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Friday, October 15, 2010

The Unwanted Heiress by Olivia Ritch

The Unwanted Heiress by Olivia Ritch
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (61 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia

When an inspired trip to Bond Street dressmakers turns Adriana Lizonby from invisible to desirable, she is mistaken for a high-priced ladybird by the notorious Earl of Coldesdowne. Jason Hume is intrigued by the mysterious goddess, but when he discovers Adriana’s true identity, he is appalled at his actions. Will he have to salvage her reputation by offering marriage? Does he even want to? His heart says yes. His rakish temperament and lifestyle say no. Will Jason allow love to rule his life?

A neat miniature tale, The Unwanted Heiress touches the social mores and taboos of the times without adding lots of frills and side trips. A somewhat over-the-hill Adriana Lizonby goes to London to find a husband. Not up on rules of society in London, the rich, country-reared Adriana makes a social blunder that gives her the most exciting day of her life, but pretty well puts paid to her finding a husband among the eligible bachelors in town. She returns to the country post haste to keep from humiliating her aunt and the man she came to love in just a few hours.

Jason Hume, Fourth Earl of Coldesdowne, thinks he has found the perfect mistress only to learn he has been outfoxed by an intelligent, beautiful, country girl. He could become a laughingstock of the society that has always held him in high regard. Frustrated beyond belief, he devises all kinds of plans—none workable until he confides in his happily married sister who helps him to get over himself and his wounded pride so he can pursue what he truly wants in life.

Olivia Ritch engages the senses--taste, sound, sight, feel, and smell. Whether at the testosterone-charged races or at the country home of Adriana, the reader is bombarded with sensual stimuli that excites and satisfies. Good reading!