Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Edelweiss
In the third in Katharine Ashe’s Prince Catchers series, the eldest of three very different sisters must fulfill a prophecy to discover their birthright. But if Eleanor is destined to marry a prince, why can’t she resist the scoundrel who seduced her? She can pour tea, manage a household, and sew a modest gown. In short, Eleanor Caulfield is the perfect vicar’s daughter. Yet there was a time when she’d risked everything for a black-eyed gypsy who left her brokenhearted. Now he stands before her—dark, virile, and ready to escort her on a journey to find the truth about her heritage.
Leaving eleven years ago should have given Taliesin freedom. Instead he’s returned to Eleanor, determined to have her all to himself, tempting her with kisses and promising her a passion she’s so long denied herself. But if he was infatuated before, he’s utterly unprepared for what will happen when Eleanor decides to abandon convention—and truly live.
This is the third book in the series about three sisters and a prophecy that will settle the past and futures of these young women. I truly enjoyed this story and thought that Ms. Ashe ended the series perfectly with twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout the book.
Taliesin Wolfe is a Rom horse trainer. He spent summers with the Caulfield family helping around the farm, but he left eleven years ago and has not been back since. He traveled and experienced some troubled years but eventually he overcame it all and now is a property owner and is well known for his horse abilities. When he returns to attend a wedding, he finds his feelings for Eleanor are not as locked away as he believed.
Eleanor Caulfield is the oldest of the three sisters that were adopted by the village vicar. She was a sick child at one time but is healthy now and dreams of adventures. When Taliesin returns she is confused by her feelings but with her sister’s meddling the two find time to sort through their thoughts while they try to find the truth about her past.
What a great story. This book was highly anticipated by me as I knew it would be about Taliesin, who I have loved since we met him. The gypsy boy is all grown up now and oh so sexy yet he still feels hurt and pain from years ago when he left the only man who he considered a father and a young girl who he adored. I was also excited to find out about the mystery surrounding the sister’s past, who were their parents, where did they come from, why was no one looking for them and will a prince appear like the prophecy foretold?
Taliesin has made a name for himself in the horse industry. He comes back at the request of Eleanor’s sister to attend their father’s wedding but he soon finds himself traipsing around the countryside helping Eleanor find out about her parents. They fight the attraction that has always been a part of their relationship since they were young and the push and pull between them fills the book with angst and emotion.
There are secrets and lies throughout the book and many things are revealed not only about the sister’s past but also about Taliesin’s past and the reason he left so abruptly all those years ago. These reason’s define the man he is today and his current choices as he tries to stay away from Eleanor. As much as he loves her, he still feels like he would lose himself if he succumbs to the pull of her. The chemistry between them is amazing and you can feel how much they love each other and it is heartbreaking to watch each deny their feelings until it is almost too late.
The pace of the story works well as we learn more about the fate of these three sisters, the prophecy and of course the love story between Eleanor and Taliesin. I love how the author takes you through some interesting twists until the final truths are revealed and what an ending it is. Although this book is the third in the series and there is a continued story arc from the beginning, the author keeps the reader informed and has many flash backs to help tell Eleanor and Taliesin’s story, so it could be read as a standalone, however the first two books are extremely good and well worth the read. I highly recommend this series for those that enjoy historical romances with emotion, mystery and love.
I give I Loved a Rogue by Katharine Ashe 4.5 stars!