THE ENGLISH HEIRESS: Regency Nobles #2
BN ID: 2940014739153
Publisher: Book View Cafe
Publication date: 6/1/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Sales rank: 10,152
Series: Regency Nobles , #2
Reviewed by Melanie Friedman
Book Heat: HOT
An Irish rogue and a duke’s daughter should have nothing in common except trouble...
“Finally, Michael O’Toole! I’ve been waiting for his story ever since I read Patricia Rice’s The Marquess years ago. Michael and his delicious duke’s granddaughter demonstrate why bad boys are best!”
Mary Jo Putney
Though enchanted by the selfless beauty of a duke’s granddaughter, Michael—a man of many names but none his own—has wisely kept his distance. But two years after the disastrous fire that brought Lady Blanche Perceval into his life, he is saddled with a lost, lying Irish waif and needs a woman’s understanding aid. To his dismay, the generous lady he remembers now despises him for deserting her when she needed him most.
Blanche has inherited all the wealth and responsibility of a dukedom, even if it is her cousin who wears the title. Forced to rely on her men of business to help her make decisions since she has no experience or knowledge of her own, she is at constant odds with the new duke who wishes to marry her for the sake of the estate.
When the irresistible and unreliable Michael O’Toole materializes in her life to enlist her care for another of the abandoned orphans he’s rescued—as he once did for her—Blanche doesn’t know whether to kill him or kiss him. After terrorists blow up her carriage, it becomes apparent that running away might be the best choice of all—but can they survive the pitfalls of their impossible attraction?
REVIEW: I am very new to Patricia Rice’s writing having only read her latest series (The Rebellious Sons) which I loved very much. Her earlier work always intrigued and I put some of her Magic series on my wish list, but when Christine approached me with The English Heiress and told me that it’s a sequel to The Marquess, an earlier published book which was being republished as an eBook, I jumped at the chance to broaden my knowledge of Ms. Rice’s work, and offered to read and review both, The Marquess (for my b2b Blog) and The English Heiress for Christine, here at RCJR eZine.
Now that I’ve read both, I can say that both are amazing reads, but if I was made to choose between the two, The English Heiress would win hands down, and the reason for it is its hero. As I got done with The Marquess, I really didn't think Ms. Rice could have created a more interesting and compelling character then Gavin Lawrence, The Marquess of Effingham. Boy was I wrong!
While this story’s plot is fast pacing and entertaining, its characters were driving it one hundred percent. Michael O’Toole was a hero to die for. Michael was Beta to Gavin’s Alpha hero. His vagabond life style and eccentricities were not just endearing to our heroine but to all of us who couldn’t help but like him despite of them. He accepted himself, his actions and was very much aware of his limitations.
His life’s lessons were learned the hard way and they’re the ones that shaped his priorities. To him, overcoming the disappointment was only achieved by accepting the reality of his origins. Because of them, he might have dreamt of Blanche, wanted to be near her and ‘save’ her, but making her his wife… that wasn’t even a dream!
As for our heroine Blanche, she might have been your typical English Rose, but for the way in which she grew up. Surrounded most of her growing-up years by employees and void of her mother’s love and her father’s hugs, she knew only order and correction which was thought to her by her tutors.
These two could not have been more different, yet the loneliness both felt despite being surrounded by many people, was something they had in common. Blanche was a perfect ‘corner stone’ to Michael’s ‘rolling stone’ and once Blanche accepted Michael for it, all fell in its place.
Ms. Rice has outdone herself with this one and I cannot recommend it enough! I loved everything about this story, but the hero stole my heart and I’ll remember him forever. If I had ten quills, trust me, all ten would go to it! If you’ve read The Marquess, I know you’ll no doubt wish to read this sequel, and just in case you’ve never read the first one, please get it and read before you read The English Heiress. Not that you HAVE to, but please, please do. It will make this story even more enjoyable (if that’s possible!).