I Adored A Lord by Katharine Ashe
A Prince Cathchers Novel
Releasing July 29, 2014
She’s intended for his brother. He’s destined for adventure. Then a dangerous mystery throws them together, and all they want is each other.
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 a spoiled prince and his 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…
“Why are you out here? Hiding behind trees so you can jump out at unsuspecting women?”
“I was at the village observing Monsieur Paul interrogate the servants. The mayor under-exaggerated his deputy’s incompetence.”
“He is less than helpful?”
“He’s a drunken simpleton. Also, the mayor’s nephew.” His grin reappeared. “Alas, mountain communities.”
“You are now here. On the north side of the castle. The village is to the south.”
“I must have gotten lost.”
Ravenna pursed her lips. “You are withholding information from me. This is clear. But Monsieur Sepic is a numbskull. If we hope to discover the identity of the murderer, it will be best if we work in concert. Agreed?”
He seemed to consider this, or rather her , then said. “What have you learned?”
She pulled off her gloves and flapped her cloak open to dig in her skirt pocket. She felt watched. It had never before bothered her to be watched by a man; no man ever did unless she worked on his animals. Now her fingers slipped on the packet.
Lord Vitor caught her hand. His were large, without gloves but warm. She jerked back.
“I spoke with Mademoiselle Dijon, and with Lady Margaret and her daughter, Ann,” she said too quickly, “then the duchess and Lady Iona. I learned nothing useful, unfortunately. Gossip may not suffice to draw them out.”
“You are honest to admit it.”
“I haven’t any pride to be wounded by admitting my mistakes.”
He stepped close to her. “That is refreshing to hear. Pride is one of my worst faults.”
“You are admitting to a fault? I am astonished.”
“I’m hoping to turn up your good side.”
She looked up from the packet in her hands, and her tongue stuck to the roof of her mouth. She loosed it with effort. “Don’t look at me like that.”
“Like you intend to kiss me again.”
“I am not looking at you like that.”
“Are you intending it?”
“Since you have made very clear the consequences of doing so without your permission—”
“—it would not be in my interests, would it?”
“I have never been swayed by a pretty face.”
A single dark brow rose. He wore no hat and the sunlight shone in his eyes, lighting them to sapphire like the jewel in his neck cloth the night before. “Pretty?”
“Rather, a handsome face. Beast was the ugliest pup in the litter.”
“Who is Beast, I wonder.”
“The best—” Her throat closed. “Just don’t.”
The color was high on his cheekbones and his eyes were abruptly serious, like in the drawing room when he and his brother had spoken. “I do wish to kiss you, Miss Caulfield, however unwise that would certainly be.” …
Award-winning, best-selling author KATHARINE ASHE writes intensely lush historical romance, including How To Be a Proper Lady, among Amazon’s 10 Best Books of 2012 in Romance, and eight other acclaimed novels set in the era of the British Empire. With the publication of her debut novel in 2010, she earned a spot among the American Library Association’s “New Stars of Historical Romance.” She was a nominee for the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award in Fiction, and in 2011 she won the coveted Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Romantic Adventure. Katharine is also a finalist for the 2014 RITA® Award, the highest honor in the romance fiction industry, for How To Marry A Highlander.
She lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History at Duke University, Katharine writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve high adventure and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about her books, please visit her at www.KatharineAshe.com.
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