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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Unseen Heiress by Olivia Ritch

Unseen Heiress by Olivia Ritch
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (60 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Stunningly beautiful Lady Evelyn Hume is pursued by London bachelors for her looks and fortune. Few recognize her extraordinary intelligence, until a most unusual encounter with a partially blind Earl.

Although Colin Livingswell has never seen Eve Hume, he knows more of her heart than any of her admirers. The Earl is determined to show Eve with his words and actions he is worthy of her—but the villain stalking him endangers them both.

Will Colin trust Eve and her family with his dangerous secret in time to save himself? Will Eve trust her heart to view him differently from all her other suitors? For both of them, beauty truly must be in the eyes of the beholder.

Unseen Heiress is a short, entertaining glimpse into Regency society and two of its misfit members.

Lady Evelyn (Eve) Humes, bored with the foppish, pompous suitors that covert her for money and position, gets a jolt of adrenaline when Colin Livingswell, Earl of Landon, detains her on a terrace just outside a crowded ballroom. He is not like the other men that seek her attention, so she invites him to dinner.

Eve’s intelligence and accomplishments set her apart. She often feels isolated, but her mother assures her that when the “right” man comes along, he will appreciate her for her uniqueness, for her heart and fire—she will be his “perfect gift”.

Colin Livingswell’s failing eyesight keeps him from socializing, but it has caused him to sharpen his other senses. He is very aware of what is going on around him which probably saves his life more than once. He is sensitive about his failing sight and feels no woman would want to marry him. Consequently, when Eve sets out to improve his glasses lens, he gets all bent out of shape. But his need to protect her from his enemies overrides his ego.

Eve seems a little “too much” to be believable but she is still compelling in her zeal to fix any and all things.

Unseen Heiress holds one’s attention and moves along apace with some tense moments that are scary as well as some moments that are sensual and satisfying. Ms. Ritch’s smooth writing style slips readers into the time and place and whirls them along into a romance of two characters that do not fit the norm of the Regency era but fit each other very well.