The Devil and the Heiress by Harper St. George is the second standalone historical romance in the Gilded Aged Heiresses. He wants her, her father denies him, but she has her own plans. St. George offered an addictive swoon-worthy tale perfect for a day at the beach!
by Harper St. George
Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #2
Genres: Historical Romance
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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....
Now that Violet’s sister is happily married, Violet Crenshaw believes she is free to pursue her passions, but her father has other plans. He wants mineral rites in England and has arranged a marriage to line his own pockets.
Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, wants Violet and desperately needs to restore his Scottish estates, but Mr. Crenshaw denies his request to court Violet. Determined to have her, he sets out to aid her. What started as a scheme soon turns complicated when love enters the equation.
St. George knows just how to pull me in! It was delightful getting to know Violet. She is more like her sister than I thought and has some spunk. When her father’s intended seeks to corner her and force her hand in marriage, Violet plans her escape. Christian intercepts her and offers to help. Well, since it is on his way….
Christian is the son of a cruel Earl who left his coiffures thread bare and the ancestral estates in ruins. He doesn’t believe in love but finds Violet intriguing and believes they will be a suitable match. Ok, he desires her and finds her fascinating, but she can also help restore his home. He hopes the journey will allow her to realize they suit.
The drama stems from the lies but the romance had passion, heart and felt genuine. I hoped for a happily ever after, even as I wanted to hit them both in the back of the head Gibbs style. (NCIS TV series) Both characters were developed, and I connected, understood and sympathized with both. I loved learning about Violet’s writings. As their relationship grew, both held back in admitting their feelings, even if it was obvious to all.
The Devil and the Heiress delivered an addictive read. I am looking forward to the next novel in the Gilded Age Heiresses series.
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I love this time period and the cover is gorgeous. I do find characters who need a good Gibbs head smack quite a bit. This does sound fun though!
LOL. I love when characters frustrate you so that you want to hit them. 🙂
My review partner also really enjoyed this one. I’ve got it on my hopefully someday list.
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I’m glad it was so great for you!
Love that she’s already one step ahead of her dad in the plotting. Ha, he just happens to be going her way. Sounds like a good one.
Lol, she tried to be a dutiful daughter but one can only endure so much…
I love the cover. Wonderful review.
I really appreciate the added layer of the family legacy. That was something that really fascinated me when touring old estates in Europe, so I’m happy to see that is addressed in this story.