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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review: An Affair with A Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath

Get ready to fall in love not only with Rexton and Tillie but with their respective families too!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: May 30, 2017

The son of a duke and an infamous mother, Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton, fought his way to respectability. Now, the most eligible bachelor in London, marriage-shy Rexton will take only a wife with an impeccable reputation, good breeding, and a penchant for staying out of the gossip sheets. But when he strikes a deal to be seen “courting” a sweet young debutante whose notorious older sister has blemished her chances for marriage, Rexton is unexpectedly drawn to the highly inappropriate, calamitous Tillie, Lady Landsdowne herself.

After a scandalous incident that sent shockwaves throughout society and disgraced her, Tillie refuses to cower in the face of the ton. Instead, she will hold her head high as she serves as chaperone for her younger sister, but Tillie is convinced Rexton’s courtship is shrouded with secrets—ones she vows to uncover. However, doing so requires getting dangerously close to the devilishly handsome and forbidden marquess…

What’s it About? As the son of two parents who defied society when they fell in love, Alistair Mabry the Marquess of Rexton has grown up facing society's scorn. Now that he is finally a respected member of the ton though, he will only marry a respectable, scandal free woman but when he makes a deal to help a young debutante whose marriage chances are all but gone thanks to her elder sister, Rex finds himself drawn to said sister, the scandalously inappropriate Tillie, Lady Landsdowne.

Tillie's actions have caused her to be disgraced and unwelcome in London society and it wouldn't bother her if it didn't affect her sister Gina. When the Marquess of Rexton begins to court Gina, Tillie becomes suspicious enough to brave society as Gina's chaperone which puts her and the marquess in constant proximity.

Overall reaction to the story? Lorraine Heath is a superb storyteller, her knack for creating a passionate romance is on full display in An Affair with A Notorious Heiress and it reminded me of why I love to get lost in her books. Heath creates in her readers a genuine desire to see these characters find love and happiness because they're so likeable and easy to relate to. Rexton and Tillie couldn't have been more different but in the end they were exactly what the other needed.

Describe the hero in five words: Calm. Loyal. Caring. Stubborn. Vulnerable.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Rexton's childhood was a tough one. Though he was loved dearly by his parents and his biological and adopted siblings, the children of other peers weren't so forgiving of his mother's background and tormented him until he grew big enough to defend himself. This left him with a vulnerability that made him more interesting to me. He was a powerful man, the heir to a duke but he had this lingering trauma from the way he was treated and how society saw his mother. At the same time though it revealed him to be a bit of a snob because he cared more about society's opinion and censure than being happy like his parents. Rexton was always open to change though, which is another thing I loved about him. If he saw something wrong he tried to make it right no matter what stood in his way. I loved his caring and considerate attitude towards Tillie's sister Gina and how he genuinely wanted to help her find a good man to marry. Someone who wouldn't snub Tillie because the sisters were close. He was in a word, dreamy.

Describe the heroine in five words: Brave. Strong. Intelligent. Caring. Loyal.
Did you like her? Absolutely.
Why? Tillie wasn't willing to roll over and accept a bad situation like many women of her time were taught to. I admired and loved that she would rather face the scorn of London society than live her life in misery. What she did was a risk that paid off but in the process it cost her dearly. I thought Tillie was smart as well as courageous but she was so stubborn too. I could let that go though because man did she have a rough time of it and being scandal ridden didn't exactly inspire trust or faith in other people. The best thing about Tillie though was her resilience. What she chose to do in order to gain her freedom and the consequences of that choice would have broken a lesser woman. Tillie survived it.

Let’s talk about the romance: Lorraine Heath did a great job of conveying the instant interest and attraction between Rexton and Tillie without making the romance feel like it was instantaneous as well. While these two had some serious tension going on, the romance itself took a little longer to grow and that's what made it seem so genuine between them. Rexton and Tillie had the hots for each other but it took some time for them to get to know each other as people and those moments were super sweet and sometimes funny. Overall they had a good balance of heat and heart between them.

How about that supporting cast? Rexton's family is made up of a biological siblings as well as adopted ones and I just love that family! Their bond is absolutely magical and destroys the notion that blood is thicker than water. They tease each other, they love each other and they're fiercely loyal to each other. I loved seeing Rexton interact with his family and Heath shows the Mabry family as they are, a chaotic bundle of love. I haven't had the pleasure of reading all the books in this series YET but I hope to soon. Then there's Tillie's sister Gina who is so much smarter than she appears in the beginning and just wants to see her sister happy and with someone who value her for the good person she is. I can't wait for Gina's story.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Rexton is total book boyfriend material, Tillie is a total boss, and the romance is off the charts good. Plus, by the end of the story you'll feel like part of the family.

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