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Something in the Heir (It's Reigning Men Book 1) by [Gardiner, Jenny]
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"SOMETHING IN THE HEIR by Jenny Gardiner is a wonderful tale of love and self discovery, as two people who should have nothing in common, somehow are perfect for each other. The story flows at an enjoyable and natural pace, with plenty of funny moments, alongside the romantic scenes. I love the secondary storyline of Caro and Darcy, and I look forward to the next instalment, to see their relationship develop. SOMETHING IN THE THE HEIR by Jenny Gardiner is a fabulous short, modern day fairy tale, with interesting characters, and I highly recommend it."  
--Linda Green for FRESH FICTION

"Jenny Gardiner tells a wonderful, feel good story about an American commoner and a European prince. If you're looking for a quick read that's sure to make you smile, Something in the Heir will do the trick!"  
--Bethany Petty for CHICK LIT CENTRAL

From the Author

hi! Thanks for taking a look at Something in the Heir (and hopefully the rest of my It's Reigning Men series).  I hope you'll get a chance to read it and I hope you'll enjoy escaping into the world of Monaforte for a while.

I don't know about you, but they had me at "royal wedding" back when Diana and Charles had their fairytale marriage. (Let's ignore the fact that it was not at all a fairytale and practically ended in revenge fantasy...)
I actually got to meet Prince Charles years ago when I was a photographer in Washington, DC. (back when we all still believed he and Diana had their Happily Ever After). No, he didn't not kidnap me and persuade me to help him not be forced into a marriage against his will (funny how he actually had been, though!). But he was rather charming, and far better-looking in person than he came across in pictures. It was fun dabbling in the rarified world of royalty and getting the briefest of glimpses into it, even if only for that brief time. 
Nevertheless,  I have long loved a good royal escape romance, so thought it would be fun to create a modern-day royal series in the vein of the Princess Diaries, only for grown-ups. 
It's been great fun creating an actual country and this royal family and friends etc. It's been something different for me from a writing perspective to world-build as I have with this, and I hope you have a fun time visiting the royals and their friends in Monaforte!

Product Details

  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jenny Gardiner Books (December 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RFY3KM4
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I have always been a sucker for a royal romance whether it be in real life or fiction, so the premise of this book immediately appealed to me and I stayed up late several nights in a row reading Something in the Heir because it was so engaging.

The story opens with Prince Adrian of Monaforte, who's in DC on royal business, deciding he's had enough of not only his boring duties, but his matchmaking mother, and taking off with an assist from his loyal equerry and a woman he's just met, event photographer Emma. Keeping Adrian's identity a secret while he enjoys a much-needed break from royal life becomes priority number one, and a change in both scenery and Adrian's wardrobe are required to pull this off. Once the prince and his unwitting partner-in-crime are away from prying eyes, the two of them spend some quality time getting to know each other, sharing confidences as well as some interesting adventures, and . . . you'll have to read the book to find out how it all turns out. There are some fun twists and turns along the way, and the book ends in a very grand and romantic way, in the perfect fairy tale setting.

This book was my kind of light reading; it made me chuckle, sigh, and fan myself at various times, was very fast-paced, and incredibly entertaining. I'm so pleased that Something in the Heir is the first story in a series and I can look forward to reading about the romantic travails of Adrian's aforementioned equerry, Darcy, in the next book.
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I’ve been hearing really great things about Jenny Gardiner and her fun chick lit reads. When I was contacted about reviewing this one, I was really looking forward to it. I read quite a few serious, drama-filled, extremely emotional books, so it’s really nice mixing some enjoyably fun chick lit reads in to lighten my reading mood.

Emma, a successful US photographer, and Adrian, Prince of Monaforte, conspire together to spend some time in hiding. Adrian is desperate to avoid his mother, who is pushing an arranged marriage on him with someone he has no interest in. Emma isn’t hiding from anything in particular, though her life in general seems to be going nowhere, so she jumps at the chance to spend some time away with Adrian. Though they had only met for mere minutes, the two together take off into the woods to hide away from their lives and everyone in them.

There was a lot about this story I really enjoyed. Jenny’s writing is sweet and enjoyable. I really enjoyed how innocent this story felt, not filled with angst and drama like so many others. It was clean, with only a few romantic scenes, and included quite a bit of humor. There was one scene in particular that really stuck with me: Emma takes Adrian shopping for “normal” clothes (because, obviously, he can’t stay in his expensive tux for their entire adventure) and they end up in a clothing store fitting room. Emma tells Adrian to model his clothes… and after some pushing, he does just that… striking a pose and even dancing a bit. I could totally picture it happening right before my eyes, and had trouble getting the smile off my face… or the silly scene out of my head.
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The synopsis for this novel intrigued me very much so. It also started off with a bang which I something I absolutely love in novels!

Emma the main character is a fun loving girl who has a budding career as a successful photographer and seemed bored with a life that was going nowhere really. I found myself giggling quite a few times at things that came out of Emma’s mouth and never not once did I find her annoying or over the top.

Though Adrian seems like the typical prince, defiant of his family’s wishes we quickly learn that he isn’t the predictable prince charming as we thought. There are sides of him that appear which completely surprised me but didn’t seem farfetched.

Together these two had fiery chemistry; not a scene was written that fell flat between them. I could picture them together, in hiding, as if I was watching a romantic comedy on Netflix.

I also enjoyed the well placed jokes and quirks. The handful of romantic scenes made me smile. I found the story light and charming with moments of grandeur that warmed my heart. The supporting characters where instantly likeable and had fantastic chemistry with the main characters Adrian and Emma. I can’t wait to get onto the second book in this series!
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This is a book that is just as fun as that super-cute cover. I'll admit, I'm a sucker for a good cover and I loved this one which immediately caught my attention.

This book is every girl's fantasy growing a handsome prince and fall desperately in love. But it isn't Emma's fantasy...not anymore. She's met a few too many frogs and simply doesn't believe in happily-ever-afters anymore. But that hasn't changed the fact that she's simply a nice person. So when the prince begs for her help to aid him in disappearing for a few days, she can't tell him no.

Overall this was a cute story. Emma has diarrhea of the mouth which is a bit over the top at times, but she's quirky and just a normal girl. So she doesn't know what to do with the gorgeous prince that she's suddenly found herself with. That in itself made for a cute story line. Aidan is avoiding his mother and the marriage she's trying to push him into. He desperately needs to grow a pair, but overall I enjoyed his character and how charmed he finds himself by Emma. I also really enjoyed his encounters with his friend, Darcy.

I should note that there were several times at around the 60-65% point when I considered DNF'ing this book. But there were very specific reasons for that. I'm an author and there are rules when you write fiction that are pretty much non-negotiable for all editors out there. Overuse of cliche phrases is one (which the character, Emma, LOVES to do) and head-hopping between the unspoken, mental ramblings of the characters is another. These are both huge issues in this book...BUT...and this is a big but. I didn't want to stop reading. I needed to know what happened to these characters.
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