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In the Heir

(Westerly Billionaire #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,831 ratings  ·  306 reviews

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello returns with an irresistible series about sexy billionaires and the strong-willed women who tame them.

Brett Westerly is his father’s golden child, but it’s come at a cost. As head of the family corporation, he throws himself into his work—hiding in his office is easier than confronting the reality of his broke

Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Montlake Romance
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Isha Coleman
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In The Heir (Westerly Billionaire #1) by Ruth Cardello  
There are three lessons that my Grandmother taught me. A person is never too old to stop learning. It's not enough to crave or receive love, you must give love in return and lead by example. She was a wise woman, who was not afraid to practice what she preached. Until the day she died, she led by example in all she did. Including owning up to her mistakes. I still miss her, but carry all she taught me within my heart. The Westerly clan cou
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this audiobook. This was my first experience with Ruth Cardello's writing and I am very happy that it turned out to be a positive one. I actually won a copy of the second book from the series but decided that I wanted to start at the beginning which turned out to be a very good choice. I ended up listening to the book in only a couple of days because I was having such a good time with it.

I went into this book expecti
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been ages since I've read a story by Ruth Cardello. I've missed her sweet stories that get me super addicted. I'm already obsessed with the Westerly's and their family drama and their series has just begun. Let me tell you, the rich have drama like you wouldn't believe! In The Heir was the story of Alisha and Spencer's engagement until the groom's brother steals her away. Well not really, since it was a fake engagement anyways to help Spencer earn his inheritance. Sparks are flying between ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc, netgalley
4 stars!

Ruth Cardello did it again and came up with a book where the reader will have an absolute enjoyable ride.


In the Heir is book one in Ruth Cardello's new series (Westerly Billionaire).
The story opens to Delinda Westerly who decided she had enough of her grandchildren's neglect and came up with a plan that would bring them together.

It's been years since the divorce that nearly destroyed her son and his kids and it was time to intervene.
Believing that love heals all wounds Delinda decided t
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.

Alisha is such a nice person that she is willing to put aside her happiness to help the Westerly's. Pretending to be Spencer's fake fiancé was a good idea in theory but once Alisha met Brett all bets were off. The instant attraction between Brett and Alisha was fun to read specially when they both knew they couldn't do anything about it without hurting the family. The more time they spend together the more they realize that th
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Ruth Cardello book and may I say it was a terrific choice. She has written an awesome storyline with characters that will have you laughing, hurting right along with them, sighing and last but not least thinking OMG do people really act that way!

When the matriarch of the family, Delinda, gets her feelings hurt because the grandkids don’t show up for her 80th birthday, she comes up with a plan to get them back into her life. Sadly the plan backfires but it does set off a whirlw
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
When a teaser shared a month ago pull you into wanting that book, you have very high hopes. Well Ruth did not disappoint me and she basically through me for a loop with some of the events that took place. Brett, Alisha, Spencer triangle was just wow and throw in doubt, betrayal, and misplaced feeling you have a masterpiece on your hands.

She always does this and suck me in until there is nowhere to go. I am a sitting duck until book 2 but know I am an addict for yet another Ruth creation.
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I'm not sure if it was my mood or if this just didn't wow me. It was good, but not great. I was never pulled in by either main character. I'm not sure if I will move on to book 2.

Borrowed audiobook on Kindle Unlimited
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok it just might be the end of the school year blues, but I just did not get into this book. The second in a row.

To me it started off ok. Then it turned into one unbelievable thing after another.
1. After many years of not talking the siblings now are close and call each other all the time.
2. Brett changes his tune after one meeting with Alisha and he is instantly a better man
3. Alisha scarafices what she wants because her friend is more important then her even when they treat her like crap. Doo
Tracey Warren
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Westerly family have skeletons in their closet like most families, being powerful, rich, and of social standing doesn't change that. Brett, the oldest sibling has modelled himself on his father, followed his lead, taken over the family company, won at any cost. Bretts parents divorce split the siblings at a young age, Brett and brother stayed with their father, two sisters and brother went with his mother. His grandmother has a notion to bring her dysfunctional family together with the power ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is book one in the Westerly Billionaire's series. This book is about Brett Westerly and Alisha Coventry.

Meet Brett Westerly. Brett is his father’s golden child. However for Brett this has now come at a huge cost. Since Brett is now the head of the family corporation. Brett then throws himself deep deep into his work and to maintain the Westerly's name in the headlines. Brett soon discovers that
with him hiding all the time in his office, It's so much easier than having to confront the terr
Shelley Youngblood
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of Ruth Cardello, or even if you are new to her, you will be delighted to know she has a new series out. In The Heir is the first book in her Westerly Billionaire Series. There are some minor characters from her Andrades series. The uncles are back and helping the Matriarch of the Westerly family bring their divided family together again. With the theory of, "Love Conquers All." She has put a mandate that in order to receive an early inheritance, they must be married.

Having his
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This new series is about the Westerly family and the chaos that happens when several family secrets come to light and cause a lot of pain and heartache for them. The oldest Westerly, Brett, has always put business first no matter the cost to him or those around him just like his father did. However, this cost this father his family and Brett has come to realize he doesn’t want this same life for himself. When he meets his brother, Spencer’s, fiancée it turns everything he has ever thought and be ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm always excited to see a new book released by Ruth Cardello....and it was no different when I saw this upcoming book. A new set of brothers and sisters to read about, and I can't wait to see each one fall.
If you are upset that this book has nothing to do with the Andandre's then you will be pleasantly surprised to know that some of them make cameos throughout the book.

Brett at first glance is an asshole but he quickly proves that theory about him wrong. Alisha on the other hand is the polar

3 “Spin on Fake Marriage” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Montlake Romance!

This is my first book by this author, and I can see why she's been successfully publishing contemporary romance books for a while. When the romance finally kicked in, the chemistry between Brett and Alisha made this a hot and enjoyable read.

In the Heir is the first title in the author’s new series about a rich family, the Westerly, and the women (and I’m guessing men, too, since there are also sisters involved) who fall
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read a book by Ruth that I didn't totally fall in love with. This is no different. The Westerley's are one dysfunctional family. But they all have goodness in their hearts! Brett is no exception. He tries to do right by everyone. That's why he doesn't go after Alisha at 1st. Alisha is in a terrible bind but loyalty trumps everything, even her own happiness. I love it when they finally realize nothing stands in their way, Their love was worth waiting for. I can't wait to read the contin ...more
Bev Sten
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome story from Ruth Cardello. It's going to be so much fun to watch the divided Westerly clan work through their anger, the lies they've been told and the mistakes of the elders in their family. The family split by divorce slowly learns that all is not ever what it seems. I'm so looking forward to all the Westerly books. Ruth is so good a weaving a story that pulls you in and makes you feel all the feels of the characters which are developed so well you feel like you've known them in ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved the meddling ways of Victor and Alessandro Andrade, in Ruth's other series. So, I was very happy to see them passing on this tradition to the Westerly family. Delinda is a character that is hard to love, due to her sharp tongue and frosty demeanor. Her plan to bring her family back together by marrying off her grandchildren is crazy, but it's definitely going to be fun to read. I really enjoyed Brett and Alisha's story. He fits the mold of the workaholic, arrogant billionaire to a T ...more
Elizabeth Yost
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, Ruth Cardello has hit it out of the park again. In The Heir is the first book of her Westerly Billionaire series. And, oh boy, was it good! Brett Westerly reminds me of my first book boyfriend, Dominic Corisi. He's intelligent, cocky, and has just the right amount of alpha male personality that will have you wanting to drop to your knees in front of him. I would DEFINITELY recommend this book to anyone who's in lust with billionaires!!
Kim Vanravenswaay
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was not what I expected. I really like Brett, Spencer and Alisha's characters. Knowing that someone was going to be hurt so two of them can find love must have been hard to write. My heart hurt for Spencer, and hopes that he us able to find love too. But on a happy note, Brett and Alisha are more alike than either knew. Both are helpful and caring without others knowing that a grand gesture was even made. Neither wanted to hurt anyone and was welling to let their happily ever after go if th ...more
Bette Hansen
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! These Westerly's are one messed up bunch! There should be some pretty amazing stories coming from this divided family as secrets are revealed and healing begins. If you're of fan of Ruth Cardello you will recognize Alessandro and Victor Andrade from prior books. They make an appearance in this one as they share their matchmaking ways with the family matriarch Delinda Westerly. Willing to give their ways a try she offers up early inheritance to any of the siblings that marries and invites th ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Book Review For: In the Heir by Ruth Cardello 'In the Heir' by Ruth Cardello is book One in the "Westerly Billionaire" series. This is the story of Brett Westerly and Alisha Coventry.Alisha is trying to help her best friend's brother who both feel like family to her. Spencer Westerly asked her to marry him and she agrees to that she can help him out. The Westerly Grandmother has decided that for the Grandchild that marries first and invites the family can have their inheritance. Brett We ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'In the Heir' by Ruth Cardello is book One in the "Westerly Billionaire" series. This is the story of Brett Westerly and Alisha Coventry.
Alisha is trying to help her best friend's brother who both feel like family to her. Spencer Westerly asked her to marry him and she agrees to that she can help him out. The Westerly Grandmother has decided that for the Grandchild that marries first and invites the family can have their inheritance.
Brett Westerly is the oldest child and one chosen to c
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I give In the Heir 5 stars for making me feel good. My heart felt heavy when grandma's birthday came and went with not a visit. I loved the dynamics of this family and have a special place in my heart for each of them but most of all for Brett and Alisha. I felt so much joy when finally they got their HEA.

Ruth Cardello is a new author to me and I'm sure I'll read more of her books. I enjoy the twists in her plot, her writing is great, and she used a strong woman to tame her alpha male. Very well
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not sure what to say about this book except that, I was swept away by this story and taken on a wonderful ride of emotions. Brett Westerly is a billionaire without a life, work and success is all that concern him. Alisha Coventry is a strong, independent women who doesn't take any bull from anyone. These two definitely see life differently but are able to open one anothers eyes to all the possibilities that life can have. This story is entrancing, sexy and filled with heart! I LOVED it!
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an advanced review copy from the publisher via Netgalley for a honest and fair review.

Their back!! It worked before so why not try again? Premise was good but delivery and characters could have been better.

Everyone expect the main two characters (and Delinda) were horrible and selfish people. So much, that I really don't care for them to find their HEAs.

And the story is VERY wordy!!!! I'm a huge fan of dialogue and found it lacking here. Strip all the "in thought" moments, make Spenc
Alisha agrees to marry her friend, Spencer, to help him get his inheritance early so he can fund his brilliant startup. When she meets his somewhat estranged, highly successful, older brother, Brett, sparks fly. It isn't just the engagement to Spencer that keeps her from investigating that spark with Brett. Alisha's loyalty to Spencer's family adds an element of complication and she refuses to jeopardize her relationship with them all, regardless of her potential happiness. So, it is up to Brett ...more
Ashley Gallegos
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, I just knew it had to be like all the rest of the billionaire/alpha/heir books out there. I mean, siblings desperate to marry to receive an inheritance to become wealthy? Could a plot be more obvious?

I could not have been more wrong! The entirety of my expectations played out within the first 30ish pages to literally prove me wrong.

This book was about so much more. It was about love and loss. It was about fitting in and the family you are born with
I really enjoyed this sweet and sexy romance! I'm really excited to read more in this series and getting to the other Westerly siblings stories.
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