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Fallon St. James, the mysterious leader of the secretive Spare Heirs Society, has formed an inconvenient tendre for the always positive, cheerful and hopeful Lady Isabelle. Wrong twin entirely. Her hopeful heart has been long ensnared by Kelton Brice. She has stalked the man relentlessly throughout the prior books.
Once Brice is off the table and out of reach, enter the wicked antagonist and away goes Isabelle's shallow, hopeful heart again. I kept waiting for the moment that I could declare Isabelle to be TSTL. I kept coming close. I couldn't do it because I was rooting for her in spite of myself.
I truly enjoy Ms. Michels' writing style and character development. As she introduces characters and spoon feeds the details of their lives and motivations, the reader engages naturally and follows along with the premise in spite of cherished objections.
Now to wait patiently for the Brice/Victoria storyline that I've truly been waiting for since I started this series. Brava for stringing me along so expertly, Ms. Michels!
Isabelle is a dreamer, a fantasist and a frequent escapee from reality. This isn’t entirely a bad thing, I have an active imagination and love a bit of whimsy and silly fun, but Isabelle takes it to the extreme. She doesn’t just make up ridiculous stories about people she’s never met, she believes them and really is foolish beyond permission. Which is why she’s in love with a man simply because he winked at her once, believes Fallon is secretly a pirate and is oblivious to real dangers that swirl around her. I feel mean for not liking her, but in truth, there were times when I wanted her to be kidnapped simply to get her out of the story for a bit.
Which is a massive shame, because I genuinely love Fallon. He’s a great character, caring, loyal and a bit of a control freak. He looks after and commands his spare heirs with all the diligence he possesses (which is a lot), all while believing himself cold and worthless. He’s not, he’s wonderful. The way he cares for Isabelle was lovely, even if she didn’t really deserve it at times. I don’t know where he found the patience to deal with her ridiculous stunts, but it just proves what a good man he is, even if I was worried about his sanity at times.
I’d love to be able to say that Isabelle improved or grew on me, and around the halfway mark I had hope, but then came the pigeon scene. It started out as quite amusing, but by the end I wanted her to fall out the window. What really got to me, though, was how selfish she was regarding her sister. Her behavior there proved she’s not nearly as sweet and lovely as she likes to pretend and I was very disappointed in her.
What didn’t disappoint was the mystery plot. It sneaks and creeps its way in around the romance, showing hints of danger and antagonism here and there, and I really enjoyed it. I loved getting a glimpse of what the Spare Heirs Society is really about and even if this heroine didn’t appeal to me in the slightest, this book still left me wanting to know more about this series and these characters.
So my feelings are mixed. Fallon is a five star hero, the plot was a good four, but Isabelle barely scrapes two stars, leaving me somewhere in the middle. Of course other people’s mileage will vary depending on how much patience they have for Isabelle. Perhaps my own will change when I’ve read more of the series. I guess I’ll have to catch up with the first two books sometime and find out.
(ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.)
It would be easy to see Isabelle as a flighty, marriage minded young miss with nothing but dreams and fantasies in her head. But that would be a mistake for she is so much more than what is seen by others. Yes, she wants the fantasy of the perfect match, the ideal man especially once the man she’d pinned her young crush dreams upon was suddenly announced as her twin sister’s betrothed. Nothing like a wake up call to shake up your dreams. What she’s truly looking for is an escape from her parent’s home, from their constant arguments, from the not always so pleasant life she has to a world of her own choosing. In that she is not so different from many young ladies of her time and place in society. What she will discover is her ideal man is a wickedly, unexpected man with danger in his eyes and a love for her in his stubborn heart.
Fallon didn’t really have the time or the inclination to look after a young miss with stars in her eyes and an impossible to find checklist of that perfect match she’s on the hunt for. Yet Isabelle is actually quite charming with a vivid mind and no sense whatsoever for her own safety and self-preservation. As Fallon finds himself as her designated “friend” he’s suddenly quite interested in a woman who is falling for the charms of a truly vile, dangerous man. Isabelle believes she may have found the man she’s looking for, what she actually is to this villain is a pawn, a easy to use for revenge conquest. And Fallon is not about to let that happen – even if he has to whisk her away to the one place she certainly should not be… his home, his bedroom.
I enjoyed my time spent in the world of The Wicked Heir. Isabelle and Fallon are an interesting match, what appears as opposites actually finds more things in common with each other than either thought. You can see Isabelle growing, and Fallon softening his heart toward one woman who finds her way into his heart and will not let go. There are some dark moments, a vile villain to defeat and a touch of mystery, suspense to this one that will make this an enjoyable read for any one who likes to solve a puzzle along with their romance. I had fun, I enjoyed it and now I’m looking forward to the next story in this series.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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