The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress
Book 5, Millworth Manor
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Swim naked in the moonlight
Play in a high stakes card game
Ride an elephant
Be painted sans clothing.
Take a lover. . .
Lucy Merryweather has inherited a fortune--and her great-aunt's list of unfulfilled wishes. What better way to honor her memory than by accomplishing as many of them as possible? And with Lucy's family an ocean away in New York, nothing stands in her way--if one ignores the private investigator hired to spy on her.
Yet Cameron Effington is infuriatingly difficult to ignore. . .
As a reporter, Cameron is always looking for a good story. An American heiress running rampant between Millworth Manor and Mayfair is the perfect subject. Not to mention captivating. And extremely kissable. And if Lucy believes he's a detective? Well, the truth should never get in the way of a good story--or hinder delicious, impetuous passion. . .
passive escape read that will not overwhelm
The fifth in the Millworth Manor series, The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress focuses on Lucy and Cameron. You aren’t missing great swathes of information that help in understanding this story if you haven’t read earlier titles in the series: I’ve read only book 3 in the series, and didn’t find questions.
Lucy is an adventuress – addicted to the ‘rush’ of the adventure and the potential for consequences. Unfortunately, consequences rarely appear, and she is dashing from one adventure to another without any real reason, enjoyment or, as the antics progress, believability. Armed with a recently deceased great aunt’s ‘bucket list’, Lucy’s decision is to follow through and do everything.
I wanted to like Lucy, I hoped for her to grow and show some real promise, but she remained rather flat and uninspired for me. Sadly, the repeated inclusions telling me how wonderful, smart, daring and intelligent Lucy was were the most memorable parts of her development. She just didn’t click at all with me, and while she never hit that great wall of annoyance, I had lost hope for change from her before the halfway mark of the book.
On the other hand, Cameron was so completely wrong in every aspect: deceptive, unable to communicate, self-serving and well, he just doesn’t seem to have a solid moral bone in his body. There aren’t many positive aspects to him, but he was SO wrong in just about every area that it was almost laughable. He was simply, for me, a plotting device to contrast with Lucy and give her someone else to play with besides Clara.
It wasn’t a horrible book, it could have been shortened by removing some of the adventures and the story may have benefitted from it. But, it is a telenovela style romance: dramatic, with overacting in parts and obvious villains before the expected romance comes to light for the hero and heroine. A perfect passive escape read that will not overwhelm when you need something to relax with, Alexander has the ability to craft dialogue that is clever and well-paced in a lighter romance.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.