Monday, February 23, 2015
Early Review of I Loved a Rogue (The Prince Catchers, #3) by Katharine Ashe
“This ring is the key to your destinies,” (...) “This ring . . .” the Gypsy intoned, “belongs to a prince.”(...) “The rightful master of this ring,” she said soberly, “is not of your blood.” (...) “One of you will wed this prince. Upon this wedding, the secret of your past will be revealed.” ('I Married the Duke: The Prince Catchers' by Katharine Ashe)
Twenty-two years ago, a mother sent her three daughters to England in the accompaniment of their nanny when their ship sank. They were the sole survivors. The villagers of the area tried to find their parents, but their search was in vain. The nanny they'd been traveling with had drowned and, with no one to claim them, the girls were sent to a foundling home. They were later adopted by Reverend Caulfield who had lost his wife and daughters just months earlier to fever. The only clue as to who the girls might be is a ring worthy of a king.
Finally, the girls will know the truth and the last sister will be wed. Will she follow her heart or will she fulfill the prophecy?
This was the third and final book of The Prince Catcher's trilogy. I recommend reading the previous two books, 'I Married the Duke' and 'I Adored a Lord', before reading 'I Loved a Rogue' because there are quite a few spoilers from the previous books in this one. 'I Loved a Rogue' nicely wraps up the trilogy in a satisfying way with one of my favorite male characters of the series, Taliesin. He's a brooding, misunderstood rogue of a man who happens to be a gypsy. I loved the chemistry between him and Eleanor as I felt the pages might spontaneously combust within my hands from the heat emanating from these two as I was reading.
For quite some time we've known Eleanor had a tendre for Taliesin, their childhood friend, but we never knew quite what happened between the two. I loved hearing the story of their relationship from little on and of how it grew and developed. I liked how even though they were parted, neither ever truly forgot the other. I admit at times Taliesin's wish to do the right thing made me want to figuratively smack some sense into him, but it did make the moment when he finally gave in to the temptation that was Eleanor that much more sweet.
Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. I loved the twist Ms. Ashe put in the story in regards to the prophecy. I enjoyed finding out what happened all those years ago and who the three sisters truly were. I felt Eleanor went a little bit overboard with her antics to save Taliesin, but I admit to shaking my head and laughing over it. The story contained a nice blend of romance, suspense, drama, and humor that left me with a satisfied grin on my face. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. My only wish is that Ms. Ashe had cranked up the heat a little earlier in the book.
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