Once an Heiress

Once an Heiress

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by Elizabeth Boyce
     
 

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Lily Bachman has the largest dowry the haut ton has seen in years. Her fortune is meant to secure her marriage to a titled gentleman, but instead it has sent every fortune hunter in London into a frenzy. Despite her father's insistence that she choose a husband, Lily swears she won't marry any of these "Leeches." Instead, she focuses on her dreams of opening a

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Lily Bachman has the largest dowry the haut ton has seen in years. Her fortune is meant to secure her marriage to a titled gentleman, but instead it has sent every fortune hunter in London into a frenzy. Despite her father's insistence that she choose a husband, Lily swears she won't marry any of these "Leeches." Instead, she focuses on her dreams of opening a charity school. She has everything well in hand - until a devilishly handsome rake sweeps her into a scandalous waltz.

Ethan Helling, Viscount Thorburn, never claimed to be a good man. A well-known rogue, he's over his ears in gaming debts and is tempted by a friend's demanding mistress. To continue indulging his appetites, he needs to marry a fortune. The lovely Miss Bachman just so happens to have one, and Ethan vows to win her dowry for himself.

When the seducer becomes the seduced, Lily and Ethan are forced into a hasty marriage. Now, to gain her fortune, Ethan must find a way to make his unwilling bride happy. As he fights to win her affection, Ethan finds himself falling in love with his spirited wife - despite her determination to keep her money, and her heart, out of his hands. With her dreams in ruins and her illusions shattered, can Lily afford to gamble on love?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

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"Once an Heiress combines everything readers love about historical romance with a twisting, suspenseful story that will have you on the edge of your seat... I loved every second of Once an Heiress - it had the intrigue I love about historical romance combined with an excellent storyline that kept me on my toes." —The Romance Reviews

"If you like historical romances with a strong heroine that doesn't stick to society rules and a scarred hero with a wonderful hidden heart then you will like Once an Heiress by Elizabeth Boyce." —Harlequin Junkie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440573477
Publisher:
Adams Media
Publication date:
01/18/2014
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.60(d)

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Elizabeth Boyce lives in the southeastern United States with her husband and several rambunctious children. She likes to think in the shower, sip wine, and pretend she has a cooking show. Visit her blog: http://bluestockingball.blogspot.com/

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Once an Heiress 4.4 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once an Heiress will delight readers of Once a Duchess and newcomers to Elizabeth Boyce alike. Here is another clever plot with unexpected twists, focusing on a smart, sassy, strong heroine and a deliciously flawed hero. As much as I think every woman would aspire to be as independent, ambitious, and self-possessed as the heroine Lily, the author of this series never balks from showing us the foibles that lead the characters into their sticky situations and the honest, troubled, and sometimes even down and dirty truth about the lives these women and men lead. Once an Heiress has all the historical insight and accuracy, the sparkling dialogue, and page-turning writing of Once a Duchess... and even more passionate, intense romance, thanks to the smoldering fire that burns between Lily and Ethan.
MicahPersell More than 1 year ago
When I first started this book, my husband asked me how I liked it. My response was that the hero was a terrible man, and I couldn’t wait to see him reformed. I was solidly in the corner of the heroine, Lily. That was chapter one. In a masterful twist, Elizabeth Boyce had me sympathizing with bad-boy Ethan to the point I was nearly in tears on almost the very next page. I never expected the character I was going to hate to be the book’s heroine. Her fears turned her into a frigid, castigating witch while Ethan was reformed and loving almost right away. The story morphed into one of a woman who had thought she was independent learning the true meaning of independence without alienating those she loved. A book I thought I had figured out from the very beginning turned on me and continued to surprise me in the best ways until the wonderful Happily Ever After. Boyce’s prose is among some of the best I’ve read; her figurative language is both original and breath-taking. She’s certainly gained a fan for life in me.
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Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
I read this story twice, once as a separate book and as a box set and enjoyed it both times. The story was well written and the story line was easy to follow. The author drew the reader in and allowed us to experience her characters many emotions as they struggle with their feelings. The story had intrigue, suspense, betrayal, surprises, and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as part of a three book bundle. I liked the leading man. He was strong and proud. I do not want to give too many details and spoil the story for others. I thought that lilly's father was not a man of his word and selfish. The leading man got blamed for behaviors he was not guilty of. The story was long and interestings. It was also different but enjoyable. The romance will not disappoint.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
If I thought I was in love with this author’s work with the first novel in this series I was sorely mistaken. She has outdone herself by half again this time. What a fabulous story! Boyce’s unique brank of sass and romance really brings out the best of the time period she takes you back to. The mix of periodesque colloquialisms and narratives complete the transition for the reader. There is an inherent undertone of comedy running underneath this romance of misunderstandings and disappointments. The characters were so real and lifelike that I couldn’t help but fall for them. The main characters definitely pulled at my heart, if in very different manners. Boyce’s development of both their thoughts and emotions allows readers to see the innermost workings of the story. The ensuing comedy of errors and miscommunications had me giggling throughout. The supporting characters were quite charming as well. They rounded out the story well, giving you a sneak peek at what’s to come for this group In the future. As a whole this was a fantastic story that I couldn’t put down for a second. This amazing author has done a phenomenal job on both the time period and the story as a whole. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was good. Well worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical story where miscommunications are key for the plot line. Lily had a dowry to put the king to shame. Ethan had debts that would put that same king to shame. Their mutual attraction leads to the inevitable result of marriage. Deep distrust because of debts and dowry flavor the storyline. Lily just seemed a bit too quick to jump to all sorts of conclusion. Ethan seemed to quick to let Lily do what she wanted. Character development was minimal. Still, it was a quick read and it held my interest all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good- loved development of the story
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