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- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 23, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M4LOJYM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of eleven children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She’s lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York, and Rhode Island again before moving to Massachusetts, where she now lives with her husband and three children. Before turning her attention to writing, Ruth was an educator for two decades, including eleven years as a kindergarten teacher. She is a New York Times bestselling author who loves writing about rich alpha men and the strong women who tame them. In the Heir is the first book in her Westerly Billionaire series. Learn about Ruth’s new releases by signing up for her newsletter at www.RuthCardello.com.
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Alisha says yes to marry Spencer,one of the grandchildren, they are old friends and the marriage is just a scam. Then she meets his brother Brett... and the drama starts.
It’s a nice enjoyable read, but some things just bothered me. Brett started changing immediately after meeting Alisha, his feelings changed, he became this sweet caring guy in a blink of an eye, suddenly he could understands and talk to his family and he even took a vacation.
Alisha always says no, then changes it to yes... well most of the time. I understand she’s troubled, but come on... talk about mix messages. It just annoyed me when she let Brett buy her insanely expensive gifts, like dresses and jewellery. And how stupid do you have be, to believe you won a raffle in the same jewellery store you been to hours before, where Brett (the billionaire) had wanted to give you an expensive bracelet. It’s saying no, and then pretend the raffle is real just so you can say yes.
Other than that it is a nice story :) I just couldn’t get over how easy everything was, despite the obstacles. And none of the other characters made an impression on me, so I am in no hurry to read the rest of the series. It breaks my heart a little, because I am usually a big fan of this authors books, but I just can’t give this more than 3 stars.
Not so with the talented author Ruth Cardello’s strong, lovely story IN THE HEIR.
When we first meet eighty-year old Delinda Westerly, she doesn’t have much to celebrate on her birthday. Her opening monologue proves her legacy shows right away hers is one dysfunctional family, broken by divorce and treachery.
Together her advocate and friend Alessandro devise a way for her to, “Stop planting weeds, when you want a rose garden.”
And then the matchmaking magic begins. The cast of characters go a long way towards redemption and forgiveness of one another, and I was not only surprised at the outcomes of each player, but sighing happily.
I’m also not a reader who gives away delightful premises and plots. But I will say this: Ms. Cardello’s story reminds me of those stories written by Barbara Taylor Bradford, an author I adore, which is a huge plus for this fan. Ms. Cardello’s prose is eloquent, thought provoking, and entertaining.
And I’ve become a fan of Ms. Cardello’s as well.
If you’re into family sagas with a hint of historical dynasties and hot contemporary foundations to fill the bill, then In the Heir is highly recommended for you.
I loved this story and plan to explore more of this author’s work.
Five Well Deserved Stars.
After his parents bitter divorce the family split, there was divided loyalties when Brett's grandmother offered an early inheritance to any grandchild who married and invited the entire family to the wedding. Brett's younger brother Spencer got engaged and he felt it had to look out for him.
Alisha Coventry has always considered Spencer and his sister Rachelle to be the family she never had ever since she was a little girl. So when Spencer asked her to become his fake fiancée, she didn't hesitate. But all that changed when she met Spence's older brother Brett.
What Brett didn't know was that Alisha and Spencer were not really engaged. The attraction he felt towards her was earthshattering and the same could be said about Alisha's fellings for him. With the family already broken all Alisha wanted was to mend it but things didn't workin out as she intended.
Alisha and Brett grew closer, they saw a side of each other that hey hid away from others. She unintentionally set a chain reaction in motion when she visited Delinda (Brett and Spence's grandmother). With Rachelle pushing her away and Al unable to forget Brett, she took a little vacation.
Only the man whom she tried to forget was closer to her than ever. No matter how hard Alisha tried she couldn't keep her heart from loving Brett. Even with everything going with his family, the latter decided to fight for his future with the woman he loved.
IN THE HEIR is the first book in Ruth Cardello's newest series, WESTERLY BILLIONAIRE. It was intriguing, steamy and alluring. If you loved THE ANDRADES, you will love the WESTERLYS as well. Ruth Cardello did it again.
Looking forward to what comes next!
P. S. It was a delightful treat to see Victor and Alessandro Andrade making a cameo.
Top international reviews
We follow Brett, our impossibly handsome billionaire, and Alisha, our sweet-natured kindergarten teacher. Alisha is a friend of the Westerly family and has been so for many years. She has grown to love and care for the family members that she knows. Alisha has also agreed to fake marry Spencer, Brett’s brother, for the marriage clause outlined by his grandmother. When breaking the news to Brett and the rest of the family that Spencer and Alisha are due to marry, sparks begin to fly between Brett and Alisha.
With the novel being a contemporary romance, a romance involving a billionaire, it’s only natural for the male protagonist to be fairly represented by the other men in this stereotype. Take Christian Grey for example. Or Gideon Cross. It is fair to say that Brett has some of the qualities of these other fictional characters. He displays a possessive need to follow Alisha and turns stalkerish during a vacation. Whilst it could be viewed as romantic in some way, albeit I’d be terrified if this happened to me, Alisha begins to enjoy Brett’s company.
With the drama of the past coaxing Brett and Alisha further apart, Brett is determined to win her over. Differently to Mr Grey and Cross, Brett actually does have some down to earth characteristics. He arranges for Alisha to win a raffle and prepares a romantic dinner with her. We see him having fun, not being the arrogant businessman we know him as. This was when his character was truly beautiful, when he was being an ordinary man. I loved this side of his character. However, he also respected Alisha when she turned him down. Although this made him more determined. Alisha on the other hand, loyal to a T, refuses to risk the relationships she’s built with his family members after being warned away from Brett. Who doesn’t love a classic forbidden romance?
Whilst the character development was good in most places, the final quarter of the book, particularly the final scene before the epilogue were ones that were frustrating to read. This is a romance novel for sure, however when a man of Brett’s power vehemently denies commitment, it sudden dissolves. The book is told over a few weeks period, leaving this declaration at the end to be that of Instalove. The love that rarely exists in real life. Nevertheless, the rest of the story was charming and had strong links to family and friendship. The romantic arc was beautifully done. However annoyingly perfect Brett appeared to be at everything. Everything.
If you’re a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey and the Crossfire series, then I would certainly recommend you this novel. It fits similarly with those novels. However, if you love a billionaire romance with a perfect male character then I’d also recommend this. But if you dislike the “love at first sight” aspect then this might put you off.
This novel does have trigger warnings for childhood abuse and discussions of violence. Some of the wording and scenes can also be graphic and would recommend only for over 18’s to read. It is written in the third person and shuffles back and forth between Brett and Alisha’s point of view. This can drift halfway through a scene at times and can be a little distracting, but nevertheless, the novel was a quick weekend read with enjoyable (mostly) characters and a sweet ending.
Because of the Instalove, the similarity between the plot/characters to other novels I've read and that ending, I'm giving this book 3 stars!
There are many authors that write about women finding love with a billionaire. What makes Ms Cardello stand out is that there is a romantic sweetness to her writing that gives her stories a certain amount of sophistication.
Even when Brett's first meeting of Alisha ends in an angry argument, passion is ignited, affection instant. But he can't allow himself to be attracted to Alisha, especially as she is set to marry his brother.
However, there's something not quite right about this hasty engagement, and Brett is determined to protect his family and find out what's really going on.
An excellent start to the series. I hope that the standard is maintained throughout all the books. So until next time, enjoy peeps 😉
This series is well worth a read.
There’s been a divide in the Westerly family for far too long. Brothers never communicating, so the assumptions continue to grow until it’s almost like rivalry.
Pain is ever present in their lives. A past that hasn’t been dealt with properly. Their Grandmother decides to interfere and try and pull her family back together. I’m not sure how I feel about her. In all honesty I didn’t like her character, not that I like now. Maybe in the next book I’ll come to a better decision.
Alisha a family friend, she’s almost like family since she was practically raised by their mother. She agrees to help out Spencer Westerly. She would do anything for him. No, she wasn’t in love with him. He was like a brother to her. When Spencer’s brother, Brett finds out about Alisha he is certainly left with mix feelings.
Brett lived with his father while Spencer lived with his mother. It was a divide that has shape them into who they are today. They say everything happens for a reason and in this case I believe that to be true.
Love comes when we least expect it, but it such a wonderful feeling. Whether it’s happening to you or reading about a booming romance it can light up your heart.
To understand all the family dynamics it’s definitely worth reading. I loved the journey I took with the Westerly’s and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
It’s a typical romance in the ways you would expect, but individual in many ways.
The characters are adapting to their new situations, and family complexities and revelations encourage changes, in interesting ways.
The plot wasn’t typical, and the way it was written was fun! I laughed repeatedly and often found myself smiling.
There is a steaming, graphic sex scene so if you like that type of thing you’ll love this! If you prefer more subtlety i would recommend another author.
For myself, i loved the book, and would have given 5 stars if not for a couple of things.
When text conversations happen between the characters, it can take a couple times reading to figure out who says what, as this is not obvious. The entire conversation is together with no gaps between messages. to, it is all one paragraph in bold. No clear mark when one message stops and another starts. Doesn’t detract from the plot, but does make it flow less well in places, still a brilliant book though.
I also would have preferred this to be longer even though I enjoyed it, i feel like the story could have had more in, and there were a couple of situations I would have liked to be explained, and there were a few opportunities missed to expand the storyline.
Again, didn’t detract as i thoroughly enjoyed the book, merely observations which prevent me from giving five stars rather than 4.
Otherwise, I wholeheartedly recommend this, and look forwards to more from the Author!!
Where is the fun without an Andrade in it.
I absolutely loved this book and can't wait for the next one. Another pleaser by Ruth.
Brett and Alishas's story. At the beginning you assumed Brett is this rich, high handed, cold hearted, ruthless Billionaire. But that's where it ends. It's beautiful to see how much of a heart he has and how he changes overtime with Alisha there bringing his inside beauty to the outside for the world to see how caring and loving he is.
Alisha on the other hand is a soft loving loyal being, who will do anything for the ones she loves, but has an inner strength that she does not realise, which Brett sees and brings to her attention.
It's lovely to see the development of both these characters into a beautiful love story.
Can't wait for more, this was a one night read for me leaving me absolutely useless at work the next day, but soo worth it lol.
Thank you Ruth.
It's was ok, the main lead starts off arrogant but within a couple of chapters he's turns into a puppy. The characters are ok, dialogue ok but it just didn't grip me. The synopsis really sold the book and I think an opportunity was wasted . If you like hea then you will like this but I like my romances with a little more drama.