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A Necessary Heir

A Necessary Heir

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by LA Hilden

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A case of mistaken identity...

Shunned by the majority of people she meets due to her illegitimacy, Abigail Gibbons is grateful when she's summoned from school by the Earl of Waterford to become his wife's paid companion. But unbeknownst to Abigail, the earl passes, leaving Abigail's uncertain future in his grandson, Jackson Danvers, bone-meltingly handsome


A case of mistaken identity...

Shunned by the majority of people she meets due to her illegitimacy, Abigail Gibbons is grateful when she's summoned from school by the Earl of Waterford to become his wife's paid companion. But unbeknownst to Abigail, the earl passes, leaving Abigail's uncertain future in his grandson, Jackson Danvers, bone-meltingly handsome hands. Upon meeting Abigail, Jackson serves her the greatest insult by accusing her of being his late grandfather's paramour. The scoundrel! But Lady Waterford is sweet, and Abigail takes the needed position...earning her a constant viewing of the man who's hooded gazes and lingering stares have the ability to make her blood simmer with desire.

A switch at birth...

To procure himself a necessary heir, the late Earl of Waterford switched his granddaughter Abigail Gibbons for a baby boy, Jackson Sethos Rameses Danvers, the newly made Earl of Waterford. The same domineering man who falls hopelessly in love and marries his grandmother's too lovely companion?only to have her deceive him in the end.

A family secret revealed...

Through, society's censure, an attempt to end Abigail's life, a mother who believes siblings are about to wed, and Jackson finding out his life was made up of falsehoods, Abigail and Jackson's love triumphs over the challenges. The headstrong Abigail refuses to allow her one true chance at happiness to slip away without a battle, while Jackson discovers how everything pales in comparison to Abigail's love. He realizes he is the man Abigail deserves...a man who has nothing left to lose but his heart.

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LA Hilden
Publication date:
Alter Ego Series , #1
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Barnes & Noble
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446 KB

Meet the Author

Lori Hilden is the author of A Necessary Heir, London’s
Quest, and six other novels she is working on publishing.
In 1990, Lori read her first Historical Romance novel by
one of her favorite authors, Johanna Lindsey. She’s been
hooked on the Regency Period ever since.
Starving to learn more about history and to capture the
authenticity of the time era she loves, Lori attended the
University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor’s in
history and a minor in art history. She’s been typing away on
her computer ever since.
Finding time to write hasn’t always been easy for Lori,
who has a son 15 months older than her boy/girl twins. She
lives in Michigan with her husband, three children, two dogs
and three hamsters.

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A Necessary Heir 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
queenpanda0 More than 1 year ago
A Necessary Heir L.A. Hilden A necessary Heir is a the greatest historical novel I have ever read. I love reading about people falling in love, and this story did not disappoint.The entire book shows the characters falling in love, marrying, and all the troubles that go along with it. This story is true to the period it was written for. L.A. Hilden has written this book, in a way to make the reader fell as if she is Abigail, showing all the feelings the young woman has. You can not help but smile as you read this story. This book will please all readers, either historical romance or others. In the past, how many times have people given up their biological child to claim a male heir? It shows the strength that the young woman has growing up to think she was illegimate, when in fact she was the true daughter of the Earl of Waterford. Once you pick this book up it is not reasonable to put it down until it is finished. I realized that someone has actually lived this life or something close to it. I recommend everyone to buy this book, as it is the best historical romance novel I have ever read. It is Enjoyable and I look forward to reading more of L.A. Hilden's books. Go and get yours....now.
Tiffany_A_Higgins More than 1 year ago
A Necessary Heir by L.A. Hilden was a fantastic read. I am partial to historic fiction. I love reading about the London elite falling in love. This story did not disappoint. The entire process of falling in love, marrying and all the trials and tribulations that go with it were laid out in full. The only thing this book left to me wanting is more. I wish that it could go on forever. However, that cannot be. Unlike your typical historic romances where the handsome aristocrat seduces the young girl into his bed before they have even wed, this young couple follows the propriety of the time. I like that. It is true to the period in every sense. I like that. L.A. Hilden writes in a way that makes you feel like you are there. You have a vested interest in this couple's lives. When they hurt, so do you. Their joy is yours to share. My favorite line in the book is repeated numerous times. It is, "Stuff and Applesauce." I can picture the matronly woman saying this. I can even picture my own grandmother using this line. It put a smile on my face each time I saw it. This book will definitely please historical romance readers of all ages. Although there are a few sex scenes, they are not distasteful. The storyline is believable. It could honestly have happened to some or many. How many titled men would do anything for a male heir? I found myself angry for the characters and inspired by their strength as they worked through their own personal dramas. I found it nearly impossible to put this book down. Each time I had to put it down, I dwelled on what would happen next. I wondered where the story line would lead. I pondered what I would do if I were in the characters shoes. I considered what I would do if it were my own story. L.A. Hilden did an astonishing job with A Necessary Heir. I have never read another historical romance like hers. It is original and enjoyable. I look forward to reading many more of her books. ~Tiffany A. Higgins, children's author
bookaddict33 More than 1 year ago
Abigail Gibbons grew up with the stigma of being illegitimate. Not only was she born out of wedlock, she has no clue who her father is. In the time period she lives in, this is a major flaw, one that causes her to be an outcast. When she meets and falls in love with Jackson Danvers, the new Earl of Waterford, she fears her illegitimacy will keep him from being accepted into society if they marry. Then she finds out that the late Earl of Waterford switched Abigail and Jackson at birth in order to secure a male heir. What do you do when you suddenly realize your whole life you were living a lie? Being stripped away of all you thought you were shows the world your true colors. Abigail and Jackson react very differently to the news. Both feel betrayed by the late Earl of Waterford and both are angry. Abigail has lived all her life being shunned, this has made her a very strong woman and it shows. Jackson, on the other hand, has had everything easy in life and doesn’t handle it as well as Abigail. He feels like he doesn’t deserve her now that he’s not the Earl of Waterford anymore. L.A. Hilden’s "A Necessary Heir" is a well-written historical romance filled with strong characters. There’s love, betrayal, and angst. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it for fans of historical romances. With Hilden’s skillful pen, it’s easy to imagine yourself in Abigail’s place. Hilden does a wonderful job bringing to life the emotional ups and downs of her characters. The sex scenes are tastefully done; they are almost sweet and have an innocence to them that seems well suited to the time period. True to the genre, despite the trials and tribulations they face, there is a happy ending.
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