Catch a Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke

Catch a Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (247 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Hawthorn

She’s an American heiress. He’s a devilish earl. When these two collide, the sparks ignite a shocking scandal in USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke’s unforgettable Victorian-era romance.

Linnet Holland wants nothing to do with fortune hunters. No, she’s determined to marry a man who loves her. But just as she’s about to accept the perfect marriage proposal from the man she wants, the rakish Earl of Featherstone interrupts and ruins everything, including her reputation, with his smoldering kiss.

Jack Featherstone knows all about Linnet’s “intended”, and he’s determined she won’t fall prey to that villain as other women have in the past. But when his attempt to save Linnet ruins her instead, he knows he has to make things right. So he sets out to win this golden beauty . . . and prove to her that being ruined by him was the best thing that could have happened to her.

Catch a Falling Heiress is a refreshing historical romance with two strong-willed characters going through an unusual courtship.

Linnet was one of my favorite historical romance heroines ever because she was portrayed very realistically. A little bit spoiled, a little bit naïve, but very determined to be independent. Her biggest problem was that people close to her kept betraying her and lied to her face, so she had a hard time discerning what’s true and what not, what’s real and what fiction.

When Jack comes on the scene, the situation becomes even more complicated. He’s a reckless, impulsive character and I loved getting to know him. Jack’s biggest appeal as a character was that he was actually discovering unknown facets of his own personality as the story developed. He’d never planned to marry because his financial circumstances didn’t allow it, but all of a sudden he was courting a young woman he only just met, and just weeks into their acquaintance he realizes, quite shocked, that he’s in love with her. Despite the quick progression of their relationship, this was written in a believable way.

A really good point that the author made was also Linnet’s hesitation in accepting Jack’s hand in marriage. He was a man who got her into the tight spot in the first place, the things she learned about him were not very reassuring, yet he made her feel different than any of the other suitors. Her inner struggle when she had to decide was compelling and I sympathized with her throughout the novel. Linnet and Jack both learned a lesson on trusting people.

The rest of the cast, except perhaps for Linnet’s parents, were more or less stock characters, which was a shame. Luckily, Linnet and Jack and their odd courtship were gripping enough to keep the story interesting. The pacing was good, and the change of setting one third into the novel only added to the refreshing story.

If you want a romance story with a reluctant girl and a wicked bachelor who is not afraid of admitting he’s in love with the heroine, Catch a Falling Heiress will satisfy your romantic cravings.

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