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Sparks fly when a runaway heiress bargains with a devilish rogue to escape a marriage of convenience. No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw's ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arr Sparks fly when a runaway heiress bargains with a devilish rogue to escape a marriage of convenience. No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw's ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author--if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character didn't insist on coming with her. Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, has a scheme of his own: escort the surprisingly spirited dollar princess north and use every delicious moment in close quarters to convince Violet to marry him. Christian needs an heiress to rebuild his Scottish estate but the more time he spends with Violet, the more he realizes what he really needs is her--by his side, near his heart, in his bed. Though Christian's burning glances offer unholy temptation, Violet has no intention of surrendering herself or her newfound freedom in a permanent deal with the devil. It's going to take more than pretty words to prove this fortune hunter's love is true....


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Sparks fly when a runaway heiress bargains with a devilish rogue to escape a marriage of convenience. No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw's ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arr Sparks fly when a runaway heiress bargains with a devilish rogue to escape a marriage of convenience. No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw's ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author--if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character didn't insist on coming with her. Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, has a scheme of his own: escort the surprisingly spirited dollar princess north and use every delicious moment in close quarters to convince Violet to marry him. Christian needs an heiress to rebuild his Scottish estate but the more time he spends with Violet, the more he realizes what he really needs is her--by his side, near his heart, in his bed. Though Christian's burning glances offer unholy temptation, Violet has no intention of surrendering herself or her newfound freedom in a permanent deal with the devil. It's going to take more than pretty words to prove this fortune hunter's love is true....

30 review for The Devil and the Heiress

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christy Hall

    After reading The Heiress Gets a Duke, I figured that I would read the next novel in the series. It didn’t disappoint. It was just as charming and fun as the first one. Violet Crenshaw is known as the biddable and proper American heiress. While her sister made quite a splash in the last book, Violet has been the one who followed the rules. More or less. Underneath her polite veneer, she has the need to be more than a lady who marries. She wants to be a writer. When her parents decide to marry he After reading The Heiress Gets a Duke, I figured that I would read the next novel in the series. It didn’t disappoint. It was just as charming and fun as the first one. Violet Crenshaw is known as the biddable and proper American heiress. While her sister made quite a splash in the last book, Violet has been the one who followed the rules. More or less. Underneath her polite veneer, she has the need to be more than a lady who marries. She wants to be a writer. When her parents decide to marry her off to a horrible aristocrat, she plans her escape. Meanwhile, Lord Leigh has had his sights on Violet since before his friend married her sister. After her father turns down his offer of marriage, he decides to take matters into his own hands and use her escape to their mutual advantage. I did like these characters as much as I thought I might from their appearances in the last one. Maybe they aren’t as spirited as Evan and August but they are sweet and adorable. They are able to build their relationship, albeit in an unconventional way for the Gilded Age. After their courtship comes the expected misunderstanding and loss of trust and faith, but the eventual reconciliation is lovely. I enjoyed the little hints of a brewing relationship between Violet’s brother Max and her friend Lady Helena (they will be in the upcoming novel). I wish I had seen more of August and Max who I really liked. There isn’t a lot of plot going on (in either novel). It’s a straightforward romance so that’s all that matters when reading, which is fine when someone is looking for the basics in entertainment. I did enjoy reading this book and I wish the third one was out already. It will just have to sit on my TBR list until February.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (The Book Refuge)

    *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* Summary: No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw's ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author--if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* Summary: No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw's ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author--if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character didn't insist on coming with her. Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, has a scheme of his own: escort the surprisingly spirited dollar princess north and use every delicious moment in close quarters to convince Violet to marry him. Christian needs an heiress to rebuild his Scottish estate but the more time he spends with Violet, the more he realizes what he really needs is her--by his side, near his heart, in his bed. Though Christian's burning glances offer unholy temptation, Violet has no intention of surrendering herself or her newfound freedom in a permanent deal with the devil. It's going to take more than pretty words to prove this fortune hunter's love is true.... Thoughts: Wow! This book was a great ride to go on. I loved the chemistry between Violet and Christian. I loved how fierce sand fed up with her parents Violet was, because man, I was too. After the last book and the beginning of this one I was so frustrated with them and how pushy and horrible they were to their daughters. It really was a new low in my opinion. So when Violet takes a stand, I was all for it. Her willingness to buck against convention had a more purposeful feeling than it did for August in the previous novel. She is a romantic at heart and though that does make her ripe for the pickings for Christian, but she is so loveable that her naivete doesn't feel fake. Christian is a naughty boy and I honestly could have used more of that. He wasn't evil by any means, though he is willing to go to extremes to get what he wants. Violet is what he wants and he does think he has something offer in exchange, not just to take from her. When he starts to fall for her.... the guilt is just eating him alive and the grovel he does at the end of this book was very fitting. There was just 2 little pieces that bugged me. One had to do with how the 3rd act conflict unfolded, I thought we were going to usurp a trope that annoys me, but we still fell into it. The other has to do with a secret that the heroine keeps near the end of the book and it is something that I don't have much leeway for. Overall I really loved this book and hope there is another one about their brother Max, who was as wonderful as their parents were awful. 4.5/5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mimi Matthews

    Harper St. George’s latest is a sparkling jewel of a love story, full to the brim with Victorian wit, romance, and heart-stopping heat. Road trips in a carriage and four don’t get much sexier than this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    TITLE: THE DEVIL AND THE HEIRESS AUTHOR: Harper St. George SERIES: A Gilded Age Heiress RELEASE DATE: June 29, 2021 GENRE: Historical Romance RATING: 4 STARS CLIFFHANGER: No READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG We swoon over romance set in the 18th,19th century and it's easy to forget how life women and especially women who were trying to break out of societal norms life was no joke. Violet and her sister grew up in a young America outside of the firm restrictions of England's Victorian era. Violet wants to be TITLE: THE DEVIL AND THE HEIRESS AUTHOR: Harper St. George SERIES: A Gilded Age Heiress RELEASE DATE: June 29, 2021 GENRE: Historical Romance RATING: 4 STARS CLIFFHANGER: No READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG We swoon over romance set in the 18th,19th century and it's easy to forget how life women and especially women who were trying to break out of societal norms life was no joke. Violet and her sister grew up in a young America outside of the firm restrictions of England's Victorian era. Violet wants to be a writer and if that isn't already shockingly modern she also wants to choose who and when to marry. Her parents who proved to be the worst in the first book of this series have no compunctions to sell their daughters off to the aristocrat with the best connections. No matter if the person in question is an awful human being. And that all under the guise of wanting the best for their offspring. I already despised them in August's book, THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE, but they take it to a whole new level with Violet because the man they have their eyes on is the worst. Violet was a bit of a surprise. Between the two sisters she seemed to be the one more likely to give into her parents' wishes. Boy, was I wrong. She really fought them. I wish she wouldn't have defended their behavior. Even after her despicable suitor tried to trap her and they were like "meh, it didn't work, did it" she still believed that love was their motivating factor. Ugh. Nothing in his entire life had prepared him for how she made him feel. Christian was a rake after my own heart. So deliciously wicked, calculating, admittedly a little bit manipulative but he did make up for that big time. I think Violet's sweetness really took him by surprise and he was so charmed by it that things tumbled out of control from there. He fell head over heels for her, admired her spunk, independence and loved how refreshingly unprejudiced and unselfconscious she was. She awoke an honorable side of him that no one knew he had. Even now it would be like giving up his right arm to see her go. Yet, not having her would serve as his penance for daring to take her at all. And if you want a good grovel, the author delivers on that. Christian really regretted his deception and did everything to win Violet back. “As long as I’m with you, I have everything I need.” THE DEVIL AND THE HEIRESS is a fabulous installment in this series (although I found it on the slower side in the beginning - that could be just me though). I can see at least two more books in this series and while this book has already some major hints at the next couple's story, the fourth is pure speculation on my part. I think we'll see Christian's half brother win Violet and August's best friend Camille's heart. Fingers crossed!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Cook

    Violet Crenshaw is an American heiress whose parents are set on marrying off to a titled man in a business savy alliance. Violet however has no intentions to marry and instead plans to run away, support herself, and write and publish her novels. Christian Halston, the Earl of Leigh, encourages her to run off, even going si far as to offer his help, hoping to secure her own hand in marriage and use her fortune to rebuild his Scottish estate. What neither of them intend is to fall deeply and passi Violet Crenshaw is an American heiress whose parents are set on marrying off to a titled man in a business savy alliance. Violet however has no intentions to marry and instead plans to run away, support herself, and write and publish her novels. Christian Halston, the Earl of Leigh, encourages her to run off, even going si far as to offer his help, hoping to secure her own hand in marriage and use her fortune to rebuild his Scottish estate. What neither of them intend is to fall deeply and passionately in love along the way. I really loved this, and honestly I loved it much more than the first in this series. The chemistry between the couple was so delicious and it was drawn out to perfection before they ultimately get together. And this hero was OUT OF HIS MIND in love with the heroine. Which I absolutely adore. The road trip and traveling to different inns was such a fun change of pace and really set the scene for some steamy moments. I truly can not say enough good things about how perfectly the tension and build up between this couple was. 10/10 for that! However I was frustrated with the third act conflict which I felt was obviously going to happen, but I would have loved more communication between them! But Christian's grovel was pretty wonderful. Overall a VERY enjoyable read and I will definitely be checking out the third which hope of all hopes is between Max and Mrs. Harper!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    After reading the set up for this one in the previous book, there was no way I was going to miss this story. I love love loved Violet and Christian. She’s sassy and knows what she wants from life. He’s brooding and really a marshmallow. Together they have instant chemistry and a shy unfurling of a relationship. I truly loved reading them learn about each other. Plot wise, it was good. The carriage ride was quickly switched for a different setting and that part of the story was delightful. The an After reading the set up for this one in the previous book, there was no way I was going to miss this story. I love love loved Violet and Christian. She’s sassy and knows what she wants from life. He’s brooding and really a marshmallow. Together they have instant chemistry and a shy unfurling of a relationship. I truly loved reading them learn about each other. Plot wise, it was good. The carriage ride was quickly switched for a different setting and that part of the story was delightful. The angsty part did last longer than I expected, but I loved the reunion. If anything, I wanted more from the ending. Overall, I loved this one more than the previous book and I hope we see more of these two in the next one. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

  7. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so 3.5 stars Harper St. George’s The Devil and the Heiress is book two in her series of novels about Gilded Age Heiresses , wealthy – or potentially wealthy – young American women who come to England to search for a titled husband. Laura Lee Guhrke’s An American Heiress in London has a similar premise as does Maya Rodale’s Keeping Up With the Cavendishes ; all feature American heiresses and the Transatlantic culture clash as they struggle to adapt to the rig I've given this a B- at AAR, so 3.5 stars Harper St. George’s The Devil and the Heiress is book two in her series of novels about Gilded Age Heiresses , wealthy – or potentially wealthy – young American women who come to England to search for a titled husband. Laura Lee Guhrke’s An American Heiress in London has a similar premise as does Maya Rodale’s Keeping Up With the Cavendishes ; all feature American heiresses and the Transatlantic culture clash as they struggle to adapt to the rigid conventions of English high society in which, despite their enormous wealth, they are looked down upon because their money is “new” and their breeding questionable. I haven’t read the previous book (The Heiress Gets a Duke), which was generally well received, but I read this one easily as a standalone so anyone choosing to jump in here won’t find it difficult to do so. Dabney Grinnan and I chatted about this one over at All About Romance and both agreed it was a bit... lacklustre, with a bland heroine and an unmemorable romance. You can read the rest of this review at All About Romance

  8. 5 out of 5

    PlotTrysts

    Like the first book in the series, The Devil and the Heiress is an exemplary take on the fortune hunter romance. Christian and Violet are appealing, well-suited characters, and their road trip romance is enjoyable to read. The story takes off, however, after a bit of a bump in the road - a small twist that definitely surprised us and added a little fun to the romance. But of course "the course of true love never did run smooth," so once the wheels come off of the relationship, we needed to see h Like the first book in the series, The Devil and the Heiress is an exemplary take on the fortune hunter romance. Christian and Violet are appealing, well-suited characters, and their road trip romance is enjoyable to read. The story takes off, however, after a bit of a bump in the road - a small twist that definitely surprised us and added a little fun to the romance. But of course "the course of true love never did run smooth," so once the wheels come off of the relationship, we needed to see how our characters came back together. We love a little groveling from a hero, and when it's public groveling combined with feminist political action, we really love it - and we get it here. If you're looking for a basic fortune hunter on a road trip romance with some "pretend to be married" and a dash of hurt/comfort, this is a well-put-together exemplar that will check all your boxes. 49-Word Summaries: Meg: What’s a budding romance novelist (and new money heiress) to do when her parents want to auction her off to the highest bidder? Why, get a sexy earl who definitely doesn’t want her cash to drop her off at a writer’s colony on his way to Scotland of course! ⁠ ⁠ Laine: Violet is committed to her boyfriend but he isn't quite so committed to her so she decides to run off to a NaNoWriMo rather than marry an aristocrat. He's decided to trick her into thinking running off to Scotland to marry was her idea. Sexy time ensue before marriage.⁠ This objective review is based on a complimentary copy of the novel.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nabilah M.D

    This book is so much better than the previous installment. The previous one was a bit meh for me as it was too sweet for my taste. This one was a road trip romance. I loved the fact that Christian and Violet became friends first before they really fell in love with each other. The conflict was that Christian wanted to manipulate things and forced Violet to accept his hand in marriage. Initially, it was her dowry that attracted him more than her, but over time, he realized that he would have her This book is so much better than the previous installment. The previous one was a bit meh for me as it was too sweet for my taste. This one was a road trip romance. I loved the fact that Christian and Violet became friends first before they really fell in love with each other. The conflict was that Christian wanted to manipulate things and forced Violet to accept his hand in marriage. Initially, it was her dowry that attracted him more than her, but over time, he realized that he would have her even if she was penniless. After Violet found out about his schemes, she understandably got really angry (who wouldn't?) and was not sure that Christian was merely lying or was any of it true. They did get married because word got out about their road trip. There wasn't a lot of groveling by Christian. He gave Violet space as requested. However, he made a grand gesture in order to win her back and it worked. All in all, a really good read with a good balance of angst and romance. I sacrificed my sleep again (I really have to stop doing that and now I have to drink copious amount of coffee to stay awake) so that shows how good this book is.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    American Heiress Violet Crenshaw was nearly pushed into one unwanted marriage, she won't let her parents do it again. Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, asks for Violet's hand (and dowry) but her father has another suitor in mind. Christian isn't above a little scheming: get Violet to run away and be conveniently available to escort her. But along the journey, Christian comes to realize that Violet is exactly what he really needs: by his side, in his bed, and with all his heart. When Violet learn American Heiress Violet Crenshaw was nearly pushed into one unwanted marriage, she won't let her parents do it again. Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, asks for Violet's hand (and dowry) but her father has another suitor in mind. Christian isn't above a little scheming: get Violet to run away and be conveniently available to escort her. But along the journey, Christian comes to realize that Violet is exactly what he really needs: by his side, in his bed, and with all his heart. When Violet learns of his ruse, he'll have to convince her of his sincere feelings. This is the second book in the The Gilded Age Heiresses series. It can stand alone, but I recommend reading the first book. It's excellent, and it describes how Violet's parents tried to arrange her marriage to a duke, who ultimately wanted her sister instead. Mr. Crenshaw is at it again, trying to arrange a different marriage for Violet...and hero Christian doesn't "bring enough to the table." While he's not in debt yet, a recent fire at his Scottish estate has Christian in need of a plump dowry. He genuinely wants Violet though, even if he has to employ some sneaky means to get her. When a freak accident occurs, Christian realizes the toll of his manipulations. I really enjoyed these characters and I loved how Christian started as a bit of a villainous hero but evolved as he opened up with Violet. She was desperate to be independent, but still a bit naïve. I appreciated that they eventually had to take time apart, pine for each other, and he tried to make amends. It made their happy ending more meaningful because it wasn't rushed. Tropes: Arranged Marriage, Road Trip, Nursed to Health, Reform a Rake * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #TheDevilandtheHeiress #NetGalley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I enjoyed August and the Duke of Rothschild story in the first book. It seemed like Lord Leigh and Violet had chemistry and was excited when I saw this book was available on Net Galley. If you loved the first book your will be soooo happy with the second book. Christian, Lord Leigh thinks he can flash his title and get whatever he wants but doesnt impress Violet's father with his suit. He decides to make other plans. He encourages her to marry who she wants or run away but when she approaches her I enjoyed August and the Duke of Rothschild story in the first book. It seemed like Lord Leigh and Violet had chemistry and was excited when I saw this book was available on Net Galley. If you loved the first book your will be soooo happy with the second book. Christian, Lord Leigh thinks he can flash his title and get whatever he wants but doesnt impress Violet's father with his suit. He decides to make other plans. He encourages her to marry who she wants or run away but when she approaches her parents they push some nasty Lord her way.   Sooo Violet decides to run away but Christian happens to be outside randomly and can give her a ride... Let's start the one carriage, one room fun! All my favorite tropes!  There was steam!! And some novel writing! Some soul searching and growth (personal growth people). A great continuation to this story, I hope BOTM picks it up. Omg thank you! I was thinking at the end how I want a story for Maxwell and I see a blurb for Book #3 and it's for him!!!  Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐ Steam: 🔥🔥 Thank you berkley romance and net galley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee » libraryinthecountry

    These books might just be one of my new favorite historical romance series! I loved this second installment and absolutely could not get enough of the chemistry and scheming between these characters. And of course, best of all: FORCED PROXIMITY! This one had a nice, slower burn to it and totally paid off in the end. I cannot recommend these enough and am excited for what’s next!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: The Devil and the Heiress Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #2 Author: Harper St. George Release date: June 29, 2021 Cliffhanger: no Genre: historical romance Once again, poor Violet Crenshaw is on the marriage mart chopping block. In The Heiress Gets a Duke, her social climbing parents shamelessly dangled her in front of the Duke of Rothschild. Violet's belief that she was in love with her childhood sweetheart didn't affect their plans-their children were nothing more than bartering tools for Title: The Devil and the Heiress Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #2 Author: Harper St. George Release date: June 29, 2021 Cliffhanger: no Genre: historical romance Once again, poor Violet Crenshaw is on the marriage mart chopping block. In The Heiress Gets a Duke, her social climbing parents shamelessly dangled her in front of the Duke of Rothschild. Violet's belief that she was in love with her childhood sweetheart didn't affect their plans-their children were nothing more than bartering tools for financial and social gain. They ended up marrying into a noble family, albeit with August instead of Violet. Everyone should have lived happily ever after, right? Wrong. Before the ink is dry on August and Evan's marriage certificate, they immediately start plotting Violet's downfall again. It's enough to make you despise her parents with a passion, though I will admit to some disbelief that her parents could possibly be that greedy. An American family with "New Money" should be satisfied with a Duke to prop them up...right? They could have gotten an invitation into the most discerning snob's home. Violet is portrayed as the more quiet and obedient sister of the two, however in this installment we get to see a new side of her. We learn that she dreams of becoming a published novelist, and a slightly more rebellious nature starts to shine through. I think witnessing her friend's recent tragic marriage was the main thing to bring about this change. Knowing how miserable her friend's new life was, she was almost desperate to avoid the same fate. Being married to an older man who had little to no respect for her who abused their power over her was not what she wanted out of her life. Her parents are dead set on her accepting Lord Ware, despite the fact that he attempted to take liberties with her. Now she is in even more dire straits than she was with Rothschild. She has no allies around her to help and there are sharks circling from every direction. The man was willing to ruin her to get what he wanted. The fact that she wanted something else wasn’t even a consideration to him. What made it worse was that her own mother supported him over her. Violet didn’t know what to do with that. She felt lost and alone. Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh is the definition of a rogue. He needs an heiress and doesn't have much of a conscience when it comes to getting his way. After getting turned down by Violet's father, he decides to take matters into his own hands. I wasn't sure how I felt about him at first because he was just another person who treated Violet like an object rather than a human being worthy of making her own choices. He's kind of a despicable guy, even plotting to sell the home she inherited from a beloved family member if her father cut her off. However, it didn't take long in her company before he started to feel guilt gnawing at him, and fear started to build at the thought of the truth driving her away. Despite his chivalrous knight in shining armor act, he's really the villain in this story. She just doesn't realize it quite yet. I do love a good redemption story when it's done right. The good news is that I truly believed that Christian not only understood his mistakes, but made amends for them by the end. I enjoyed seeing his wicked, charming personality paired with Violet's sweetness and innocence. I think she really softened him up and helped him to become a less selfish person after he fell so hard for her. There was such a tenderness that developed in him which I don't think he ever felt in his life. His parents had a horrible and toxic marriage, and neither had time to show him the affection he needed. They were also a horrible example of love, which is one of the reasons why he never felt inclined to get truly close to a woman before Violet. As with any relationship that is rooted in deception, Violet and Christian's is doomed for disaster. It isn't a matter of if, it's when. After the truth bomb drops, and the stars are lifted from Violet's eyes, there is nothing but destruction. There was a point where I wondered if Christian would be able to adequately come back from the betrayal that he delivered. One of the things that I really appreciated was that his actions weren't brushed under the rug after a quick apology, and he didn't use her attraction to him to smooth things over either. He set about winning her heart back with actions rather than words. All in all, I think this was another win for the Gilded Age Heiresses series. The writing is once again easy to engage with, and very fast paced. I never had any issues with boredom or temptation to skim. Anyone looking for a historical romance with a reformed rake and a sweet heroine will most likely really enjoy this couple! Violet and August's brother Max was much more fleshed out in this book which made me really happy. He finally started to feel more three dimensional as we got into his head a little bit and understood some of his thoughts and feelings. I look forward to reading his full length story in The Lady Tempts an Heir, scheduled for release next February. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christi (christireadsalot)

    I read and fell in love with The Heiress Gets a Duke at the beginning of this year, so I was so thrilled when I got an e-ARC of book 2 in the series, The Devil and the Heiress. I love Gilded Age reads and am so fascinated with “dollar princess” heroines, the term coined for American heiresses who married into British aristocracy between 1870-1910. This series has been such a delight and I think I even love Violet & Christian’s story more. 🤩 The Crenshaw family made their fortune in the iron and r I read and fell in love with The Heiress Gets a Duke at the beginning of this year, so I was so thrilled when I got an e-ARC of book 2 in the series, The Devil and the Heiress. I love Gilded Age reads and am so fascinated with “dollar princess” heroines, the term coined for American heiresses who married into British aristocracy between 1870-1910. This series has been such a delight and I think I even love Violet & Christian’s story more. 🤩 The Crenshaw family made their fortune in the iron and railway business but are still considered new money amongst the old New York families and often not let into established ballrooms on Fifth Avenue. Violet’s parents decided to take their two daughters to London and marry them off to aristocracy to open those New York society doors. With her older sister August set to marry a Duke (book 1 is their romance), now it’s Violet’s turn for an advantageous marriage...if her parents have any say over her life. Violet is an aspiring writer and has no plans to marry a man she doesn’t love. When she learns her parents are going to push her into a marriage while they are still in London, Violet decides her best plan is to run away. She just conveniently happens to run into Christian, Earl of Leigh, during her getaway and he offers Violet a lift in his carriage as he’s headed out of town as well. Christian is in need of an American heiress, while he doesn’t have any outstanding debts like most of the ton men in need of heiresses...he does have a Scottish estate that recently had a fire and is need of extensive refurbishment. After meeting Violet through his friend Evan, the Duke of Rothschild & hero from book 1, Christian was taken with Violet immediately and his plan is to seduce her to marry him on their shared-carriage journey north. This book was so much fun, I love a roadtrip-forced proximity romance and this delivered. Violet knows what she wants, and doesn’t want in the case of her parents trying to force her into a marriage, and was such a great heroine. And I really loved Christian, he didn’t have the greatest of upbringings and after his father left him with debts Christian made changes and actually earns a living on his own. He goes after what he wants and when that becomes Violet, he does everything to woo and show her he cares. Thank you to the publisher (Berkley) for an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts & review. The Devil and the Heiress has a publish date of June 29, 2021.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Christian Halston, the Earl of Leigh had no intention of marrying until his beloved estate Blythkirk in Scotland burned and needed extensive repairs. While not destitute, the cost of the repairs are beyond his means and he hatches a plan to catch an heiress, specifically the American Violet Crenshaw, who happens to be the sister of his friend and business partner, the Duke of Rothchild’s wife. He believes he has time to woo and win her but soon learns that her parents have other plans for her. U Christian Halston, the Earl of Leigh had no intention of marrying until his beloved estate Blythkirk in Scotland burned and needed extensive repairs. While not destitute, the cost of the repairs are beyond his means and he hatches a plan to catch an heiress, specifically the American Violet Crenshaw, who happens to be the sister of his friend and business partner, the Duke of Rothchild’s wife. He believes he has time to woo and win her but soon learns that her parents have other plans for her. Undeterred, Christian sets out to win Violet but never expects to fall in love with her. Violet Crenshaw has plans of her own, she has a secret betrothed back in America and plans to wed him and pursue her writing career. Her plans are shaken when she learns that her betrothed was paid off by her father and that her parents have arranged another marriage for her. Unwilling to be trapped in a loveless marriage, she hatches a plan, she will hide away in the lake district, write her novel and hopefully make her parents see reason. Violet puts her plan in motion and is surprised when the Earl of Leigh intercepts her outside the British Museum and offers to help her escape. Unaware that Christian is privy to her plans, she accepts his offer of a ride to the train station and is later convinced that his idea of traveling together by carriage will buy her more time. He tells her he is going to Scotland but will detour to take her to the boardinghouse in the lake district before making his way north. Christian is thrilled, his plan is working exactly as he planned; will use the time spent traveling to convince her to marry him, then will take her to Scotland and marry her before her parents can find her. But the more time he spends with her, the more he comes to care for her and the guiltier he feels about his deception. Just as he decides to change his plan and propose, willing to accept her decision, and take her to the boardinghouse if she refuses, they are in a horrific accident, and everything changes. As she heals, they both fall deeper in love and he admits some of his deceptions to her and she forgives him. But when her brother Max shows up and she learns the whole truth, she is devastated and wants nothing to do with him. With their HEA hanging in the balance, can Christian find a way to prove his love is true and earn her forgiveness, or is it too late? This was a very well-written and well-paced story with an interesting and fresh plot. I enjoyed the story and found myself very invested in the outcome. The book has secrets, lies, deception, steamyish love scenes, angst, heartache, great character growth, and finally a seemingly impossible HEA. As much as I liked the story, some things just didn’t sit well with me, I felt the ending was unnecessarily angsty and I really didn’t care for the fact that Violet shared a secret with her friend, Lady Helen, and her siblings that she should have shared with Christian first, that along with some title errors kept this from being a five star read for me. This is the second book in the series, but it could definitely be read as a standalone title with no problems. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #2 Publication Date: 6/29/21 Period: Victorian – London 1875 Number of Pages: 304 ** 5-Stars ** I discovered this new-to-me author with the first book in this series, The Heiress Gets a Duke. I absolutely loved that book and I believe this one is even better. The writing is exceptional – I love the way the author turns a phrase. The plot is well-formed, well delivered, and fast-paced. It was such an engrossing and interesting story I read it from beginning to end in o Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #2 Publication Date: 6/29/21 Period: Victorian – London 1875 Number of Pages: 304 ** 5-Stars ** I discovered this new-to-me author with the first book in this series, The Heiress Gets a Duke. I absolutely loved that book and I believe this one is even better. The writing is exceptional – I love the way the author turns a phrase. The plot is well-formed, well delivered, and fast-paced. It was such an engrossing and interesting story I read it from beginning to end in one sitting. We met the Crenshaw family in the first book and found the parents to be very despicable, but the children were delightful. Well, the parents haven’t changed one bit and they are now selling their daughter, Violet, to the nobleman with the most to offer Crenshaw Iron Works. Since they got themselves a Duke the last time, the title isn’t as important this time around – as long as there IS a title. What they need this time are the raw materials that will be needed by Crenshaw Iron Works when they open their London branch. They’ve found the perfect candidate and drawn up the agreements – but they ‘forgot’ to tell Violet she’d been auctioned off to an absolutely odious man. Violet Crenshaw isn’t exactly who she seems to be. Everyone believes her to be very quiet, pliant, and biddable. What they don’t readily see is the spine of steel. What they don’t expect is for her to object to their marriage choice for her and they certainly don’t expect her to take any actions to thwart them. Violet is definitely more than everyone believes her to be. While everyone is valuing her for her monetary worth, they are missing her real worth. Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, isn’t exactly who he seems to be either. He is – but it is because he has long ago buried the real Christian deep inside himself, so what we see on display is the cold, calculating, uncaring, and womanizing man he has become. Christian isn’t the typical pockets-to-let aristocrat in search of an heiress. However, since his beloved Scottish estate burned, he doesn’t have the funds to make the repairs. Frankly, he could care less about anything else in his Earldom – he really never plans to marry and have children so the title and everything that goes with it can either go to some distant relative or die out altogether. His vile father was the Earl and he hated Christian – for no good reason. Then, Christian met Violet and she intrigued him – and she was an heiress – what could go wrong there? I highly recommend this book and this series. The author’s writing style just speaks to me and the characters could easily become my friends if I met them in real life. I loved watching Christian change from trying to manipulate Violet into doing as he wants to only wishing to love her and make her happy – even if it cost him his own happiness. It was also nice to spend some time with Max (Violet’s brother) and to get to know him better as I’m sure his book will be the next one. I hope you’ll choose to read this book and love 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    Christian, you dreamboat!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When American heiress Violet finds out her parents have arranged an unwanted marriage for her, she flees from London, only to find herself unexpectedly escorted by Christian, the Earl of Leigh. Violet plans to launch her career as an author, but Christian plans to convince her to marry him during their road trip. Violet and Christian have been attracted to each other since they met in the previous book of the series. Christian wan I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When American heiress Violet finds out her parents have arranged an unwanted marriage for her, she flees from London, only to find herself unexpectedly escorted by Christian, the Earl of Leigh. Violet plans to launch her career as an author, but Christian plans to convince her to marry him during their road trip. Violet and Christian have been attracted to each other since they met in the previous book of the series. Christian wants to marry Violet because he truly desires her...but he is also interested in her dowry to rebuild his Scottish estate. My very favourite thing about this book is how Violet and Christian develop a friendship first and foremost. They actually get to know each other better during their road trip before acting on their mutual attraction. Obviously, Christian's motives are not 100% innocent because as much as he wants Violet, he also has his eye on Violet's dowry. But the friendship, the attraction, the love, and their journey together are all genuine and provide a solid foundation for the relationship between Violet and Christian to develop and grow. I actually never hated Christian even though he did manipulate and lie to Violet. His feelings came across as genuine to me, despite the manipulations. The final act was well executed and I think Christian did a pretty good job winning Violet back. The groveling wasn't super dramatic like in most romance novels. The groveling was quite realistic actually, which I loved. Christian respected Violet's wishes while working hard to prove his love for her. The ending was perfect and honestly, no epilogue was needed. I really like how the author has written two very different "heiress and fortune hunter" books in a row. I am VERY excited for Max and Lady Helena!!!!! I hope the ARC becomes available before the end of 2021 LOL.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Readaholic Book Reviews

    Violet Crenshaw has aspirations of becoming an author. She feels like she has so much life yet to live, but an heiress who is in her 20's is prime for the marriage market and Violet's parents are looking for potential suitors. Violet is crushed and decides to take her chances and run away. Christian Halston, Lord of Leigh has his own ambitions. He wishes to marry into a wealthy family and has his eye on Violet. Whenever the two of them are together sparks fly. Christian decides to help Violet es Violet Crenshaw has aspirations of becoming an author. She feels like she has so much life yet to live, but an heiress who is in her 20's is prime for the marriage market and Violet's parents are looking for potential suitors. Violet is crushed and decides to take her chances and run away. Christian Halston, Lord of Leigh has his own ambitions. He wishes to marry into a wealthy family and has his eye on Violet. Whenever the two of them are together sparks fly. Christian decides to help Violet escape and convince her to marry him on their road trip together. I really enjoyed The Devil and the Heiress. Violet and Christian had amazing chemistry together and I truly enjoyed their banter. Harper St. George knows how to write steamy scenes and the sparks between Violet and Christian were smoking! The forced proximity component really added to their romance. While I'm not always a fan of insta-love, it really worked for me in this case. I'm hoping that there's a third book with the last Crenshaw sibling - Max! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Thank you so much to Berkley and Netgalley for providing an e-arc copy! All thoughts and opinions are still my own. I absolutely adored this followup to The Heiress Gets a Duke! In fact I think I may have loved this sequel even more! The chemistry between the main characters was absolutely electric. And this all of the best romance tropes - forced proximity, care-taking, and grumpy/sunshine. This romance had me absolutely swooning. I also love that the women in Harper St. George's historicals fee Thank you so much to Berkley and Netgalley for providing an e-arc copy! All thoughts and opinions are still my own. I absolutely adored this followup to The Heiress Gets a Duke! In fact I think I may have loved this sequel even more! The chemistry between the main characters was absolutely electric. And this all of the best romance tropes - forced proximity, care-taking, and grumpy/sunshine. This romance had me absolutely swooning. I also love that the women in Harper St. George's historicals feel very developed and unique. Violet has passion and hobbies and dreams and it made me completely fall for her character. I was invested in her finding her HEA. I will say, this has a very late 3rd act conflict that I didn't 100% vibe with. I felt like the romance had concluded and 1 final wrench was thrown in and wasn't necessary. However the hero's groveling was 10/1o. If you are a historical romance reader, this definitely one to add to your TBR! I absolutely cannot wait to for Maxwell's book next!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, wants Violet and desperately needs to restore his Scottish estates, but Mr. Crenshaw denies his request to court Violet. Determined to have her, he sets out to aid her. What started as a scheme soon turns complicated when love enters the equation. St. George knows just how to pull me in! It was delightful getting to know Violet. She is more like her sister than I thought and has some spunk. When her father’s intended seeks to corner her and force her hand in marr Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, wants Violet and desperately needs to restore his Scottish estates, but Mr. Crenshaw denies his request to court Violet. Determined to have her, he sets out to aid her. What started as a scheme soon turns complicated when love enters the equation. St. George knows just how to pull me in! It was delightful getting to know Violet. She is more like her sister than I thought and has some spunk. When her father’s intended seeks to corner her and force her hand in marriage, Violet plans her escape. Christian intercepts her and offers to help. Well, since it is on his way…. Christian is the son of a cruel Earl who left his coiffures thread bare and the ancestral estates in ruins. He doesn’t believe in love but finds Violet intriguing and believes they will be a suitable match. Ok, he desires her and finds her fascinating, but she can also help restore his home. He hopes the journey will allow her to realize they suit. The drama stems from the lies but the romance had passion, heart and felt genuine. I hoped for a happily ever after, even as I wanted to hit them both in the back of the head Gibbs style. (NCIS TV series) Both characters were developed, and I connected, understood and sympathized with both. I loved learning about Violet’s writings. As their relationship grew, both held back in admitting their feelings, even if it was obvious to all. The Devil and the Heiress delivered an addictive read. I am looking forward to the next novel in the Gilded Age Heiresses series. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    An American heiress on the run falls for a scoundrel pretending to help her. Violet was an American heiress brought to London to find an aristocratic marriage. Dutiful and loyal, she wants to honor her parents' wishes but dreams of publishing her manuscript and follow a writing career. When her father contracts her marriage to the cold and disgusting Lord Ware, Violet decides to run away to a boarding house. Being an heiress made Violet the perfect target for Christian, Earl of Leigh, who needed fu An American heiress on the run falls for a scoundrel pretending to help her. Violet was an American heiress brought to London to find an aristocratic marriage. Dutiful and loyal, she wants to honor her parents' wishes but dreams of publishing her manuscript and follow a writing career. When her father contracts her marriage to the cold and disgusting Lord Ware, Violet decides to run away to a boarding house. Being an heiress made Violet the perfect target for Christian, Earl of Leigh, who needed funds to rebuild his estate in Scotland. When he found out about her plans to escape her family, he pretends to help her as a friend while plotting to seduce her for himself. The story is sensual and romantic, with a good dose of angst and heartbreak. The hero is a rogue, but he eats a sizeable humble pie before getting his happy ending. I tried but could not help falling for him. Violet, the heroine, was such a sweetheart. So young and naive, she faced the challenges of her position as a woman and heiress with grace and strength. This is my first book by this author, and I enjoyed her writing style. I intent on reading her other books, especially the first one in this series, about Violet's sister, August. Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. *For more reviews, book art, and book-related articles, please visit https://lureviewsbooks.com *

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andreajanel_reads

    4.5 Stars Thank you to Netgalley and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for a copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review. Violet has always played the role of dutiful daughter. Quiet, biddable, accommodating and inobtrusive. Until she discovers that her parents’ indulgence is outweighed by their mercurial nature. After her sister was offered to a duke like a sacrificial golden lamb, Violet mistakenly assumed that the family had secured the status it had been denied because of 4.5 Stars Thank you to Netgalley and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for a copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review. Violet has always played the role of dutiful daughter. Quiet, biddable, accommodating and inobtrusive. Until she discovers that her parents’ indulgence is outweighed by their mercurial nature. After her sister was offered to a duke like a sacrificial golden lamb, Violet mistakenly assumed that the family had secured the status it had been denied because of the gleam of its new money. “Her parents wanted her to host dinner parties and show Mrs, Astor that they were very much worthy of her guest list. … She would be pretty and mild and never utter a word that would cause anyone the slightest discontent.” (Ch. 5) Violet must make a choice : to marry the odious Lord Ware or to run away. “The red shone bright against the white of her palm. In that moment, that’s how she felt. A tiny bloom of insurrection in the midst of conformity.” (Ch. 5) Her choice is clarified by the alluring, inscrutable Lord Leigh. He is reputed to be a scoundrel. Yet she dreams of kissing him. When he offers his assistance in the guise of a getaway conveyance, she reluctantly accepts it. After all, they are not bound for the same destination, and she does not have the wiles to tempt him. But Christian, Earl of Leigh, is not immune to her wiles. He is simply adept at hiding his attraction. He has nefarious plans, and he will not compromise Violet until forcing her hand is unavoidable. But all of his plans go awry when they meet with tragedy on the road. Christian’s purpose and desire coalesce when the possibility of losing Violet because of his selfish, reckless behavior becomes all too real. I loved watching the growth of feelings between Violet and Christian. I loved his empowerment of her and the ways that she soothed his battered heart and dug her way beneath his armor. This wonderful story has so many of my favorite romance tropes: roadtrip, forced proximity, courageous rescue, reforming the rake, writer heroine. The author’s meticulous research into the rights and situations of women in the late nineteenth century, the intricacies of the transatlantic trade as the Industrial Age reached its heyday, and the very real bargains that happened between Gilded Age American heiresses and members of the English aristocracy is evident on every single page. I highly recommend this beach read if you want to lose yourself in a story that celebrates true love as the only gold worthy of appreciation.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I did like this, but I guess it ended up dragging a bit. Still, looking forward to more of this series!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    The Devil and the Heiress Harper St George I loved the first book in this series, The Heiress Gets a Duke. I found it to be such a fun read and I couldn’t wait to pick up this sequel. The Devil and the Heiress focuses on Violet and Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh's story. This one was just as fun and it is great to revisit the Crenshaw women again. The chemistry was undeniable and I found the writing super engaging and I was more than happy to get lost in their banter and exciting story. I love t The Devil and the Heiress Harper St George I loved the first book in this series, The Heiress Gets a Duke. I found it to be such a fun read and I couldn’t wait to pick up this sequel. The Devil and the Heiress focuses on Violet and Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh's story. This one was just as fun and it is great to revisit the Crenshaw women again. The chemistry was undeniable and I found the writing super engaging and I was more than happy to get lost in their banter and exciting story. I love that women were portrayed as being headstrong, determined, and have great heads on their shoulders - with an amazing contrast between women from America versus England's Victorian era. I am definitely waiting with bated breath for the next installment. Thank you @berkleypub for the gifted book

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. American heiress, Violet Crenshaw, has seen how marriage to an English noble can be both good, or bad. Originally, it seemed that the Duke of Rothschild wanted to marry her, with her parent's pushing, but once he became enamoured by her elder sister, August, and followed her across the ocean, Violet thought she was home scot-free. However, she'd caught the attention of the Earl of Leigh, who n I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. American heiress, Violet Crenshaw, has seen how marriage to an English noble can be both good, or bad. Originally, it seemed that the Duke of Rothschild wanted to marry her, with her parent's pushing, but once he became enamoured by her elder sister, August, and followed her across the ocean, Violet thought she was home scot-free. However, she'd caught the attention of the Earl of Leigh, who needs an heiress to help rebuild his estate, and Violet fits all the requirements. But, her father has refused him, and hopes Violet will marry another earl, who's proposal they've already accepted on her behalf. Now, Violet wants to run away, to Windermere if possible, and Christian just happens to turn up right when she needs help. Can he convince her to marry on their journey northward, or will the various calamities prove to keep them apart? As soon as I had finished The Heiress Gets a Duke, I knew I was desperate to get my hands on this book! So, I was a little bit cheeky, and emailed the published, and when the NetGalley widget arrived in my inbox, I could've screamed. Honestly, I think I preferred this book to the first, and that's saying something. For most of the book, there's only really Violet and Christian together, on their travels north, and then a little break in Yorkshire following a carriage issue. Their time together was wonderful, and though they weren't exactly friends at the start of the book, they truly became friends, before the chemistry and romance between them became too much. Yes, okay, Christian was lying to Violet about his intention to help her - rather than take her to Windermere for a writing retreat, he wanted to secrete her across the border and marry in Scotland, before heading on to his own estate. Violet loves to write, and has been creating a series based loosely on her experiences in London, and her feelings for Christian. Her parents don't really know about it, and only really see her as a way for them to marry into the aristocracy again, and gain honour and prestige through a well made match. While Christian and Violet were together, we saw more of them both, as they came out of their shell, and being dual POV, we learnt more about their personal histories too. Honestly, they were the perfect couple, and though I felt that the angst section went on a little longer than needed, their story was beautiful. The banter and interactions of the Crenshaw brother, Maxwell, and Lady Helena makes me hope there's a book three, all about them too, and we may also see more from our previous two couples too!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    The Devil and the Heiress is the second book of St. George's The Gilded Age Heiresses, featuring August's younger sister, Violet Crenshaw, and Evan's best friend, Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh. With August's marriage with a duke, Violet thinks that her parents no longer plans to marry her to one of the English peerages for business purpose. Alas, she is wrong on that account. So Violet, who plans to be an author, decides to run away. Except, unknown to her, Christian is ready to intercept. Ch The Devil and the Heiress is the second book of St. George's The Gilded Age Heiresses, featuring August's younger sister, Violet Crenshaw, and Evan's best friend, Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh. With August's marriage with a duke, Violet thinks that her parents no longer plans to marry her to one of the English peerages for business purpose. Alas, she is wrong on that account. So Violet, who plans to be an author, decides to run away. Except, unknown to her, Christian is ready to intercept. Christian is attracted to Violet but to be honest, he also needs Violet for her money to save his beloved house. And yes, Christian is determined to make Violet his wife. First of all, I need to say this... I will probably doomed to despise majority of the parents in historical romance that I read. I mean, the way that the Crenshaws thinks they can just 'give away' their daughter for mineral rights!! What the hell, parents?!? Do you really just see your daughters as assets to sell? Urgh!! 😠 But in overall, I really enjoyed this one. Yes, Christian was hiding his initial intention (you know, marrying Violet because he needs her money) but I believed that he truly cared for Violet. There were sparks already happening between them in the first book. It was easy for me to root for their relationship, despite the rather short timespan and I thought Violet being very young as a heroine. Though probably her age is considered mature in the 1800s and not like she had a lot of options to be independent like in the 'modern' era It helped was that I knew Violet could handle Christian. When she found out about Christian's plan, Violet wasn't shy to show him how much it hurts. It made the ending pretty sweet (I always love grand gesture in romance 🤭). In The Heiress Gets a Duke, I already stated that I loved the older Crenshaw brother, Max, who cared for his sisters and didn't side with the parents in any case. I thought that this series would focus on the sisters, so I am so happy to know that he WILL get his own book next... with a widow! I look forward to that one next year. The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee Bree

    👀 A fortune hunter and a wannabe-writer-on-the-run from a marriage of convenience? Now there's a deal with the devil I can't wait to sink my eyeballs into! 👀 👀 A fortune hunter and a wannabe-writer-on-the-run from a marriage of convenience? Now there's a deal with the devil I can't wait to sink my eyeballs into! 👀

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    4.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin A devilish lord in need of funds meets his match in an American heiress determined to escape a betrothal that would crush her spirit. The Devil and the Heiress is an engaging romance that charmed me thanks to its roguish hero who has a marshmallow heart and an optimistic budding writer with a spine of steel. Violet Crenshaw has seen firsthand what can happen to a woman who is essentially sold for a title. Though her sister made a love match with an Engl 4.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin A devilish lord in need of funds meets his match in an American heiress determined to escape a betrothal that would crush her spirit. The Devil and the Heiress is an engaging romance that charmed me thanks to its roguish hero who has a marshmallow heart and an optimistic budding writer with a spine of steel. Violet Crenshaw has seen firsthand what can happen to a woman who is essentially sold for a title. Though her sister made a love match with an English lord, that doesn’t mean the same will hold true for Violet. In fact, her parents are determined she marry a man who will undoubtedly cage her. Determined to take charge of her own life, Violet flees London and is surprised to find a helping hand in the form of the Earl of Leigh. Except Christian has his own plans and it wasn’t chance that made him appear when Violet needed aid. He needs funds to save the one home that means anything to him and Violet is the answer to his prayers. She also intrigues him as no other woman has. The forced proximity allows them to get to know one another in a way they never would have within the confines of society’s rules. I thoroughly enjoyed their trip and watching Christian and Violet get to know each other. Their mutual attraction quickly becomes something more, but what happens when Christian’s initial plot is revealed (as it must or where would the conflict be?) I will leave readers to discover for themselves. Christian and Violet have great chemistry and the pages of The Devil and the Heiress practically flew by. There are elements of this story that remind me of Lisa Kleypas’s Wallflower quartet and as that’s one of my favorite series it’s a definite compliment. But Christian and Violet are their own selves and they won me over. Violet can be naïve but her spirit and openness charmed the daylights out of me. And Christian made me smile and sigh. He definitely is wrong in lying to Violet, but the man has the softest heart and I could have melted over him. I adored them both as individuals and as a couple. The Devil and the Heiress is the second book in Harper St. George’s Gilded Age Heiresses series but having not yet read The Heiress Gets a Duke I can safely say Violet’s book stands on its own. That being said, I enjoyed Violet and Christian so much that I cannot wait to go back and read August Crenshaw’s book as I wait for more Gilded Age Heiresses stories. FTC Disclosure: I purchased the paperback and received the EBook for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather Button

    Ever since The Heiress Gets a Duke I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of The Devil and the Heiress. I loved Harper St. George’s development of the blue stocking character August and her fierce independence, so I knew I’d love her next book in The Gilded Age Heiresses series and I was RIGHT. August’s sister Violet is the amiable, beautiful prize of the Crenshaw family. Nineteen years old and a good daughter, her parents are convinced she will follow their orders willingly when they start ac Ever since The Heiress Gets a Duke I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of The Devil and the Heiress. I loved Harper St. George’s development of the blue stocking character August and her fierce independence, so I knew I’d love her next book in The Gilded Age Heiresses series and I was RIGHT. August’s sister Violet is the amiable, beautiful prize of the Crenshaw family. Nineteen years old and a good daughter, her parents are convinced she will follow their orders willingly when they start accepting proposals from would be suitors. Except, Violet is determined to marry for love and not be forced into a situation where she has no say. So when her parents promise her to a scoundrel who will undoubtedly try to control her, Violet runs away and coincidentally into the arms of Lord Christian Leigh, who made an offer to her father without her knowing. The two spend some time traveling away in secret, her escaping the control of her parents and him trying to make her fall in love with him and convince her to marry him. Their time together forces them to pretend to be a newly married couple and they fall in love. When secrets come to light, Violet and Lord Leigh must face the consequences of their time away and learn if what they shared was real or not. My only beef about this book is that it is a mass market paperback that is literally the size of my phone. I so wanted this to be included in the July @bookofthemonth selections so I could have the hardcover to match the first, but of course it didn’t happen. I absolutely loved this story and have already marked Harper’s next book - The Lady Tempts an Heir - as one to watch.

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