- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Pearlsong Press (September 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971324786
- ISBN-13: 978-0971324787
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,239,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Worthy Heir Paperback – September 1, 2004
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All Pamela Spencer wants is to help her brother, Tom, get his life back on track. After a job-related accident he's confined to a wheelchair, unable to do anything except endure excruciating pain. When Pam discovers an ad in the newspaper advertising for \"a worthy heir\" to inherit Fiona Bainbridge's millions, she jumps at the chance that will allow Tom to be back under a doctor's care. After all, it was Fiona's company that caused Tom's problems in the first place.
Reese Bainbridge, Fiona's grandson, has refused to have anything to do with Bainbridge Corporation. But he quickly returns home when he discovers his fanatical grandmother has run an ad for someone to replace him as heir. His frustration grows when he discovers his grandmother has moved the beautiful, voluptuous, green-eyed blonde and her freeloading brother into the house he's supposed to inherit.
Sparks will fly -- and Pam is up to the challenge.
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Strapped for cash and unable to qualify for insurance coverage, Tom Spencer will never be able to afford the surgery he so desperately needs in order to walk again. So when his former employer, Bainbridge Corporation, takes out an ad in the local newspaper searching for a new heir to inherit the family fortune, sister Pam seizes the chance to right a past wrong, hoping beyond hope that her brash sincerity will win the day for them.
But Pam never reckoned on the hurdles that would be strewn along the path to Tom's future happiness; especially not the clause about having to move into the very same house as the incredibly sexy, utterly cruel disowned heir, Reese Bainbridge!
What worked for me:
I thought the overall premise of the book was intriguing, and the classified ad was a clever way to get all of the characters interacting with each other right from the get-go!
I genuinely liked Pam and could see from the start that she was a good person; one whom I'd want for a friend.
I can't go into it without spoiling plot points, but there was something revealed about Reese's history which I found rather touching. I only wish I'd discovered it earlier in the story so that I would have understood him and liked him sooner.
Size-wise Pam was a throw-back to the 1950s voluptuous pinup era, with a little extra padding besides.
What didn't work for me:
I wanted to like the hero. I truly did. Physically, he was the kind of guy who would knock me right off my feet. ;^) But he was so damaged.. so petulant and unkind to Pam at times, that I just couldn't see myself having the patience to untangle this gorgeous guy from his troubled past. (I would have gone nuts from having it out with him as often as Pam did.)
Well, I've mentioned before that there is currently a strong trend in featuring virginal or nearly virginal plus-size heroines in contemporary romances. I hope Ms. Ballard also has a book starring an extremely predatory curvy gal for those of us looking for a Mae West "Just-Let-Me-At-Him" type to live vicariously through. ;^)
"A Worthy Heir" is a touching novel; a solid read for anyone interested in romantic stories about healing damaged family relationships.
Though there are some mildly sensual scenes, this book should still appeal to fans of sweet romances.
If you liked "A Worthy Heir" you might also enjoy "More to Love", "The Legacy Tree", "Carried Away", "Etta Mae's Little Theory", "His Seductive Revenge", "Love by the Pound", "Tales from the Heart", or "Teacher's Pet".
...When Pamela leaves Reese and files for a divorce, she writes him a letter ..."I'm sorry I played along with Fiona and tricked you into marrying me. But now you'll have your freedom back. Freedom to marry Sharon, like she said you wanted to do. She said you two had always loved each other and that you'd be married now, if not for me."
I don't know how many men who have told me they weren't interested in a stick of bones, but this book illustrates there are many of them out there who are gorgeous, successful, and strong. I don't know a man alive who wouldn't choose Marilyn Monroe over a size '0'.
I enjoyed this author's writing so much that I am requesting my local library look into purchasing some of her books as well as my favorite bookstore keeping some on their shelves. Hopefully, they'll listen. Pat Ballard has a voice that deserves to be heard and listened to.
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