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Chasing the Heiress

(The Muses' Salon #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  249 ratings  ·  63 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
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Published May 31st 2016 by Zebra Shout
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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
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
Chris, the Dalek King
While I really enjoyed the first 60% of this book, that last 40% was a fucking mess. Plot went in 80 different directions, characters changed on a dime with little explanation, and the whole evil cousin thing was resolved in the most anticlimactic way possible.

2.5 stars
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
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
Mar 11, 2017 marked it as dnf-at-all  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rachael Miles never ever fails to keep me on my toes with the Muses' Salon series! Although I read the first three books out of order, I really enjoyed reading Chasing the Heiress! Lucy and Colin's story and their romance is written superbly - the descriptions are perfectly woven into the plotline. It serves its purpose throughout the development of their romance. It was also lovely to see other characters returning such as Sophia and Aidan. What I love about Miles' writing is that she keeps the ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers who can handle an intricate plot
Very good writing. Lots of intrigue going on, and unresolved issues waiting for the next book. I hope Rachael Miles lets us have more detail on these matters soon!

The romance was sweet, touching and believable. I hope Emmeline gets her own book too. I like all the historical details, especially the medical herbs and healing. Folks were beginning to understand germs, even intuitively--cleaning wounds and sterilizing with alcohol, turning against bleeding and purging the ill and injured.

Looking fo
Altagracia Pimentel
I love regency romance and i really liked this book. Two wounded souls meeting, falling in love, dealing with their issues add some Home Office (spy) intrigue, betrothed, malicious family members, aristocrats, a nuthouse and an additional mysterious villain whose like count Olaf in Lemony Snicket. If you like any of the above you will like this book but also note that their love story was a little muddled and weighed down by all the different plots happening in the story. This book is in a serie ...more
Yesenia Ubence
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d like to give this a 3.75 stars. It’s almost a 4 star read for me, but I just can’t handle when the heroine forgives the hero so quickly. I really liked the storyline in general. We had the heroine who was hiding her true identity and a hero who falls for her. We had promises of an engagement between friends and we had broken promises. Not bad for a book that only cost me $1. It was a really enjoyable read.
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.
Marilyn Kavanaugh
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smoking hot

It is helpful to read the series in order. Spoiler Alert: I deduced one star from my rating of this well written, authentic to the period Regency because it struck me as too improbable that the villain would allow the heroine to appear so frequently in public before marrying her. On to the next book in the series.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another charming entry in the Muses' Salon series. Lady Arabella Lucia Fairbourne is hiding as a scullery maid, trying to get to London. Colin Somerville is working for the government. Their paths cross, their lives intersect, and true love is center stage. Both have mysteries in their past; both are in danger. ...more
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! ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
uh, this was intense
Lucy and Colin had great on page chemistry and Charters the villain of the series is fast becoming one of my favourites, he has a Moriarty like vibe with all his schemes and scams.
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: netgalley, favorites
**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
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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)
  • Reckless in Red (The Muses' Salon, #4)
  • Brazen in Blue (The Muses' Salon, #5)

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