I received this book for free from Zebra in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Heiress for Hire by Madeline Hunter
Published by Zebra on April 28, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
In this stunning series debut from New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter, a duke's mysterious bequest brings fortune—and passion—to three young women...
Minerva Hepplewhite has learned the hard way how to take care of herself. When an intruder breaks into her home, she doesn't swoon or simper. Instead, she wallops the rogue over the head and ties him up—only to realize he is Chase Radnor, the man who nearly got her convicted of her late husband's murder. Now, he's insisting that Minerva has inherited a fortune from his uncle, a wealthy Duke. Only one thing could surprise her more: her sudden attraction to this exasperating man...
Chase can't decide whether Minerva is a wronged woman or a femme fatale. Either way, he's intrigued. Since the scandal surrounding her husband's death, she has set up a discreet detective business to rival Chase's own. She may be the perfect person to help him uncover the truth about his uncle's demise. But as proximity gives way to mutual seduction, Chase realizes he craves a much deeper alliance...
Heiress For Hire is a fresh start to a new series by a favorite author of mine…Madeline Hunter has always done such an incredible job in writing historical romances especially regency. I will say that I think many fans of Madeline Hunter will really enjoy this one here, and it was quite interesting to see the set up of the story and how our hero and heroine actually meet up with each other.
It first starts with our hero Chase, who has just lost his uncle but learns that a complete stranger inherited his fortune. Chase is concerned as is certain branches of the government that his uncle’s death wasn’t quite the accident it seems to be. And Minerva is top of the list considering she inherited it all. And so Chase breaks into her home, and he finds himself tied up and at her mercy. When Minerva realizes he is foolish but not much of a threat, she frees him. And Minerva and Chase both are in the search for discovering who was behind the death of the Duke. And despite how Chase and Minerva clash with each other, they discover a hidden passion in which they least expect to find.
I will say that in reading Heiress For Hire, I was really really excited for this one and ended up being sorely disappointed in some aspects. I really struggled with the flow of the story, it was really challenging to get into this book, and it didn’t really happen until towards the end of the story. The mystery is what really convinced me to stick with the story to be honest. The romance between Chase and Minerva didn’t really work for me to be honest. I just didn’t feel the sparks at all between them. Minverva, at times, seemed to be really naive to the culture in which she lived in. I love seeing an heroine that is independent and goes after her dreams (especially when you see what she deals with in her past) but I also like them to be aware of social structures and have an understanding to certain variables and it just seemed like she didn’t.
Despite my struggles with this book, this book definitely had promise and I am eager to see what this series is headed.