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Even a fortune forged in railroads and steel can't buy entrance into the upper echelons of Victorian high society—for that you need a marriage of convenience. American heiress August Crenshaw has aspirations. But unlike her peers, it isn't some stuffy British Lord she wants wrapped around her finger—it's Crenshaw Iron Works, the family business. When it's clear that August' Even a fortune forged in railroads and steel can't buy entrance into the upper echelons of Victorian high society—for that you need a marriage of convenience. American heiress August Crenshaw has aspirations. But unlike her peers, it isn't some stuffy British Lord she wants wrapped around her finger—it's Crenshaw Iron Works, the family business. When it's clear that August's outrageously progressive ways render her unsuitible for a respectable match, her parents offer up her younger sister to the highest entitled bidder instead. This simply will not do. August refuses to leave her sister to the mercy of a loveless marriage. Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild, has no intention of walking away from the marriage. He's recently inherited the title only to find his coffers empty, and with countless lives depending on him, he can't walk away from the fortune a Crenshaw heiress would bring him. But after meeting her fiery sister, he realizes Violet isn't the heiress he wants. He wants August, and he always gets what he wants. But August won't go peacefully to her fate. She decides to show Rothschild that she's no typical London wallflower. Little does she realize that every stunt she pulls to make him call off the wedding only makes him like her even more.


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Even a fortune forged in railroads and steel can't buy entrance into the upper echelons of Victorian high society—for that you need a marriage of convenience. American heiress August Crenshaw has aspirations. But unlike her peers, it isn't some stuffy British Lord she wants wrapped around her finger—it's Crenshaw Iron Works, the family business. When it's clear that August' Even a fortune forged in railroads and steel can't buy entrance into the upper echelons of Victorian high society—for that you need a marriage of convenience. American heiress August Crenshaw has aspirations. But unlike her peers, it isn't some stuffy British Lord she wants wrapped around her finger—it's Crenshaw Iron Works, the family business. When it's clear that August's outrageously progressive ways render her unsuitible for a respectable match, her parents offer up her younger sister to the highest entitled bidder instead. This simply will not do. August refuses to leave her sister to the mercy of a loveless marriage. Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild, has no intention of walking away from the marriage. He's recently inherited the title only to find his coffers empty, and with countless lives depending on him, he can't walk away from the fortune a Crenshaw heiress would bring him. But after meeting her fiery sister, he realizes Violet isn't the heiress he wants. He wants August, and he always gets what he wants. But August won't go peacefully to her fate. She decides to show Rothschild that she's no typical London wallflower. Little does she realize that every stunt she pulls to make him call off the wedding only makes him like her even more.

30 review for The Heiress Gets a Duke

  1. 5 out of 5

    Evie Dunmore

    I'm a sucker for dukes and men who know their way around a boxing ring. The Duke of Rothschild is a duke who boxes so I obviously had no choice but to root for him the moment he appeared on the scene. Headstrong August is his perfect match. The Heiress Gets a Duke is a charming delight and I can't wait for the next book from Harper St George's magical pen. I'm a sucker for dukes and men who know their way around a boxing ring. The Duke of Rothschild is a duke who boxes so I obviously had no choice but to root for him the moment he appeared on the scene. Headstrong August is his perfect match. The Heiress Gets a Duke is a charming delight and I can't wait for the next book from Harper St George's magical pen.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    There are many things American Heiress August Crenshaw dreams of but an arranged marriage with a penniless title-carrying, blue-blood stranger is not among them. August is no fading wallflower and has no need of a man . . . title or not. What she is is an intelligent, witty, progressive woman with an uncanny ability to analyze numbers and future investments and make profitable decisions for her family's company Crenshaw Iron Works. Her decisions and expertise have served to greatly increase her There are many things American Heiress August Crenshaw dreams of but an arranged marriage with a penniless title-carrying, blue-blood stranger is not among them. August is no fading wallflower and has no need of a man . . . title or not. What she is is an intelligent, witty, progressive woman with an uncanny ability to analyze numbers and future investments and make profitable decisions for her family's company Crenshaw Iron Works. Her decisions and expertise have served to greatly increase her family's wealth, and August has aspirations of taking over management of the company when her father steps down. Her brazen boldness is only tolerated because of the income she generates. Of course, this is all unheard of in Victorian England - a woman running a business? Making decisions? Surely they jest! As a result of "not playing by the rules", August is labeled "mannish" and totally unsuitable for a respectable marriage by cultural standards. And so, her family looks to marry off her younger sister Violet instead. What? Not on August's watch! Evan Sterling recently inherited the title of Duke of Rothschild, along with a stack of bills, empty coffers, and eviction notices. A lot of people depend on him, and it appears a marriage of convenience is the only thing that can save him now. While he hates the idea, his only hope is to marry into a wealthy family - his name and title for their financial support. He cringes at the thought of being shackled to a silly, witless girl for life, but it's time he stood up and did what must be done. However, when he's introduced to American Heiress Violet Crenshaw as a possible match, it's her fiery, outrageous, stubborn sister August that catches his eye and heats his blood. It just might be easier to tolerate being married if he can catch this intriguing creature. But first, he'll have to convince August that it's a match made in heaven. Best of luck! The Heiress Gets A Duke is a fantastic representation of everything I love about historical romance. The clash of wills, culture, social status, and gender expectations all woven into a delightful story I couldn't put down. The chemistry between Evan and August is fire and gasoline as flames ignite every time they get close. All in spite of the fact they loathe one another . . . they do, don't they? I was hoping from the beginning that this wouldn't be "just another love/hate romance" and believe me, it's not. Harper St. George has pinned an intriguing, seductive, heartwarming historical romance featuring complex characters who refuse to play the role they were born into. The Heiress Gets A Duke is a page-burner in more ways than one! It sizzles while evoking passion, fire and finally love. Highly recommended to fans of great romance no matter the time period. 4.5 Stars *Special thanks to Berkley Publ. and HF Virtual Book Tours for an arc of this book. **Posting on my blog, Cross My Heart Reviews on Feb. 8, 2021 during the Blog Tour.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Great story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love the twist on this historical romance. With an American family living in Britain, wealthy, and a curiosity, that certainly puts pressure on the marriage front for the sisters in this story. Enter the “mannish“ hard-working young lady who is quite taken with this wonderfully good looking man who just happens to be a Duke. However, she is not wanting nor willing to be married. But the sparks fly every time they see each other. It’s very interesting to me the rules t Great story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love the twist on this historical romance. With an American family living in Britain, wealthy, and a curiosity, that certainly puts pressure on the marriage front for the sisters in this story. Enter the “mannish“ hard-working young lady who is quite taken with this wonderfully good looking man who just happens to be a Duke. However, she is not wanting nor willing to be married. But the sparks fly every time they see each other. It’s very interesting to me the rules that apply to the Regency era. If you dance with someone too long or multiple times that’s indicative of intending to marry them. If you look at someone too long or talk to them one on one, it is a big to do. If a woman holds a job or runs a business, she’s not worthy of acceptance and is forced to choose between marriage and business. The author takes on some of these interesting “rules” of society in the story. She plays a delicate balance between Evan and August and the fact that he needs her but he also really wants her to be his wife. Enter negotiations on many levels. The connection between the two of them is fire. The conversations are not typical of a Regency romance. You can feel the heat and steam radiating in the push and pull of the story. You want to cheer Evan on for the chase and the determination to get what he wants, yet balance her needs and desires. With glitz and glamour working along with the cash-poor wealthy too, this story is interesting, engaging, and a unique romance that leaves you with a smile and a sigh. Well done! * copy received for review consideration Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/the-heiress-...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mimi Matthews

    A delightfully entertaining read, rich with romance, glamour, and lush Victorian detail. Harper St. George truly captures the spirt of the era. Her story features heroine August Crenshaw, a Gilded Age dollar princess with a head for business, and Evan Sterling, a dashing Duke who must marry well in order to replenish the empty coffers of his newly inherited estate. The characters are strong and independent minded, with great chemistry. I really enjoyed this one!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    An American railroad heiress, an English duke in need of funds, and an arranged marriage with a lot angst and chemistry than anyone is expecting. Plot/Pacing: ★★★ Characters: ★★★★ Drama: ★★★ Enjoyment: ★★★★ August Crenshaw is the oldest daughter of an American railroad tycoon. She's got a head for figures and enough ambition to hold her own... and yet. When her parents give her and her younger sister, Violet, the ultimatum that one of them must marry a duke in England... August can't believe it. Wil An American railroad heiress, an English duke in need of funds, and an arranged marriage with a lot angst and chemistry than anyone is expecting. Plot/Pacing: ★★★ Characters: ★★★★ Drama: ★★★ Enjoyment: ★★★★ August Crenshaw is the oldest daughter of an American railroad tycoon. She's got a head for figures and enough ambition to hold her own... and yet. When her parents give her and her younger sister, Violet, the ultimatum that one of them must marry a duke in England... August can't believe it. Will she have to compromise on her autonomy and freedom sooner than she planned? Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild, is up to his ears debt thanks to his father. Evan never planned on being the duke of the family and he certainly never planned on having to save his family from ruin, but here he is. When the Crenshaw family shows up in England in need of a title, Evan sees a way out. But then he meets August in an underground brawl in Whitechapel and one fated kiss will forever change the outcome... As August and Evan navigate the tangled landscape of England's Society, her parents expectations, and Evan's desire to win August on his own merit and not for his title, they find they might be in for more than they bargained for. I thoroughly enjoyed this debut. It had some refreshing twists on some old tropes and I LOVED how August's fierce need for independence shown through as both a positive trait AND a negative one. I know how bizarre that sounds, but hear me out—she's stubborn to the point of ignoring her own desires and the facts around her, and to be honest that bites her in the butt. I liked the realism of that, and how it made her character more human and less "perfect protagonist." There's also the perfect set up for the next novel, of course, with August's younger sister Violet in need of a duke of her own... Looking forward to reading that one too! Thank you to Berkley for my copy in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram

  6. 5 out of 5

    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    TITLE: THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE AUTHOR: HARPER ST GEORGE SERIES: The Gilded Age Heiresses RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2020 GENRE: Historical Romance THEMES & TROPES: Arranged Marriage RATING: 4 Stars CLIFFHANGER: No READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG A modern, bold heroine with a clever head on her shoulders. A hero who is just enough bad boy to give him the certain something that'll make you smile and swoon. An arranged marriage trope set in Victorian England. This is what you'll get when you read THE HEIRE TITLE: THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE AUTHOR: HARPER ST GEORGE SERIES: The Gilded Age Heiresses RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2020 GENRE: Historical Romance THEMES & TROPES: Arranged Marriage RATING: 4 Stars CLIFFHANGER: No READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG A modern, bold heroine with a clever head on her shoulders. A hero who is just enough bad boy to give him the certain something that'll make you smile and swoon. An arranged marriage trope set in Victorian England. This is what you'll get when you read THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE. Of course, it's a little more intricate than that. August is a headstrong, highly intelligent American woman who has to live by the norms of the 19th century. Her parents have gotten it into their heads to marry one of their daughters off to a British aristocrat. Any strong woman, ahead of her time like this heroine would balk at the notion and I commend August for fighting this really stupid idea for as long as she did and you knew even if she had to cave she wouldn't do it without a fight and getting the best deal out of it. I really loved August who didn't live by the rules of society and didn't care what other people thought of her. The only niggle I had was that she didn't tell her parents what she thought of them. How they broke her her trust in them. Evan stole my heart. Gah. Even though he inherited a ton of issues from his father, making it necessary to marry a rich heroine, he kept his mischievous, open disposition. His growth from a man who didn't consider the feelings of a woman who lost control of her own life to someone who actively listened and tried to understand what August was saying was huge. He was a delight to read about. "Forgive me for not understanding earlier?” He placed petal-soft kisses along her jaw and neck. “For not understanding what?” she whispered. “That I need you for you and not your wealth.” I admit that some parts of the story are a little on the slower side but it never got as bad that I found it boring. I also didn't care for some of the miscommunications that could have been solved by both of them actually saying what they felt. Then again without those it would have deprived me of an awesome ending. The sizzling chemistry between the characters was palpable and I adored their forth and back, their conversations, their getting closer and obvious care for one another. “Why me?” Her voice was quiet. “Because I have never met anyone like you. Because I want to know you. Because you challenge me. People in my world marry for much less. For money, land, a name. I want you for you, Miss Crenshaw. That is far more than most people get.” THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE is an engaging, wonderful historical romance that had me fall head over heels with both main characters. George St. Harper is a new-to-me author but I'll definitely grab the next in the Gilded Age Heiresses series which will be about August's sister and Evan's best friend. “I want you, August.” The intensity of his gaze only inches away burned into her. “I want the woman who fought me at every turn."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liber_Lady

    2.5 Stars ARC review CW: 1 two-page conversation on colonized India where Britishers weren't portrayed in bad light. As an Indian, it bothers me. Hero: Duke Evan is in a need of a rich wife to relieve him of his debt. He does not want to marry for money but he has tons of people relying on him. So, regrettably, he choses to go with the option of marrying. His mother brings in the recommendation of Violet Crenshaw, the younger Crenshaw sister. But the Duke is interested in the elder sister, August C 2.5 Stars ARC review CW: 1 two-page conversation on colonized India where Britishers weren't portrayed in bad light. As an Indian, it bothers me. Hero: Duke Evan is in a need of a rich wife to relieve him of his debt. He does not want to marry for money but he has tons of people relying on him. So, regrettably, he choses to go with the option of marrying. His mother brings in the recommendation of Violet Crenshaw, the younger Crenshaw sister. But the Duke is interested in the elder sister, August Crenshaw Heroine: August Crenshaw is the independent, intelligent and bold American daughter of a businessman. She has no plans to marry but she also does not want her parents to get her sister married for money. So, she goes about trying to convince the Duke to not pursue her sister. In the midst of that, she manages to capture the Duke's attention. Chemistry: These two really had strong chemistry. Their conversations were really good. I even laughed at a few instances. Story: The story was a little too slow for me. The entire conflict of the plot is the heroine's lack of will to marry and the hero's genuine interest in the heroine is shadowed by his need for money in exchange for marrying the heroine. On one hand, we slowly see the heroine melting toward the hero, but every time the conversation of marriage comes up, she closes up. And rightfully so. She does not want to lose her independence, her position in her father's company, her fortune to a man. But I also felt like there was just too much back and forth. Writing: The writing was okay for me. I might even say it was just too much description with not enough dialogues. Moreover, the inner monologues got too repetitive when the same conflict came up over and over and over again. We get it. You don't want to marry the duke. It got old for me. Sensitivity: There is a tiny part where there is a conversation on how the Britishers were falling behind in the construction of railways for India. And the heroine was shown wondering how the lack of railways could harm the Indians and their troubles of famine and drought. Being an Indian, this hurt me a little. Since our childhood, we have been studying in our history classes about the atrocities of the British. That particular line in the book implied that Britishers thought FOR Indians and felt any responsibility toward their benefit. But in reality, that is far from the truth. The famines and draughts mentioned are the results of the looting of people, resources, food, funds by the British. Moreover, Indians were only allowed to be crammed on top of one another in third class compartments with no toilet facilities. while the British traveled in luxury. To summarize, there is a lot of history and bad blood involved, and I'd rather not read about how Britishers felt any responsibility for the welfare of the people they had colonized. Even a word and even a sentence have the capacity to put a bad taste in one's mouth. Why write something that is not impacting the story? The author should have researched a little more on the "impact of railways in colonized Indian" to know the reality. Overall: Decent story. In the end, the conflict was not at all needed. I skimmed through the last 10% because I got tired of the same conversations and conflicts over and over again. And the new conflict in the last 5% was just unnecessary.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: The Heiress Gets a Duke Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #1 Author: Harper St. George Release date: January 26, 2021 Cliffhanger: no Genre:historical romance Ladies and gentlemen, I officially found a five star read. *throws confetti* It has been a dry spell to end all dry spells. Three months...not that I was counting. Don't get me wrong, I have had very good reads, but none that I felt enthusiastic enough to give a full five star rating. This book was everything I love about the genre with a Title: The Heiress Gets a Duke Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #1 Author: Harper St. George Release date: January 26, 2021 Cliffhanger: no Genre:historical romance Ladies and gentlemen, I officially found a five star read. *throws confetti* It has been a dry spell to end all dry spells. Three months...not that I was counting. Don't get me wrong, I have had very good reads, but none that I felt enthusiastic enough to give a full five star rating. This book was everything I love about the genre with a romance that made my heart go pitter patter. I appreciated the combination of a wealthy American heroine paired with an impoverished English Duke. The clash in culture, the contrast of their social status and the differences in gender expectations gave this couple a lot of interesting moments. August was a uniquely independent and intellectual heroine who was given the freedom to work at her father's company back home, but once her parents saw a potential title for the family dangled in front of them, (like the proverbial carrot) they rushed to sell her off faster than you can blink. The Crenshaws are swimming in money thanks to their company Crenshaw Iron Works. Unfortunately new money can't buy access into the world of the highest echelon of society-you have to be born into it. As new money, there were many families that did not include their name on the guest list. August had always known that this was a sore spot for her mother, but she had never allowed herself to believe that it would come to this. Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild is currently on the market for a wife just as the Crenshaws visit friends in England. After losing his father and older brother, the Duke inherits the crumbling estate, massive debt, and heavy responsibilities to his family and tenants. Coming to the realization that they are in dire straits, he makes the difficult decision to marry a Crenshaw heiress to save the family from complete ruin. He sacrifices himself not out of greed or laziness, but because he feels it's his only option after all of his other efforts have failed. I liked Evan right off the bat, and that never changed throughout the rest of the story. Even though he held all of the power pretty much from the beginning, he always took August's thoughts and feelings into consideration. He could have forced her to accept everything on his terms, but he chose to learn more about her and what would make her happy. Originally the "arrangement" had been decided that Evan would marry August's younger sister Violet. Though after meeting August, he's instantly intrigued and attracted. He decides that an arranged marriage won't be so bad if August is going to along for the ride, but she has other ideas. The two of them have a magnificent clash of wills as she tries to wiggle out of the wedding that would bring an end to her happy life as she knows it. She has a good head for math and evaluating potential investments, and this has been not only fulfilling, but given her her own financial freedom. Why in the world would she want to hand over everything she's earned to her husband, her American citizenship, and stop the work that she loves in order to solely take care of her husband's estates? She gets nothing out of the bargain while he gains everything. It's not that she's totally against the concept of marriage, but she wanted it to be later and to a man of her choosing. In the beginning of the book it seemed that her parents were progressive and loving in the way that they let her have the freedoms she did during that time. We discover later on that they are worse than despicable in their attitude towards both of their daughters. Money and status is placed at a higher priority than their children's happiness. And they never quite grasp the betrayal that they've inflicted on August. I do wish that they would have seen the error of their ways later, but unfortunately that never came to be. Evan's character was really fleshed out once August and her family visited him at his home. We finally get to dissect his insecurities and heartache which not only made me empathize with him, but it made me love him all the more. Evan had always lived in his brother's shadow as "the spare." He never felt intelligent enough, or worthy enough in his father's eyes. He never resented his brother, in fact, they were very close until his sudden passing. He spent every moment afterwards trying to reverse the damage his father had done to their finances without even allowing himself time to grieve. There was a really sweet moment between August and Evan when he opened himself up to her and left himself very vulnerable. It was a glimpse into the tenderness they could share if she allowed her life to take a new and unexpected direction into marriage. There were sun-kissed highlights in her hair, and the hazel of her eyes was swirled with grass green. Her creamy skin had a glow that showed a defiance of parasols. From now on when he thought of summer, he would think of her. This was a refreshing historical romance by a new to me author! The plot was tight without any holes or inconsistencies that nagged at me. If I had one constructive criticism it would be that August's brother was sort of two dimensional, but as a brief side character it wasn't all that important. The main component of the story is of course the romance between August and Evan which was in turns enchanting and emotional in all the ways that it should be. The characters were far from perfect but always relatable in a way that makes you care what happens to them, and to me, that's a trademark of a well written book. I'll be so excited to read Violet's story in The Devil and the Heiress next July. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  9. 5 out of 5

    book bruin

    I have been loving historical romances lately and was excited to start The Heiress Gets a Duke after reading the blurb. This was an entertaining historical romance with a bit of a twist. I really loved the banter and back and forth between August and Evan and their chemistry was wonderful. For better or for worse, they never backed down and they challenged each other throughout the book. August was a force to be reckoned with and I loved that she stayed true to herself and her own dreams. Yes, t I have been loving historical romances lately and was excited to start The Heiress Gets a Duke after reading the blurb. This was an entertaining historical romance with a bit of a twist. I really loved the banter and back and forth between August and Evan and their chemistry was wonderful. For better or for worse, they never backed down and they challenged each other throughout the book. August was a force to be reckoned with and I loved that she stayed true to herself and her own dreams. Yes, there were communication issues and misunderstandings along the way, but for the most part there wasn't a ton of angst in this one. The overall pacing was slow however, and it made the novel feel a bit too long. Things picked up in the last third or so of the book, but I wasn't a fan of the OW drama that arose late in the story. The final resolution felt rushed and left me wanting more. The secondary characters were great and played their roles perfectly, especially Mr. and Mrs. Crenshaw. I don't think I could have despised them more! I'm curious to see how Violet and Leigh's story unfolds and even Max has piqued my interest. Overall, this was an entertaining novel that historical romance fans will enjoy. *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    This is a classic Historical Romance story. The heroine is American, rich, smart, and very likable. The hero is handsome, titled and desperately poor. A match made - no problem, right? Wrong! It was quite a long journey for these two and the HEA was worth the trip. August Crenshaw has helped her father and brother run Crenshaw Iron Works and the family has been extremely successful, so successful that the family is now is England in the market for a title, willing to spend whatever it takes to se This is a classic Historical Romance story. The heroine is American, rich, smart, and very likable. The hero is handsome, titled and desperately poor. A match made - no problem, right? Wrong! It was quite a long journey for these two and the HEA was worth the trip. August Crenshaw has helped her father and brother run Crenshaw Iron Works and the family has been extremely successful, so successful that the family is now is England in the market for a title, willing to spend whatever it takes to secure one, the higher the better. A Prince would be fantastic, but a Duke would do. Lucky for August her sister is the Crenshaw female on the auction block, not her. But, August loves her sister, Violet, and is not going to let her be sold into a loveless marriage just to satisfy her parents desire for a title. Enter Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild, as the second son, he was always a disappointment to his father, then his older brother died and the old duke was stuck with Evan as his heir. When the duke died and Evan has to confront just how badly his father has managed his estate, well, let's just say it hasn't been a good year for the formally carefree Evan. Marriage for money, a lot of money, is his only way out of this bad situation. When August and Evan meet, sparks fly and realizes that he could never be happy with the beautiful, sweet Violet. He wants the fiery tempered August. Now, he just has to convince her that she wants him just as much.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tabatha (tab.talks.books)

    This book had allll the Victorian romance bells and whistles lemme tell ya! I absolutely loved August & Evans love story. An enemies to lovers, if you will. I loved the sister and the Leigh—which will be explored in the second book. It starts off with a wealthy American heiress (August) who is strong willed and part of the Iron Works business — gets tangled up with a Duke who is drowning in debt after his father passes leaving him with a mess to clean up. It ends marvelously, take that how you ma This book had allll the Victorian romance bells and whistles lemme tell ya! I absolutely loved August & Evans love story. An enemies to lovers, if you will. I loved the sister and the Leigh—which will be explored in the second book. It starts off with a wealthy American heiress (August) who is strong willed and part of the Iron Works business — gets tangled up with a Duke who is drowning in debt after his father passes leaving him with a mess to clean up. It ends marvelously, take that how you may.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    August Crenshaw, heiress to the Crenshaw Iron Works, has a head for business, particularly numbers, and the ton thinks her mannish. Not that she cares. Having witnessed the unwelcome marriages, females of the ton have endured she is pleased to be an American. That is until her parents announce they’ve agreed to an arranged marriage for her younger sister to Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild. She will not stand for it, especially when she realizes she knows him…. I love a headstrong female and August Crenshaw, heiress to the Crenshaw Iron Works, has a head for business, particularly numbers, and the ton thinks her mannish. Not that she cares. Having witnessed the unwelcome marriages, females of the ton have endured she is pleased to be an American. That is until her parents announce they’ve agreed to an arranged marriage for her younger sister to Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild. She will not stand for it, especially when she realizes she knows him…. I love a headstrong female and a noble Duke. The Earl of Sterling’s affairs are in dire straits, thanks in part to his late father. In fact, he has been keeping the creditors at bay by fighting in disguise in White Chapel. He is known on the streets as the “Hellion.” I loved each encounter between August and the Duke. The chemistry was electric and the banter positively delicious. The Duke is taken aback by her forthright manner and is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. August of course doesn’t want to give up her freedom, and in attempting to save her sister, she puts herself directly in the Dukes crosshairs. What makes the Duke swoon-worthy is how he sought to win her favor. I laughed, swooned and got frustrated when miscommunication and noble ideals got in the way. Sometimes I longed to lock this couple in a closet until they worked it out. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT SHITTY DUKE BOOK WITH A FAKE ASS FEMINIST AND A MALE LEAD WHO WANTS HER AS A MISTRESS. Ladies, this book is so god damn good. Like, Evan is the best. He literally did not want her to not stop working with her father while he pursued a relationship with her. My god, I am going to go on a rant. I need sleep. Better review to come! EDIT: Okay. So I wrote the above when I was coming off a book high. Do you remember that one book that came out a year or two ago? Bringing Down th SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT SHITTY DUKE BOOK WITH A FAKE ASS FEMINIST AND A MALE LEAD WHO WANTS HER AS A MISTRESS. Ladies, this book is so god damn good. Like, Evan is the best. He literally did not want her to not stop working with her father while he pursued a relationship with her. My god, I am going to go on a rant. I need sleep. Better review to come! EDIT: Okay. So I wrote the above when I was coming off a book high. Do you remember that one book that came out a year or two ago? Bringing Down the Duke I wrote a nice review about how the main character is an abusive piece of shit and gives not a fuck about women's rights or the woman he wanted to make a mistress. This book, The Heiress Gets a Duke? This is the book you should be reading. The SUPERIOR book. The book that has a male lead who not only RESPECTS his lady, but doesn't want to marry her because she would loose her position in her father's company if they did get married (and if she doesn't marry him, she would loose it). Like, this guy is absolutely amazing and I was rooting for him and her to get together. The main character is amazing, and she is written amazingly too. She is level headed, smart, kind, and not afraid of being herself. She gets called manish (because she has a job) and she is 25, but damn, I loved her. This book had some heated romance scenes in them. Unlike Bringing Down the Duke, our female lead does not get abused or coerced into them. She makes the decisions herself or at the same time as the lead. I am so excited to get a sequel focusing on the sister. I loved her too and I hope her man is just as good as Evan.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bruno

    Not only is this cover stunning, the story is just as amazing! I am a sucker for books that feature unconventional women who are tough as nails and confident in their abilities, and I got that and then some with August Crenshaw! Unlike many women in her day, August doesn't care for the finer things in life or even thinking of marriage. She has seen what an unwanted marriage has done to her best friend and she doesn't want that for herself. Instead, she spends her days helping to run Crenshaw Iron Not only is this cover stunning, the story is just as amazing! I am a sucker for books that feature unconventional women who are tough as nails and confident in their abilities, and I got that and then some with August Crenshaw! Unlike many women in her day, August doesn't care for the finer things in life or even thinking of marriage. She has seen what an unwanted marriage has done to her best friend and she doesn't want that for herself. Instead, she spends her days helping to run Crenshaw Iron Works, which her grandfather started, and of which she is an heiress of the estate. She is rational, intelligent, and has a mind for business. I adored her! August's family, while rich, are still on the outside of the London social circles. "New money" doesn't buy you into that world, but marriage to a member of the English Aristocracy will. Enter Evan Sterling. Evan is the new Duke of Rothschild after the recent passing of his father. Their estate is in dire straights and greatly in debt. Evan must find a rich bride in order to save his family and their standing in society. From their accidental first meeting and throughout the book the chemistry between August and Evan are off the charts! This is the first book in Harper St. George's Gilded Age Heiress series and I cannot wait for the next installment! You will fall in love with George's writing and I can guarantee that you will fall hard for August and Evan!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    Between that cover and the synopsis, there was no way I was going to skip this book and thankfully, it delivered. I loved August and Evan. She’s independent and stubborn. He’s charming and honorable. Together they have instant banter and chemistry. I loved reading their exchanges and could have done with a million more scenes. I especially enjoyed Violet and the set up for the next book. Plot wise, it was good. There was honest conversation and loads of kissing and a set of dismissive parents I Between that cover and the synopsis, there was no way I was going to skip this book and thankfully, it delivered. I loved August and Evan. She’s independent and stubborn. He’s charming and honorable. Together they have instant banter and chemistry. I loved reading their exchanges and could have done with a million more scenes. I especially enjoyed Violet and the set up for the next book. Plot wise, it was good. There was honest conversation and loads of kissing and a set of dismissive parents I would like to shake. I wish there had been an epilogue or more at the end because while the conflict was slight and resolved quickly, I wanted a lot more from their HEA. Overall, these characters hooked me right from the start and I can’t wait for the next story in the series. **Huge thanks to Berkley for providing the arc free of charge**

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (the naptime writer)

    Thanks to Berkley Pub for my complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own. I’m all about an independent, business-minded heroine who would rather not marry a Duke, thankyouverymuch! Harper St. George’s The Heiress Gets a Duke offers that plus an aristocratic hero who *shudder* has to “work” to get his intended bride to accept his suit & some sweet & sexy moments between the two. American August Crenshaw & her family are temporarily in London to visit a friend when her wealthy parents annou Thanks to Berkley Pub for my complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own. I’m all about an independent, business-minded heroine who would rather not marry a Duke, thankyouverymuch! Harper St. George’s The Heiress Gets a Duke offers that plus an aristocratic hero who *shudder* has to “work” to get his intended bride to accept his suit & some sweet & sexy moments between the two. American August Crenshaw & her family are temporarily in London to visit a friend when her wealthy parents announce that they’re marrying off her younger, more conventional sister to a penniless, arrogant Duke. Evan Sterling, said Duke, does not want to marry but he must to save the people who depend on him & to live that Big D—Duke, silly—life to which he is accustomed. But saucy August—who wants to help run her family’s company, Crenshaw Iron Works, & who decidedly does not want to marry—is the Crenshaw who catches his eye. The fortune-hunting hero/American heiress pairing isn’t one that I’ve encountered a lot before & it complicates the dynamic between Evan & August in an intriguing way. The set-downs August lays, the fact that she basically laughs in his face at his arrogance, gave me a lot of pleasure ;), & the vulnerable moment Evan has when he shares his grief over his brother is touching. But I think my biggest quibble with the romance is that it doesn’t feel that truly romantic to me. The hero & heroine are both quite resistant toward marriage well into the book, & though their resistance wears down, their romance arc is never assertive enough. Persuasive enough. Without offering any specific spoilers, it just feels lackluster to me. Please also note there is reference to Crenshaw Iron Work’s possible expansion into India, a moment that @liber_lady explores in greater detail in her own review. The Heiress Gets a Duke is an interesting read with a heroine who wants to make her mark on the world & the cover is truly ravishing, but unfortunately the romance falls flat for me. 3 ⭐️. The Heiress Gets a Duke is available now.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #1 Publication Date: 1/26/2021 Number of Pages: 320 This is my first book by this author, but it definitely won’t be my last. The writing is excellent, the plot and delivery are perfectly timed, and the main characters are both relatable and likable. Usually, we see some rake of a titled bachelor happily dodging matchmaking mamas and their daughters – or we see a lovely innocent young woman being sold off to the highest bidder in the marriage mart. In this story, we Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #1 Publication Date: 1/26/2021 Number of Pages: 320 This is my first book by this author, but it definitely won’t be my last. The writing is excellent, the plot and delivery are perfectly timed, and the main characters are both relatable and likable. Usually, we see some rake of a titled bachelor happily dodging matchmaking mamas and their daughters – or we see a lovely innocent young woman being sold off to the highest bidder in the marriage mart. In this story, we see the marriage mart from the male side as well as the female. Both are made to feel like bits of horseflesh up for sale at Tattersalls. American Griswold Crenshaw, owner of Crenshaw Iron Works, is rich as Croesus, and he has brought his wife and two daughters, Violet and August, to London to enjoy the season while he makes some business deals. Things are going along swimmingly until he and his wife learn of a pockets-to-let duke who could be persuaded to marry his daughter Violet. It would take a bit of collusion with the duke’s mother to get him to do it, but Violet wouldn’t have a choice. The green-eyed-monster has struck at the Crenshaw home, so why not buy themselves a duke. Viewed by society as “mannish”, August Crenshaw is a bluestocking who loves working with her father. She loves seeing that contracts are correct, that the books are balanced, and well … just everything about business. She cannot believe that her father would sell off her younger sister just to gain an English title in the family. She is incensed and wastes no time in telling both of her parents and the duke exactly what she thinks about the whole transaction. She’ll do whatever she can to save her sister from that fate. However, her success comes at a cost when the duke ignores her sister and focuses on her. Uh Oh! Evan Sterling, Duke of Rothschild, wasn’t meant to be the duke – nor did he want to be – yet, here he is. After the death of his much-loved brother, he became the heir – and then the duke. After his father’s death a year ago, it was a shock to learn that the estate was totally insolvent. Not a farthing to be had. Evan has done all he can to keep things afloat – he has even been bare-knuckle brawling to earn money. Things are critical with his twin sisters needing a come-out next year and his entailed estates falling down around his ears. He doesn’t want a bride at all right now, but he definitely doesn’t want one simply for her fortune. However, he is a man of his time and agrees to marry the Crenshaw heiress. He has seen – and maybe admired – the older Crenshaw sister and assumes that is who his mother has chosen. Except – when he is introduced, he discovers that isn’t the case. Oh! My! I loved Evan and Autumn and I loved that they both spoke openly and honestly with each other. There wasn’t any of the angsty holding back of what they really wanted to say while thinking he/she must have meant this or that. They said what they had to say frankly and openly. I loved that. But then, at a critical point, “The Great Misunderstanding” point, they both chose NOT to say what they meant. That wasn’t my favorite part of the book. However, once they came to their senses they made up for lost time. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I hope you will give it a try and enjoy it as much as I did. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Asheley

    4.5/5 August Crenshaw is heiress to the wildly successful Crenshaw Iron Works. She holds a position in the company and loves her work. She probably should be thinking about marrying, but she doesn't really want to as she would be expected to quit her job and manage her household. London society and social circles back home in America all gossip about her and think her "mannish." Evan Sterling, Duke of Rothschild, inherited his father's estate and his massive debt. He desperately needs to come up 4.5/5 August Crenshaw is heiress to the wildly successful Crenshaw Iron Works. She holds a position in the company and loves her work. She probably should be thinking about marrying, but she doesn't really want to as she would be expected to quit her job and manage her household. London society and social circles back home in America all gossip about her and think her "mannish." Evan Sterling, Duke of Rothschild, inherited his father's estate and his massive debt. He desperately needs to come up with some cash so he can make much-needed repairs to his homes and buildings, upgrade his farm equipment, and provide adequate wardrobes for his mother and sisters. Evan has been bareknuckle boxing in secrecy, trying to earn some money to keep things afloat, but he learns that he must marry-and soon-or he stands to lose much of what his family owns. August first encounters Evan when she sneaks into one of his boxing matches. Before long, their two families and the rest of the London social scene are expecting an engagement announcement. I love everything about this "handsome Duke marries wealthy American heiress" story. I love reading about the high society and norms from this time. August's parents tell her that she will be betrothed to Evan, which will make her Duchess and increase her social standing (and the standing of her father's business!). Evan stands to gain a lot of money out of their marriage, which will mean he can be rid of the debt he inherited and begin to make improvements to the lives of the people that are employed by his estate. August's independence, smarts, and stubbornness provide a lot of tension up against Evan's feelings of admiration toward her. The very things that make her the subject of gossip are the things he likes most about her: her desire to be heard, her choice to keep working, her intellect and expertise in the way of finance and management. The growing attraction between them is exquisitely timed (swoon!), but August continues to maintain that she will not marry Evan. Initially it is because she can't imagine giving away her job and her money; eventually it's really simply because she doesn't want to be told who to marry. There is so much good, delicious chemistry in this story. All of the restraints placed on romances during this time make time alone quite forbidden, so watching these two maneuver around family and house staff to steal a few minutes alone is so much fun to read. I LOVE the way the two have fruitful and meaningful conversations about their feelings and their futures. I LOVE the way Evan is determined that August will have some say in her life and make her own choices. But the very best thing about this story is the way Evan pursued August. Historical romances are so sexy when the man respects the woman he wants to marry and when allows her to make choices for herself. Evan is determined to turn August's heart to him, so that she will choose to marry him willingly, and he refuses to make any announcements until he has her heart. Watching her take her time with her decision is so, so good. I loved this entire story. Once I started reading, I never wanted to stop and I found myself putting off chores and work so I could read just one more chapter. I SO wish I had the next book in my hands but until then I see that Harper St. George has a nice historical romance backlist that I want to check out. Many thanks to Berkley Publishing for allowing me to read this absolute GEM of a historical romance. I was provided a digital advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't required to write a positive review, but I did because I liked it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am going to be completely honest with you: I requested this ARC because of the gorgeous cover. I need a dress like that in my life, please and thank you. American heiress August Crenshaw is not looking to get married any time soon. When August's parents force a courtship between her younger sister and an impoverished Duke, August is determined to protect her sister from the fortune hunter. Evan Sterling was not supposed to be t I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am going to be completely honest with you: I requested this ARC because of the gorgeous cover. I need a dress like that in my life, please and thank you. American heiress August Crenshaw is not looking to get married any time soon. When August's parents force a courtship between her younger sister and an impoverished Duke, August is determined to protect her sister from the fortune hunter. Evan Sterling was not supposed to be the Duke of Rothschild. That title belonged to his brother. But now that both his older brother and father are dead, Evan's estate is saddled with debt and he has no choice but to marry an heiress, even an American one. It turns out that Evan is actually interested in August, not her younger sister. But August does not want to marry at this point in her life because she is more interested in continuing her work at her family company. The first 35% of this book is boring. The meet cute was fun enough for me to keep going, but it took me a while to actually become invested in August and Evan. I was worried this book would be a total loss because for the longest time, everything just felt so flat and basic. Luckily, the story and the romance both picked up at the 35% mark, right after the couple's first waltz together. I became a lot more invested at that point. The book steadily improves from then on, but the ending kind of falters a bit. Evan spends a good portion of the story convincing August to marry him. August, on the other hand, does not want to give up her job for Evan. Which is understandable, but it does get really repetitive. It also takes August a while to see that Evan is genuinely interested in improving the lives of the people who depend on him. As for Evan, he eventually realizes that he wants August not for her money, but because he genuinely likes her. The build up of sexual tension is pretty good and the steam level is perfect. But it's the emotional intimacy that really pulled me in. There's this amazing scene between August and Evan where Evan's walls are completely down and he allows himself to be emotionally vulnerable to August. The emotional depth of that scene is exactly what I was looking for in their relationship and it is easily my favourite scene in the entire book. Overall, not a bad historical romance. I'm glad I pushed through and continued reading. I am intrigued enough about the supporting characters to want to continue this series. Violet and the Earl of Leigh are next!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bex | TotallyBex.com

    ★★ 4.5 stars! ★★ Let’s start with that gorgeous cover and intriguing blurb, shall we?  They were what initially attracted me to this book, after all.  However, once I dove into the story, I was immediately pulled into Victorian England, where a headstrong American woman meets her match with the enigmatic Duke of Rothschild. The Heiress Gets a Duke is a bit of a twist on the usual historical romance tropes because August is an American woman in a man’s world, conforming to British rules—but is stil ★★ 4.5 stars! ★★ Let’s start with that gorgeous cover and intriguing blurb, shall we?  They were what initially attracted me to this book, after all.  However, once I dove into the story, I was immediately pulled into Victorian England, where a headstrong American woman meets her match with the enigmatic Duke of Rothschild. The Heiress Gets a Duke is a bit of a twist on the usual historical romance tropes because August is an American woman in a man’s world, conforming to British rules—but is still subject to being ‘sold off’ to a titled husband in need of a cash infusion.  August knows what she wants, she’s intelligent and good with numbers, and she doesn’t want to give up her dreams in the business world to become a wife.  When a duke is in need of a wife, she takes one for the team and keeps him from marrying her sister.  August’s sacrifice isn’t without major negotiations and filibustering along the way. Evan Sterling, the unintentional duke, inherited a world of problems from his absentee father.  Not the least of which is a mountain of debt, a mother and sisters dependent upon him, plus the fact that he secretly likes to brawl for extra cash.  The pressure on Evan is enormous, but once he meets August, being forced to marry for financial gain doesn’t seem quite so oppressive and daunting. The bickering and private liaisons between August and Evan are the best part of this book.  They have electric chemistry, and their verbal sparring is the best kind of foreplay.  August is so fiercely independent that most men would find her too much to handle—which is why Evan is the perfect partner for her. I loved seeing them walk the line between propriety and attraction, fighting it — and each other — all the while. I really enjoyed this charming and entertaining debut as well as Ms. Harper’s writing style, and I am already looking forward to reading the next book in the series. ▸ ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. ▸ Purchase: Amazon US | Kobo | Apple Books ▸ For more reviews, visit http://www.totallybex.com

  21. 5 out of 5

    Readaholic Book Reviews

    August Crenshaw works for her father's company Crenshaw Iron Works and she is content. She has been working hard and is showing her father how dedicated she is in furthering the family company. Evan Sterling, Duke of Rothschild is in debt. His father recently passed and left all of the debt for Evan to sort out. Evan never thought he would be the one shouldering the burden, but he has to find a way to save the estate. When a marriage proposal comes from the wealthy American Crenshaw family, Evan August Crenshaw works for her father's company Crenshaw Iron Works and she is content. She has been working hard and is showing her father how dedicated she is in furthering the family company. Evan Sterling, Duke of Rothschild is in debt. His father recently passed and left all of the debt for Evan to sort out. Evan never thought he would be the one shouldering the burden, but he has to find a way to save the estate. When a marriage proposal comes from the wealthy American Crenshaw family, Evan is told that this will be the best way to help the failing estate. A marriage with the wealthy family will help to relieve Evan of his debts. Evan is also intrigued in getting to know August Crenshaw better after a brief interaction with her. Evan is under the assumption that the heiress he would be marrying would be August. Turns out the heiress everyone had planned for Evan to marry was Violet - the younger Crenshaw sister. Evan makes it plain that it is August he wants to marry. But August isn't so quick to marry Evan. What will happen of her position at Crenshaw Iron Works. How could she keep working if she is a duchess. And more importantly - her choice in the marriage is taken away from her. She has no plans to marry the arrogant Duke of Rothschild. Will Evan be able to sway August? I enjoyed The Heiress Gets a Duke! I really liked the chemistry between Evan and August - it was sizzling from the get go. I LOVED their meet cute and their constant bantering was so perfect! August challenges Evan and it was so apparent how much Evan cared for August and her feelings. I absolutely loved the scenes between August and Evan. I do feel that there was a lot of inner monologue as well as a lot of situations that kept Evan and August apart. I wish that there were more scenes with the two of them together. Overall I really enjoyed this debut by Harper St. George! I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

    The Duke of Rothschild should have it all except for the fact that his family is drowning in debt, thanks to his deceased father's mismanagement of the family money. It's the Gilded Age, so that means his best bet of preserving his family's wealth is to marry an American heiress as this is the current trend. If he can't do this, not only does he lose his wealth, status, and estate, his mother and sisters do as well, so a lot is riding on his possible engagement. But the question is whom to marry The Duke of Rothschild should have it all except for the fact that his family is drowning in debt, thanks to his deceased father's mismanagement of the family money. It's the Gilded Age, so that means his best bet of preserving his family's wealth is to marry an American heiress as this is the current trend. If he can't do this, not only does he lose his wealth, status, and estate, his mother and sisters do as well, so a lot is riding on his possible engagement. But the question is whom to marry? His mother thinks Violet Crenshaw, an American heiress, would be the solution to their problems. Even though Violet's parents have pretty much offered her up to a myriad of suitors, one might ask why her older sister, August, isn't in the market for a husband. Violet is deemed a much more acceptable option, whereas August is a nonconformist, not to mention the fact that she helps her father with the family business at Crenshaw Iron Works. This is unheard of for the time period. When Violet realizes that the Duke of Rothschild, Evan Sterling, might have his eye on her, Violet makes it clear that her heart belongs to another. While August tries to help her sister get out of this mess, she spends time getting to know Evan. She realizes that not only did she meet him before, but she finds herself doing the unimaginable. She is starting to fall for Evan! The story unfolds with more drama between the two and many big decisions need to be made. The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George is a delightful romance novel that's perfect for fans of Bridgerton. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Delirious Disquisitions

    There is nothing more painful than reading through a disspointing books. Specially when you had such high hopes for it! I mean look at that gorgeous cover! Look at the synopsis! So many potentials for high jinks! We could have had something special here. Instead, I felt nothing reading this. The potential is all there and yet it was like was watching the events through thick, foggy glass: everything felt so muffled and just slightly distorted. The charcaters were 2 dimensional with traits in the There is nothing more painful than reading through a disspointing books. Specially when you had such high hopes for it! I mean look at that gorgeous cover! Look at the synopsis! So many potentials for high jinks! We could have had something special here. Instead, I felt nothing reading this. The potential is all there and yet it was like was watching the events through thick, foggy glass: everything felt so muffled and just slightly distorted. The charcaters were 2 dimensional with traits in the place of actual personalities. The parents were cartoonisly villainous. The heroine was such an entitled, naive little snowflake i could not take her seriously. Mostly, this plot just went around in circles with her saying no to marriage while also doing everything that clearly indicated she wanted to be married. There was also zero chemistry between the leads. The last misunderstanding trope was just tok much for me so I'm bumping it into a 2 stars instead of 2.5. Overall, this bored me to tears and I dont care about the charcaters enough to read the spinoff.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Amazing!! This is my first Harper St. George and it certainly won't be my last. I loved everything about this! August and Evan were perfect. Harper's writing is beautiful and while I am not an expert on the Victorian area, other than a healthy interest in Victorian/Gilded Age period dramas and historical romances, everything felt very researched and informed - which is something I sometimes struggle with historicals. I'm so over the moon about The Heiress Gets a Duke, I cannot wait for the next Amazing!! This is my first Harper St. George and it certainly won't be my last. I loved everything about this! August and Evan were perfect. Harper's writing is beautiful and while I am not an expert on the Victorian area, other than a healthy interest in Victorian/Gilded Age period dramas and historical romances, everything felt very researched and informed - which is something I sometimes struggle with historicals. I'm so over the moon about The Heiress Gets a Duke, I cannot wait for the next installment in the series (but I'm thankful I have all of Harper's back catalogue to work though during this new national lockdown!) I will update this with my actual review closer to publication :) (keep an eye out February 15th!) I was provided an ARC of this book via the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    The gorgeous cover instantly drew me to this novel, combined with the promised marriage of convenience trope during the Gilded Age. It delivers on this setup, with a clever romance, a wonderfully depicted setting, an intelligent and progressive heroine, and a dashing hero. I loved how Evan’s façade of charm concealed a selfless brother and son trying to prove himself in a role he didn’t feel qualified for. He was in a humble position for a hero, in need of a fortune to redeem his heritage. BUT, The gorgeous cover instantly drew me to this novel, combined with the promised marriage of convenience trope during the Gilded Age. It delivers on this setup, with a clever romance, a wonderfully depicted setting, an intelligent and progressive heroine, and a dashing hero. I loved how Evan’s façade of charm concealed a selfless brother and son trying to prove himself in a role he didn’t feel qualified for. He was in a humble position for a hero, in need of a fortune to redeem his heritage. BUT, what he really needs is August herself to challenge him to his potential and to manage life side by side. I really LOVED the banter between Evan and August! When these two were close to admitting they might be right for each other, they faced some surprises. I particularly liked the “negotiations before romance” aspect at that point in the story – it was charming. August was a capable heroine, and I appreciated how she was portrayed as a balance of smart in business yet wholeheartedly feminine. August’s relationship with her sister, Violet, was great, too. I hope her happily-ever-after is featured in the next book in this series! **content note: some mild to strong expletives throughout. Definitely an “open door” romance, with a couple moderately detailed sexual scenes. Personally, I would have liked this to have been less explicit.** Thank you to Netgalley for the review copy. This is my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    I am a big historical romance reader and Heiress has been on my radar for a long time. I was very excited to get the chance to read and review. I loved Evan and how much he cared for his family and his responsibilities and for August. I liked August's determination and how well she knew herself and her wants out of life through the book. I did struggle with liking August. I have a hard time with characters who seem to make their life harder for no reason and I felt like she often was trying to b I am a big historical romance reader and Heiress has been on my radar for a long time. I was very excited to get the chance to read and review. I loved Evan and how much he cared for his family and his responsibilities and for August. I liked August's determination and how well she knew herself and her wants out of life through the book. I did struggle with liking August. I have a hard time with characters who seem to make their life harder for no reason and I felt like she often was trying to be difficult without listening to reason. The story was good and the romance was great, but I wish that I would have liked her a little more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    The Heiress Gets a Duke The Gilded Age Heiresses Series #1 Harper St George https://m.facebook.com/harperstgeorge Release Date 01/26/2021 Publisher Berkley 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Even a fortune forged in railroads and steel can't buy entrance into the upper echelons of Victorian high society--for that you need a marriage of convenience. American heiress August Crenshaw has aspirations. But unlike her peers, it isn't some stuffy British Lord she wants wrapped around her finger--it's Crenshaw Iron Works, the family busi The Heiress Gets a Duke The Gilded Age Heiresses Series #1 Harper St George https://m.facebook.com/harperstgeorge Release Date 01/26/2021 Publisher Berkley 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Even a fortune forged in railroads and steel can't buy entrance into the upper echelons of Victorian high society--for that you need a marriage of convenience. American heiress August Crenshaw has aspirations. But unlike her peers, it isn't some stuffy British Lord she wants wrapped around her finger--it's Crenshaw Iron Works, the family business. When it's clear that August's outrageously progressive ways render her unsuitable for a respectable match, her parents offer up her younger sister to the highest entitled bidder instead. This simply will not do. August refuses to leave her sister to the mercy of a loveless marriage. Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild, has no intention of walking away from the marriage. He's recently inherited the title only to find his coffers empty, and with countless lives depending on him, he can't walk away from the fortune a Crenshaw heiress would bring him. But after meeting her fiery sister, he realizes Violet isn't the heiress he wants. He wants August, and he always gets what he wants. But August won't go peacefully to her fate. She decides to show Rothschild that she's no typical London wallflower. Little does she realize that every stunt she pulls to make him call off the wedding only makes him like her even more. 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 To be able to make their own and right choice I came to know the author for her medieval romances for Harlequin, so jumping to the Victorian era was quite a leap. Funny it is the second book in a few days I read about those “ dollar princesses “ sold (as there no other word than this one) to destitute but titled peers. But the similarities stop there. August is no willing participant in this twisted market, she wants to continue to live the life as she has always known it. Working for her father’s business, free from any other burden. Yet whatever she thought about her parents’ affection, the pull of recognition among a different crowd comes to change them too. The predatory skills her father uses in the office extends now to the ballrooms if he can reach a new realm through his daughters’ prospective spouses. Mercenary but so convenient. Why August will go from disappointment to disillusionment. She will learn not everything is as she believes it to be. Her parents can be deceiving and the man she was ready to dislike a happy surprise. Evan was never meant to be the Duke, his sire often reminding him of his many failing. But life made a different choice. So when the burden fell on his shoulders, he felt lost, and even in rolling up his sleeves, it seems an endless and desperate task. Every course he takes is never enough so he must listen to reason. His only chance to salvage what can be is seeking one of these wealthy women on the market for a title. Luckily for him, he is a Duke. Yet soon he will become disenchanted, the other party is no voluntary contestant. When he thought it would be easy, as his auctioned bride is one who intrigues him. She does not treat him like a lowly peer, she is blunt and honest. And the more she shows her true colors, the more he falls for her. She is one woman who will challenge him at every turn, who will not accept orders or nos without disputing it. Together they could accomplish grand things, if she might allow him to pierce a bit of her armor. She fights everyone of his attack and tries to anticipate his every moves, why she is taken a a k when he offers her a truce with a back door. Evan from the beginning acknowledges his feelings, even if he does not name them, his willingness to see her making her own choice screams the depth of his sentiments. And while he does not control the world unraveling around them, he is genuine in his care for her, if only he has the right words to convince her. At time I would have shakes some senses in them! August is the one refusing to see reason, she in her ingenuousness blinds herself to the reality of life and what might be expected from her. She fools herself, refusing to see her one ally is not where she would have foreseen it. And as she is the one who has the most to loose, she will also have the long way to go. 5 stars 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 onscreen detailed foreplay and lovemaking scenes. I have been granted an advance copy by the author and publisher Berkley, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Natasha is a Book Junkie

    “For centuries, wealthy heiresses have been lining up to marry dukes. Why am I the one who has to go crawling on his knees to one?” “Because you are the one who has chosen a difficult bride.” Class and privilege of the Victorian Era are joined together in transactional matrimony with the excess and opulence of the American Gilded Age in Harper St. George’s exquisite new tale of a marriage of convenience that becomes something more. Inspired by the late nineteenth-century real-life saga “For centuries, wealthy heiresses have been lining up to marry dukes. Why am I the one who has to go crawling on his knees to one?” “Because you are the one who has chosen a difficult bride.” Class and privilege of the Victorian Era are joined together in transactional matrimony with the excess and opulence of the American Gilded Age in Harper St. George’s exquisite new tale of a marriage of convenience that becomes something more. Inspired by the late nineteenth-century real-life sagas of wealthy American heiresses marrying title-rich but cash-poor British noblemen, this is the story of just such a “dollar princess”, whose parents, in hopes of elevating their own social fortune, offer their daughter’s hand in marriage to an impoverished duke. But shackling herself to a man in marriage is the last thing on this heiress’ mind, and no grand title would ever be worth the loss of her independence, even if her intended could very well be the only man in her life willing to see and accept her for all that she is. With lush prose and captivating, nuanced characters, St. George has created a world that you won’t want to leave. Continue reading this review... Follow me on Facebook! | Follow me on Instagram!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This rating was probably harmed a little by the fact that I didn't read this super quickly. I REALLY admire the book for the way it tackled these wealthy America + impoverished peer. Evan's a nice guy, but still willing to go through this marriage because he needs the money. And August is a modern thinking woman and wants more for her life, but she also reads as a woman of her time. Anyway, the book didn't deny all of these facts, buuuut I'm not sure it quite solved them either. If they even are This rating was probably harmed a little by the fact that I didn't read this super quickly. I REALLY admire the book for the way it tackled these wealthy America + impoverished peer. Evan's a nice guy, but still willing to go through this marriage because he needs the money. And August is a modern thinking woman and wants more for her life, but she also reads as a woman of her time. Anyway, the book didn't deny all of these facts, buuuut I'm not sure it quite solved them either. If they even are solvable! (view spoiler)[Evan suddenly being wealthy wasn't a good answer for me. And of course the big misunderstanding was very annoying. (hide spoiler)] I will probably read the next one!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Contrary to the popular goals of her peers, American heiress August Crenshaw aspires to further her position in the family business, Crenshaw Iron Works, rather than to further her social standing through marriage. With her decidedly unladylike pursuits, August’s parents use the London Season to attempt to make a titled match for her younger sister, Violet, instead. August is appalled and determined to save her sister from a loveless marriage. Evan Sterling, the rather reluctant Duke of Rothschil Contrary to the popular goals of her peers, American heiress August Crenshaw aspires to further her position in the family business, Crenshaw Iron Works, rather than to further her social standing through marriage. With her decidedly unladylike pursuits, August’s parents use the London Season to attempt to make a titled match for her younger sister, Violet, instead. August is appalled and determined to save her sister from a loveless marriage. Evan Sterling, the rather reluctant Duke of Rothschild, has been saddled with his late father’s crippling debts and with hundreds of tenants, and his own family, dependent on him for support, he has little choice but to marry an heiress. But after meeting the Crenshaws, it’s August he wants, and he’s determined to have his own way in this one thing at least. August has no intention of bowing to her parents’ demands and decides to increase her outrageous behavior in the hope that Evan will cry off, but every bit of unconventionality she displays only makes him like her more. This was a new to me author and I enjoyed her writing style and this unique plot. August toed the line for me of being hostile and easily offended just for the sake of being difficult, but she managed to never actually cross that line. Given the betrayal perpetrated by her family in the whole scheme and the way it rocked her entire world, I was inclined to give her some leniency. Evan started off a bit cocky, but he was on the cusp of having to swallow nearly all his pride and through no real fault of his own, plus his façade was hiding a lot of pain, so I could forgive him as well. Perhaps the best thing about both characters was their development. Both Evan and August did a lot of growing in a short time and learned to forgive and apologize and I loved that, especially from August since she had been so determined to see Evan as a villain and not give him even a slight chance. I did get a bit bogged down towards the middle of the book as it seemed like Evan and August took two steps forward and one back without actually making any progress, but thankfully this was overcome. The ending here wasn’t exactly what I wanted, and I wasn’t a huge fan of a couple of the plot devices used, but it was satisfying. I do, however, wish that we’d had an epilogue just to tie everything up but perhaps Violet’s book will take care of that and pick up right where this one left off. Either way, I’m looking forward to reading about her turning Leigh’s world upside down. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

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