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Chasing the Heiress

(The Muses' Salon #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Lady Arabella Lucia Fairborne has no need of a husband. She has a fine inheritance for the taking, a perfectly capable mind, and a resolve as tough as nails. But what she doesn't have is the freedom to defy her cousin's will--and his will is to see her married immediately to the husband of his choosing. So is it any wonder that she dresses herself as a scullery maid and bo ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Zebra Shout
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
I really felt this was a 3.5 stars but didn't have that option.
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
'Chasing the Heiress' by Rachael Miles is book two in the "The Muses' Salon" series. It is the story of Lady Arabella Lucia Fairborne and Colin Somerville. I have read the previous book 'Jilting the Duke' but I found this book to be a standalone book.
Arabella 'Lucy' is on the run from her cousin/family who is out to hurt/kill her. Lucy pretends t
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars

When I reviewed Rachael Miles’ début, Jilting the Duke, earlier this year, I noted that the author had crafted an entertaining story featuring engaging protagonists and a well-developed central romance that, in spite of a few reservations, had been a compelling read overall. As a result, I was eagerly looking forward to Chasing the Heiress, the follow-up book, which was to tell the story of another of the Somerville brothers, who, like his older br
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really felt this was a 3.5 stars but didn't have that option. I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
'Chasing the Heiress' by Rachael Miles is book two in the "The Muses' Salon" series. It is the story of Lady Arabella Lucia Fairborne and Colin Somerville. I have read the previous book 'Jilting the Duke' but I found this book to be a standalone book. Arabella 'Lucy' is on the run from her cousin/family who is out to hurt/kill her. Lucy pretends t
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
The Muses' Salon has a second book added to it series with a third one scheduled. There was fascination with aristocrats turned soldier turned spies for the crown. The adventure of making from one point to the next not knowing what was next to come around the corner. Historical romance that provides that bit of intrigue/suspense with romance spiced with adventure and discovery. I found those things within the pages of Chasing the Heiress.

Lady Arabella showed her strength and courage in more was
Book Gannet
I’m probably being a bit mean when I only give this two stars, because at times I found it an engaging, enjoyable read. The problem is I also found it really long, was irritated by little details and got fed up of the plot switching off the romance to deal with the suspense, then switching off the suspense to deal with the romance, with some dull interludes in between. It also had a habit of abandoning plot threads as unresolved the moment they finished their narrative purpose for this story, an ...more
I won't rate this, since I only got 50 pages into it before stopping. This just wasn't for me.

This hero was beyond a rake for me... Maybe it was the laudanum that he had just taken 5 seconds prior that brought out the rake in him, but this story opens basically with the hero getting injured, arriving at a coaching inn where the heroine is hiding out as a scullery maid-type... she is assigned to take care of the hero's bullet wound and he immediately starts his campaign to get down her panties.
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-arc, a-e-book
Light read. Romantic suspense.

This is the second book in the 'The Muses Salon-series' and also - at least as far as I can tell from Goodreads - the second published book by this author. I received an eARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, and I can honestly say that, especially for a new author, I was very impressed. The three star review also shows that I did find some points for further improvement. I won't repeat the blurb, but will share my personal thoug
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bur-2016
This is a story of resilience, redemption and hope. Ms. Miles had me rooting for her characters from the start. Colin and Lucy are each trying to fulfill missions, his to the crown and hers to her Aunt, and they decide to work together. Colin needs her for his health and Lucy needs his family connections and his determination. As they help each other they realize they are better together than apart.

They each have secrets that they try to keep from the other. Eventually they share their secrets
Lynne Tull
I have just awarded Ms. Miles a Gold Star for her ability to write more minutia for filler than any other other author I have read. I think there was a story in there somewhere. Ah, there was. I found it near the end of the book where the 'happily ever after' was also hidden. There is one more book in this series and I know for a fact that the 'bad' guys will be there. They got more coverage than the H/H. Of course, now I have to finish the series. If the last book is like this one, it will not ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy for a review through Goodreads. Lucy has run away from her uncle who wants her inheritance. The story takes place in the early 1800's. He father was an officer in the British army and she was raised with him and her mom at battlefields from the time she was little. Her father taught her sword fighting and how to shoot. When he was killed at Waterloo she was sent to live with her great Aunt. She is a noblewoman but does not mind hard work. So, she is working at an inn washi ...more
Mary Craven
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and loved the characters, but the happily ever after is a bit foggy. Yes, there is one of sorts, but the bad guys just keeps going from book to book in this series. Maybe a want a little more romance and a little less evil in this world. Still would recommend this series to all who love reading.
Nancy Haddock
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book quite a while, but home damage set my reading time back by many months. This book has a most intriguing plot, and I loved the characters. Lucy goes through heart-wrenching peril, but she and Colin get to their happy ending! I'm a fan!
DNF'd: 34%/40+ pgs
July 24-29/16
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Note: the author is a dear friend from college...

...which doesn't change the fact that this is a beautifully written and compelling romance with excellent plotting & character development.

It follows the first book & makes great use of the world created by the author.

Second note: there are a couple of steamy scenes here.

4.5 Stars

Working as a scullery maid is easy enough for Lady Arabella Lucia Fairborne. At least until she comes up with a way to combat her cousin's plans for her life. Since there's no way she's going to marry someone that he's chosen. When an injured man arrives at the place where she's hiding out, she can't help but put her skills as a healer to the test. Yet, saving his life comes with a cost. A cost she never expected, but could be the best thing that's ever happened to her. Because really,
Barbara Rogers
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in return for my honest review**

This is my 2nd Rachael Miles book (her 2nd book too!) I absolutely loved the first one and couldn’t wait for this one. Needless to say, I loved this one too!!!

This book is filled with the same characters I came to know and like in the first book. There is love, humor, mystery, terror – you name it, it is in here!

I love Colin’s family. They are so loving and supportive – even the cousins and wives. They really hel
Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
***I received this book for free from Tasty Book Tours and the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was first posted on book blog Will Read for Feels.

I might not have been too happy with Jilting the Duke, the first book in The Muses’ Salon, a Regency romance series by Rachael Miles, but the second book in the series, Chasing the Heiress, just goes to show that first impressions don’t always last w
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars on

*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

A fast-paced opening action sequence helps this sophomore effort by author Rachael Miles start off strong. Miles' debut novel, Jilting the Duke, was released in January 2016 and can easily read as a standalone. Chasing the Heiress includes some of the same characters, as well as the continued villainous machinations of the mysterious Charters, who was introduced in the first Muses' Salon novel
Not sure where to begin. This is the second book in a series. I have not read the first book, nor have I previously read any book by this author. For me, the book worked fine as a stand alone.

The writing was lovely in this book. Ms Miles is a very talented author who constructed an interesting plot.

Lucy is actually Lady Arabella Fairborne. But, Lucy is a scullery maid at an inn and her main job is to wash dishes. She is trying to escape a murder plot against her. Her cousin who is after her in o
I came into this story after enjoying the first book, although this one is self-contained. The image of a Muses’ Salon, evokes for me great gatherings of the best and brightest in the city, with a few people who serve to simply stir the imagination and creativity of those with an artistic calling. That whole feel was missing in this story, in fact it was buried underneath a romantic suspense plotline as a woman runs from an unwanted marriage, only to find a suitable match after all.

Arabella was
Angel Hatfield
Archibald Pettigrew wanted Arabella’s inheritance. He had already poisoned Arabella’s great aunt and then found Arabella and not him was to inherit from said aunt. So now Archibald had hired assassins to find Arabella and bring her back to him. He asked Ox if he had gotten Arabella and he said no but she could not have went far as she had no money or friends and she was on foot. Colin was a spy for the crown but he had a different mission to get a pregnant Marietta to London. Colin decided if sh ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, I couldn’t stop reading once I opened the book. What a page-turner! A phenomenal high five stars for Chasing the Heiress – The Muses’ Salon, #2 by Rachael Miles.

Ms. Miles weaves a tale of deep passion and sensuality riveted with mystery and intrigue at each turn of the page. This is the first book I’ve read from Ms. Miles and I must say, it won’t be my last!
I immediately fell in love with our H and h, what a perfect combination and match they make. Their love is a
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started strong...and then went downhill. And, in one my pet peeves, it ended (view spoiler) Grumph.
Due for Publication 31st May 2016
I had this as a review copy from Netgalley and I confess that I wouldn't have read it if I had known in advance that it was a second book in a series. I prefer to read series in order. However it can mostly be read as a standalone, until you realise that there are a few ongoing plot threads that are not going to be explained.

But worry not, the main plot resolves itself. An heiress - Lucy - on the run from a grasping cousin is hiding out, pretending to be a sculle
Kathy Jund
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! Book two in Rachael Miles' The Muses' Salon series!! A must read! Can trust bring to the open secrets held too close to the heart? Each with their own reasons not to trust ever again, whether brought together by fate or fortune time soon will tell, that is, if they get to live through the ordeal at hand. Lucy, working as a scullery maid at a coaching inn, unbeknownst to those around her in her true form as Lady Arabella Lucia Fairborrne an heiress to a fortune that her reprobate cous ...more
Patricia Wissore
I received the ARC from NetGally for an honest review
The story of Lucy and Colin started really good. I liked Lucy's background as an officers daughter following her father with her mother in the war as well as all the ways she was taught how to defend herself. The peeks into Colin's background were just enough that they gave us ideas about how and why he was the way he was. What I didn't like was all the extreme amounts of detail and information given about the things that didn't matter, and al
Maria Dariotis
I received this ARC book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review . This was an extraordinary book it had mystery, adventure , and a plot for murder. I really enjoyed Colinand Lucy the were a great couple . She is an heiress who inherits her great aunts fortune and lands . But she is on the run and in hiding from her cousin who wants her dead . Her cousin is a horrid piece of work, with family like that who needs enemies ,Colin is working for the home office , an ex soldier unde ...more
Jan Goodard
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Rachael Miles' debut novel Jilting the Duke. It certainly showed her to be a talented author. Her second book and second in the series, Chasing the Heiress, cements her talent. If possible I liked it even more than the first. Colin was introduced in the first novel as a broken, wounded soul. He returned home after Waterloo, guilty he survived while others did not. He is sent on one last assignment for the Home Office, to protect and deliver a pregnant relative to Prinny. Things go very w ...more
Lindsey Gray
4.5 Stars!

A woman on the run. A man on a mission. They need each other to survive the road to an uncertain future.

First off, I loved this book so much I went and bought the first one because I craved more of the series. Lucy endeared herself to me from her first appearance. She was eager to dig in and get her hands dirty, whether caring for a wounded stranger or washing hundreds of dishes. Colin had to work to get into my heart, but he got there when he made me laugh and cry in the same chapter.
Gwyn Plummer
Ok I really was intrigued from the beginning. I found the premise really unique, and I found Colin to charming for anybody’s own good (definitely a compliment). I liked that Lucie (Arabella) wasn’t uptight and was more than willing to take chances and live a little. She was a refreshing characters and nothing like I expected. The two of them together was a sweet treat, and I delighted in their exchanges.

The north winds shifted a little south for me with the whole Asylum thing. Not that it wasn’t
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Dec 02, 2015 04:48PM  
  • Behind the Marquess's Mask (The Lords of Whitehall, #1)
  • A Little Thing Called Love
  • A Touch of Passion (The Disgraced Lords, #3)
  • Tempting Mr. Townsend (Dashing Widows, #2)
  • The Highlander's Accidental Marriage (Marriage Mart Mayhem #6)
  • Good Earl Gone Bad (Lords of Anarchy, #2)
  • Wicked as Sin (Boscastle, #7)
  • Accidentally Compromising the Duke (Wedded by Scandal, #1)
  • The Heir and the Spare (Negligent Chaperone, #1)
  • Love Birds of Regent's Park (The Love Birds, #1)
  • The Beast of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior, #1)
  • The Perfect Bargain
  • The Lady Hellion (Wicked Deceptions, #3)
  • The Forbidden Duke (The Untouchables, #1)
  • Worth the Wait: Divine Island Book 1
  • When A Laird Loves A Lady (Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts, #1)
  • Caribbean Caress (Under the Caribbean Sun Book 1)
  • Leaves
Rachael Miles has always loved a good romance, especially one with a bit of suspense and preferably a ghost. She was also a professor of book history and nineteenth-century literature whose students frequently found themselves reading the novels of Ann Radcliffe and other gothic tales. A native Texan, Rachael lives in upstate NY with her indulgent husband, three rescued dogs and an ancient cat.


Other books in the series

The Muses' Salon (5 books)
  • Jilting the Duke (The Muses' Salon, #1)
  • Tempting the Earl (The Muses' Salon, #3)
  • Charming Ophelia (The Muses' Salon Series)
  • Enchanting Ophelia (The Muses' Salon Series)