Hi and welcome to my stop on Katharine Ashe's blog tour for I Adored a Lord. I'm very happy to participate on this tour because it allowed me to discover a new to me author and a book I truly enjoyed and connected to! Check out my thoughts on I Adored a Lord and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
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Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: July 29, 2014
All that clever, passionate Ravenna Caulfield wants is to stay far away from high society's mean girls.
All that handsome, heroic Lord Vitor Courtenay wants is to dash from dangerous adventure to adventure.
Now, snowbound in a castle with a bevy of the ton's scheming maidens all competing for a prince's hand in marriage, Ravenna's worst nightmare has come true.
Now, playing babysitter to his spoiled prince of a half-brother and potential brides, Vitor is champing at the bit to be gone.
When a stolen kiss in a stable leads to a corpse in a suit of armor, a canine kidnapping, and any number of scandalous liaisons, Ravenna and Vitor find themselves wrapped in a mystery they're perfectly paired to solve. But as for the mysteries of love and sex, Vitor's not about to let Ravenna escape until he's gotten what he desires .
It seems fitting that the word adored is in the title of this book because that’s exactly how I feel about it.
Basically, all Ravenna Caulfield wants to do is be left in peace to treat animals and mourn the loss of her beloved dog, Beast. Instead she’s being forced to abandon her work and her generous employers in order to attend a “Husband Hunting” party at a castle with a bunch of silly girls and only one obvious choice for a husband: a prince. While she’s there, Ravenna shares a kiss with a stranger, finds a corpse in a suit of armor and assists in solving the kidnapping of a valuable dog. All in a day’s work for a woman like her right? Only, she doesn’t count on the stranger who kissed her being the eligible prince’s glorified babysitter. Or her intense attraction to him.
I Adored a Lord was so much fun, kind of like a historical version of the game Clue (my favorite game as a child) but with romance thrown into the mix. All the twists and turns of a murder mystery kept me up late at night and the dialogue between characters kept bringing a smile to my face.
My favorite character hands down was Ravenna. She was a wish come true since about a month prior to reading I Adored a Lord I lamented that of all the “unique” historical heroines I’ve read, none of them had ever been true animal lovers, let alone unofficial veterinarians. I connected to Ravenna through of all things, her grief over losing Beast. It may not be the most obvious detail but for me it’s what will make me remember this book for years to come. Ravenna’s turmoil over the loss of her beloved dog Beast spoke to me because I’ve gone through it and though it’s been seven years, it still hurts like the devil. That’s something only a person who shared a unique connection with an animal could understand. Clearly, author Katharine Ashe has experienced that kind of connection and subsequent grief that doesn’t go away completely. Ravenna is a true animal lover, not just someone who enjoys their company then forgets they exist when she’s in love.
Then there’s Vitor, the reluctant baby sitter. Poor guy, all he wants is to live his life as freely as he can but instead he’s been asked to watch over his younger half brother, who happens to be a prince but acts more like a petulant child with issues. Vitor is a selfless man to put aside his wants to help a brother who really just needs to get kicked in the butt. I enjoyed the light mystery surrounding his past, it made him interesting without making him too dark and brooding of a character.
Separately Vitor and Ravenna were great characters but when put together, they create such scenes that I found myself highlighting and going back to them after I had finished the book. Both characters are witty and charming but they seem to get a kick out of arguing with each other. I loved how Vitor, while protective of Ravenna, wasn’t over the top patronizing with the “Me man, You helpless female” attitude. Once he saw that Ravenna wasn’t a common woman, he actually enjoyed having her help him solve the mystery of the murderer. His easy acceptance of Ravenna’s peculiar personality was something I loved about him. He didn’t scold or nag her to behave like a “proper lady” should, instead he, in his own subtle way, encouraged her to think and speak her mind. Aside from his obvious good looks, I could see why Ravenna would fall madly in love with this man. He knew how to appreciate Ravenna’s strong personality and independent thoughts. Ravenna, bless her, wasn’t one to let him win every argument. Instead of using cheap feminine tricks, she won Vitor over with her logical thinking and persistent manner so she definitely scored major points with me there.
I always love a mystery that keeps me guessing and that’s exactly what I got with I Adored a Lord, I was never certain of who the murderer was or the reason for it. Suspicion was cast on every one and I could easily see why each person could be the murderer. In fact, the real murderer was someone I didn’t even suspect!
Final Verdict: I could keep going on and on about this book but then it would be too long of a review so I’m going to end it by saying that I highly recommend I Adored a Lord to fans of historical romance, animal lovers, and of intelligent women.
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