Chasing the Heiress
Book 2, The Muses' Salon Series
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“Intrigue, romance, adventure—Chasing the Heiress has it all. I’m a Rachel Miles fan!”—Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author
"Her characters come alive with warmth and purpose." --Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author
Heiress On The Run
Lady Arabella Lucia Fairborne has no need of a husband. She has a fine inheritance for the taking, a perfectly capable mind, and a resolve as tough as nails. But what she doesn't have is the freedom to defy her cousin's will--and his will is to see her married immediately to the husband of his choosing. So is it any wonder that she dresses herself as a scullery maid and bolts into the night?
Colin Somerville's current mission for the home office is going poorly. Who would have expected otherwise for a rakish spy tasked with transporting a baby to the care of the royal palace. But when, injured and out of ideas, Colin stumbles upon a beautiful maid who knows her way around a sickroom, it seems salvation has arrived. Until he realizes that though Lucy may be able to help him survive his expedition, he may not escape this ordeal with his heart intact…
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dark journey to love
Lucy is running away to complete a mission for her aunt. Colin is attacked while completing his own mission. They meet under dire circumstances and decide to help each other out. Taking pleasure as they fall for each other, yet they keep their pasts mostly secret. I enjoyed their journey together and coming to terms with their pasts. I recommend this book.
more focus and editing with an eye to continuity and maintenance of character traits needed
I came into this story after enjoying the first book, although this one is self-contained. The image of a Muses’ Salon, evokes for me great gatherings of the best and brightest in the city, with a few people who serve to simply stir the imagination and creativity of those with an artistic calling. That whole feel was missing in this story, in fact it was buried underneath a romantic suspense plotline as a woman runs from an unwanted marriage, only to find a suitable match after all.
Arabella was a decent character, with no great failings in her development, but nothing that made her particularly stand out from legions of others. What was distinctive about her was the knowledge she gained in rudimentary nursing / caregiving skills. When the ‘marry or else’ proposition comes closer to fruition, she scrambles away disguising herself.
Colin is in service to the Crown, with a mission that is quickly turning pear-shaped. Injured and with a baby to transport to the palace, he’s finding this odd maid has unusual skills for someone of her position, and he’s intrigued.
The story started strong – although a bit different from what I expected, and then the lack of development of both characters, and a series of different moments involving carriages, hunting lodges, games and quiet moments reading derailed the pace, and it never recovered. Then the focus went to unraveling all the different mysterious elements to the detriment of the couple building, or even feeling closely tied to the initial premise. The characters devolved from solid sketches with some color to bland and unfocused: perhaps the confusion with multiple elements and twists just pulled everything out of joint. The romance concluded in a way that didn’t make sense from all of the elements leading to it – and Colin’s character was to blame for the lack of believability – he went from anti-connection to all in, and there wasn’t a great deal of progression to explain it. All in all, more focus and editing with an eye to continuity and maintenance of character growth and traits would have served this title well.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Chasing the Heirs
This is the first book I have read from this author. While it's unusual to read a romance that has a plot - p other than marriage of the two principal characters - I thoroughly enjoyed it. Next, I plan to purchase the first in the series. I do not believe I missed anything by reading book 2 first.