Review: In the Heir by Ruth Cardello

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆


What it’s about:

Brett Westerly is his father’s golden child, but it’s come at a cost. As head of the family corporation, he throws himself into his work—hiding in his office is easier than confronting the reality of his broken family.

After a bitter divorce that split the family and divided loyalties, the wealthy Westerly matriarch offers an early inheritance to any grandchild who marries and invites the entire family to the wedding. Brett’s brother Spencer rashly gets engaged, and Brett knows it’s his duty to intervene. But he never imagined the unwelcome desire Spencer’s fiery fiancée would spark in him. Now the man who’s used to getting everything he could want has met the one woman he can’t have.

Ever since she was a girl, Alisha Coventry considered Spencer and his sister Rachelle the family she didn’t have. When Spencer asks for her help, Alisha has no problem becoming his fake fiancée—until she meets Spencer’s sexy older brother Brett. The chemistry between them is undeniable—forbidden—but as their relationship deepens, Brett is determined to have her.

Alisha only wanted to help the family make amends. Now she’s falling for the wrong Westerly.

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Guest Reviewer Mandi’s Thoughts:

In the Heir with two words, potential and frustration. I gave the book 4 stars because of it’s potential.  My moments of frustration begged me to give it a 3.  But I want the author to know that it is worth the 4 stars. It could be worth 5 and hence my frustration.  I wanted more, more character building, more story, more pages, and more time.

The book is about a lie, a fake fiancé and falling the love with the other brother.  Not new ideas, but a great way to tell it.  The lie was out in the open at the beginning. The rest of the book was about the real story, what happened after.  I do get frustrated when the lie is held until the last part of the book, when everyone could have been honest 10 chapters ago.  So this was very refreshing.  It made me keep turning pages, I wanted to know what was going to happen. The story was great and like I said, made me want more.  That’s my frustration, the book skipped from scene to scene.  It was like a romance on fast forward.  I wanted to get to know the characters and the side characters for future books.  The book is missing the depth it needs to be great.  The great books make you feel like you are there, like these people are your friends and relatives.  This book made me feel like I was watching a commercial.  I might want to go buy the candy bar after the commercial but I don’t care about it.  I was glad I read the book, but I feel like the characters are at the most, work friends, not family.

The hero and heroine are great people that you can like instantly. The author makes the hero look bad in the beginning but it is easily recognized that he is a good man who has some issues.  His parents are divorced, his dad taught him life was only about money, he’s mom betrayed him at a young age.  But you know in his heart he is good, he has a good company, he secretly tries to support his siblings.  The heroine is sweet, likeable and for something refreshing; not a drama queen.


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