Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
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 . . .
This is going on my favorite book list of the year. I love the hero and heroine, the premise, the witty dialog between characters and how the romance develops. I also enjoy the overall story arc that starts with the first book, about three sisters that have been told of a gypsy prophecy about their future.
Ravenna Caulfield was orphaned with her two sisters spending many years at a foundling home until a vicar from a small village adopts them and gives them a good home. Her sister Arabella is the oldest and recently married, not a prince like the prophecy foretells, but a duke, she still holds on to the ring and the words of a gypsy, that one sister is to marry a prince and find their parents and heritage.
When Ravenna was sixteen she left her adopted father and took employment with Mr. Pettigrew and Sir Beverley (I love these adorable characters) two gentlemen that needed someone to look after their vast array of animals. But when Ravenna is ready to leave her job, Arabella is prepared for her sister to find her prince and helps Pettigrew and Beverley gain invitations to a large party where Prince Sebastiao plans to find a bride, much to Ravenna’s dismay.
Prince Sebastiao’s quest for a bride has him asking help from his half brother Vitor, a Lord that served in the army and had some horrendous experiences; he most recently found comfort at a nearby monastery. After a disastrous meeting in the barn, Vitor and Ravenna find themselves in an odd predicament of discovering a dead man in a suit of armor, as they try to find clues, the two become close, but there are threats and dangerous situations that could have perilous consequences.
What an enjoyable book, this will go down as one of my favorites this year. It is the second in the Prince Catchers series; about three young women who have been told a prophecy that one will marry a prince. And although it is not the first, it is easily read as a standalone as the author does a wonderful job of bringing the reader up to date and characters from the first book are talked about but they do not have a large part in the story.
Ravenna is delightful she is full of spunk and knows exactly what she wants out of life, but marrying a prince is definitely not part of the plan, so when her sister has her employers Sir Beverly and Pettigrew accompany her to this party she is determined to stay in the background. I love how she is the defender of those who are weaker; she helps a young runt puppy in the barn and a young woman who is no match for the evil twin girls that are vying for the prince. And she definitely can hold her own; when she first meets Vitor she not only bites his lip but handles a pitchfork with ease, creating a very funny scene.
Vitor is an amazing hero, he suffered greatly during the war at the hands of someone he trusted and found solace in the monastery for a few years. He has come to the party for his brother Sebastiao,
they are very close and his brother adores him in his own spoiled way (I actually really liked the spoiled Sebastiao; he is a very endearing character). Vitor is intrigued by Ravenna and enjoys sleuthing around with her trying to find clues about the murder. They are very cute together as they bounce ideas and questions off each other while trying to keep their hands to themselves (well at least he is). I enjoyed reading about the two as they are entertaining and fun to watch.
The secondary characters are interesting, funny and add much to the story, all those that came to attend the party are stuck at the house or grounds and there is a lot of interaction. There are hilarious moments between several characters and some dangerous exchanges also. I really enjoyed Vitor and his other brother Wesley, they have some heartbreaking history together and I like how their relationship turns out. The murder mystery is well done as it intertwines with the romance and characters and there are enough twists and turns that I was guessing until the end, and even after the conclusion, I am still not sure who was lying and who was telling the truth. This is a wonderful story with murder, mayhem and of course a delightful romance.
I give I Adored A Lord by Katharine Ashe 4.5 stars!