Review: Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

Though I enjoyed the last book in this series–the one that introduced this couple–I was a little underwhelmed by this novella.

We first met Gina as the sweet, innocent younger sister of a scandalous woman. Her uncle had bribed a duke to show interest in her, but the man ended up falling for her sister. Gina was OK with that; she even encouraged it, and she developed an interest in the Duke’s brother, Andrew.

Fast forward to this book. It seems Andrew is a bit smitten with Gina, but he can’t act on it. A, because she wants to marry a titled gentleman (and he is just the spare) and B, because he has sworn never to marry. Andrew was hurt badly by the first woman he fell for and refuses to ever love again.

So, both Gina and Andrew are attracted to each other, and they dance around it a bit. They flirt and they act on their attraction in increments, until they just can’t fool themselves anymore.

I found the story kind of meh. The impediments to their relationship were entirely of their own making. There was really no conflict. Gina was a bit unbelievable in her willingness to slip into scandalous behavior and the idea of her wanting a titled man felt like a convenient “reason” why they wouldn’t suit more than any evidence I found in her character. Their trek to a brothel and her insistence on exposing herself to new experiences was a bit contrived and super-flimsy. And Andrew’s attempts at denying his feelings for just didn’t hit hard enough.

It wasn’t a bad story. Not at all. I didn’t dislike it. I just know that Lorraine Heath can pull me in so much better.

It was… ok.

Rating: B-/C+

*ARC provided by publisher

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Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses
by Lorraine Heath
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Publisher: Avon Impulse

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