Series: Reid Family #1
Published by HarperCollins e-books on August 31, 2010
Genres: Historical Romance
Also by this author: Fires of Winter
stories, her ingenious blending of Passion, wit, and emotion -- are all on glorious display in this unforgettable tale about an unwanted title and an unexpected love.
Has anyone in London ever taken part in the coming-out season with less enthusiasm than Sabrina? Luckily, the most sought-after lady in the city has agreed to usher this young, lovely country girl through the perils and pitfalls of her all-important first season.
Dashing highlander Duncan Mac Tavish is even less keen to be in London. Having recently learned he is the sole heirof an English marquis, Duncan is now required to assume his grandfather's title and estates -- and to marry Sabrina's ravishing, viper-tongued guide, who has been heard to make scathing statements in public about her "Scottish barbarian" groom-to-be.
His unwanted betrothal, however, has brought Duncan into close proximity with the enchanting Sabrina -- a kindred spirit whose wit delights him ... and whose essence is the exquisite stuff of dreams. But duty, station, and a secret that dwells in the lady's past forbid Sabrina's and Duncan's desired union -- unless true love can somehow miraculously find a way.
It has been a long time since I’ve read and enjoyed a historical romance as I have The Heir by Johanna Lindsey. The heroine and hero were so charming and different that I fell in love with their characters more than their story.
Some of the discrepancies I found within The Heir came from the title of the series and an editing errors found later in the story. I wondered, as the dynamics between the characters were somewhat solidified, how the series could be titled ‘Reid Family’ when both the heroine and hero of The Heir weren’t part of the Reid family? Ophelia and her family were the only Reid’s mentioned.
Also, you’ll find close to the end of The Heir the word ‘marry’ is substituted for “many.” At first this tripped me up, but since I became comfortable with the story I didn’t immediately catch what the word “many” was in place of lol.
Since this is my first time reading The Heir by Johanna Lindsey, I found that while I enjoyed the main characters and their relationship with their elder family members, there wasn’t anything spectacular about the story. The conflict was lacking, especially with providing conclusions to certain events; meaning closure wasn’t given to a few circumstances that I felt needed to be addressed or allowed to play out.
There is a slim chance that I’ll venture into reading Ophelia’s story, The Devil Who Tamed Her, but I’m not sure how I feel about who’s she’s paired up with. I sort of feel sorry for him even though he’s already shown that he won’t tolerate her vain and selfish ways, nor is he influenced by her beauty.
There’s really wasn’t much that I can impart to you all about The Heir that won’t give its story away. This isn’t a story full of angst, nor are there enemies that randomly appear throughout the story; the ‘villain’ so to speak was introduced early on and remains so until the end. I would recommend if you are a lover of historical romance that refrain from flowery words and the stereotypical marriage for heirs storyline.