The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses
Heat Level: 🔥🔥
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
Even a fortune forged in railroads and steel can’t buy entrance into the upper echelons of Victorian high society—for that you need a marriage of convenience.
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 unsuitible 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.
August Crenshaw works for her father’s company Crenshaw Iron Works and she is content. She has been working hard and is showing her father how dedicated she is in furthering the family company.
Evan Sterling, Duke of Rothschild is in debt. His father recently passed and left all of the debt for Evan to sort out. Evan never thought he would be the one shouldering the burden, but he has to find a way to save the estate. When a marriage proposal comes from the wealthy American Crenshaw family, Evan is told that this will be the best way to help the failing estate. A marriage with the wealthy family will help to relieve Evan of his debts. Evan is also intrigued in getting to know August Crenshaw better after a brief interaction with her.
Evan is under the assumption that the heiress he would be marrying would be August. Turns out the heiress everyone had planned for Evan to marry was Violet – the younger Crenshaw sister. Evan makes it plain that it is August he wants to marry. But August isn’t so quick to marry Evan. What will happen of her position at Crenshaw Iron Works. How could she keep working if she is a duchess. And more importantly – her choice in the marriage is taken away from her. She has no plans to marry the arrogant Duke of Rothschild. Will Evan be able to sway August?
I enjoyed The Heiress Gets a Duke! I really liked the chemistry between Evan and August – it was sizzling from the get go. I LOVED their meet cute and their constant bantering was so perfect! August challenges Evan and it was so apparent how much Evan cared for August and her feelings.
I absolutely loved the scenes between August and Evan. I do feel that there was a lot of inner monologue as well as a lot of situations that kept Evan and August apart. I wish that there were more scenes with the two of them together.
Overall I really enjoyed this debut by Harper St. George! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.