Author: Katharine Ashe

I MARRIED THE DUKE by Katharine Ashe

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I MARRIED THE DUKE by Katharine AsheI Married the Duke by Katharine Ashe
Series: Prince Catchers #1
Published by Avon Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyShayna

As children, the Caulfield sisters were told that the mysterious ring they possess will help them find out the truth of their parentage.  But for the secret to be revealed, one of the sisters must first marry a prince.  Arabella, the middle sister, carried her determination to marry a prince into adulthood.  Her latest employment – to prepare a prince’s sister for her London season – could be Arabella’s key to succeeding.  She just needs to get to her employer’s home.  And to do that, she must negotiate passage on the ship of a handsome pirate who tempts her to forget her lifelong goal.

 

Luc Westfall is no pirate, though he certainly looks the part.  In fact, Luc is the possible heir to a dukedom.  But he sees no need to let the pretty governess who catches his eye know that.  Luc has never met anyone like Arabella, and perhaps with a little seduction, he might be able to convince her that a potential duke could be a far more appealing prospect than a price.  But Luc may not get the chance to win the spirited Arabella’s heart if an old enemy of his has his way…

 

Katharine Ashe’s Prince Catchers series is off to a rollicking start with I Married the Duke.  I adored the first half of this book, thanks in no small part to the fabulous chemistry Arabella and Luc have.  When Arabella has a bad stroke of luck on her way to her new position, she manages to secure passage on the ship of a dashing pirate who is not all that he appears to be.  What follows is a journey fraught with sexual tension and the sparks that fly between Arabella and Luc make the story completely addictive.  When you have a sassy heroine and a seductive hero trapped together, you can’t go wrong.

 

So why isn’t this a perfect read for me?  Because everything fell apart in the second half of the book.  I don’t want to spoil the story by revealing what happens, so suffice it to say I Married the Duke becomes crowded, often disjointed, and unnecessarily complicated about halfway into the story.  Arabella and Luc – who are so charming for the first half of the story – argue, refuse to listen, and/or keep secrets for no discernable reason.  This is an incredible disappointment because the first half of the book is so much fun to read and I’m used to Ms. Ashe’s writing being a lot smoother.

 

While I Married the Duke left me feeling divided, the characters themselves are all wonderfully drawn.  Ms. Ashe has a talent for penning lively characters, which is why (even with the ups and downs of Arabella and Luc’s story) I won’t hesitate to dive right into the next Prince Catchers book, I Adored a Lord.

HOW TO MARRY A HIGHLANDER by Katharine Ashe

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HOW TO MARRY A HIGHLANDER by Katharine AsheHow to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe
Series: Falcon Club #3.5
Published by Avon on 2013-07-30
Genres: Historical, Regency
Reviewed by Shayna

With seven troublesome half sisters to marry off, Duncan, the Earl of Eads, has one problem: he's broke. With the prospect of marriage to the pompous local curate, Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth has one dream: to wed instead the handsome Highlander she saw at a ball. How does a desperate lady convince a reluctant laird that she's the perfect bride for him? She strikes a wager! If she can find seven husbands for seven sisters, the earl must marry her. Duncan has no intention of wedding the meddlesome maiden, and he gives her a deadline even the most audacious matchmaker can't meet—one month. But Teresa sets terms, too: with each bridegroom she finds, the earl must pay her increasingly intimate rewards . . .

Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth has no desire to wed the suffocatingly pompous local curate.  Unfortunately for her, Teresa’s father has all but promised her to the man!  What’s a girl to do?  Why, hie herself off to London and propose to the handsome earl of her dreams, of course.  Only Duncan Eads isn’t as eager to wed Teresa as she is him — in fact, he’s a widower with no desire to ever get married again.  Still, Duncan has seven sisters he needs to marry off and no dowry to give any of them, which leads Teresa to strike a bargain with him.  If she can find husbands for all seven sisters in one month, then Duncan will marry her.  The wager itself may sound calculating, but the longer Duncan and Teresa are around one another, the more intimate their game becomes.  And when love enters the mix, both of them have to wonder who will give in first.

How to Marry a Highlander is bright, bubbly, and a whole lot of fun.  Katharine Ashe sweeps readers off their feet with a tale of one determined woman who’s not afraid to risk her heart on the chance of finding happiness with the man of her dreams.  I loved the vivaciousness of How to Marry a Highlander.  The story simply brims with energy as Teresa takes charge of Duncan’s sisters and sets out to find them their own happily ever afters even as she fights for a fairytale ending of her own with their stubborn brother.  The romance between Teresa and Duncan was lovely, though part of me felt like the resolution was a bit rushed.

While I liked Teresa and Duncan, I was charmed as all get-out by Duncan’s sisters, some of whom reminded me of Jane Austen’s Bennet sisters.  It’s no spoiler to say that most of the Eads women find love, but I almost wish one particular couple — Una and Teresa’s brother Toby — had gotten a separate story, only because I loved them so much that I could read about them for ages.

How to Marry a Highlander is loosely related to Ms. Ashe’s Falcon Club series.  Eagle-eyed readers will remember the moment Teresa first saw Duncan, which was in How a Lady Weds a Rogue.  Fans of the series will surely enjoy not only the references to that story, but the brief appearances of How a Lady Weds a Rogue protagonists Diantha and Wyn.  That being said, you don’t have to have read any of the Falcon Club novels in order to enjoy How to Marry a Highlander.  Still, I hope the Eads family reappears in the series because I absolutely adored all eight siblings and the men and woman who love them.

 

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