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Something in the Heir

(It's Reigning Men #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,135 ratings  ·  204 reviews
He’s a prince with a problem, she’s a commoner with a getaway plan.

Modern-day Prince Adrian of Monaforte has a most old-fashioned problem: his demanding mother wants him wed to her best friend’s daughter, the hard-partying Serena. When his refusal falls on deaf ears, Adrian decides it’s time for him to slip away from his gilded cage and figure out his life, all on his own
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published December 24th 2014 by Jenny Gardiner Books
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A big disappointment. I love royal romance, that's the only reason I finished this. The narrative and how the characters spoke, reminded me of an old British comedy...just not the funny kind. Do people actually speak like that?
The ending felt rushed. Prince Adrian went from really liking Emma to all of a sudden proposing, kinda blind sighted me. I thought they'd spend more time getting to know each other considering originally they only hung out for a few days. I have book two as a freebie, but
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This was a little childish, but pretty cute! An easy read for fans of The Prince & Me.
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I’ve been hearing really great things about Jenny Gardiner and her fun chick lit reads. When I was contacted about reviewing this one, I was really looking forward to it. I read quite a few serious, drama-filled, extremely emotional books, so it’s really nice mixing some enjoyably fun chick lit reads in to lighten my reading mood.

Emma, a successful US photographer, and Adrian, Prince of Monaforte, conspire together to spend some time in hiding. Adrian is desperate to avoid his mother, who is pus
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Didn't like the main characters I found them very childish. ...more
Christi Snow
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
This is a book that is just as fun as that super-cute cover. I'll admit, I'm a sucker for a good cover and I loved this one which immediately caught my attention.

This book is every girl's fantasy growing a handsome prince and fall desperately in love. But it isn't Emma's fantasy...not anymore. She's met a few too many frogs and simply doesn't believe in happily-ever-afters anymore. But that hasn't changed the fact that she's simply a nice person. So when the prince begs for
Tracie Banister
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a sucker for a royal romance whether it be in real life or fiction, so the premise of this book immediately appealed to me and I stayed up late several nights in a row reading Something in the Heir because it was so engaging.

The story opens with Prince Adrian of Monaforte, who's in DC on royal business, deciding he's had enough of not only his boring duties, but his matchmaking mother, and taking off with an assist from his loyal equerry and a woman he's just met, event photo
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
The blurb made this book sound so interesting, but I wound up hating it! Emma was a smart-butt heroine, but the author used it too much, making her come off as immature rather than sassy. I liked how Adrien kept trying to get Emma to accept the compliments he paid her and acknowledge that not all men were like her exes, but Emma kept having her head in the sand regarding all of that, and it stunted her growth as a character. In fact, it made the romance between Adrien and Emma more about sex and ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I have been too lazy to write the review...

Let me think.
Ok so there was prince Adrian with the English last name from some Alp? kingdom. Also since he had never watched tv his knowledge of "new" words like "horny" and others were terrible. Are you kidding me? damn that prince be stupid. So the only way to learn new words is telly then..well ok Prince I do not know this language you are speaking Miss American.

Ok so I could just check, but, eh I forgot her name. Emily? Was it that? I guess I will
Muse-ic ♬
Nothing particularly mindblowing but a fun little read nonetheless!

Pardon my bluntness......

...but why is it that all royal men are magically endowed with a massive *cough*package*cough*? Royals aren't descended from the gods lmao they're just people.

Do you need a person of royal status as a love interest for your contemporary romance book?

Step 1: Make up a royal lineage

Step 2: create a non-existent country, preferably somewhere in Europe beca
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick read with loud-out-loud moments. Emma strikes me as the kind of girl I would have been friends with in my younger years, and I loved her character. And who doesn't enjoy a story of your average girl meeting a royal bachelor? I thought this was well written and very entertaining. I liked it enough to want to read the next in the series. ...more
Jennifer Craig
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a really cute book. Prince Adrian of Monaforte, is desperate for a temporary escape from his matchmaking mother, the queen. He wants some time to figure out who he wants to be. Emma is in a bit of a doldrums with her current job. While it is a great job, it has become a bit stale. When Adrian stops Emma on her way to her car after the party she has just finished photographing, she agrees to help Adrian hide out for a bit. I loved how open Emma was to helping out Adrian while trying to p ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What happens when you combine a prince with the need to wander and escape out from under the thumb of the queen and a fun chance taking photographer caught dreaming of change? Well you get an unlikely combination that brings you Adrian and Emma! With Adrian begging Emma to help him escape his life even for a day or two, she can’t say no to the charming prince and so their adventure begins!
Something in the Heir is such a fun read! While the scenario of meeting a prince is unlikely the author writ
Nikki LeClair
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The synopsis for this novel intrigued me very much so. It also started off with a bang which I something I absolutely love in novels!

Emma the main character is a fun loving girl who has a budding career as a successful photographer and seemed bored with a life that was going nowhere really. I found myself giggling quite a few times at things that came out of Emma’s mouth and never not once did I find her annoying or over the top.

Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Releases a sigh of frustration... why? Because this book sounded like it was going to be so much fun and I was in the mood for a light-hearted, funny romance. Sadly, I found myself skimming through large chunks of the book, mostly because Emma babbled so much ridiculous drivel I found my mind drifting off. I just couldn't engage and seeing as how I can be quite satisfied with a basic, formulaic Mills and Boon, this is not a good sign!

But most of all, and this is a huge beef with me as a lover of
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, kindle
Contemporary Prince and Cinderella story.
Total fluff.
We meet Prince Adrian of Monaforte who is a total limp guy who is running away from his mother who is pushing hard for him to marry his childhood friend, Serena. So he runs with a random photographer, Emma Davison when he is given the chance to take a break from his celebrity lifestyle. I liked his friend Darcy because he seems to just accept his rich and powerful life style and at no point tries to make like it is anything less then awesome.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
This was a light-hearted romance featuring a royal prince being pressured to marry and a commoner that provides him a way to escape his destined life. I found it well written and, at times, funny and entertaining. However, it never really captured me. It somehow seemed flat to me. The main characters were developed realistically but I didn't feel that were was any intense attraction between them. Adrian seemed a little sappy to me and Emma seemed misdirect
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Light and fluffy

This was a sweet story of pure fantasy for every girl that's ever wished to be a princess.
Although the ages of the adults in the story were in the their mid twenties, the whole book felt like I was reading about some high school kids. Perhaps because the story was so light? Or maybe because of the actions of the characters?
Overall, it was a fun little diversion from what I normally read, but since I'm not usually a fan of YA I wouldn't read more in this series.
Nidhi Bhatt
Ha ha! Typical Hallmark movie type book with a Royal Prince and a commoner who fall in love. But the Queen is really sweet in the book unlike the Hallmark movies in which it takes some convincing.

Fun to read and nice characters. The Prince Adrian himself is like a normal guy and a sweetheart. Emma is like any normal girl. Friends Darcy and Caroline of each of them are nice characters too. In general a good book for entertainment! :) :D
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, can't wait to read the next one. ...more
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Something in the Heir review

Something in the Heir is a cute and funny first book in It's Reigning Men series written by author Jenny Gardiner.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story. If you are like funny, romance, easy reads than this book you need to read.
Sandra Aaron
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an OK romance, with a few steamy scenes. It was mildly entertaining, and I liked the couple, but I didn't really think their romance was believable. I had trouble buying that Emma and Adrian were really in love -- seemed like mostly lust to me, and they didn't know each other well enough to really be in love.

I also thought that Adrian's mother would NOT have changed as much as she did, and certainly not so quickly. I thought her almost immediate acceptance of Emma was totally unbelievab
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
In the style of Roman Holiday or The Prince & Me, Something in the Heir follows a royal who needs to escape from it all. The Crown Prince of a little known kingdom takes a unexpected and much needed holiday from his royal duties hiding from his overbearing family. He just so happens to drag Emma along for the ride.

The plot itself was somewhat predictable and the enjoyment factor was from the rom-com style banter between the two protagonists. This book plays of the fantasies of little girls – fin
Rosali Penunuri
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay, so I usually base my rating on the overall feel of the book, how entertaining it was (the escapability from reality factor), and whether I would want to reread it again. Looking past the editing and grammar issues throughout the book it was okay overall, but I don't see myself rereading this in the future. I don't like to rate a book too low, because as long as I could read it through and it allowed me some escape for a short time it's worth a read. The main character was sort of boring, a ...more
Cyrene Olson
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a light hearted romance, with a bit of laughter – and it actually reminds me of those cheesy Hallmark movies that we all seem addicted to in the winter. This book is really dialog driven, and written in first person, but jumps from chapter to chapter from Adrian to Emma. The dialog seemed a bit young, for the lack of a better word. Emma felt a bit immature to me, and I’m not real sure what attracts Adrian to her. It’s also a little unbelievable that a prince doesn’t even know how to do m ...more
As a sucker for a good royal romance, I was happy to find Something in the Heir for free on my Kindle. It's not the best of the genre, but it satisfies the romantic, Disney-worshiping five year old that lives in my heart. I did get annoyed at Emma for not just giving in, but at the same time I thought her point was valid. It was all a little too rushed and wrapped up very neatly. It feels like all the conflict could have been easily resolved if Adrian had actually had a conversation with any of ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been provided with a copy of Something in the Heir by the author for an impartial review. I really enjoyed this story. This book had some really interesting characters that just made you want to be friends with them and just have them in your life. This story is about Prince Adrian finding out who he is and what his life is by running away from his family and he accomplishes this task by having the help of the photographer Emma that he meets at an event that he had to attend. This book wa ...more
Jane H
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Is the cover super cute? Yes. Is the idea fun? Yes. Do I mind somewhat contrived circumstances to set a plot in motion? Not usually. However I kinda felt like it was more a series of contrived circumstances which put together were a little much. Some of the conversations made the characters seem so juvenile to me at times when they weren’t really. Also, the main characters fell in love in less than a week. It happens, but it’s a little improbable to know you are meant to be with someone you bare ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: freebie
You'll likely predict that this predictable story about a predictable Prince and a predictable commoner is well, predictable. But we saw that coming right?

Emma is a photographer and during a shoot meets the Prince of somewhere... he's desperate to escape his strict life and his impending forced marriage. Adrian instead slips away into the night, stumbling across Emma and begging her help.

It was an ok freebie which passed the time easily and summoned up dreams of being kidnapped by my own Princ
Sara Jo
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were moments where Emma was funny but most of the time her over the top rambling was so stupid. Out of all the flaws to give a character, that was pretty bad. It took a potentially good story and made it silly. A professional photographer who gets invited to photograph foreign dignitaries and the President of the United States, but she doesn't know how to filter? PLEASE. Not to mention, someone did a horrible job editing the book; one glaring problem was when Caroline and Darcy were alone, ...more
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Jenny Gardiner is the author of #1 Kindle Bestseller Slim to None and the award-winning novel Sleeping with Ward Cleaver. Her latest works are the It’s Reigning Men series, featuring Something in the Heir; Heir Today Gone Tomorrow; Bad to the Throne; and the upcoming Love is in the Heir. She also published the memoir Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who's Determined to Kill Me, ...more

Other books in the series

It's Reigning Men (8 books)
  • Heir Today Gone Tomorrow (It's Reigning Men #2)
  • Bad to the Throne (It's Reigning Men #3)
  • Love Is in the Heir (It's Reigning Men #4)
  • Shame of Thrones (It's Reigning Men #5)
  • Throne for a Loop (It's Reigning Men #6)
  • It's Getting Hot in Heir (It's Reigning Men #7)
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