HISTORICAL ROMANCE TIME!! (again lol). As soon as I read that the heroine in this book actually had a job, I was in. That’s rare in most of the historical fiction I’ve read, but especially so for an heiress. This heroine’s determination to keep that job no matter who she’s in love with or who’s in love with her is brilliant.
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THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE
BY HARPER ST. GEORGE
Publication Date: January 26, 2021
Paperback & eBook; 320 pages
Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses, Book #1
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
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.
“A fun, fresh historical romance that gives both formidable characters their due.” – Publishers Weekly
“A delightfully entertaining read, rich with romance, glamour, and lush Victorian detail. Harper St. George truly captures the spirt of the era.” – USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews
“THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE is a sexy, emotional romantic tale, set against the backdrop of the changing Victorian England. August Crenshaw is exactly the strong, intelligent, self-reliant heroine that Evan Sterling needs – the only trouble is neither one believes it. Watching the path of their romance and their battles makes this story a winner. Harper St. George is a must-buy for me!” – USA Today bestselling author Terri Brisbin
“Wit, seduction and passion blend seamlessly to create this deeply emotional romance. St. George weaves an intriguing plot with complex characters to provide the perfect sensual escape. There’s nothing I didn’t love about The Heiress Gets a Duke, especially its lush, captivating glimpse into history.” – USA Today bestselling author Anabelle Bryant
“There are only a few authors that make me want to take the day off to devour their latest book and Harper St. George is one of them. Rich with period detail, The Heiress Gets a Duke brings to life the Gilded Age’s dollar princesses in this smart, sexy, and oh so satisfying story. It’s a real treat for anyone who enjoys historical romances with strong characters that will stay with you long after you close the book. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.” – Laurie Benson, award-winning author of The Sommersby Brides series
“The electricity crackles between August and Evan from their gloriously unconventional and improper first meeting, through their first scandalous waltz and continues to sizzle till the very last page. As much as August tries to fight her overwhelming attraction to the most unlikeliest of dukes, through their very practical and business-like courtship and all the trials and tribulations Ms St George throws at them, she soon comes to realise that the man earmarked for her sister is not only her destiny but the unexpected love of her life. You’ll sigh, you’ll cry, and you’ll grin yourself silly as this independent and cynical heiress finally gets her duke.” – Virginia Heath
“The Heiress Gets a Duke is a charming, compulsively readable delight and I can’t wait for the next book from Harper St George’s magical pen!” – Evie Dunmore
Y’all know I love some historical fiction/romance, so let’s discuss what I loved about The Heiress Gets a Duke!
I totally get her. I get her want/need for independence. I get her stubbornness about giving that up with no certainty that the dude she marries is going to honor his promise to “allow” her to work. I get her disappointment in her father when he turns out not to be what she always thought (#relatable). Like sure, Evan is a good guy but she can’t know that for certain. Especially in a world where she’s seen friends delivered up on a platter to abusive assholes. Are my trust issues showing??
Either way, I get everything August is feeling and thinking and I definitely connected to her the most because of that.
I also get Evan. The feeling like a fuck-up because your finances are in a hole and that despite everything you try, they don’t seem to be getting better. Damn. Any poor person can understand that. While I would have sold my bachelor quarters as soon as possible, I also understand why he wanted to have a place of his own.
Wanting to keep his mom and sisters in their own home and in as nice of clothes and things as possible showed early on how committed he could be to the people he cares about and when August became one of those people, he shows he’d behave the same way towards her.
I also love a character who boxes so I was all-in from the start lol.
Evan and August had some amazing banter, especially when August thought he was going after her sister. I would not have been surprised if she stole a letter opener and stabbed him if it meant saving her sister from a marriage she didn’t want. Their scenes together were definitely some of my faves.
I LOVED the relationship August and Violet. They supported each other completely and it was great to read how protective they were of each other. I also liked that they knew their brother would defend them as well. While we saw less of him, the confidence they had in him showed his character more than anything. I love a book with strong sibling relationships.
I only have a few critiques. One is that I wish August was believed a little more. She clearly knows what she wants and is great at her job. I wish there were one more person in her corner who had complete faith in her and who listened to her wants and needs
My other critique is about the small parts about India. While I don’t expect characters to know everything going on in the world during their time, having multiple British characters (or people who are living in Britain) talk about India and British and American companies doing business there with no reference or anything about the absolute destruction Britain does to that country and it’s people felt off. I wanted some mention of it by any of the characters.
Overall, I enjoyed The Heiress Gets a Duke. If you’re looking for a historical romance with some steamy moments (bring your fan), The Heiress Gets a Duke might be right up your alley. I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George is available now.
About the Author
Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since.
She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found devouring her husband’s amazing cooking and reading. She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at www.harperstgeorge.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.
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