I Loved a Rogue: The Prince Catchers

I Loved a Rogue: The Prince Catchers

by Katharine Ashe

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I Loved a Rogue (Prince Catchers Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Eleanor Caulfield, her two sisters and Taliesin Wolfe grew up together. They were all taken in by a kindly vicar when they were children. However Taliesin is a Rom, and even though he was infatuated with Eleanor, he knew nothing could come of it. Eleanor had taken ill, and almost died, when she was a teenager, and was always regarded as sickly. Eleanor’s two younger sisters have now married well, however Eleanor seems destined to remain a spinster. The love of her life has always been Taliesin, and she has been burning for him even though he left precipitously 11 years ago. But as Eleanor’s father is getting remarried, the prodigal son returns to his adopted home, and Eleanor is speechless. However she wants an adventure and Taliesin is the man who can make it a reality. A Gypsy fortune-teller had long ago told the sisters that, in order to know who their real parents were, one of them must marry a prince, and that will be Eleanor’s adventure. I LOVED A ROGUE is the third and last instalment in the extraordinary Prince Catchers series, and although it can be read as a stand-alone, it might require a bit of work for a new reader to the series, but it is worth every effort. Ms. Ashe again demonstrates what an enormously talented writer she is; I LOVED A ROGUE ranks up there with classic literary works mentioned in the book, such as Tristan and Yseult. I LOVED A ROGUE is a magical tale of inextinguishable blazing passion that is as timeless as it is heartbreaking, and romantic in the true meaning of the word. Eleanor and Taliesin are tragic lovers, who must triumph over prejudice and seemingly insurmountable odds. I LOVED A ROGUE is brilliantly written; Ms. Ashe’s incomparable writing skills shine as never before. Her prose is evocative and lush, the characters extraordinarily complex and fascinating. I LOVED A ROGUE is a meticulously constructed story with an intricate plot that will leave you breathless. 
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I loved a Rogue is the third book in the The Prince catchers series. I was looking so forward to read to read Eleanor's story and find out about their parents and the prince. Katharine Ashe did a fantastic job in her prince catchers series, I highly recommend to read the first two in series before reading I loved a Rogue. Eleanor Caulfield is ready for adventures after being the perfect Vicar's daughter for so many years, now Taliesin ( the man who broke her heart 11 years ago) is back and agreed to escort her on a journey to find the truth about her heritage. This is a delightful story of two people who had been apart through misunderstanding for 11 years and still don't want to admit their true feeling. I love how they challenge each other throughout the whole story. This is one of those book that I couldn't guess and predict what happen next with twists and turns, surprising secrets, mystery and adventures. I can't wait to read her new series. Thank you Katharine Ashe for writing amazing and fantastic books.
A2 More than 1 year ago
4.5. This is a most worthy conclusion to Katharine Ashe's splendid Prince Catchers series. Eleanor's story answers all the questions, as it bubbles with romance and adventure. This is a must read for anyone who appreciates a beautifully written romance filled with interesting secondary characters and a wealth of historical detail. I received an ARC copy in exchange for a fair review.
MistyRose24 More than 1 year ago
A great series ends with a great book.  The Prince Catchers series is wonderful; I Loved a Rogue is full of mystery and intrigue with references literary readers will enjoy and find tastefully done. Definitively will be reading this book again and again...I believe this book is a true timeless novel; every time it is read a new discovery is found--a challenging effect for the author but oh the rewards for the readers.
def618 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful ending to this trilogy! I will not write any plot spoilers. I received this book last month from an Avon author event. I do not think you will be disappointed. Questions about Tali and the 3 sisters' heritage from the first book are finally answered. You will like the answers. And Eleanor and Tali, childhood sweethearts, finally get their happily ever after. I also like a new character, Evan Saint, who may appear in a future book of Katharine's. I certainly he does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. Very touching moments between Taliesin and Eleanor. We'll worth reading.
LoveLifeRead More than 1 year ago
My first book of Ms. Ashe's was the first Prince Catcher's book-- I Married the Duke. I remember vividly where I was reading it--riding in the car back from North Carolina--and how it captured my attention fully. Needless to say, I have been a fan of Ms. Ashe's since. The story picks up with Eleanor's, the older sister who has stood by watching her sisters gallivant away but fall madly in love with their chosen. What is unique about this title in the series, is we have previously met both Eleanor (obviously) and Taliesin throughout the other two books. He has broken her heart when he left her eleven years ago, and she has not moved on since. I love that Eleanor takes a departure from character to take up the quest to figure out who their parents truly are--and of course it puts her in the pathway of Taliesin once again. He is dashing, enigmatic and perfect for Eleanor--if he would just let himself truly believe he is allowed her. What Ms. Ashe's does so well is developing the tension and emotions throughout. Most likely, you know going into this title that you are going to end with a Happily Ever After (HEA), but at times you question just when it is going to come and if it meant to be after all. What I loved, and wanted more than anything, is to find out the secret of the girls' past as well as the answer to their destiny. Ms. Ashe does not disappoint in my opinion--it was well worth reading the trilogy to find out the end!! For fans of Lisa Kleypas' I want to encourage you to give Ms. Ashe's books a try if you have not yet had the pleasure of reading her books.
charlo721 More than 1 year ago
Katharine Ashe is one of my favorite authors. This is the 3rd book in the Prince Catchers series, I recommend that you read the first two to get the background to Eleanor and Taliesan's story. Eleanor is the oldest of three sisters who were adopted by the local vicor. Years ago, a gypsy told the sisters that one would have to marry a prince in order to learn about their parents. Her two sisters have married but not to princes, so it has fallen to Eleanor. Since father is getting married, Eleanor is determined to have an adventure and find the answers about their parents. Back for the wedding after 11 years, the sisters convince Taliesan to escort Eleanor on her journey. Each has broken the others heart, can this journey heal and bring these two back together?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first started reading this book i expected better from someone who recieves such high stars but i was sadly dissapointed this was not this authors best work and im certain that she will do better to smooth and file the bumps of this book out and i am certain that in the future she will do a better job. So whether you get this book or not i urge you not to let this book color your opinions of this author because she has the capability to produce amazing books that bless the readers and make them fall in love with the characters. Do better Katherine Ashe I know you can do it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved these three stores. I couldn'd stop reading and it was real hard to keep up with all the people and events. My ending thought is I will right away reread this last bopk again. I hope this writer will write a sequel or uh, a book about Grace, Edward, & Alejo , their life before their children were born. Just we seem to have missed so much of their begining. Still I have not paid.this much for the third book. But all of these books were worth what was paid and more. Course right now I shouldn't spend so much. But because of the discount I got to read these books which were great. I mostly.skip over the sex part in favor of sweet love. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such great storytelling, wonderful book. Just wish i had started with the first book so i could read them all without knowing the amazing conclusion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of the Prince Catcher Series, but this is my favorite one, it will make you laugh and smile , well done Katharine, can't wait for the next in the series to come!
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Katharine Ashe is one of my favorite writers of historical romance. She infuses her prose with a passion and love that it takes my breath away. No man can ever hope to live up to her swoon-worthy heroes. And she does it again in this, the final book in her enchanting and romantic Prince Catchers series. All the books have been strong stories and I cannot name a favorite. Well, perhaps the novella Kisses, She Wrote…  Eleanor is a good girl. Saved along with her two sisters, Arabella and Ravenna–the heroines of the first two books in the series–by a kindly vicar, she has long been the caregiver, the rule obeyer, and the sensible one. Eleanor is a quiet heroine, with an inner strength that she reveals to Taliesin, taking him by surprise. She has been considered especially fragile since an illness almost claimed her life as a teenager but she became strong again with the help of a childhood friend, the handsome Gypsy boy, Taliesin Wolfe.  Taliesin, however, taught Eleanor to crave adventure, to become stronger, to compete with him, not just for her own sake but for her father’s attentions. Taliesin worked for Eleanor’s father, doing odd jobs but the truth of his own past eventually comes out in a surprising and almost too fanciful way. Jealousy eventually grew into an attraction that took them both by surprise. But when she was seventeen, he left without a word. For eleven years. He broke her heart. Now he’s back and Eleanor is on a quest to continue the search for the girls’ parentage. Both her sisters are happily married as is their vicar father, so it’s the perfect opportunity for an adventure of her very own. But having Taliesin along complicates things. Especially her heart. Taliesin is a mystery man with a dark past as well as a dark and gloriously handsome appearance. All of Ashe’s heroes are paragons but they seem like something possible. Something to hope and dream for. And hold out for. Every woman’s dream.  “In his smile was both danger and beauty.” “She wanted to drink him, to pour him into her mouth and taste him on her tongue and get drunk on him.” The best part of the story is the beautiful love and romance between Eleanor and Taliesin. It leaps off the pages and is a magnetic force that draws them together.  There is a titillating introduction of a comrade of Taliesin’s, Evan Saint, which is tied to Ashe’s unfinished Falcon Club series. He, too, radiates an attractive and seductive hero vibe; of course! Katharine Ashe should be on every romance reader’s list. She writes, simply, exquisitely.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say anything Katharine Ashe writes is a Grand Slam. The Prince Catcher series was wonderful. Can't wait to read more from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful conclusion to the Prince Catchers series. I'd highly recommend it!
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jerichat More than 1 year ago
This was a really well written story - fast paced and lots of twists and turns. This is the last book in a trilogy and she ties up all the threads in the story very satisfactorily. We are also introduced to the hero of her next book (the 4th in The Falcon series). Definitely worth the read!!
angcartwright More than 1 year ago
I Loved a Rogue In the third in Katharine Ashe's Prince Catchers series, the eldest of three very different sisters must fulfill a prophecy to discover their birthright. But if Eleanor is destined to marry a prince, why can't she resist the scoundrel who seduced her? She can pour tea, manage a household, and sew a modest gown. In short, Eleanor Caulfield is the perfect vicar's daughter. Yet there was a time when she'd risked everything for a black-eyed gypsy who left her brokenhearted. Now he stands before her—dark, virile, and ready to escort her on a journey to find the truth about her heritage. Leaving eleven years ago should have given Taliesin freedom. Instead he's returned to Eleanor, determined to have her all to himself, tempting her with kisses and promising her a passion she's so long denied herself. But if he was infatuated before, he's utterly unprepared for what will happen when Eleanor decides to abandon convention—and truly live. Katharine Ashe once again confirms her status with me as a favorite author of mine. Her writing is rich and compelling. This is an impressive ending to this series in which all three books are good. The characters in this story, Eleanor and Taliesin, have been introduced and alluded to in the first two books. I was eagerly awaiting this story and hoping my expectations wouldn’t be so high. I am happy to say my expectations were surpassed. Looking forward to this story, I was wondering how Ashe was going to wrap up this trilogy since the prophecy delivered in the first book directed that one of the three sisters was to wed a Prince and then the identities of their parents would be revealed. Since so far the other two sisters wed non-Princes and the last sister, Eleanor, has had an attraction to Taliesin, a Gypsy, I wondered how this story was going to work and yet have the prophecy be fulfilled. I marvel at Ashe’s creativity for the tangled web she wove to create this story. It is incredibly complex and for a minute there I thought about getting out some graph paper. I still may need to re-read to fully remember, but it was very clever. I loved many things about this book. For one, I loved that Eleanor was giving herself the opportunity to find herself by finally leaving her family’s home and go on an adventure. When she was young, she nearly died from an illness which had her perceived as weak by all, except Taliesin. His affirmation of her strength gave her the courage to debunk the perception. She would catch herself doing something in line with that of a weak, meek girl and she would turn herself around and be brave. There were several situations where men were quick to put her in the simpering female bucket and she was having none of that. Robin Prince seemed to want to put her that bucket and he annoyed me because of it. I loved Taliesin! Ashe writes the BEST heroes. Every. Single. Time. Taliesin is no exception. I liked how his story growing up and the reason he left St. Petroc was revealed throughout the story. I found his story sad. He was always a wanderer, which is the lifestyle of the Rom, but he really desired stability. His love for Eleanor was unwavering as well – complete devotion and he could not keep himself away from her. I could not figure out why he didn’t want to have her get too close to him, I suppose he wanted better for her, but to me, you would think they would have sensed that they loved each other, but no. This just managed to continue the suspense. I also loved Eleanor’s quest to find her parents. It was a fun quest and she met some interesting people along the way. I didn’t really care for the Prince family – they were duplicitous. While being overly nice and friendly, they each had their own motivations behind their actions. Then when Robin’s efforts, by way of Taliesin, lead to a remarkable discovery, it turns out to be a boon for Eleanor but with a substantial cost to her health. I thought this part of the story went way off into extremes, but it served its purpose. The courtroom scene was funny and I thought written with such wit and imagination it was definitely one of the most entertaining scenes in the story. The only thing I wish was that the epilogue had been more of a substantial conclusion to their story given all the information that was divulged in the last 100 pages. Not complaining about the ending, but I would have liked to read about them in a year’s time as opposed to the three weeks that was presented. This would have concluded with more finality some of the open items that the reader was left to assume/imagine concluded happily. Bottom line – this is a must read, the series is a must read, and everything that Katharine has written is a must read. 4.5 stars!!!! Thank you to Avon for the Digital ARC via Edelweiss
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** I Loved A Rogue by Katharine Ashe Book Three of the Prince Catchers series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: February 24, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): In the third in Katharine Ashe's Prince Catchers series, the eldest of three very different sisters must fulfill a prophecy to discover their birthright. But if Eleanor is destined to marry a prince, why can't she resist the scoundrel who seduced her? She can pour tea, manage a household, and sew a modest gown. In short, Eleanor Caulfield is the perfect vicar's daughter. Yet there was a time when she'd risked everything for a black-eyed gypsy who left her brokenhearted. Now he stands before her—dark, virile, and ready to escort her on a journey to find the truth about her heritage. Leaving eleven years ago should have given Taliesin freedom. Instead he's returned to Eleanor, determined to have her all to himself, tempting her with kisses and promising her a passion she's so long denied herself. But if he was infatuated before, he's utterly unprepared for what will happen when Eleanor decides to abandon convention—and truly live. What I Liked: It is always a wonderful and terrible moment, when you finally have the last book in a series. This particularly historical romance series is one of my favorite - all three of the books were quite good, and did not let me down! I can't decide which is my favorite - I loved I Married A Duke, I Adored A Lord, and this one, all for different reasons. In this final novel of the Prince Catchers series, it's up to Eleanor, the oldest Caulfield sister, to find a prince and find the truth about the Caulfied girls' parents. When her foster father (the vicar) marries, Eleanor decides to go on an adventure - to find out what happened to her parents, prince or no prince. But at the insistence of her sisters, she is accompanied by a guest at the wedding, a man from Eleanor's past, the one boy that captured her heart - and then left. Taliesin is a Gypsy, and a former pupil of the vicar. He left Eleanor when they were young for a good reason - but he is back, and he agrees to accompany her on the mission. Together, Taliesin and Eleanor seek the truth about the girls' parents. Immediately, I knew I would like Taliesin. He's a Gypsy, so he's not all that accepted by the British. He's an educated Gypsy - the vicar took him in for education at a young age. He lived with his uncle though. Taliesin met Eleanor through education with the vicar. He always had a thing for Eleanor, and one day, that thing went places. The next day, Taliesin left - but not because of things with Eleanor. Unfortunately, that's what Eleanor thought. Years later, when he shows up for the vicar's wedding, Eleanor isn't all that happy to see him. Taliesin is all kinds of complicated and hawt and wonderful and brooding. And not any of the cliche stuff (in my opinion), although that in itself sounds cliche. Just in a physical sense, Taliesin is different, and had to work very hard to create a decent reputation for himself. He is very good with horses, so he buys and sells them for a living. Eleanor is kind of like that single young maid auntie who wants to stretch her legs and see the world, but has been taking care of Pops the whole time because she's the eldest. Now that the vicar has married, Eleanor is basically free to do as she pleases. So, with Taliesin (much to her chagrin at first), she searches for clues as to what happened on the ship that brought her and her sisters here. I loved that there was history between the two protagonists - whereas in the previous two novels, the protagonists had never met each other before. Eleanor and Taliesin's reunion is a bit boring (we aren't given the entire past story at once), but we slowly get pieces of what happened between them when they were younger. The romance is pretty slow and progressive, and at one point, I was worried about the introduction of a new male, and a new female. But there was nothing to worry about, because there would be no love triangle of any sort in this book. I loved the romance - I wanted a little more fire and chemistry, but I definitely enjoyed Taliesin and Eleanor's relationship. The mystery is indeed solved! Eleanor and Taliesin cobble together the truth about the girls' past - it's actually quite complex. I didn't think things would get so complicated and intricate, but in this book, all is revealed. I'm impressed by Ashe's big reveal - simply amazing! As for the prophecy - does Eleanor marry a prince? Well, I did say that the mystery is solved... but as for the prince part, I'll leave you to find out for yourself. Same with the mystery, because you will never figure it out, in its entirety, for yourself. I promise ;) What I Did Not Like: Like I said, perhaps I wanted a little more from the "romance" aspect of the book. The plot (the mystery of the parents and the ship and whatnot) eclipsed the romance for sure - which isn't necessarily a bad thing! I'm just a voracious romance reader and wanted more romance. But that's okay. Would I Recommend It: Yes! This one! The whole series! Actually, I'd definitely recommend the entire series because of the mystery that threads the books together. You can read each book by itself, without reading the others, but it's worth the time and money to read all three, in order! But you don't have to read them all or in order. Rating: 4 stars. A lovely conclusion to a wonderful historical romance series! Definitely one of my favorite series - and I will certainly be reading Ashe's books in the future!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A great ending to the series, I Loved a Rogue was a lovely read. With surprising secrets and unexpected truth, along with sweet romance, this book was an enjoyable read. Eleanor was a little iffy for me. I found myself annoyed with her actions toward Taliesin, with were a verging on mean-spirited. It didn't help that she didn't defend him when several people, including her maid, judged him based on his background as a Gypsy. However, I did like her growth during the book. She not only became stronger, but she allowed herself to be free-spirited and to enjoy her life on her own terms. Because of that, I ended up liking her. I really liked Taliesin. He had made his way up in the world through his own merit and proved himself several times over. I loved how caring he was to all the sisters and how protective he was of Eleanor in particular. I thought he was utterly adorable. The romance was okay. I did like Eleanor and Taliesin as a couple and I thought they were good together. However, it moved painfully slowly. It took until the very end for the misunderstandings to be cleared up and for their relationship to actually be able to move forward. I found myself wanting to shove them along and get past their issues already. But, fortunately, that didn't keep me from enjoying the romance overall. The plot moved at a steady pace and kept me interested all the way through. The truth about both the sisters' and Taliesin's past definitely came as a surprise. Because of that, I liked the story and the ending was lovely. I Loved a Rogue was a delightful conclusion to the Prince Catchers series. I really liked finding out the long-buried secrets, including a few that I didn't expect. Romance lovers, this is a book you might want to check out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The boy walked quitely behind hertapping her shoulder daying "mind if i join in on you fun?"