I Married the Duke
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 senseles ...more
Full review now posted...
There were moments I loved this story, and moments I wanted to scream because things were taking so long to work out, but all in all I Married the Duke is an entertaining tale!
Arabella Caulfield, one of three orphaned sisters, has clung to an ancient gypsy prophecy as the only way to save her family from endless heartbreak. Now she has twelve days to reach a remote French castle and fulfill her destiny: to marry a prince.
Along the way, Arabella meets Luc ...more
A fantastic debut to Katharine Ashe's new series, The Prince Catchers!
With a mysterious opening, three orphans are introduced: intrepid Ravenna, beautiful Arabella, and scholarly Eleanor. In their search for answers to their past, a gypsy woman tells them the answer lies with a ring given by their mother - a ring that belongs to a prince. One of the three will wed a prince, and upon their wedding, the truth will be revealed. Thus begins ...more
Setting aside that part, I am fairly cer ...more
I Married the Duke is the first in a trilogy subtitled “The Prince Catchers”, in which three sisters – Eleanor, Arabella and Ravenna – attempt to discover the truth about their family and find love along the way, and on the strength of this one, I’d say it promises to be a very enjoyable trio of stories.
This being the first book, it sets the scene and in the prologue, we meet the sisters as young girls who have gone to have their fortunes told at a ...more
As I have read all three books in prince catchers series already and written reviews for the two of them, I wanted to add a few words about this one. I married the duke is the first book in the series and the second one read by me. I loved a rogue was my first read and still is the favorite one. This book is my less favorite but not because I didn't like it or MCs, no, I liked them alright, just I prefer less passion and more solid reasons to fall in love and in this one I some...more
Are you serious dude? You just complained about your evil guardian! Obviously not all noblemen are noble and not all commoners common.
When I am done with that.
Arabella was told that one of them would marry a prince. The silly g ...more
Arabella is the middle daughter. Eleanor is the eldest and Ravenna is the youngest. They were apparently orphaned in a ship wreck and ultimately end up with a minister who takes them in to live with him. He cares for them but does not offer what Arabella needs in her life.
Arabella is on a quest to find out who they are - who is their family?
She takes passage on a ship that is a cargo ship and becomes involved in the life o ...more
Sad making. Let's hope I get to read a ...more
I Married the Duke was my first book by Katherine Ashe, and I will read on in the series because I liked this fairly well even though I've been kind of "meh" on the whole historical romance subgenre lately. I also liked it despite the fact that the hero was actively misrepres ...more
One of my favorite quotes:
"He released her and she regained a trace of t ...more
Arabella and Luc are each interesting characters in their own right, and their banter, their chemistry, and the healing they offer each other make them a couple gua ...more
This could have been better.
Dialogue was quip-y
Plot was confusing at times
Some actions seemed unbelievable
aaaaaaaaaaand mostly *yawn*
I wanted to read the series but now I'm doubting wanting to read the second (just so I can read the third).
Reviewed by Fabiola
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It’s my second Katharine Ashe book. It’s also my second «coup de coeur». So I’m going to seriously look into her reading list.
I married the duke is the first volume of a new trilogy called The prince catchers. The series tells the story of three sisters, Eleanor, Arabella and Ravenna, adopted by a Reverend. They must execute a prophecy linked with a ring which was in their possession when they lost their ...more
Arabelle is wrapped up in a prophecy that a gypsy woman told her and her sisters when they were younger about one of them marrying a prince. That prince would know all about who their family was and they would finally know what happened to their mother. Arabelle is determined it is going to be her that marries the prince and has worked towards this goal by being a gover ...more
What I enjoyed about this book is the characters. Arabella is a strong female character, and despite her poverty upbringing, is not afraid to speak her mind. Luc has not had an easy life. Never expecting to inherit the dukedom, he is reluctant to fall into line but he knows he must marry and they must ...more
I'm sorry, but I just couldn't read this book until the end.
There's nothing special about the writing, I didn't like how quickly things happened between Arabella and Lucien and it was all plain boring.
I will only read another book in this trilogy if Talin is the hero. He really captured my attention and, even though I don't know him very well, I want him to be happy.
Let's wait and see.
WHAT THE FUCK
WHAT THE ENTIRE FUCK
This started off okay, even if I didn't buy the romance. And then it went completely, enthusiastically, off the goddamn rails.
There is so much implausible, improbable, and frankly impossible in this book that I cannot even. What even the fuck was that succession? Why did it seem like incest was gonna be a thing? What even was the trip to Richmond? Why are they fully incapable of talking to each other? WHAT EVEN WAS ANYTHING IN TH ...more