Review: Ravishing the Heiress (Fitzhugh Trilogy, Book 2) by Sherry Thomas

ravishing an heiressHero: Fitzhugh is an impoverished Earl, who recently inherited his earldom. If he doesn’t wed for money he and his family will be doomed to live in poverty forever. The idea of a loveless marriage does not appeal to him in the slightest as he is in love with a beautiful woman… but he can’t provide her with the life she deserves and she isn’t as wealthy as he needs. So, for the love of duty and England, he will marry Millie instead.

Heroine: Millicent (Millie) is a sardine-canning heiress. She’s not gentry, she’s not beautiful… and she isn’t Isabelle. She agrees to marry Fitz knowing that he doesn’t love her. She proposes that they abstain from consummating the marriage for a few years and then get together long enough for them to beget an heir. Fitz thinks that is a great idea because he can’t imagine wanting to sleep with his wife and proposes an extension of the abstinence plan.

So, of course, the beautiful Isabelle returns freshly widowed and ready to start an illicit affair with Fitz just when the married couple plans to consummate the marriage.

Review: My big issue with this book is the flaunting of adultery as the hero cheats and screws his way around London. He’s even willing to abandon his wife publically for a calculating harpy, just because his younger self thought he was in love with the woman. Ugh. I did however, like Millie, even if she took the role of doormat. I got her as a character. She loved Fitz at first site, is a young teenage girl, and believes she’s causing him more harm than good by being married to him. Sure it is a bit delusional, seeing as she’s bringing way more to the marriage with successful businesses and wealth while he’s only bringing a title and some land… but… that’s Millie. The hero has very few redeemable qualities and uses his broken heart as an excuse to behave awfully. What I didn’t understand was why Isabelle wasn’t given the cut-direct several times over? She’s clearly not “high society” even if she married well because she relentless pursues a scandal broth that would consume her, Fitz, and her children. In short, if Millie got a very determined admirer who honestly made her feel special and gave her the idea to run away from her loveless marriage, I might have enjoyed the story better.


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Review: His at Night by Sherry Thomas

Tired of spy lords in Regencies? If you said yes, make an exception for His at Night, because it’s not tired. It’s very much awake and zesty. Sherry Thomas has taken this subgenre of Regencies and gave it a fabulous new life… by making the Marquess a blithering idiot. Oh I see your incredulous expression, but yes, a blithering idiot makes all the difference.

The secretly intelligent Lord Vere plays the idiot for everyone in the ton. He mixes up facts, wanders into places he shouldn’t, forgets things from one minute to the next, talks incessantly, and has a puffed up impression of himself. He’s the most nonsensical man around and the last guy anyone would want to marry.

That is except for Elissande (Ellie) Edgerton, a sheltered spinster desperate to escape her uncle’s oppressive household and take her aunt with her. When Lady Kingsley shows up at her door with a house party in tow and a sob story to share, Ellie agrees to let them stay while her uncle’s gone to London. She’s thrilled with Lord Vere’s presence (and he’s similarly knocked out by her) but the illusion cracks when he begins to talk (and she begins to smile).

Spencer recognizes Ellie’s acting, but he can’t breech the disconnect between her public self and her private self. He thinks they’re one and the same. Ellie at first doesn’t see that the idiot is an act… but eventually her own training at the hands of her uncle help her to see through his successful illusion. If only she can get him to break it and be real with her!

In an attempt to snag Spencer’s brother Freddie, Ellie gets stuck with the idiot in a marriage of convenience. But to stay safe from her uncle, Ellie can’t have a marriage easily broken by an annulment, which leads to their first sexual encountered. It’s hot because it’s abruptly aborted allowing them to try again when they’re both more clearheaded.

How can two people, forced to be actors, let go of their lines and let the truth out?

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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