I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I Married the Duke by Katharine Ashe
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Avon, Harper Collins on Aug. 27th
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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:
- Bribe an infuriatingly arrogant and undeniably irresistible ship captain,
- Let him kiss her senseless on a beach,
- Battle thieves at his side,
- 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.
I Married the Duke is my first book by Katherine Ashe and though I did enjoy it there was times when it frustrated me a little.
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 governess to those who want help with their girls that will be coming out into society. Now she has finally gotten her chance as she has been summoned by a Prince to help with his sister and her coming out.
She misses her ship because she finds three hungry children and must get them back to their family, so now she must ask a Captain if she could purchase her way on to his ship. She will do almost anything to get to her destination even if it’s putting up with the arrogant Captain.
Captain Lucien at first refuses to let Arabella on his ship but he quite likes her spunky attitude. He likes her more than he should and he teasers her but while on the ship he never makes a move. Arabella thinks that all men she her only for her red hair and that because she has red hair that she is only one kind of woman, a harlot. She has a hard time trusting in men, especially when they lie to her.
Luc never really meant to keep lying to her, he really was going to tell her that he was not just a Captain but in line to a dukedom. He is fascinated by her more and more. She took on a young man who was trying to steal and then defended him when the Captain would have him flogged. She fought off armed men along side Luc and helped him when he was wounded. Arabella has strength and heart, but he is horrible at letting her know how he feels.
I Married the Duke has great characters both main and secondary. Arabella is spunky and strong, but she has flaws too. Luc is handsome and strong though his face has been marred by a sword. He had a troubled childhood but has grown up strong and learned to make a living on his own even though he might inherit one day.
The writing is strong, but I felt a bit frustrated at time with the story line. Arabella always felt used and Luc would never say the right thing to make her feel loved. He always referenced wanting her in his bed instead of what she really want to hear even though he felt more for her than just lust. I know communication problems is the way most romances go but this one just really frustrated me..it was like ohhh just tell her your a Comte, almost a DUKE!!
Over all, it had an interesting storyline even though at time I thought it dragged. If you love historical romances then you might want to give it a try and see how you like it. I am curious to see if one of her sisters really does catch a prince!
If you have read it let me know what you thought!