The Devil and the Heiress
Author: Harper St. George
What I’m Talking About:
The Devil and the Heiress is a sweet, chemistry-filled, witty, fast-moving story of self discovery and redemption. The characters are strong, passionate, beautifully nuanced, flawed individuals with the desire to be loved, even if they don’t realize it at first.
It all begins with an arranged marriage and a lady who refuses to be forced into a marriage with a man she doesn’t even like, let alone love. Along comes a charming duke with a sneaky plan only for him to realize he really is no different than her controlling, selfish parents. The looks, touches, and kisses are well-timed, leading the characters and reader down a picturesque road towards Scotland. Seriously, does it get any more perfect or intimate then the image of horse drawn carriage and four traveling down a country lane? And a large part of this novel takes place in that exact setting. Swoon! But I digress.
Besides being beautifully set, The Devil and the Heiress also tackles extremely forward thinking ideas (for the time) about women and ownership, giving the novel a relevant and relatable twist. As Violet and Christian work through these, and a variety of other issues, they discover the road to redemption, and each other, isn’t nearly as long as the road to Scotland.
My only struggle was Christian’s language in a couple spots which, although period appropriate, felt horribly common. Short of that, I had no complaints about the time I spent with Violet and Christian. They were a lovely diversion to the real world and a great way to spend a day in the hammock.
Overall this novel was a lovely jaunt through the English and Scottish countryside with smart, feisty, well written characters.
My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot
About the Book:
Sparks fly when a runaway heiress bargains with a devilish rogue to escape a marriage of convenience.
No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw’s ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author–if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character didn’t insist on coming with her.
Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, has a scheme of his own: escort the surprisingly spirited dollar princess north and use every delicious moment in close quarters to convince Violet to marry him. Christian needs an heiress to rebuild his Scottish estate but the more time he spends with Violet, the more he realizes what he really needs is her–by his side, near his heart, in his bed.
Though Christian’s burning glances offer unholy temptation, Violet has no intention of surrendering herself or her newfound freedom in a permanent deal with the devil. It’s going to take more than pretty words to prove this fortune hunter’s love is true….
Release Date: June 29, 2021
Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): paperback (304 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
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