Title: I Married the Duke
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.
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
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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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