Review: The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George

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.”

REVIEW:

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.

RATING: 5/5

Review: To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Perpetually cheerful and eager to please, Gracie Cooper strives to make the best out of every situation. So when her father dies just months after a lung cancer diagnosis, she sets aside her dreams of pursuing her passion for art to take over his Midtown Manhattan champagne shop. She soon finds out that the store’s profit margins are being squeezed perilously tight, and complicating matters further, a giant corporation headed by the impossibly handsome, but irritatingly arrogant Sebastian Andrews is proposing a buyout. But Gracie can’t bear the thought of throwing away her father’s dream like she did her own.

Overwhelmed and not wanting to admit to her friends or family that she’s having second thoughts about the shop, Gracie seeks advice and solace from someone she’s never met—the faceless “Sir”, with whom she connected on a blind dating app where matches get to know each other through messages and common interests before exchanging real names or photos.

But although Gracie finds herself slowly falling for Sir online, she has no idea she’s already met him in real life…and they can’t stand each other.”

REVIEW:

This is my first Lauren Layne novel, and now I need to read more! When I saw the summary of this book it checked off a lot of boxes; set in New York City, and hints of You’ve Got Mail. This book couldn’t really go wrong in my eyes.

Gracie, our protagonist, is a hopeless romantic. She feels stuck in a rut. She put aside her artistic dreams several years ago to take over the family business which was her father’s dying wish. She has gotten a bit too comfortable and is scared of taking chances. The highlight of her day is often her messages from her mystery man, Sir. They met on a dating site, where it is encouraged to fall for the personality first, so no pictures. She has been talking to Sir for months, but one complication is that Sir isn’t available. Sebastian then enters the picture. Her rival soon turned love interest. His company is her shop’s landlord, and he is trying to buy her out. Her family shop isn’t exactly profitable, but neither her nor her siblings want to give the shop up. Sebastian doesn’t fit what Gracie has always thought her dream man would look like. but after a meet-cute moment in the street and an undeniable connection she finds herself meeting up with him again and again.

Sebastian and Gracie’s chemistry is there from the start and the dialogue is superb. Their relationship develops gradually, never feeling rushed. Our main characters are rounded out with well thought out supporting characters that help build the world. Gracie’s relationship with her siblings is a definite highlight of this book. There is a lot of joy and hopefulness is this book, which I adored. While the book can be a bit formulaic plot wise, everything else is so well developed that it doesn’t hurt this novel.

To Sir, With Love feels just like a fairytale that our heroine loves. To Sir With Love will be released June 29th, 2021 by Gallery Books. Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the ARC. All thoughts are my own!

RATING: 5/5

Review: The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can’t give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiance.

Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend’s little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy’s matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather’s will. If only he hadn’t broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago…

Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren’t about to follow the rules of this engagement.”

REVIEW:

The Dating Plan was my Book of the Month choice for January, and just what I needed. The first week of January was chaotic to say the least. So every time I went to pick up a book, I was pretty distracted and couldn’t focus. I needed something more lighthearted. This book was perfect.

The Dating Plan has fake fiancé’s, fake marriage, and a woman who loves a good spreadsheet. Daisy is a software engineer, nerdy, but still sexy which was wonderful to read. Liam and Daisy have wonderful chemistry and their banter was perfect. Both of their families are well-rounded and feel incredibly real. (Daisy’s Aunties steal the show.) This book was everything I could want in a romantic comedy. I did find some of the plot, especially toward the end, a bit predictable but it didn’t really hinder the story for me. Sara Desai’s sense of humor is incredible and is a definite highlight of this book.

This book sucked me in with its gorgeous and colorful cover, and I wasn’t disappointed. The Dating Plan was an early release as a part of Book of the Month. It will be available to the general public in March. I definitely recommend it if you are a RomCom lover.

RATING: 4/5

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