the Prince Catchers series.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** I Adored A Lord by Katharine Ashe Book Two of The Prince Catchers series Publisher: Avon  Publication Date: July 29, 2014 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? 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... What I Liked: This series is so great! I really enjoyed the first book, featuring Arabella, and I really liked this one, featuring Ravenna! Each book in this trilogy features each of the three sisters. Ravenna is the youngest, and the most spirited. She was sent to live with a vicar at a young age, and they adopted her. This particular book start with Ravenna being invited to a party for a prince, in which the prince is trying to pick a bride. Arabella is sending Ravenna there. Ravenna thinks she is waiting for Arabella, the newly married Duchess of Lycombe, but Arabella is trying to match Ravenna with the Prince Sebastiao. Of course, it doesn't work out that way.  A murder occurs in the castle during the party, and Ravenna takes it upon herself to find out who did it, since she found the dead Mr. Walsh. She and the devilish Vitor Courtenay team up to unearth the assassin. Ravenna doesn't know that Vitor is the prince's half-brother (but not a prince himself). She has no intentions of falling for anyone, but falling for Vitor proves to inevitable and thrilling. I love the dual parts to this story! We have a whodunit mystery, which actually becomes very interesting and puzzling, and we have Vitor and Ravenna's relationship. Oh, and the prince and his choosing a bride - that is quite funny, in my opinion. There are so many ladies there, vying for the prince's attention. It's like The Bachelor! Ravenna has no interest in the prince (other than friendliness), so she finds the whole deal hilarious. Of course, she has more important things to worry about, like the murder, and Lord Courtenay's flirtatious advances. The investigator doesn't want her (a woman) involved in the investigation, but Ravenna has a knack for details and discovering things. I like the way her mind works. I really like Vitor - he is honorable, sincere, noble, kind. Ravenna doesn't seem to understand that he doesn't care that she isn't in the same social circles as him. Heck, he's brother to the prince, but he chooses to be a lord, not a bastard prince. Vitor is extremely intelligent, caring, and considerate. I like him a lot! The romance in this book takes time, but I love how Ashe builds up the chemistry, and each protagonist's feelings. Vitor is very sure of his feelings, whereas Ravenna is convinced that as nobility, he just wants her for a bit of fun. Which is not the case, but it's understandable. In the end, I love that Vitor never gave up on Ravenna, but also, that Ravenna never gave up on the hope of a relationship with Vitor (even though everything was in her head, all of the doubts and whatnot). I feel like I haven't said much about this book in general, but it's a whodunit mystery with romance! I've said a lot about the romance, but I can't say much about the mystery, that will ruin things. All I can say is that I LOVE this one line from the book reminds me of this one line in a certain Disney movie. Tweet at me if you're curious as to what I'm talking about - I don't want to spoil it in my review. What I Did Not Like: I think the only thing I wanted more was more scenes between Vitor and Ravenna, in which Ravenna wasn't telling him to back off, even though it was quite obvious that she really didn't want him to back off. *winks* Would I Recommend It: Definitely! This is a really good historical romance novel! Probably a year-end favorite. This series is EXCELLENT. If you read the first one, be sure to read this one! And even if you haven't read the first one, you should still catch this one, if you love historical romance novels! Rating: 4 stars. Quite a good one we have here! I have much admiration and respect for Katharine Ashe - she is very talented! I cannot wait to read Eleanor's story - will she be the one to marry a prince? Arabella married a duke, Ravenna married a lord (the brother of a prince)... we're getting closer!
def618 More than 1 year ago
I won an advance copy of this book and couldn't put it down. I do not write plot spoilers but I thought it was wonderful! It is the 2nd book (there is also a novella) in K. Ashe's Prince Catchers series. This is the youngest sister, Ravenna's story. She is an animal lover, more interested in caring for them than finding love. Oh, but when love finds her! :) The hero has secrets, a prince to protect and a murder to solve. All while trying to keep her safe. Katharine Ashe's books are always well written. I am looking forward to the last sister's story in "I Loved A Rogue" coming in early 2015.