The Lady Tempts An Heir by Harper St. George is the third standalone historical romance in the Gilded Age Heiresses series and features, Lady Helena March & American Maxwell Crenshaw. Prepare for swoons, tender moments, and a story that pulls the reader in and holds them until the epilogue.
A fake engagement brings together a lady with bold and daring dreams, and the heir whose heart she captured—perfect for fans of Bridgerton!
Tall, dark, and brooding—to say that American Maxwell Crenshaw stood out in the glittering ballrooms of London, is an understatement. He vowed never to set foot in England again, but when a summons from his father, along with an ultimatum to secure his legacy, has him crossing the Atlantic for the last time, reuniting him with the delectable Lady Helena March, he can’t deny the temptation she presents. Or the ideas she inspires…
Lady Helena March is flirting with scandal. Instead of spending her time at teas and balls in search of another husband, as is expected of a young widow, Helena pours her energy into The London Home for Young Women. But Society gives no quarter to unmarried radicals who associate with illegitimate children and fallen women, and Helena’s funding is almost run out. So when the sinfully seductive Crenshaw heir suggests a fake engagement to save them both—him from an unwanted marriage and her from scorn and financial ruin—Helena finds herself too fascinated to refuse the sexy American.
As their arrangement of convenience melts oh so deliciously into nights of passion, their deception starts to become real. But if Max knew the true reason Helena can never remarry, he wouldn’t look at her with such heat in his eyes. Or might the Crenshaw heir be willing to do whatever it takes to win the one woman he’s never been able to forget…
After their adventures assisting Max’s sister in The Devil and the Heiress, I was hoping we’d get Max and Helena’s story. While each of the books in this series has their own romance, you’ll want to start with book one to meet the all the Crenshaws.
Lady Helena is a widow and philanthropist seeking to make a difference for unwed mothers. Helena has a vision even if those in her social class frown upon it. She hopes to create The London Home for Young Women. Here she will house these families and offer training to lift them from their dire circumstances.
She often thinks of Maxwell Crenshaw, but knows no man will ever wed her, especially not the Crenshaw heir. Still, she cannot help but be drawn to him.
When Max’s father becomes ill, Max returns to London and finds his father making the same demands of him he had for his sisters. He has thought about Helena often, but she lives in London and his home is in America. So naturally, he is standoffish to hide his attraction. However, his father threatens to thwart his sister’s business idea if he doesn’t come to heel.
Meanwhile, society, thanks in part to her father, is sabotaging Helena’s efforts to fund her home. Max cannot seem to keep his eyes off Helena and enjoys conversing with her. That is when he hatches a clever plan that will aid them both. A fake courtship and engagement, which she can break in the spring. Oh, the tale that unfolds was delightful, heartbreaking, and completely swoon-worthy.
I loved the previous books in this series and was delighted to slip back into this world. Set in London with American heroes and heroines matched with London’s peerage, St. George has created characters you cannot help put root for. The women buck the expected norms of society and the men who fall for them prove to be worthy of their affections.
During this time period, I felt for Lady Helena regarding her secret. I thought the outcome was cleverly done. I admitted I was seriously worried about getting a happily ever after. The author delivered without compromise, and I was pleased with how she stayed true to the issue and showed that love conquers all.
Fans of fake arrangements, well-developed characters and the Gilded Age will want to devour all the books in the Gilded Age Heiresses series. You’ll fall in love with its characters.
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