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The Heir Apparent

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Henry Walker is the only son of a wealthy businessman - and heir to a vast company. It is his birthright and destiny. But Henry only truly desires the one thing he cannot have…time to spend with his lover, Archie Banks. Archie is his childhood friend turned driver, bodyguard and dirty little secret. Circumstances make it difficult for them to sneak moments together – somet ...more
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Published February 26th 2013 by Loose Id
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Ezinwanyi Chinyere
In this book, it wasn’t clear where Henry Walker and Archie Banks were a couple. I would argue that they had a professional and a sexual relationship, maybe even a friendship but there didn’t seem to be an actual romantic relationship. After experiencing Matt and Evan’s relationship in their series, my expectations of Tere Michael’s books are really high because I have experienced the magic she can deliver.

Archie was Henry Walker’s chauffeur and Archie’s family worked for the Walker family in v
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had a real disconnect with the characters and story in this one. It was a struggle to finish it, tbh.
3 stars – Overall, The Heir Apparent is not a bad book. While the writing is fine, it suffers from a couple of big issues that resulted in my not being thrilled with it. The first of which is a trope which has rarely ever worked for me in romance. The two characters involved in the story's relationship, Henry Walker, who is the millionaire heir to a business empire, and Archie Banks, who was Henry's primary childhood friend/playmate and now Henry's chauffeur/bodyguard, start the tale with more t ...more
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆

If you're expecting this to be anything like the Faith, Love & Devotion series, I'll stop you right's nothing like that, it's a whodunit....and not a bad one at that!!

I started off not liking the characters (other than Archie) at all, Henry Walker was a real 'cold fish', his father Norman was even more so (and I have to admit that it narked me a little that they were British - authors, and I'm not singling you out here Tere, most of us Brits weren't educated at Eton and do not have a
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: various-romance
Great romance between Henry, the heir of a big company, and his lifelong friend and chauffeur Archie. I loved the dynamic and the history between Henry and Archie. Archie is about to leave after years of service now that he has paid the debts of his father and finished his external studies. The tension between them at their upcoming separation and Henry's inability to be honest about their relationship are played out against an interesting kidnapping/family tragedy plot.

The only small negative
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This book rubbed me the wrong way. I knew when I started reading it that it was mainly a mystery, so I did not have any false expectations. Unfortunately it still failed to deliver for me.

The mystery part is not exactly that big of a surprise. I knew who the bad guy as soon as he/she were first introduced. As far as the plot goes, can’t say it was extremely original. What could have saved this book for me would have been the relationship between Archie and Henry. But sadly that was the biggest l
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I became really attached to both Archie and Henry. They were just so right for each other, even though it took time and tragedy for them to figure it out.

Archie Bank, driver and bodyguard for Henry Walker, The Heir Apparent of WalkCom The manufacturing conglomerate with energy and steel interests around the world that is owned by the wealthy Walker family. Archie is also Henry’s childhood friend and secret lover.
After six years fo study Archie will finally have his business degree and will be looking for a new job Soon he’d have a job that didn’t require a gun permit and a uniform. But All his excitement always felt tempered by the reality that w
Serena Yates
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, read-2017
Rich, somewhat bored, and definitely emotionally challenged heir to an international manufacturing conglomerate meets hard-working, ambitious, loyal chauffeur/bodyguard in this coming-of-age-at-a-somewhat-later-stage-in-life tale. The emotional trials and tribulations of these two complicated men who are very clearly close friends immediately pulled me in and, from the start, had me deeply involved with their fate. Henry and Archie have known each other since childhood, have shared (and are stil ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Tere Michael’s new novel, The Heir Apparent, is a tightly written, absorbing mystery-romance. The characters have depth and the relationships grow beyond typical expectations. The mystery portion is interesting and could have been pretty suspenseful, unfortunately there is only one option for villain and the story doesn’t even try to offer other options. Thus the end reveal is too easy and obvious, which ruins the pacing and suspense. However, I found this to a pretty minor problem and enjoyed t ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I think goodreads needs another star system...why?

Because I more and more read books that are 3,5 stars. This one is no exception.

Why? I mean, hey, I've read Tere Michaels "Faith, Love & Devotion"-series and loooooved it.

If I compare this book to the's defintely a 3 star....if I compare it to other books at the moment might be closer to 4 stars.

Well....let's start:
The writing is good, I never felt detached from the action, I never experienced any moment where the lan
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shannon by: TJ
Shelves: aa-recommend
I was questioning this couple for quite a while because they didn't seem like a couple at all. More of the fuck buddies variety. Then everything changed and it became a romance with a little intrigue and a little smexing and a whole lotta sweetness. ...more
This moves quickly and relies a lot on pre-established relationships, but for all that I still really enjoyed it. The mystery aspect was a bit overdone and predictable but I liked the connection between Henry and Archie. I wanted them to work out and be able to own up to their feelings for each other. As always I enjoyed Ms. Michaels writing style and the smoothness of her prose. This is a quick read, but I still found myself swept up in the story.

Archie Banks life has been dictated in large par
Reviewed on Hearts on Fire

It wasn’t a love at first sight read for me. It could be because this was about an established couple, Henry & Archie, which means I had to warm up to them in a hurry to care about what’s happening between them. Not helping was how cold and uncomfortable they first seemed with each other. They grew up together, knew each other since they were five, and are lovers but they have awkward conversations & don’t kiss each other when they’re about to have sex. All this is sup
Trisha Harrington
I really liked this. The romance was sweet. The crime and mystery fell short for me. I had guessed who it was before the 50% mark. It was a really good book though and the ending was nice. Hopefully there might be a sequel one day.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE a Tere Michaels love story!!!!!
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Great characters. Terrible plot.
Lisa The Novel Approach
~ 4.5 Stars ~

Henry is the next in line to take over his father’s considerable earnings and thriving corporation. His stern and demanding father has been grooming his son ever since he was born, and Henry feels the weight of a life that he’s not really sure he wants to embrace pressing in on him more heavily every day. His only respite from the hamster wheel that his life has become seems to be the time spent with his best friend and employee, Archie Banks. From the moment Archie arrived, at the
Lelyana's Reviews
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dsp, arc, 2017, mm

2nd edition by Dreamspinner Press.

This is surprisingly a really fun read for me.
I liked Archie and Henry's relationship, even though Henry need a little more spine and talk to his father about it rather than assuming, you know?
I liked how devoted Archie is with Henry, taking care of him with no doubt. No question asked when Henry acting weird, especially during the sex session :P

Their sexy time has always been sexy, and romantic at some point. Forbidden and dangerous...but they never thought tha
T.M. Smith
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book hit the ground running! Henry Walker, only child and heir to his father’s multimillion dollar company is secretly in love with his best friend. Archie Banks grew up at the Walker estate. He is Henry’s chauffer, bodyguard and lover. A kidnapping leaves both men seriously injured, and the FBI are convinced Archie is behind it. Left to their own devices in an all too tiny apartment, the relationship between these two secret lovers blooms into something more. When the smoke clears will Hen ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cop-pi-ff, mystery

It was a fun book, with a bit of everything in it. However, there are conflicts in the book that I felt had been ironed out too conveniently.
Crissy Morris
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
4.25 stars

I really liked this book, mostly for the characters and their story. I loved Archie and his struggles to make something of himself in the midst of loving a man that couldn't claim him publicly. I loved Henry in all his confusion and fear. He loves Archie and he loves his father. Henry seriously doesn't want to disappoint his father so he's kept his relationship, if that's what you can call it, a secret.

The emotional journey is what makes this story so good. Henry's struggle to accept
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I loved Tere Michael's previous series and those who follow the author know she isn't a "churn them out every month" type of author. So I was super happy to see a new M/M book from her. Unfortunately for me it was a hot mess.

First of the book is like one bad soap episode; we have Henry a rich kid molded to take over the legacy that is a billion dollar company. A mother who died and a father who is strict. Henry is also closeted and very much in love with his childhood best friend Archie (whose b
~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
Was on the kindle and didn't remember what it was about. Two boyhood friends have grown up and are lovers and employer/employee. Rich boy, father, family friend and poor boy are abducted and father dies and the mystery of who set up the abduction is on and whether or not rich boy will take over the CEO spot since there are a few suspects who don't want him to succeed. An ok read, quickly forgotten.

Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I guessed the solution to the kidnapping early on, so that took away a bit of my reading fun. On top of that there was something missing for me regarding the chemistry between Henry and Archie. Nevertheless, the writing drove me to finish this in rather short time:)
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Good book, but sadly I guessed who done it pretty much straight away, and never suspected anyone else
3.5 stars
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to *Nan* by: Rebecca Adkins
3.5 stars
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Well written but I didn't fall in love with the characters like I have in her books in the past. The bad guy was super obvious from the start. ...more
Fiona Lyle
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3.5 stars

Henry and Archie have known each other since they were children. Archie’s mother worked as the cook for Henry’s family, so they lived in the same house and grew up together, and as boys do, got up to all sorts of mischief. But now they are grown men. Henry is the heir to his father’s multi-million dollar company, and Archie is his driver/bodyguard. In public, they act like strangers, employer and employee. But in private, that old
Heather Martin
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

This book was not anything like I was expecting. The first 27% was routine and personally, I was really worried about reading it. Henry is the son of a very uptight, staid, wealthy man. Henry's father is very set in his ways and demands what he deems "appropriate" behaviors and actions from others. He's very exacting, and that's how Henry was raised.
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Tere Michaels unofficially began her writing career at the age of four when she learned that people got paid to write stories. It seemed the most perfect and logical job in the world and after that, her path was never in question. (The romance writer part was written in the stars—she was born on Valentine’s Day.)

It took thirty-six years of “research” and “life experience” and well… life… before he

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