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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review: Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses by Lorraine Heath

Another novella win! Anyone a fan of Lorraine Heath?

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review.)
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: August 22, 2017

Lord Andrew Mabry, the second son of the Duke of Greystone, has no desire to marry. As the spare, he has no obligation to provide an heir and he rather enjoys spending his days and nights in play with the demimonde. But more and more of late, he finds himself wanting to play naughty games with the American heiress, Gina Hammersley.

After her scandalous older sister marries a marquess, Gina Hammersley suddenly finds herself the darling of London with beaux a plenty calling on her, sending flowers, and filling her dance cards. Unfortunately, the one she desires most is the one who has no wish to be caught in the marriage trap: Lord Andrew Mabry.

But when they are discovered in a compromising situation, this unlikely pair must decide whether to face scandal or discover if the passion they’ve always felt is strong enough to lead them into love.

What’s it About? Even after being warned by his older brother, Lord Andrew Mabry, the second son of the Duke of Greystone can’t stay away from American Heiress Gina Hammersly even though he plans to stay a bachelor forever. Gina on the other hand, wants to marry a man with a title and with her sister married to Andrew’s brother, she suddenly finds she has more suitors than she knows what to do with, however, she can’t shake the connection she feels with Andrew and when the two are caught in a scandalous place, they have no choice but to marry.

Overall reaction to the story? The longing! The angst! The heated moments! Lorraine Heath does all three so well and in the process sweeps you along on a romantic journey you won’t soon forget. Andrew and Gina originally met in the previous book (An Affair with a Notorious Heiress and there was a definite spark between them. That spark was definitely present in Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses and no time was wasted building on it. The ending was a bit rushed though and I was a little disappointed at the way the “Aha!” Moment where Andrew realized he was in love with Gina but overall I wouldn’t pass up this novella for anything.

Describe the hero in five words: Tortured. Clever. Loyal. Kind. Charming.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? As a second son Andrew didn’t have any real direction in his life and so he spent it the way most second sons do: Having the time of his life with as many women as possible. He was likable no matter if he was being a charming rascal with Gina or trying to push her away from him because he didn’t think he was the marrying kind. I liked him and kind of fell for him a bit myself. He had an unexpectedly tender side to him that had me sighing like a school girl with her first crush.

Describe the heroine in five words: Bold. Kind. Intelligent. Fun. Curious.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Gina has grown a lot since An Affair with a Notorious Heiress. She went from a naïve girl who saw things through rose colored glasses to a young lady with a more realistic view of the world. She was still a little naïve but in a way that didn’t have me rolling my eyes. What I loved about her was her curious and adventurous spirit! She had questions and knew where to get answers even if it meant she was going to be embarrassed at the answer. A heroine with an open mind is one of the best, especially in a historical romance where women were looked at like property. Gina was so likable and easy to love.

Let’s talk about the romance: There was a magnetic pull between Andrew and Gina that started in a previous book and thankfully Lorraine Heath recaptured that pull and grew it into a passionate affair that lead to a happy ending for both. I loved the push and pull between them as much as I loved those quiet moments where they just talked with each other because it showed how much they were coming to enjoy each other’s company instead of it just being a physical attraction. The romance was wonderfully done and focused on building an emotional connection more than a physical one.

How about that supporting cast? With Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses being a novella, there wasn’t a lot of time for a big supporting cast. There were Gina’s other suitors who had very small roles but it was the reappearance of Gina’s elder sister Tillie and her new husband Rexton, who happens to be Andrew’s older brother that made the story feel more like a family affair. I loved Rexton and Tillie’s story so to reconnect with them again, even for a short moment was wonderful.

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