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Once an Heiress (Once A... #2)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  289 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Lily Bachman has the largest dowry the haut ton has seen in years. Her fortune is meant to secure her marriage to a titled gentleman, but instead it has sent every fortune hunter in London into a frenzy. Despite her father s insistence that she choose a husband, Lily swears she won't marry any of these Leeches. Instead, she focuses on her dreams of opening a charity school ...more
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Published May 27th 2014 by Adams Media Corporation (first published March 11th 2013)
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Purple Iris
More 4.5

I loved this. I enjoyed it even more than Once a Duchess. I really enjoyed the urban setting here. It was so fascinating to read about London at the time -- how people got around, what their houses were like, what institutions they frequented, how they gambled, what prisons were like... I could really appreciate the amount of research that went into this book. And I loved the flawed characters, especially Ethan. I love a series where each book is better than the last!
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Actual rating: 1.5

It was probably a bad idea to read this book after The Heiress Effect . Two books about heiresses in one week, it figures that I'd strike out with one of them. This is the one to skip. It is definitely jarring, though, to follow up with this one. There could hardly be more of a difference between the two heiresses and their loves. Overall, this was a terrible, insipid book with a foolish, contrary heroine and an immature, gambling-addicted, angry-for-no-good-reason, womanizing
Micah Persell
When I first started this book, my husband asked me how I liked it. My response was that the hero was a terrible man, and I couldn’t wait to see him reformed. I was solidly in the corner of the heroine, Lily. That was chapter one. In a masterful twist, Elizabeth Boyce had me sympathizing with bad-boy Ethan to the point I was nearly in tears on almost the very next page. I never expected the character I was going to hate to be the book’s heroine. Her fears turned her into a frigid, castigating wi ...more
Roanne Araneta
Reading this was a pain in the ass.

I was not impressed. Not ever.

It’s so pocketbook generic.

This is worse than the first book. Ah well probably equally worse.

“The eyes of the man standing there hit Lily with a stunning force.”

Oh my god how ridiculous. How utterly ridiculous!

Pukes. Excessive eye-rolling.

“Lily do you know what happens between a man and a woman… in bed?”

Dear God!!!

Can this get any dumber?!

“It hurts… doesn’t it?” “It often does hurt the lady a bit…”

*laughs maniacally* GOOD HEAVENS.
Once again Elizabeth Boyce has managed to mix the appropriate amounts of history, character drama, and steamy sex. It was a delightful read! This is not your average romance story; you walk away having learned so much about the time period and lifestyle of London's high society.
ONCE AN HEIRESS combines everything readers love about historical romance with a twisting, suspenseful story that will have you on the edge of your seat hoping Lily and Ethan can find a way to be together.

I'm not going to lie – my first introduction to Ethan Helling had me wondering if I'd misunderstood the summary. This is the guy I'm supposed to fall in love with? Really? Because he sounds every bit the rake I've been warned about. Not only is he buried in gambling debt, but his lust for a fr
Kristine Maite Suarez
why i actually find rakes attractive and intriguing is beyond me..

another feel good regency story i really like.kudos to the author!
Jonel Boyko (Pure Jonel)
If I thought I was in love with this author’s work with the first novel in this series I was sorely mistaken. She has outdone herself by half again this time. What a fabulous story! Boyce’s unique brank of sass and romance really brings out the best of the time period she takes you back to. The mix of periodesque colloquialisms and narratives complete the transition for the reader. There is an inherent undertone of comedy running underneath this romance of misunderstandings and disappointments.

Not as good as Once a Duchess, but definitely an author to stick with. There was a lot to like about this book, but all the miscommunication and misunderstandings and "I'll-explain-later"s drove me nuts. (N-V-T-S, nuts! (Sorry, it's a reflex.))

One thing this book does really well is not glamorizing the rake. Ethan's lifestyle means that he is in tons of debt and has almost no friends. Very early on, he realizes that this whole thing is no good for him, and that he needs to change. By the time h
Once An Heiress by Elizabeth Boyce is an interesting, fun and very knowledgeable historical romance.

Lily Bachman is every momma’s worst nightmare and every bachelor’s dream. She has the largest dowry the town has seen in years, which is meant to secure her a place in society and secure a marriage to a titled gentleman.

Ethan Helling, Viscount Thorburn, is the man everyone knows as a rake and gambler. He is indebted to all of London society and now with his friend’s mistress tempting him, he is in
Once an Heiress will delight readers of Once a Duchess and newcomers to Elizabeth Boyce alike. Here is another clever plot with unexpected twists, focusing on a smart, sassy, strong heroine and a deliciously flawed hero. As much as I think every woman would aspire to be as independent, ambitious, and self-possessed as the heroine Lily, the author of this series never balks from showing us the foibles that lead the characters into their sticky situations and the honest, troubled, and sometimes ev ...more
Loved it! This was so much fun to read after having read Once a Duchess three times already! It was so great to read the second book in the series. I find these characters to have the depth to make you think of their stories even after you've closed the book. Lily was a splendid minor character in Once a Duchess, so it was good fun to see her take the starring lead in this novel. Can't wait to read Naomi's story next!
Another great Regency Romance by Elizabeth Boyce--this one focuses on Lily, Isabelle's friend from Once a Duchess. This isn't a sequel, per se, more of a companion book, but I recommend you read Duchess in order to understand some of the things in this book. Like the previous installment, this has steamy romance and a headstrong leading lady, all set in the regency period. Loved it!!
Alexia Adams
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3.5 stars

This was definitely an enjoyable Historical Romance. It was no where near as angsty as book one, but still an emotional book at times. It had a good plot that kept me turning the pages. The hero (Ethan) shocked me... I didn't think I would like him right away, but I really did. I totally fell in love with him. Even more shocking was I found myself annoyed with the heroine (Lily) a time or two. She was still likable but I found she was too hard on Ethan.

I definitely like the way this au
Sharon brown
stupid, selfish, spoilt heroine who blamed the hero for her predicament though it was in fact her own fault. she knew of his reputation but followed him anyway and ignored him when he tried to protect her! then when they get together it is she who decides she wants a marriage in name only. she says he humiliated her but she took money from daddy even after their marriage and failed to turn up at a dinner at friend without even an apology so she humiliated him! She didn't seem to know what she wa ...more
Wendy Tavenner
My 2nd book in a row by the author and I absolutely loved the book. Lily's father has bestowed upon her a vast dowery which is drawing every leech and fortune hunter around. She wants to marry.for love. Ethan is in debt up to his eye balls and needs to marry well, which leads him to Lily. A scandal throws Lily and Ethan together and they marry!! Ethan doesn't believe he deserves to be loved. With trial and error they start to fall for each other. But people and his debt try to tear them apart. T ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical romance lovers
Lily Bachman was introduced in "Once a Duchess" and is a delightful heroine. She also has a huge dowry and is being pursued by every "Leech" as she calls them in the ton. She would rather open a school for fallen women and pursues her idea with her father's blessing. Enter Ethan, a gambling, destitute earl who is in his own words a rake. He sees Lily and is entrances. She is like no other woman he has ever known. But he must work to win her and convince her he loves her more than her money. Deli ...more
Janice Liedl
I wibbled on my ratings - this straddles the 3 and 4 star category in my mind. The characters are fabulous and there's some interesting background on many levels. Ethan and Lily, however, are sometimes overshadowed by the melodramatic situations in which they're engulfed, especially Ethan with his mountains of debt, his aspiring, scheming mistress and his secretive relationship with Vanessa (an interesting character but used to bad effect at times in separating the hero and heroine). Money is a ...more
4.5 stars.

Awesome book, loved the romance between Ethan and Lily. :D I rarely, rarely ever read historical fiction because it always annoyed me, but perhaps this book has changed my options a little bit. To be honest, the cover didn't really make it seem like it was historical, so I clicked on it. It is a gorgeous cover indeed.

Character development was nice too, and thank god because Ethan was a bit annoying in the beginning. I definitely recommend it :)
Marguerite Butler
Marked this one down for a few reasons. Warning: SPOILERS AHOY. A while lot of their problems could have been solved with simple conversations. Also, I really hated Lily's parents. Hated them. They way her father basically dangled money like a carrot to land Lily a husband she didn't want and then yanked it away to teach them all some lesson was cruel. Her mother's hysterics set my teeth on edge. But they were treated as though they were wonderful people.

And Lily was so noble about the school, e
Lily. I liked her a lot in the first one but she's so unlike what I'd seen in the first book once chapter one was over. Rational and level-headed...and insta-love? Um...Lily, girl...what happened?

I wasn't at all a fan of Lily or Ethan or their relationship. Part way through I was just reading it to get it over with because there was just so much unnecessary drama. Yes, Ethan had his faults but Lily was being ridiculous from the beginning (pre- and post- marriage) and I just ended up being sick o
I read and thoroughly enjoyed Boyce's first book Once a Duchess, so I expected to like Once an Heiress. What I liked best about Once a Duchess was identifying with the heroine, so I was really caught off guard when I started Once an Heiress and was put off by Lily Bachman. I lost track of how many times I wanted to throttle her, to tell the truth. But then there was Ethan. Ohhhhh, Ethan. Can I keep him, Ms. Boyce, can I?? Pretty please?

Not only was this book well written, well researched, and en
I really hated this book! So much deception, so many shallow reasons why these two got together. There wasn't even a real "woo me so I can fall in love with you" romance! It was more like they just suddenly realized that they loved one another after they treated each other like total crap. I really couldn't connect with any of the characters in this book, although it was nice to see how things were going with the first couple of the series. Thankfully, there is only one book left in the series, ...more
Another fabulous novel by Elizabeth Boyce. I devoured this book over an indulgent weekend. The characters, Ethan and Lily, jumped to life and were completely relatable and sympathetic. I loved that Lily was tough and independent. And I adored Ethan's rakish charm. It was impossible not to root for this duo.

I also loved revisiting some of my favorite characters from Once a Duchess! Aunt Janine has got to be one of the best characters I have ever read. She is so fun and full of humor.

I am loving
Nancy Haddock
I REALLY enjoyed this book! Wonderful characters, excellent story!
This hero was in sorry shape, hunted by creditors, and scorned by society. I liked him because not only was he different from the usual hero, he was still a good person despite his 'vices.' Lily, on the other hand, was an immature woman despite her philanthropic goals, and annoyingly vacillated between her desire and disdain for Ethan. Poor Ethan. He deserved a much better heroine than Lily. Three stars.
Love the heroine. My favorite in the series. There were parts in the book which left me teary-eyed. The struggles of the character of Ethan was touching. He was a man who lacks a loving family but found it in Lily. Lily on the other hand is very hesitant to give her heart knowing how huge her dowry was and probably the only thing that drew Ethan to her.

The ending has an interesting revelation. My chest had constrictions. Love Lily's strength and Ethan's quiet dignity. One of my favorites!

Warning: a rant is coming up...
Ugh!! I'm so angry at this story, it was a waste of time and money. I started skipping pages and in the end stopped reading it. The heroine was too stupid, I couldn't stand her any longer! The predicament in which the hero and the heroine ended up in was her own fault!! And then she started to blame the hero! She was childish, pompous, selfish and brainless!! I'm sorry, I liked Once a Duchess but this one is one of the worst I've read.
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