The Lady Tempts an Heir
Author: Harper St. George
What I’m Talking About:
I thoroughly enjoyed Lady Helena and Max when we were teased with them in The Devil and Heiress, and I was excited to see them get their own book.
Helena is a woman filled with vision and strength, despite the myriad of heartbreak she has lived through, and Max is a wonderful balance to her energy and drive. Both come to a greater understanding of themselves and their priorities as the book progresses, and it was quite enjoyable watching them grapple with the changes to their previous ideas and finding fulfillment and resolution in the last place they expected it. Although everyone around them can see their attraction, they are determined to stick to the plan, but not all plans are meant to be stuck to. Short of giving a bunch of spoilers, I’ll simply say the happily ever after is worth the wait.
As usual Ms. St George does a lovely job not only with her leads but continues to give strong well-written secondary characters like Camille, the Crenshaw family, and various friends. This keeps the novel from feeling flat, which I always appreciate. Her settings are fabulous, complete with all the right sounds, smells, and intrigue, and I was easily transported right beside Lady Helena, Max, or whatever other character I was visiting with.
I appreciated that although this book is clearly part of a series, I believe a fourth book is coming out soon, it could be read alone. Ms. St. George gives plenty of background and makes sure to share the most important details so that if an individual has come in without having read the first two books, it won’t take anything away from the current read. Lady Helena and Max stand clearly on their own while adding color and dimension to the storylines we may or may not already be familiar with.
If you are familiar with and enjoyed either or both Lady Violet or Lady August’s stories, you’ll want to read Max’s story, although not as adventure-filled as theirs, it is lovely in its own right. If you’ve not read the first two novels in the series but are looking for a fast moving, chemistry-filled, “will they won’t they” novel, then you’ll also want to pick up this book; it really was a great way to spend a day.
My Rating: A – Loved it!
About the Book:
Tall, dark, and brooding—to say that American Maxwell Crenshaw stood out in the glittering ballrooms of London is an understatement. He vowed never to set foot in England again, but when a summons from his father along with an ultimatum to secure his legacy has him crossing the Atlantic for the last time, reuniting him with the delectable Lady Helena March, he can’t deny the temptation she presents. Or the ideas she inspires…
Lady Helena March is flirting with scandal. Instead of spending her time at teas and balls in search of another husband, as is expected of a young widow, Helena pours her energy into The London Home for Young Women. But Society gives no quarter to unmarried radicals who associate with illegitimate children and fallen women, and Helena’s funding is almost run out. So when the sinfully seductive Crenshaw heir suggests a fake engagement to save them both—him from an unwanted marriage and her from scorn and financial ruin—Helena finds herself too fascinated to refuse the sexy American.
As their arrangement of convenience melts oh so deliciously into nights of passion, their deception starts to become real. But if Max knew the true reason Helena can never remarry, he wouldn’t look at her with such heat in his eyes. Or might the Crenshaw heir be willing to do whatever it takes to win the one woman he’s never been able to forget…
Release Date: February 22, 2022
Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): paperback (314 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
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Reviews in the Series:
The Devil and the Heiress by Harper St. George (The Gilded Age Heiresses #2)