Review: I Married the Duke (The Prince Catchers #1) by Katharine Ashe

August 22, 2013 Review 23

Review: I Married the Duke (The Prince Catchers #1) by Katharine Ashe

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,
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.

Title: I Married the Duke
Author: Katherine Ashe
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: My Lady My Lord
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: 27 August, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 384
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Stars: four-stars
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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In the start of a new trilogy, Katherine Ashe introduces us to the Caulfield sisters, unaware of their family history or their father, the only clue to their history in the form of a ring and a strange prophecy told by a gypsy that sets them on their strange adventure.

This first story is Arabella’s, the middle sister who books passage (with some deception) on board a ship traveling to France, as she plans to set out to marry her prince. We meet Lucien Westfall, ship’s captain and reluctant almost-heir to a dukedom; he is escaping the bitter memories of his childhood at the hands of the newly deceased Duke, his uncle. While Luc is not perfect, in fact he lost an eye in a swordfight, he is a perfect romantic foil for Arabella, despire her determination that her husband will be a prince.

There are several twists in this story, many that completely et the story onto its ear and had me wondering just where it would possibly go from there. Ashe has managed to incorporate a sense and feel of the time and place, while using banter and repartee that feel very current and modern. Through secrets kept badly and others unearthed, we travel through murder plots and misunderstandings, and still Luc and Arabella manage to continue moving their relationship forward, despite neither being willing to admit they want a mate.

Secondary characters are well developed with a sense to feeding the main storyline and still carrying on their roles without becoming huge distractions or losing the plot, but feeding the reader’s desire to see more of their stories in upcoming books. Full of action and containing enough dramatic tension to keep the reader engaged and intrigued, this is a fun and clever historical romance that will be a favorite of many.



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23 Responses to “Review: I Married the Duke (The Prince Catchers #1) by Katharine Ashe”

  1. anna

    Oh I really like her (she’s actually one of my local authors!). I have this one on the tbr pile and am looking forward to it even more now 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it Gaele!

  2. Steph

    I love Historical Romances with sass and humor. Sounds like a great read, definitely added to the TBR. Great review and recommendation.


  3. Lori Meehan

    The book sounds really cute. I can’t wait o read it.
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  4. DebraG

    I have a home for the book if you wish. I would love ti very much.
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  5. lisagk

    Such a dashing hero missing an eye. Thanks for the post. lisagk(at)yahoo

  6. erinf1

    oooooh…. looks and sounds fantastic! thanks for the great review! Thanks for sharing!

  7. booksaver

    I enjoy reading historical romances and this one sounds like a very interesting story. I also enjoy series books and especially family ones. I like the sound of the ship captain and I can’t wait to read this series.

    Linda Henderson
    seriousreader at live dot com

  8. Natasha

    I can’t wait to read I Married The Duke!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  9. Kyla Patton

    Ooo I love her dress on the cover! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

  10. Diane Sallans

    I Love a story with a Duke! and now I’m curious about the Prince too!
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  11. Janie McGaugh

    This sounds like a fun story!
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu