The Wicked Heir by Elizabeth Michels
Publisher & Release: Sourcebooks Casablanca, July 4, 2017
Time and Setting: Regency period, London
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Book Length: 448 pages
Heat Level: 1 Flame
Rating: 3.75 Gold Crowns
The Spare Heirs Society Cordially Invites You to Meet Fallon St. James: The Mastermind
When the love of Lady Isabelle Fairlyn's life is betrothed to her twin sister, Isabelle vows to find a suitable replacement before the end of the season. He must be a talented dancer, have a keen fashion sense, and be perfectly dashing in every way.
Fallon St. James is the farthest thing from perfectly anything. As head of the secretive Spare Heirs Society, he must stick to the shadows...even as Isabelle's friendship pulls him reluctantly into the light. But when Isabelle gets involved with the one man who could destroy Spares, Fallon must decide between protecting his life's work—or risking everything to save the woman whose warm smile leaves him breathless.
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This is the first book I have read by Ms. Michels, and I enjoyed it. Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the invitation to read and review. The Wicked Heir has a unique premise, making it an interesting read.
The plot intrigued me from the start and I remained engaged until the end. The pacing is steady and the writing flows well. I enjoyed Ms. Michels writing style a great deal. Although this is the third book in The Spare Heirs Society, I did not have any difficulty reading this book as a stand-alone.
Lady Isabelle’s character was a mixed bag for me. She came across as flighty and she lives with her head in the clouds, but she has her moments, just not strong enough for me to fall in love with her.
Fallen St. James is a much more fleshed out character. I felt I came to know him and like him. He places his honor and dedication the Spare Heir Society above all else in his life. At first, he just sees Isabella as an obligation, but when he has to spend a lot of time in her company, he was drawn to her naiveté. I enjoyed seeing him soften and begin the see the shades of gray in life.
One of the things I enjoy most in Regency romance novels is the sexual tension between the hero and heroine, and this novel has that key ingredient. The attraction grows to a slow burn and had me rooting for Isabelle and Fallon to find their happy ending, especially Fallon. This couple definitely proves opposites attract.
If you enjoy a rousing romance with interesting characters, a bit of mystery and a great romance, then The Wicked Heir is the book for you. Happy reading!