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Something in the Heir

(It's Reigning Men #1)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published December 24th 2014 by Jenny Gardiner Books
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Didi
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
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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
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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 up...meet 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
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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
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⚜️Trea
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
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Karen
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.
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
Terry
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
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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.

Th
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Amy
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
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Liz
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
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Tima
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
LadyTechie
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, can't wait to read the next one.
Bernie
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.
Cassi
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
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Kati
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
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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
Lola
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
Whitney
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
Loz
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
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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
Nancy Brooks
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Jenny Gardiner but it won't be the last. Not War and Peace, but an entertaining read. Our Prince is tired of his mother's matchmaking and needs to escape his duties to regroup and avoid an arranged marriage. Our heroine is a photographer at a reception honoring the prince and the president. Afterwards, our hero waylays her. The rest may be predictable but it is very enjoyable to read. I love the title of Gardiner's series "Reigning Men"!
Jillian Byrd
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Way too many POV jumps

I understand changing points of view for perspective but it shouldn't be every sentence. I could hardly tell who was talking during most of the scenes. It was more frustrating than the failed emotional connections between characters and the weak and too easy endings to the conflicts. I knew I should have stopped reading before I hit the halfway mark but I hoped the story at least had a satisfying ending. Spoiler, it doesn't.
Carol Darling
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Run away groom.

Their to the kingdom is taking a break from reality as his mother tries to get him married to a friend of the family. He doesn't want the marriage but can't figure out how to convince mother. So he sneaks away and kidnapped the photographer. She agreed to shelter him for a while. Great romp fun read.
Mira Gagnon
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good book, I enjoyed the theme of the book and all the royal stuff. But I feel like the ending was expedite and we did not really have closure about the story and the characters. All in all, I had a great time reading this book and I would maybe recommand it to someone who is looking for a feel good romance novel with an added flavor of royalty!
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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

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It's Reigning Men (8 books)
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  • Shame of Thrones (It's Reigning Men #5)
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