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The Gilded Age Heiresses #2

The Devil and the Heiress

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Sparks fly when a runaway heiress bargains with a devilish rogue to escape a marriage of convenience.

No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw's ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author--if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character didn't insist on coming with her.

Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, has a scheme of his own: escort the surprisingly spirited dollar princess north and use every delicious moment in close quarters to convince Violet to marry him. Christian needs an heiress to rebuild his Scottish estate but the more time he spends with Violet, the more he realizes what he really needs is her--by his side, near his heart, in his bed.

Though Christian's burning glances offer unholy temptation, Violet has no intention of surrendering herself or her newfound freedom in a permanent deal with the devil. It's going to take more than pretty words to prove this fortune hunter's love is true....

275 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published June 29, 2021

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Harper St. George

40 books841 followers
Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since.

She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found devouring her husband's amazing cooking and reading. She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at harperstgeorge.com

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2,014 reviews12.8k followers
December 13, 2021
4.5 stars

I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was excited to read another book by this author and read the sister's story. I loved this book from page one. First, Christian is determined to marry Violet and beat all of the suitors who asked for her hand in marriage. While he may have wanted to do it for business reasons in the beginning, he ends up falling for Violet and wanting her for her. Violet does not want to marry a man she cannot stand, so she wants to run away before she's forced to marry one or unwillingly compromised and then forced to marry one. Christian offers to help her and they go on a road trip together. There are some fun antics as they have to pretend to be brother and sister at one inn and then newly weds at another. I adored how they fell for each other and how Christian was truly smitten with her. Their love was so real and I definitely believed they fell for each other in that short amount of time. I will say I didn't truly love the pacing at the end or what broke them up, but overall I just loved this book! Oh, and Christian is an Earl but he also fights, which is always a fun addition to a hero's character!
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688 reviews859 followers
January 25, 2023

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 🌶️🌶️🌶️.25/5


✨The sexual tension between me and screaming “HE LOOKS UP GRINNING LIKE A DEVIL” whenever Christian is on the page✨

I loved this one just as much as I loved book one! And I really loved book one. The pining and anticipation were through the roof and Christian was so yummy. Violet was such a strong and likable heroine. I knew she was going to go on the run but I still was such a proud mom when it happened. Simply put, The Devil and the Heiress just had so many of my favorite things:

✨Reformed rake
✨Romance writing heroine
✨Only one bed
✨Injury scene (aka precursor to sensual healing)
✨More fireworks of the sexual variety
✨Road trip shenanigans
✨Supreme groveling

I love how Christian was like “yeah I could leave her because she loves me and she shouldn’t but no it turns out I love her too much to hurt her like that so I’ll just be honest and make sweet, sweaty love to her because really that is The Goal.” I was absolutely not expecting him to come to his senses during that scene and then it was seriously so sweet. Karma still came around to grant him a sloppy makeout session but at least he showed some smarts. It was nice to see how his mentality changed and that he was made to reckon with his original beliefs about marriage and women and love.

I still want Camille to have her own book because I think she had a little somethin somethin with her bodyguard-type man. Please let Hereford croak and give Camille her happily ever after. The teaser for book three left me WEAK and I cannot wait to see Max lose his cool. As for me, my cool was lost around page 175, all the pages before it, and all the pages after it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 🌶🌶🌶🌶/5

P.S. Reading the two in the series and the first chapter of book three alls I gotta say is that father is a tool. And moms not so peachy either.
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249 reviews52 followers
July 7, 2021
After reading The Heiress Gets a Duke, I figured that I would read the next novel in the series. It didn’t disappoint. It was just as charming and fun as the first one.

Violet Crenshaw is known as the biddable and proper American heiress. While her sister made quite a splash in the last book, Violet has been the one who followed the rules. More or less. Underneath her polite veneer, she has the need to be more than a lady who marries. She wants to be a writer. When her parents decide to marry her off to a horrible aristocrat, she plans her escape. Meanwhile, Lord Leigh has had his sights on Violet since before his friend married her sister. After her father turns down his offer of marriage, he decides to take matters into his own hands and use her escape to their mutual advantage.

I did like these characters as much as I thought I might from their appearances in the last one. Maybe they aren’t as spirited as Evan and August but they are sweet and adorable. They are able to build their relationship, albeit in an unconventional way for the Gilded Age. After their courtship comes the expected misunderstanding and loss of trust and faith, but the eventual reconciliation is lovely. I enjoyed the little hints of a brewing relationship between Violet’s brother Max and her friend Lady Helena (they will be in the upcoming novel). I wish I had seen more of August and Max who I really liked. There isn’t a lot of plot going on (in either novel). It’s a straightforward romance so that’s all that matters when reading, which is fine when someone is looking for the basics in entertainment. I did enjoy reading this book and I wish the third one was out already. It will just have to sit on my TBR list until February.
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1,570 reviews2,270 followers
June 29, 2021
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw's ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author--if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character didn't insist on coming with her.

Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, has a scheme of his own: escort the surprisingly spirited dollar princess north and use every delicious moment in close quarters to convince Violet to marry him. Christian needs an heiress to rebuild his Scottish estate but the more time he spends with Violet, the more he realizes what he really needs is her--by his side, near his heart, in his bed.

Though Christian's burning glances offer unholy temptation, Violet has no intention of surrendering herself or her newfound freedom in a permanent deal with the devil. It's going to take more than pretty words to prove this fortune hunter's love is true....

Wow! This book was a great ride to go on. I loved the chemistry between Violet and Christian. I loved how fierce sand fed up with her parents Violet was, because man, I was too. After the last book and the beginning of this one I was so frustrated with them and how pushy and horrible they were to their daughters. It really was a new low in my opinion. So when Violet takes a stand, I was all for it. Her willingness to buck against convention had a more purposeful feeling than it did for August in the previous novel. She is a romantic at heart and though that does make her ripe for the pickings for Christian, but she is so loveable that her naivete doesn't feel fake.

Christian is a naughty boy and I honestly could have used more of that. He wasn't evil by any means, though he is willing to go to extremes to get what he wants. Violet is what he wants and he does think he has something offer in exchange, not just to take from her. When he starts to fall for her.... the guilt is just eating him alive and the grovel he does at the end of this book was very fitting.

There was just 2 little pieces that bugged me. One had to do with how the 3rd act conflict unfolded, I thought we were going to usurp a trope that annoys me, but we still fell into it. The other has to do with a secret that the heroine keeps near the end of the book and it is something that I don't have much leeway for.

Overall I really loved this book and hope there is another one about their brother Max, who was as wonderful as their parents were awful.

4.5/5 stars
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Author 20 books2,473 followers
April 25, 2021
Harper St. George’s latest is a sparkling jewel of a love story, full to the brim with Victorian wit, romance, and heart-stopping heat. Road trips in a carriage and four don’t get much sexier than this.
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792 reviews857 followers
June 28, 2021

AUTHOR: Harper St. George
SERIES: A Gilded Age Heiress
RELEASE DATE: June 29, 2021
GENRE: Historical Romance


We swoon over romance set in the 18th,19th century and it's easy to forget how life women and especially women who were trying to break out of societal norms life was no joke. Violet and her sister grew up in a young America outside of the firm restrictions of England's Victorian era. Violet wants to be a writer and if that isn't already shockingly modern she also wants to choose who and when to marry. Her parents who proved to be the worst in the first book of this series have no compunctions to sell their daughters off to the aristocrat with the best connections. No matter if the person in question is an awful human being. And that all under the guise of wanting the best for their offspring. I already despised them in August's book, THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE, but they take it to a whole new level with Violet because the man they have their eyes on is the worst.

Violet was a bit of a surprise. Between the two sisters she seemed to be the one more likely to give into her parents' wishes. Boy, was I wrong. She really fought them. I wish she wouldn't have defended their behavior. Even after her despicable suitor tried to trap her and they were like "meh, it didn't work, did it" she still believed that love was their motivating factor. Ugh.

Nothing in his entire life had prepared him for how she made him feel.

Christian was a rake after my own heart. So deliciously wicked, calculating, admittedly a little bit manipulative but he did make up for that big time. I think Violet's sweetness really took him by surprise and he was so charmed by it that things tumbled out of control from there. He fell head over heels for her, admired her spunk, independence and loved how refreshingly unprejudiced and unselfconscious she was. She awoke an honorable side of him that no one knew he had.

Even now it would be like giving up his right arm to see her go. Yet, not having her would serve as his penance for daring to take her at all.

And if you want a good grovel, the author delivers on that. Christian really regretted his deception and did everything to win Violet back.

“As long as I’m with you, I have everything I need.”

THE DEVIL AND THE HEIRESS is a fabulous installment in this series (although I found it on the slower side in the beginning - that could be just me though). I can see at least two more books in this series and while this book has already some major hints at the next couple's story, the fourth is pure speculation on my part. I think we'll see Christian's half brother win Violet and August's best friend Camille's heart. Fingers crossed!

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401 reviews37 followers
February 27, 2022
This book reminded me exactly what it is to love a hostorical romance with my whole heart. The book gave me a taste. A taste of love. A taste of longing. A taste of belonging.

The book caressed me in so many levels that I'm in awe.

I have sympathized with damaged characters before. But it is after a very long time that i have ached for them like really ached for them.
When i got to know christian in the previous book i knew that he was going to be a trouble for my heart.

Christian was....
Lord Lucifer
Chasing after the thing he wanted. Her.
Because he wanted to snatch her from his enemy
But he did not know she will crawl beneath his skin. He wanted to have her so bad.
To save his beloved home.
He needed her money
But he didn't know she will make him feel things he never knew existed.
That he would be willing to trade his life for her.
He was everything Violet should stay away from

He was the only one who understood.
Who supported her writing
Who made the butterfly ricochet in her belly
Hers. Just like she was his.
He tormented her in her dreams. She teased him with her innocence. They were disaster together. But.... gosh after everything she had fallen in love only to find he wanted her money. She was not worth anything for anyone.. or was she?

��I love you, Violet.” The phrase was foreign to him, so hearing the words and feeling them on his tongue felt odd, as if someone else was saying them. His heartbeat belonged to another, and his breath stilled. He had never felt this vulnerable before, knowing that her reaction could completely crush him.

The chemistry between Violet and Christian was so sparkling that i almost imagined the sparks flying out of the pages. The slow burn. The aching need. The guilt. Every single thing in this book was perfect❤❤❤❤
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390 reviews92 followers
July 5, 2021
This book is so much better than the previous installment. The previous one was a bit meh for me as it was too sweet for my taste.
This one was a road trip romance. I loved the fact that Christian and Violet became friends first before they really fell in love with each other. The conflict was that Christian wanted to manipulate things and forced Violet to accept his hand in marriage. Initially, it was her dowry that attracted him more than her, but over time, he realized that he would have her even if she was penniless. After Violet found out about his schemes, she understandably got really angry (who wouldn't?) and was not sure that Christian was merely lying or was any of it true. They did get married because word got out about their road trip.
There wasn't a lot of groveling by Christian. He gave Violet space as requested. However, he made a grand gesture in order to win her back and it worked.
All in all, a really good read with a good balance of angst and romance. I sacrificed my sleep again (I really have to stop doing that and now I have to drink copious amount of coffee to stay awake) so that shows how good this book is.
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Author 40 books841 followers
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February 9, 2022
I wrote The Devil and the Heiress during the early days of the pandemic. These two characters kept me going when it seemed the world was a dark place. I got to visit with them and forget everything else for a few hours every day. Being with them and experiencing the love they felt for each other, even through the rough times, helped give me hope that even in darkness we can find a little bit of light.

It's no surprise that they hold a special place in my heart and I haven't been able to stop thinking about them ever since. I kept wondering what would happen when Christian goes home with Violet to Belgravia. I wondered how he would react to the changes she made, especially the new location for his father's portrait and what Violet might have put in its place. So I wrote an extra chapter that picks up where the book ends and it's available to newsletter subscribers. I hope you enjoy revisiting their story as much as I did!
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177 reviews32 followers
March 5, 2022
Gorgeous, magical and sizzling!
Loved this passionate, swoonworthy road trip romance. The chemistry, sexual tension and sparks between the feisty and rebellious author heiress Violet and the devilish yet tender Christian, Earl of Leigh, were off the charts. This compulsively readable well-crafted story was so delicious, heartfelt, brilliant, wicked and witty and so unique it was literally unputdownable! Harper St George has become one of my favourite new HR authors. I can't recommend this series highly enough!💗
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326 reviews45 followers
July 1, 2021
American Heiress Violet Crenshaw was nearly pushed into one unwanted marriage, she won't let her parents do it again. Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, asks for Violet's hand (and dowry) but her father has another suitor in mind. Christian isn't above a little scheming: get Violet to run away and be conveniently available to escort her. But along the journey, Christian comes to realize that Violet is exactly what he really needs: by his side, in his bed, and with all his heart. When Violet learns of his ruse, he'll have to convince her of his sincere feelings.

This is the second book in the The Gilded Age Heiresses series. It can stand alone, but I recommend reading the first book. It's excellent, and it describes how Violet's parents tried to arrange her marriage to a duke, who ultimately wanted her sister instead.

Mr. Crenshaw is at it again, trying to arrange a different marriage for Violet...and hero Christian doesn't "bring enough to the table." While he's not in debt yet, a recent fire at his Scottish estate has Christian in need of a plump dowry. He genuinely wants Violet though, even if he has to employ some sneaky means to get her. When a freak accident occurs, Christian realizes the toll of his manipulations.

I really enjoyed these characters and I loved how Christian started as a bit of a villainous hero but evolved as he opened up with Violet. She was desperate to be independent, but still a bit naïve. I appreciated that they eventually had to take time apart, pine for each other, and he tried to make amends. It made their happy ending more meaningful because it wasn't rushed.

Tropes: Arranged Marriage, Road Trip, Nursed to Health, Reform a Rake

* I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #TheDevilandtheHeiress #NetGalley
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739 reviews1,203 followers
June 20, 2021
Violet Crenshaw is an American heiress whose parents are set on marrying off to a titled man in a business savy alliance. Violet however has no intentions to marry and instead plans to run away, support herself, and write and publish her novels. Christian Halston, the Earl of Leigh, encourages her to run off, even going si far as to offer his help, hoping to secure her own hand in marriage and use her fortune to rebuild his Scottish estate. What neither of them intend is to fall deeply and passionately in love along the way.

I really loved this, and honestly I loved it much more than the first in this series. The chemistry between the couple was so delicious and it was drawn out to perfection before they ultimately get together. And this hero was OUT OF HIS MIND in love with the heroine. Which I absolutely adore.

The road trip and traveling to different inns was such a fun change of pace and really set the scene for some steamy moments. I truly can not say enough good things about how perfectly the tension and build up between this couple was. 10/10 for that!

However I was frustrated with the third act conflict which I felt was obviously going to happen, but I would have loved more communication between them! But Christian's grovel was pretty wonderful.

Overall a VERY enjoyable read and I will definitely be checking out the third which hope of all hopes is between Max and Mrs. Harper!
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881 reviews759 followers
May 27, 2022
3.5 stars

A man with a lady-killer reputation, a woman with a fortune and a secret desire for autonomy. It's a classic setup, but Harper St. George wasn't satisfied with the normal plot for this type of romance—enter this oddball road trip read with some drama.

Characters: ★★★★
Plot: ★★
Romance itself: ★★★ 1/2

This series continues to be one of the more well written and characterized ones in the historical romance field. Harper St. George's version of Gilded Age heiresses taking England by storm feels fresh and is grounded by a dose of some seriously good writing and characterization.

But... I expected more for this pairing, I’ll be honest.

Violet is the second daughter of the Crenshaw family, a "new money" wealthy American family that is trying to branch out into England to achieve status and success within the upper tier of London Society. Her father is richer than Midas, and frankly the London folks know it. Sharks are in the water for Violet's hand in marriage.

Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, is a rogue with no interest in the trappings of Society or expectations. He's an earl with no money and a half-brother from his father's mistress, and with enough tarnishes to his reputation from that alone that he's over it all. But Violet's presence won't let him go. The money attached to Violet is a draw, Christian knows it is, but after watching his friend court Violet's older sister, Christian feels like maybe there's something interesting about this romance thing.

But Violet's father refuses to grant Christian permission to court her. So Christian has to get creative.

Now, before you abandon this review by thinking this setup is just like several others, here comes the twist: Violet herself wants to escape the terrible matchmaking of her father, too, so she willingly runs away with Christian's help.

That's right, folks: this is a road trip book!

The Devil and the Heiress was one of my more anticipated reads for new romances in recent years. Based on how Violet and Christian were described in the first book, I was super excited to see their love story play out.

But like I said earlier, I was actually a bit disappointed.

These two had the makings of a high-stakes, high-angst, and high-action affair. I wanted something shocking and memorable and lavish and raunchy.

What I got instead was a lot of innocent girl meets Big Bad Man while on a very sedate road trip... but even then, that trope fell apart as Christian's internal monologue was so incredibly vanilla and utterly romantic in his feelings. The innocent virgin vs. rogue didn't work for me, and it didn't even work with itself in my opinion.

I don't know, folks. I wanted more. It was still enjoyable because Harper St. George is proving herself a talent, but still. Here's to hoping the next book abandons the innocent virgin vibe—I'm tired of it being a crutch even when it's not a natural plot point.

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2,621 reviews994 followers
July 1, 2021
I've given this a B- at AAR, so 3.5 stars

Harper St. George’s The Devil and the Heiress is book two in her series of novels about Gilded Age Heiresses , wealthy – or potentially wealthy – young American women who come to England to search for a titled husband. Laura Lee Guhrke’s An American Heiress in London has a similar premise as does Maya Rodale’s Keeping Up With the Cavendishes ; all feature American heiresses and the Transatlantic culture clash as they struggle to adapt to the rigid conventions of English high society in which, despite their enormous wealth, they are looked down upon because their money is “new” and their breeding questionable. I haven’t read the previous book (The Heiress Gets a Duke), which was generally well received, but I read this one easily as a standalone so anyone choosing to jump in here won’t find it difficult to do so.

Dabney Grinnan and I chatted about this one over at All About Romance and both agreed it was a bit... lacklustre, with a bland heroine and an unmemorable romance.

You can read the rest of this review at All About Romance
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681 reviews7,427 followers
September 11, 2021
After adoring The Heiress Gets a Duke, I couldn't wait to read another Harper St. George novel. Once again, class and privilege of the Victorian Era are joined together in transactional matrimony with the excess and opulence of the American Gilded Age in the story of a rebellious heiress who, in order to avoid arranged marriage, finds herself on the run across the British countryside with a wickedly handsome earl in tow. Long travel days and close sleeping arrangements at night create the perfect conditions for two strangers to fall in love, but once the earl's true motives are revealed, everything they've become to one another is suddenly put into question. Featuring another strong-willed heroine who craves independence more than romance in life, and an aristocrat who finally meets his match, this book is pure nirvana for any lover of Historical Romances, and this one just happens to be exquisitely written, too.
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2,670 reviews701 followers
June 18, 2021
After reading the set up for this one in the previous book, there was no way I was going to miss this story.

I love love loved Violet and Christian. She’s sassy and knows what she wants from life. He’s brooding and really a marshmallow. Together they have instant chemistry and a shy unfurling of a relationship. I truly loved reading them learn about each other.

Plot wise, it was good. The carriage ride was quickly switched for a different setting and that part of the story was delightful. The angsty part did last longer than I expected, but I loved the reunion. If anything, I wanted more from the ending.

Overall, I loved this one more than the previous book and I hope we see more of these two in the next one.

**Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**
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523 reviews147 followers
July 8, 2021
Like the first book in the series, The Devil and the Heiress is an exemplary take on the fortune hunter romance. Christian and Violet are appealing, well-suited characters, and their road trip romance is enjoyable to read. The story takes off, however, after a bit of a bump in the road - a small twist that definitely surprised us and added a little fun to the romance.

But of course "the course of true love never did run smooth," so once the wheels come off of the relationship, we needed to see how our characters came back together. We love a little groveling from a hero, and when it's public groveling combined with feminist political action, we really love it - and we get it here.

If you're looking for a basic fortune hunter on a road trip romance with some "pretend to be married" and a dash of hurt/comfort, this is a well-put-together exemplar that will check all your boxes.

49-Word Summaries:

Meg: What’s a budding romance novelist (and new money heiress) to do when her parents want to auction her off to the highest bidder? Why, get a sexy earl who definitely doesn’t want her cash to drop her off at a writer’s colony on his way to Scotland of course! ⁠

Laine: Violet is committed to her boyfriend but he isn't quite so committed to her so she decides to run off to a NaNoWriMo rather than marry an aristocrat. He's decided to trick her into thinking running off to Scotland to marry was her idea. Sexy time ensue before marriage.⁠

This objective review is based on a complimentary copy of the novel.
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1,463 reviews137 followers
June 15, 2021
Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #2
Publication Date: 6/29/21
Period: Victorian – London 1875
Number of Pages: 304
** 5-Stars **

I discovered this new-to-me author with the first book in this series, The Heiress Gets a Duke. I absolutely loved that book and I believe this one is even better. The writing is exceptional – I love the way the author turns a phrase. The plot is well-formed, well delivered, and fast-paced. It was such an engrossing and interesting story I read it from beginning to end in one sitting.

We met the Crenshaw family in the first book and found the parents to be very despicable, but the children were delightful. Well, the parents haven’t changed one bit and they are now selling their daughter, Violet, to the nobleman with the most to offer Crenshaw Iron Works. Since they got themselves a Duke the last time, the title isn’t as important this time around – as long as there IS a title. What they need this time are the raw materials that will be needed by Crenshaw Iron Works when they open their London branch. They’ve found the perfect candidate and drawn up the agreements – but they ‘forgot’ to tell Violet she’d been auctioned off to an absolutely odious man.

Violet Crenshaw isn’t exactly who she seems to be. Everyone believes her to be very quiet, pliant, and biddable. What they don’t readily see is the spine of steel. What they don’t expect is for her to object to their marriage choice for her and they certainly don’t expect her to take any actions to thwart them. Violet is definitely more than everyone believes her to be. While everyone is valuing her for her monetary worth, they are missing her real worth.

Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, isn’t exactly who he seems to be either. He is – but it is because he has long ago buried the real Christian deep inside himself, so what we see on display is the cold, calculating, uncaring, and womanizing man he has become. Christian isn’t the typical pockets-to-let aristocrat in search of an heiress. However, since his beloved Scottish estate burned, he doesn’t have the funds to make the repairs. Frankly, he could care less about anything else in his Earldom – he really never plans to marry and have children so the title and everything that goes with it can either go to some distant relative or die out altogether. His vile father was the Earl and he hated Christian – for no good reason. Then, Christian met Violet and she intrigued him – and she was an heiress – what could go wrong there?

I highly recommend this book and this series. The author’s writing style just speaks to me and the characters could easily become my friends if I met them in real life. I loved watching Christian change from trying to manipulate Violet into doing as he wants to only wishing to love her and make her happy – even if it cost him his own happiness. It was also nice to spend some time with Max (Violet’s brother) and to get to know him better as I’m sure his book will be the next one. I hope you’ll choose to read this book and love it as much as I did.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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322 reviews59 followers
January 5, 2022
3.75 Stars

Plot Summary
A devilish Earl. An heiress. A stolen bride. Love can be found when you decide to lose yourself.

My Thoughts
- I was anticipating reading this book since I enjoyed the previous one quite a bit, but thank God I did not build my expectations over much, or it would have been a much bigger disappointment. Not that this story was bad, but it lacked a certain depth that the previous one had displayed.
- So, the things that I enjoyed about this story were the writing, pacing, some degree of humour, the road trip trope, the romance (up until a certain point), and a few aspects of the characters. It does seem like I liked all the things a book has to offer, but here is my problem, all of it felt half-assed to me.
- Starting with the plot, it had promise, yes, but it was not quite the fortune-hunter trope, nor was it particularly insta-love, and the misunderstanding resolutions were poorly handled as well. So what I am trying to say is this - it should have ended 25% sooner.
- The second problem was the main characters. Ms St George had been building and developing them wonderfully until she gave them both a severe setback. What had been budding tenderness and self-assuredness became self-doubt and punishing behaviour.
- The only way the element of mistrust would have worked was if the details of past irritants & the implications to the characters had been further clarified. That was not the case, and hence it did not work.
- Also, how shitty are Mr & Mrs Crenshaw? I thought them bad before, and now I think them to be idiots of the first order. But the other supporting characters were very interesting, especially Max Crenshaw.
- The romance was wonderful. I have come to realise that travel romances have a believability to them as the hero & heroine spend a lot of time getting to know one another truly. The road trip in this story provided exactly that. Violet & Christian developed a great rapport, and their attraction & chemistry was palpable.
- Violet & Christain were both standard example of a typical HR couple. Him affection starved and alone, her struggling to find her worth. They were predictably idiotic but in a warm, affectionate way until the final quarter of the book.
- God, I really cannot express how much I am lamenting the cock-up that was the ending. It was rushed, abrupt, punishing, and questionable. It just brought down the comfort level of this story.

My Recommendation
Not as good as the first one, but not terrible either. Though this review may seem scathing, I did enjoy reading most of this book, and I have rated it accordingly. I am looking forward to Max's story.
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521 reviews42 followers
October 24, 2021
I have discovered I do not enjoy road trip romances. I enjoyed the other parts of the book and the growth of the characters love for each other. I have to admit I am looking forward to the next book in the series about Max the brother. I read this book for RATA and it opens up areas I would not otherwise read such as this months Gilded Age. I rate it 3.5* and rounded up.
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675 reviews52 followers
June 17, 2021
I enjoyed August and the Duke of Rothschild story in the first book. It seemed like Lord Leigh and Violet had chemistry and was excited when I saw this book was available on Net Galley.

If you loved the first book your will be soooo happy with the second book.

Christian, Lord Leigh thinks he can flash his title and get whatever he wants but doesnt impress Violet's father with his suit. He decides to make other plans. He encourages her to marry who she wants or run away but when she approaches her parents they push some nasty Lord her way.  

Sooo Violet decides to run away but Christian happens to be outside randomly and can give her a ride... Let's start the one carriage, one room fun! All my favorite tropes! 

There was steam!! And some novel writing! Some soul searching and growth (personal growth people).

A great continuation to this story, I hope BOTM picks it up.

Omg thank you! I was thinking at the end how I want a story for Maxwell and I see a blurb for Book #3 and it's for him!!! 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐
Steam: 🔥🔥

Thank you berkley romance and net galley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.
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951 reviews1,223 followers
July 21, 2021

Title: The Devil and the Heiress
Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #2
Author: Harper St. George
Release date: June 29, 2021
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: historical romance

Once again, poor Violet Crenshaw is on the marriage mart chopping block. In The Heiress Gets a Duke, her social climbing parents shamelessly dangled her in front of the Duke of Rothschild. Violet's belief that she was in love with her childhood sweetheart didn't affect their plans-their children were nothing more than bartering tools for financial and social gain. They ended up marrying into a noble family, albeit with August instead of Violet. Everyone should have lived happily ever after, right? Wrong. Before the ink is dry on August and Evan's marriage certificate, they immediately start plotting Violet's downfall again. It's enough to make you despise her parents with a passion, though I will admit to some disbelief that her parents could possibly be that greedy. An American family with "New Money" should be satisfied with a Duke to prop them up...right? They could have gotten an invitation into the most discerning snob's home.

Violet is portrayed as the more quiet and obedient sister of the two, however in this installment we get to see a new side of her. We learn that she dreams of becoming a published novelist, and a slightly more rebellious nature starts to shine through. I think witnessing her friend's recent tragic marriage was the main thing to bring about this change. Knowing how miserable her friend's new life was, she was almost desperate to avoid the same fate. Being married to an older man who had little to no respect for her who abused their power over her was not what she wanted out of her life. Her parents are dead set on her accepting Lord Ware, despite the fact that he attempted to take liberties with her. Now she is in even more dire straits than she was with Rothschild. She has no allies around her to help and there are sharks circling from every direction.

The man was willing to ruin her to get what he wanted. The fact that she wanted something else wasn’t even a consideration to him. What made it worse was that her own mother supported him over her. Violet didn’t know what to do with that. She felt lost and alone.

Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh is the definition of a rogue. He needs an heiress and doesn't have much of a conscience when it comes to getting his way. After getting turned down by Violet's father, he decides to take matters into his own hands. I wasn't sure how I felt about him at first because he was just another person who treated Violet like an object rather than a human being worthy of making her own choices. He's kind of a despicable guy, even plotting to sell the home she inherited from a beloved family member if her father cut her off. However, it didn't take long in her company before he started to feel guilt gnawing at him, and fear started to build at the thought of the truth driving her away. Despite his chivalrous knight in shining armor act, he's really the villain in this story. She just doesn't realize it quite yet. I do love a good redemption story when it's done right. The good news is that I truly believed that Christian not only understood his mistakes, but made amends for them by the end.

I enjoyed seeing his wicked, charming personality paired with Violet's sweetness and innocence. I think she really softened him up and helped him to become a less selfish person after he fell so hard for her. There was such a tenderness that developed in him which I don't think he ever felt in his life. His parents had a horrible and toxic marriage, and neither had time to show him the affection he needed. They were also a horrible example of love, which is one of the reasons why he never felt inclined to get truly close to a woman before Violet.

As with any relationship that is rooted in deception, Violet and Christian's is doomed for disaster. It isn't a matter of if, it's when. After the truth bomb drops, and the stars are lifted from Violet's eyes, there is nothing but destruction. There was a point where I wondered if Christian would be able to adequately come back from the betrayal that he delivered. One of the things that I really appreciated was that his actions weren't brushed under the rug after a quick apology, and he didn't use her attraction to him to smooth things over either. He set about winning her heart back with actions rather than words.

All in all, I think this was another win for the Gilded Age Heiresses series. The writing is once again easy to engage with, and very fast paced. I never had any issues with boredom or temptation to skim. Anyone looking for a historical romance with a reformed rake and a sweet heroine will most likely really enjoy this couple! Violet and August's brother Max was much more fleshed out in this book which made me really happy. He finally started to feel more three dimensional as we got into his head a little bit and understood some of his thoughts and feelings. I look forward to reading his full length story in The Lady Tempts an Heir, scheduled for release next February.



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2,200 reviews4 followers
October 18, 2021
God the parents suuuuuuuck, but on the whole I really enjoyed this! Didn't love the lack of communication in the third act, but it felt real & earned, so I'll ignore that.
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766 reviews610 followers
July 21, 2021
These books might just be one of my new favorite historical romance series!

I loved this second installment and absolutely could not get enough of the chemistry and scheming between these characters. And of course, best of all: FORCED PROXIMITY!

This one had a nice, slower burn to it and totally paid off in the end. I cannot recommend these enough and am excited for what’s next!
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1,571 reviews372 followers
May 17, 2021
I read and fell in love with The Heiress Gets a Duke at the beginning of this year, so I was so thrilled when I got an e-ARC of book 2 in the series, The Devil and the Heiress. I love Gilded Age reads and am so fascinated with “dollar princess” heroines, the term coined for American heiresses who married into British aristocracy between 1870-1910. This series has been such a delight and I think I even love Violet & Christian’s story more. 🤩

The Crenshaw family made their fortune in the iron and railway business but are still considered new money amongst the old New York families and often not let into established ballrooms on Fifth Avenue. Violet’s parents decided to take their two daughters to London and marry them off to aristocracy to open those New York society doors. With her older sister August set to marry a Duke (book 1 is their romance), now it’s Violet’s turn for an advantageous marriage...if her parents have any say over her life.

Violet is an aspiring writer and has no plans to marry a man she doesn’t love. When she learns her parents are going to push her into a marriage while they are still in London, Violet decides her best plan is to run away. She just conveniently happens to run into Christian, Earl of Leigh, during her getaway and he offers Violet a lift in his carriage as he’s headed out of town as well. Christian is in need of an American heiress, while he doesn’t have any outstanding debts like most of the ton men in need of heiresses...he does have a Scottish estate that recently had a fire and is need of extensive refurbishment. After meeting Violet through his friend Evan, the Duke of Rothschild & hero from book 1, Christian was taken with Violet immediately and his plan is to seduce her to marry him on their shared-carriage journey north.

This book was so much fun, I love a roadtrip-forced proximity romance and this delivered. Violet knows what she wants, and doesn’t want in the case of her parents trying to force her into a marriage, and was such a great heroine. And I really loved Christian, he didn’t have the greatest of upbringings and after his father left him with debts Christian made changes and actually earns a living on his own. He goes after what he wants and when that becomes Violet, he does everything to woo and show her he cares.

Thank you to the publisher (Berkley) for an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts & review. The Devil and the Heiress has a publish date of June 29, 2021.
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1,350 reviews158 followers
July 2, 2021
3 stars. The ending (last 20%) was once again overly dramatic and just made me angry. I hate contrived drama that is seemingly added just to increase the word count. There is a forced separation at the end that drags on for so long that it became ridiculous. I hated that the heroine claimed to love him one minute and walked away from him the next because of a few extra details that seemed inconsequential after what he had already told her. The hero literally did NOTHING to try to get her back, it made ZERO SENSE. Then he jumped through a bunch of really stupid hoops, including donating tons of money. Somehow that proves love after being absent from her life for months?!? I was really loving this book until that part came along.

Safe; manwhore hero celibate for 1 year prior to meeting heroine, virgin heroine, no others
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286 reviews56 followers
July 12, 2022
DNF @43%

He would have bet his entire life that her breasts were now a pretty shade of pink.
Maybe it's because she is wearing a corset, lol.

---A Book A Week Challenge, Week 28 of 2022---

All jokes aside, I found the FMC to be naive and MMC to be somewhat manipulative. He needed her money and her being beautiful was just a bonus. Even at the 43% mark, he hasn't entertained the thought that he might be in love with her and not her money.

This book does include on-page descriptions of a toxic marriage (domestic violence implied, not the main couple). The FMC is being forced to marry a douchebag for the sake of her father's mining company.

I hate her toxic parents, especially her mother. Being a desi girl, I have come across parents IRL who would force their daughters into marriages just so that they could keep a good name in society (insert India's obsession with caste and religion here). While reading this book, it reminded me of a friend whom I lost to suicide earlier this year and many more who suffered from DV. Those parts of the story were quite triggering for me to read.

This is not entirely why I have decided to DNF this book.

The FMC hates the 'villain' cuz he's always staring at her boobs. Isn't that what the MMC is also doing?
She felt naive to me. And him? He was carefully inserting himself into her life and not being honest about his true intentions.

The 'villain' planned to trap FMC in a scandal so that she would have no choice but to marry him, while the MMC planned to do the exact same thing.

This is unforgivable in my book and no amount of groveling could earn him my trust back. How is he better than the asshole she was trying to escape from?

I don't think I will be continuing with the series. However, I am open to trying more books from the author.
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1,732 reviews44 followers
June 28, 2021
Christian Halston, the Earl of Leigh had no intention of marrying until his beloved estate Blythkirk in Scotland burned and needed extensive repairs. While not destitute, the cost of the repairs are beyond his means and he hatches a plan to catch an heiress, specifically the American Violet Crenshaw, who happens to be the sister of his friend and business partner, the Duke of Rothchild’s wife. He believes he has time to woo and win her but soon learns that her parents have other plans for her. Undeterred, Christian sets out to win Violet but never expects to fall in love with her.

Violet Crenshaw has plans of her own, she has a secret betrothed back in America and plans to wed him and pursue her writing career. Her plans are shaken when she learns that her betrothed was paid off by her father and that her parents have arranged another marriage for her. Unwilling to be trapped in a loveless marriage, she hatches a plan, she will hide away in the lake district, write her novel and hopefully make her parents see reason. Violet puts her plan in motion and is surprised when the Earl of Leigh intercepts her outside the British Museum and offers to help her escape. Unaware that Christian is privy to her plans, she accepts his offer of a ride to the train station and is later convinced that his idea of traveling together by carriage will buy her more time. He tells her he is going to Scotland but will detour to take her to the boardinghouse in the lake district before making his way north.

Christian is thrilled, his plan is working exactly as he planned; will use the time spent traveling to convince her to marry him, then will take her to Scotland and marry her before her parents can find her. But the more time he spends with her, the more he comes to care for her and the guiltier he feels about his deception. Just as he decides to change his plan and propose, willing to accept her decision, and take her to the boardinghouse if she refuses, they are in a horrific accident, and everything changes.

As she heals, they both fall deeper in love and he admits some of his deceptions to her and she forgives him. But when her brother Max shows up and she learns the whole truth, she is devastated and wants nothing to do with him. With their HEA hanging in the balance, can Christian find a way to prove his love is true and earn her forgiveness, or is it too late?

This was a very well-written and well-paced story with an interesting and fresh plot. I enjoyed the story and found myself very invested in the outcome. The book has secrets, lies, deception, steamyish love scenes, angst, heartache, great character growth, and finally a seemingly impossible HEA. As much as I liked the story, some things just didn’t sit well with me, I felt the ending was unnecessarily angsty and I really didn’t care for the fact that Violet shared a secret with her friend, Lady Helen, and her siblings that she should have shared with Christian first, that along with some title errors kept this from being a five star read for me. This is the second book in the series, but it could definitely be read as a standalone title with no problems.

*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
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516 reviews55 followers
October 24, 2022
Entertaining and enjoyable on the whole. Certain portions of the plot were too stagnant for my taste, though. I love a good forced proximity trope, but I still need some subtle movement - emotionally, physically, psychologically, whatever - even if the characters are stuck together in the same place for an extended period of time. Parts of Violet and Christian's trip were too drawn out. It felt like they were stuck flirting and bumping knees in that carriage for ages!

That said, Violet taking control of her own life and happiness was laudable. I loved that she had her own autonomy. Christian, despite his manipulative scheme to trap her into marriage at the beginning, grows to value her for who she is and respects the boundaries she sets. (Impossible not to love that in a man.) He also has to earn back her trust. Put in the work. And though that happens a little too quickly and effortlessly at the end, it's still satisfying when he does.

Not great, but good. Cute as far as historical romances go!



👀 A fortune hunter and a wannabe-writer-on-the-run from a marriage of convenience? Now there's a deal with the devil I can't wait to sink my eyeballs into! 👀
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