SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):
“American heiress August Crenshaw has aspirations. But unlike her peers, it isn’t some stuffy British Lord she wants wrapped around her finger–it’s Crenshaw Iron Works, the family business. When it’s clear that August’s outrageously progressive ways render her unsuitable for a respectable match, her parents offer up her younger sister to the highest entitled bidder instead. This simply will not do. August refuses to leave her sister to the mercy of a loveless marriage.
Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild, has no intention of walking away from the marriage. He’s recently inherited the title only to find his coffers empty, and with countless lives depending on him, he can’t walk away from the fortune a Crenshaw heiress would bring him. But after meeting her fiery sister, he realizes Violet isn’t the heiress he wants. He wants August, and he always gets what he wants.
But August won’t go peacefully to her fate. She decides to show Rothschild that she’s no typical London wallflower. Little does she realize that every stunt she pulls to make him call off the wedding only makes him like her even more.”
I love a historical romance so when this was an option for an add-on for Book of the Month, I knew I needed to check it out. If you are looking to fill the Bridgerton hole in your heart, this fits nicely.
August is our lead, she is an independent woman who actually takes part in the family business, and has always had a gift for numbers. She has watched her other friends seemingly sold off into marriages with the British aristocracy. When it seems like a similar fate will befall her sister, she feels she must do something to stop it. Except August has caught the eye of that very Duke, and he is very different than any other Duke she has met.
The Heiress Gets a Duke really checks off all of my boxes for a historical romance. August is an incredible heroine, and Evan is swoon-worthy. Their chemistry is off the charts, and their banter is incredible. While it follows the traditional formula of most historical romances there are some touches that really make it stand out. Evan’s relationship with his mother is something that often isn’t found in these novels. While yes of course the Duke has Daddy issues which is a given, he has a wonderful and supportive mother that I really enjoyed reading about. August coming to terms with the fact that her father didn’t actually see her differently, just as an oddity, was hard to read at times. The steam level was great as well.
Overall, I just really loved this book. I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. If you are in search of a great historical romance, definitely pick up The Heiress Gets a Duke.