Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I Adored a Lord Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the I Adored a Lord book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for copies of I Married a Duke. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

I Adored a Lord (The Prince Catchers, #2)
Release date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Prince Catchers #2

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 . . .


My Rating: 3 Roses

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
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Excerpt:

A footman appeared beside Ravenna with a silver tray of glasses filled with sparkling white wine. She didn’t usually drink wine. She must get out of this place. With all her might she mentally willed the sun to shine and the snow to melt and reached for a glass.

“Allow me.” The voice from the shadows the night before, deep and wonderfully autumnal and decidedly not-a-stable-hand’s voice, sounded at her shoulder. With his scarred hand he removed Miss Feathers’s half-empty glass from her fingers and replaced it with a fresh glass, then offered another to Ravenna. She was obliged to accept it, no matter that he had not looked at her, though he must recognize her.

“Good evening, my lord,” Lady Penelope said upon a curtsy. Lady Grace and Miss Feathers followed suit. All three of them stared at him as though he were a god.

Ravenna stood immobile. She would curtsy to a man that had attacked her in the dark when Sir Beverley’s pet pig flew.

“Miss Feathers, as you are my sole acquaintance among this lovely quartet,” he said with a smile that said he was thoroughly aware he was making every female in the room breathless, “would you be so kind as to make introductions?”

Miss Feathers obliged. The twins curtsied again, deeper this time. Lord Vitor Courtenay, second son of the Marquess of Airedale, bowed.

“What happened to your lip?” Ravenna said to him. “It looks sore.”

Miss Feathers’s fingers darted to her mouth.

“Thank you for your kind concern, Miss Caulfield.” His eyes were very dark blue and still rimmed with the longest lashes Ravenna had ever seen on a man. Beauty and virility and confidence and sheer privileged arrogance combined to remarkable effect. No wonder these silly girls stared. “It was bitten,” he said.

“Oh, dear.” Lady Penelope pouted sweetly. “That must have been alarming.”

“Not terribly. I have been bitten by cats before.” The corner of his mouth twitched. “This one,” he said, turning his dark, laughing gaze upon Ravenna, “was otherwise charming.”

“What about the bruise on your brow?” Ravenna said. “Did the cat do that too?”

“I fell off my horse,” he said with a slow smile, his gaze dipping to her mouth. “I injured my leg in the moment too.”

He was entirely unrepentant, and vastly handsome, one of those overindulged noblemen she’d heard plenty about from Petti, the sort who behaved in any irresponsible manner he wished yet was never obligated to answer for it.

“Oh, that is a shame,” she said. “To be abused by both a cat and a horse in succession doesn’t say much for your rapport with animals, does it? Perhaps you shouldn’t have anything to do with them.”

“Actually, it rather strengthens my resolve to pursue the opposite. What sort of a man is he who shrinks from challenges, after all?”

A shiver of panic mingled with the odd heat slipped through her. Something about his smile ... How did his mouth look so familiar?

Because when he had been pressing her body into the straw, she had stared at that mouth.
She hadn’t.

She had. In fear, of course.

Fear or not, his mouth was perfect, both at rest and grinning and marked with a purple wound she’d put there with her teeth. And he knew it.
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs are 3 e-copies of I Married a Duke, the previous book in the series.
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About the Author:
Award-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.


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