I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.To Wed an Heiress by Karen Ranney
Also in this series: To Love a Duchess
Series: All For Love #2
Published by Avon on March 26, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era, Scottish Highlands
Rebellion drove Mercy Rutherford to Scotland to escape the possessive grip of her fiancé. But it’s fate that lands her in the crumbling highlands castle of Ross Caithart. A dreamer with visions of inventing airships, he’s most certainly mad. Handsome beyond words, he’s also causing an irresistible flutter in her stomach beyond reason. When Gregory arrives to see their arranged marriage to its bitter end, Mercy desperately turns to Ross with an offer of her fortune—and her hand in marriage.
The Earl of Morton has a reputation for being a daredevil eccentric, but even he is hesitant to engage in such a rash proposition—no matter how utterly beguiled he is by the wildly independent American heiress. And yet, with so much at stake, how can he possibly say no? But when their unconventional union grows into a passionate and inseparable love, more than Gregory’s obsession threatens them. Now, Ross and Mercy will have to risk more than their hearts to save it.
To Wed An Heiress is the second book in the “All For Love” series and this book while not quite as wonderful in reading as the first book “To Love A Duchess” was still a wonderful and charming story that only can be delivered by Karen Ranney. Karen Ranney is a auto read author for me, I have adored relishing her stories for over ten years and To Wed An Heiress is no different. I really found this story so unique, I still didn’t see the connection between these two books in this series so this book can easily be read as a stand alone. I found this book to be so sweet and with great witty humor.
Mercy Rutherford, was raised in America, but even though she adores her parents who love her fiercely they are too stifling and she feels like she is a caged princess, she has the best of everything but she craves freedom. So she escapes a fiancee whom she abhors to the wild lands of Scotland with a precious treasure of wealth to give to her grandmother. She is looking forward to meeting her family in the Highlands, however, she knows that she may not be well received. But what she doesn’t expect to happen is to almost be killed by a flying contraption built by a inventor. Gregory, is the Earl of Morton, but also the only survivor of his clan and at odds with Mercy’s relatives where both families are in the middle of a feud.
There is a building tension that grows between Mercy and Gregory but there is also a explosion of chemistry that comes unexpected to both of them. And even though Mercy is drawn to Gregory, there are other factos involved that will put hurdles in their path to keep them from finding a way to be together. But both Mercy and Gregory are tenacious and stubborn and not about to give up on the love they feel for each other despite how forbidden their relationship is.
I found To Wed An Heiress to be a delightful and fun story and even though the pacing wasn’t quite as engaging as I was hoping for, it was still a fulfilling story and I was really pulled into their relationship. I adored both Gregory and Mercy. Both Gregory and Mercy have such strong personalities but beneath that strength lies courage and kindness. I love how compassionate both of them are. But their stubbornness knows no bounds which causes a chain reaction of delightful bantering that I guarantee will entertain any reader. I did love seeing them find their way to their happy ever after. We do get a few surprises and boy Mercy’s family is a piece of work. So much drama and angst that Mercy has to overcome and coming and discovering her own strength. At first I wasn’t sure how I liked Mercy, she tends to fade into the wall with the strong personalities of her family members until she finds her own dreams and realizing that she wants to fight for what she wants in life and once she begins fighting, her character really grew on me although it did take time for that to happen. Now our hero, Gregory, he is quite the sensitive sort at times, he is more reserved so it takes time before the reader really understands his character and he has his own reservations and fears that he has to overcome but I did enjoy seeing him realize the importance of fighting for the woman he loves and the life he wants for them both.
Overall I found To Wed An Heiress to be a delightful array of family feuding antics, lively bantering and a sensual sweet love tale to curl your toes!!