I Married the Duke (The Prince Catchers #1)
First in a new series by Katharine Ashe, I Married the Duke is an excellent comfort read for those readers wanting a novel of romance, intrigue and non-stop fun. The setting features swords, scars and ruffians set in the path of our glorious copper- haired heroine, who seeks answers to her heritage. Arabella and her sisters seek to fulfill the prophecy that one of them will marry a prince, and it’s this cherished dream that leads Arabella straight into Luc Westfall, who hides his noble identity as a duke. Given the novel’s title, one could imagine what will happen, but there are quite a few twists that will keep you guessing along the way (imagine bars on windows, thumb-less villains, a murderous uncle, unfit aristocrats, and lustful beach scenes). There is quite an intriguing cast of characters, and the nuances of the early 1800s English setting are well portrayed. Exhibiting Ashe’s fine storytelling skills and dramatic flair, the romance is up and down for our stubborn heroine. This makes for a wonderfully passionate novel that will have me looking for the next sister’s story, especially since there are still some loose ends left to be tied up.