Review: The Devil and the Heiress, by Harper St. George (w/ giveaway link)

The Devil and the Heiress
by Harper St. George

Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Berkley Publishing

Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

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…

My Review

Disclaimer: Although I received an uncorrected eBook file of this book from the publisher for a Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours (HFVBT) blog tour, the opinions below are my own.

Searching for a sizzling summer read? Look no further than The Devil and the Heiress, the second historical romance novel about the American Crenshaw siblings. Set during the Gilded Age, this book makes use of the fact that many English lords were “cash poor, land rich” during this time. Many an American heiress found herself married off to a duke or other titled gentleman, far from home and often unhappy.

As with many young American socialites during this period, Violet already fancies herself in love with an American man but is forced to relinquish him. Her father has already married off her older sister to a titled Englishman in a deal to improve his business interests. Now, he looks to repeat his success with Violet. His daughter disagrees with his choice of suitor, so the nineteen-year-old has decided to run away, but her choice of accomplice could ruin her reputation. It’s hard to tell Christian’s motives – does he care for her or what she offers – but she’s naïve enough to take him at his word.

Sure, there are a couple of serious topics hidden within the pages of The Devil and the Heiress. The contemporary issue of women’s property rights is a prominent theme since Violet stands to lose more than her independence once she marries. And both she and Christian must wrestle with trust and the definition of “home.” This is, however, NOT a clean read and should be considered NSFW! If it were a television show it would have warnings for violence, graphic language, and strong sexual content.

Overall, The Devil and the Heiress is a fun romp with moments of danger and tears. If you’re looking for something akin to War and Peace, or with a strong suspense plot, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a hot read on a hot summer’s day, however, this’ll work.

P.S. If you’re reading this title as part of the The Gilded Age Heiresses series, you’ll be happy to know a third book will be released early next year.

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About the Author

Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since.

She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found devouring her husband’s amazing cooking and reading. She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at www.harperstgeorge.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 29
Review at Reader_ceygo
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Probably at the Library

Wednesday, June 30
Excerpt at SplendeurCaisse
Review at Two Bookish Babes

Thursday, July 1
Review & Interview at Books & Benches

Friday, July 2
Review at The Romance Dish
Review at Madwoman in the Attic

Monday, July 5
Review + Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Tuesday, July 6
Review at andreajanel_reads

Wednesday, July 7
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Thursday, July 8
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, July 9
Review at Nursebookie

Monday, July 12
Review at Anna’s Book Blog

Tuesday, July 13
Review at Bookworlder

Wednesday, July 14
Review at Lu Reviews Books

Thursday, July 15
Review at Novels Alive

Monday, July 19
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at Into the Hall of Books

Wednesday, July 21
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, July 22
Review at McCombs on Main

Friday, July 23
Review at Chasing Leslie
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Monday, July 26
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Tuesday, July 27
Review at Passages to the Past

Giveaway

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About Sally M

I'm all about books, history, rail trails, craft beer and wine, and dogs! I'm a Partner with Trades of Hope: my paid job empowers women around the world out of poverty, helping them raise their families, and rebuild their lives after abuse and human trafficking.
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2 Responses to Review: The Devil and the Heiress, by Harper St. George (w/ giveaway link)

  1. Thank you for being on the tour!

    Amy
    HF Virtual Book Tours

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