The Lady Tempts an Heir
by Harper St. George
Rating: 5/5 Genre: Historical Romance Steam: Explicit Publisher: Berkley Romance Pub Date: February 22, 2022 Available: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookShop
The Lady Tempts an Heir Synopsis:
Tall, dark, and brooding—to say that American Maxwell Crenshaw stood out in the glittering ballrooms of London is an understatement. He vowed never to set foot in England again, but when a summons from his father along with an ultimatum to secure his legacy has him crossing the Atlantic for the last time, reuniting him with the delectable Lady Helena March, he can’t deny the temptation she presents. Or the ideas she inspires…
Lady Helena March is flirting with scandal. Instead of spending her time at teas and balls in search of another husband, as is expected of a young widow, Helena pours her energy into The London Home for Young Women. But Society gives no quarter to unmarried radicals who associate with illegitimate children and fallen women, and Helena’s funding is almost run out. So when the sinfully seductive Crenshaw heir suggests a fake engagement to save them both—him from an unwanted marriage and her from scorn and financial ruin—Helena finds herself too fascinated to refuse the sexy American.
As their arrangement of convenience melts oh so deliciously into nights of passion, their deception starts to become real. But if Max knew the true reason Helena can never remarry, he wouldn’t look at her with such heat in his eyes. Or might the Crenshaw heir be willing to do whatever it takes to win the one woman he’s never been able to forget…
The Lady Tempts an Heir Review:
I think we can guess what I thought of it. I loved it. Harper St. George is an amazing author that just writes amazing historical romances that always end up going deeper than the summary. The Crenshaws have woven their way into my heart.
I love a good fake engagement romance, especially when it’s so believable. They both have their legitimate reasons for the engagement and honestly Helena completely won me over. While Helena and Max both have an immediate liking towards each other, neither wants to act on it, which is why I think this book works so well. Plus their banter and the way they interact with each other and the side characters was amazing. Throughout the book you get to see Helen’s ghosts and the rationality for her actions; and you get Max’s hefty expectations and love for his sisters and it is just so beautifully balanced..
I really appreciate how St. George allows both of the characters to develop naturally and at, what I think to be, a steady timeline. Nothing feels too rushed or drawn out rather the perfect pacing. And let me say that St. George does not wait too ridiculously long for the steamier scenes and my word is Maxwell perfect. That’s all I’m going to say on that (ok, maybe a statement more because the stubble, the talking, his actions… woooo…).
Spoiler Alert Below:
Helena infertile and stays infertile the entire book–no surprise pregnancy! This is my favorite aspect of this book as I feel like every time I start a book where the FMC is infertile, she ends up magically pregnant by the end. And Maxwell’s declarations at the end of the book–ugh my heart. I loved how St. George dealt with this topic because it is heavy and producing heirs was a huge thing. From building up Maxwell’s story with his dad and the emphasis on continuing the lineage to the statements from the other English aristocrats it was so well done. And probably completely unrelated I found it ironic that Mr. Crenshaw’s reasoning for Maxwell to get married asap was utterly destroyed with Maxwell choosing Helena.
Long Story Short:
Do I recommend this book? A THOUSAND TIMES YES. It’s so good. Between the mutual attraction, banter, pining, and the ending there were so many things that I could highlight that were amazing. If you’re a fan of historical romances or honestly romance in general I think this would be a must read book. It’s amazing and now having wrote this review a couple weeks after reading the book (whoops) I already want to reread it. I cannot wait to read the next one in the series and continue to follow St. George on her author journey because each book is a need read!!
If You Liked This One…
Have you read Harper St. George’s first two book in the series? The Heiress Gets A Duke and The Devil and the Heiress are both some of my favorite romance books. St. George writes such amazing characters and plots that suck you in. Otherwise Evie Dunmore’s novels (League of Extraordinary Women) then this will be for you and visa versa! Here are my reviews for Bringing Down the Duke (1), A Rogue of One’s Own (2), Portrait of a Scotsman (3). They’re set in the same time period and are excellent! Additionally, Emily Sullivan’s two novels, A Rogue to Remember and The Rebel and The Rake, are also amazing historical romances that sweep you in.
Harper St. George was raised in the rural backwoods of Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel, which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since. She lives in the Atlanta area with her family and loves to hear from readers.