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The Prince of Ravenscar (Sherbrooke #11)

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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  1,057 ratings  ·  142 reviews
"April 1831." Lord Julian is a widower whose mother wants him to marry her best friend's daughter, Miss Sophie Wilkie, whom he last saw as a silent and skinny twelve-year-old. However, his mother is nothing if not persuasive, and Julian reluctantly accompanies her to London to meet the young lady. Lord Devlin Monroe, Julian's nephew, is enjoying an extraordinarily pleasant...more
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Published November 1st 2011 by Penguin Group USA, Inc
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Melanie
I have enjoyed this authors written word for many-a-year, until I read ‘The Valcourt Heiress’. I was disappointed and disillusioned by her writing, never thinking to pick up any of her upcoming novels. And then LibraryThing.com has offered this one and I thought, why not?! I’ll give CC one more chance.

I was honestly afraid to pick it up. I didn’t want this book to be bad as the previous one. I wanted to WILL it to be good. It took me months to finally succumb and read it, that’s how afraid I wa...more
Jennifer
*This review is based on a advanced reader's copy of the book I won through Goodreads FirstReads Giveaways.*

Actual rating is probably 3.75 stars, but I'm bumping it up to four because any book that keeps me reading until 3:30am is doing something right.

Over the years I've read a lot of Catherine Coulter books--she was always one of my go-to authors, one who I'd read pretty much anything she wrote. But, I never any of her historicals--I was quite burned out on them for awhile. I've read almost a...more
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MY BOOK DESCRIPTION FOR THE PRINCE OF RAVENSCAR:
Having spent three years away from Ravenscar mourning the loss of his wife, Julian returns home. Most everyone has accepted that Lily has committed suicide, but her brother, Richard, still blames Julian. Julian doesn’t know what to believe. He knows he didn’t kill Lily, but he doesn’t really believe she killed herself either. It’s an unsolved mystery.

On top of that,...more
Marina
Walked past this book in the library.I am so glad I picked it up.I was surprised to find this a new tale in the Sherbrooke series. I had finished the series a couple of years back and was sad to have it end. I am so glad that I was wrong.

Ms. Coulter's characters are a riot. In this story the silliness continues and though we only see a small glimpse of the Sherbrooke's it is still a worthwhile read.
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Chris
Catherine Coulter has always been a favorite romance writer of mine so I was really excited about getting my hands on this book. It was an uncorrected proof copy, which might explain why I felt like the book was still rather unpolished.

The characters in this book are fun and larger than life, although I was confused in the beginning about who liked who, since there are two main couples featured in the book and they got pretty mixed up before everyone finally sorted themselves out. There is a lo...more
Shannon
***1/2
This was a fun historical romance, although parts of it seemed a trifle far-fetched. I'm no historian, but is the freedom the characters (read: women) experienced typical for such a repressive time period?
I was glad to see Catherine Coulter revisit historicals. I enjoyed her contemporary FBI series, but I admit to getting a little bored with them.
Prince of Ravenscar has no real prince in the story, but it does have a duke, a duke's uncle, a heiress, her niece, and a couple of harpies disgu...more
Stephanie
I won this in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I blew through this book in less than 24 hrs. I enjoyed it!
It was interesting to read about some of the ins and outs of English society of this time period. The characters were interesting and meshed well together. The story line was sound and intriguing, and the development of the romance was quite enjoyable. The main characters seem like a fun group of people.
The point of view switched around quite a bit, many times in the middle of chapters (it m...more
Sarah
The jacket synopsis was probably the most well-crafted part of the book. What plot there was meandered through many rabbit trails to a sudden "Oh, look, the book just ended" happy place where all loose ends came together into a random big shiny bow. The characters said much but did little, and I didn't like any of them. I did appreciate the specific mention of celibacy-until-marriage, but it was rather undermined by A) equal mention of past "escapades" and B) enough innuendo to make action antic...more
Darcy
Not being a big fan of this genre I wasn't sure what to think, but I have read other books by this author and thought I would give it a try. Sadly it wasn't for me. The mother drove me nuts, the way she babied her 30+ year old son was too much, even in the age the book was set in. The way the son basically went along with what she said just to shut her up annoyed me. This one just wasn't for me.
Susan Erhardt
Since Catherine Coulter is such a popular author at the library, I thought it was time to read one of her books. At first, I was pleasantly surprised at the witty repartee and fun characters. However, it dragged on and on and on and on and became ridiculously farfetched. It was okay, but I had to force myself to finish it.
Samantha
This book was ok. I normally like this kind of historical storyline with a little mystery and a lot of romance. This book I did not like as much as some others because the chapters were very short and I thought plot development was lacking. There was one mysterious question to hook the reader from the beginning but the actual plot didn't develop until page 250 and then didn't move quickly. For a nice easy read that has a predictable ending I recommend this book. If, however, you like books that...more
Linda
An enjoyable story with a murder mystery. Who killed Julian's wife? Everyone blamed him but he loved her. It's not till the end of the book that the true murderer is found out.

Sophie has come to London with her aunt Roxanne for the Season and to find a husband. Corinne Monroe was best friends with Sophie’s mother and wants Sophie to wed her son. Julian Monroe is known as the prince of Ravenscar (his ancestral home) since his father gave him this nickname. He feels he is too old for Sophie but fe...more
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Jennifer
Tags: Catherine Coulter, Sherbrooke, Ravenscar, romance, historical, pirate, castle, London season

Julian Monroe is the Prince of Ravenscar. He is also a man of business and a pirate. Julian lost his beloved wife three years before the story begins. His mother, Corrine, feels that it is time for Julian to remarry and begin having children. Corrine, the Dowager Duchess, hand picks Sophie Wilkie as the prospective bride. Neither Julian or Sophie are inclined to court much less marry each other. So...more
Jessi
Ooo... this is a double love story from Catherine Coulter. And it involves Devlin the rumored vampire from previous books.
If you are a Coulter fan, I'm pretty sure you'll hate this book. This is not in her usual style. The story is a bit frenetic and jumps around a LOT. Especially with the extra love story. I loved Devlin's story, but felt like we didn't get to see enough of Nicholas, the supposed protagonist of the story. At least, that's what the back-cover-blurb was touting.
I'm a bit ADD so I...more
Gina
Prince of Ravenscar by Catherine Coulter.
It was okay, a lot of silly dialog but I did like that the 2 main female characters were pretty strong women, especially for 1831.

I listened to this book and though the reader, Anne Flosnik, has a lovely speaking voice she doesn't do a good job with the characters' voices. One of the women sounded a male character throughout the book and very often it was difficult to tell when she switched characters speaking.

A pretty typical start to the story, 2 men...more
Bookmom
Sophie’s mother, Bethanne, had been Julian’s mother, Corinne’s, best friend. The two had always hoped their families would be tied together through Julian and Sophie, so when it’s time for Sophie’s come-out, a little late because of the mourning period after her mom died, Julian is maneuvered into meeting her. Along for the ride are Roxanne, Bethanne’s much younger sister who is handling her niece’s come-out, and Devlin, Julian’s nephew who is only a few years younger than him and the current du...more
Rachel
It was slow paced with a ton of unneeded prose. The writer leads you one way and then quickly changes direction. As that may be good for the suspense part of the story. That is quite disturbing in the romance section. I thought certain characters were heading to match up with certain other characters and then out of th blue they fall for other characters. The emotions that the writer should be building to have the reader fall in love with the characters and their relationship were shattered in a...more
Jade
A beautiful book! The description of the characters, places, clothes… and the hair, my goodness, the amazing hair these women have! :) Beautiful! If you enjoy historical romance you should definitely read this book! The ‘Prince of Ravenscar’ is a ‘Sherbrooke’ novel and I’m now looking forward to re-reading those to once again visit old friends (there are a couple in here!) and see where these new ones fit in!
Julian is the main ‘hero’ in this story and he, along with his half-nephew Devlin, are e...more
Dianne
AS part of the Sherbrooke series, you may think that you need to read the other books to understand what is going on in this one. I had not read any of the others and had no problem as this is written in what can be considered a “stand alone” type novel. And it is a good thing too because I didn’t know enough about this author or her books to invest in more of them.

Nicholas needs to remarry, or at least that is what his mother believes. Of course, he doesn’t think so and is going to balk at an...more
Gena
I've never read a Catherine Coulter novel and that seems to be the key to enjoyment of this book. Julian Monroe is the "Prince" of Ravenscar - really he's the second son of the Duke, but the true heir of his father's heart. Born to the Duke's much younger second wife, Julian grows into a handsome, kind man, the lord of Ravenscar whose hobby just happens to be smuggling goods. He has returned to England after a 3 year absence caused by grief over the mysterious death of his wife, Lilly. His forme...more
Heather Koehler
Coulter has created a fantastic cast of smart, independent women who live in a time when these traits were not highly valued, but that doesn’t stop them from asserting their will and behaving as they wish. I was rooting for all the main female characters, celebrating their victories, and hating their enemies right alongside them.

The quick, witty dialogue is authentic to the time period, but still flows naturally to modern readers. The pacing is surprisingly fast for a historical mystery, which i...more
Amanda Kimball
I have to say that this may not be one of Coulter's best novels. It was cute and romantic, at times, but lacked a clear focus. While the writing is beautifully descriptive and full of imagery, it lacks a clear romantic plot and quite frankly does a total 180 in the middle of the novel as to which couples will end up together as if Coulter changed her mind after having finished half of the novel and decided not to give any explanations or go back and revise the beginning of the novel.

That being s...more
♆ BookAddict ♨ ✒ La Crimson Femme❇ ♐
Ms. Coulter is one of my favourite romance authors. I spend the money for her hardback books. As of late, her historical romances are not doing it for me anymore. Perhaps my tastes have changed. I enjoyed the Sherbrooke series and was sad when it ended. The last ones with the twins, that was a lovely good-bye to the series. Ms. Coulter should have left it that way. This new one, (the blurb is wrong with the names), Julian Monroe is 32 and his mother wants him to marry again. This time, to her de...more
Digne
This was so bad it was funny. Just good enough to keep me going but certainly not good enough to repeat. It was mindless and I've been feeling the need to balance more serious books with some fluff and so I guess you could say this fit the bill on fluff.

I just wish it could have been better. I have nothing against light fiction, I enjoy it a lot. But the characters in this book seemed to change personalities randomly when it suited the plot. For example, Aunt Leah is too extreme to be real. I c...more
Michelle
This is not my normal fare but I received a copy from the publisher through Good Reads and I love to branch out into different genres thus was very excited to dive in. Because I don’t read this genre typically I must admit all the British peerage references were a little distracting/confusing for me. I know there are readers who will only pick up books featuring dukes and barons but this is so not my bailiwick thus it made the start of the book somewhat slow as I tried to sort out all the charac...more
Beth
I have always enjoyed Coulter's historicals, but this one is just not up to par with the rest. Why even bother to call this a Sherbrooke novel? The three (maybe 4) mentions of a Sherbrooke certainly didn't warrant it. It was too long, and so repetitive. I mean really, how many times did one of the main characters say "nothing could possibly go wrong"? 10 times, 15 maybe? It was ridiculous. Leah had no function in this book whatsoever. I think she really missed the mark with the whole "prince" th...more
K
Nov 20, 2011 K rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance
Recommended to K by: fan of author
As a fan of the author, and historical romance, this book was def on my "to read" list of books. I've enjoyed other historical romances by this author (especially the characters in the Sherbrooke novels), so was very excited to see this book was a part of that series. I thought the author did a great job of bringing readers into the story, and absolutely loved her use of wit and humor. I thoroughly enjoyed Julian, Devlin, Sophie, and Roxanne's characters, and enjoyed revisiting some of the chara...more
Elena
This book was ok - a fast read. However, this is after all supposed to be a romance novel, so i found that it was all over the place with the 2 heros and 2 heorines. I think someone mentioned this before me - at the beginning we are led to believe that Julian likes Roxanne (because it was written that he was "marveling" her red hair, etc...and paid no attention to Sophie, too young for him...) while Devlin kept commenting on Sophie's beauty. So i was assuming that would be the "twist" in the lov...more
Sheila
Since I started on the Bride Series a long time ago and have enjoyed every one because of the author's style of writing them with much humor involved as well as much more graphic sex in the older ones. This one lacked the graphic sex, but did retain several interludes with her classic humor that had me running for a tissue I was laughing so hard.
It did seem a bit stiff at some points, but over all it was an enjoyable light read as usual and did include a few tense moments as well. My suspected v...more
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