on August 22nd 2017
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Lord Andrew Mabry, the second son of the Duke of Greystone, has no desire to marry. As the spare, he has no obligation to provide an heir and he rather enjoys spending his days and nights in play with the demimonde. But more and more of late, he finds himself wanting to play naughty games with the American heiress, Gina Hammersley.
After her scandalous older sister marries a marquess, Gina Hammersley suddenly finds herself the darling of London with beaux a plenty calling on her, sending flowers, and filling her dance cards. Unfortunately, the one she desires most is the one who has no wish to be caught in the marriage trap: Lord Andrew Mabry.
But when they are discovered in a compromising situation, this unlikely pair must decide whether to face scandal or discover if the passion they’ve always felt is strong enough to lead them into love.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Lord Andrew Mabry doesn’t have any worries, his older brother is handling things very well. Andrew is the spare, he has no purpose than to be charming and enjoying himself; he doesn’t have to marry, and he doesn’t even want to. But for the past few months, Andrew has not been able to keep his eyes off the lovely Miss Gina Hammersley, an American heiress. Gina’s scandalous older sister Tillie married Rexton, Andrew’s brother, so Gina can finally breathe more easily and her popularity with the Ton has soared considerably. Like any good American heiress in London, Gina should marry a nobleman. If only Andrew had a title, if only he even wanted to marry…
Such gorgeous, exquisite, sumptuous prose! GENTLEMEN PREFER HEIRESSES is a novella, the story is rather simple: two people who should not fall in love do, and only a brilliant wordsmith such as Ms. Heath could turn falling in love into such a delightful read. The virtuous, proper Gina has a hidden sensual streak, and the randy rake is deep down a romantic turned cynic because of a long-ago betrayal. How perfectly lovely it was to watch Andrew and Gina flirt and talk, how Andrew patiently endured Gina’s mischievous inventions and undertakings. Ms. Heath understands how to turn up the heat while respecting the Victorian era’s strict moral guidelines, and never stooping to silliness or vulgarity, but keeping things playful and charming. I understand nothing of card games, yet one of the main highlights of GENTLEMEN PREFER HEIRESSES is a card game made positively riveting, as it leads to much understanding between Gina and Andrew, and character development as well. I admire Ms. Heath’s skills at always keeping things tasteful and believable, always knowing just how far to go.
I was charmed, as much as Andrew, by Gina’s irresistible smile and sunny personality which they author conveyed admirably well: Gina sparkles and glows, Andrew smolders and simmers, and in spite of his rakish reputation, he is quite the gentleman. GENTLEMEN PREFER HEIRESSES is a happy, enchanting, and sensuous story with a most lovely ending.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.