The Heir and the Spare (Negligent Chaperone Series #1)

The Heir and the Spare (Negligent Chaperone Series #1)

by Maya Rodale

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All of London is raving about the newly arrived American, Emilia Highhart. She has beauty, charm, wit, even a hint of the exotic. But unfortunately, grace is decidedly not one of her virtues. Staircases, doors, even floors have proven her enemies, often leaving Emilia prostrate and mortified in a pile of muslin. Nevertheless, at her first ball, her dance card soon fills with the names of highly suitable men. But Emilia’s eyes are on just one man—the one her aunt points out as the entirely unsuitable Lord Phillip.
In fact, he isn’t Lord Phillip. While Phillip, the heir, goes about spending his family’s funds, his identical twin Devon, the spare, must attend society functions as Lord Phillip—all because of a few blasted minutes’ age difference. Soon both twins are vying for Emilia. Under the not-so-watchful eye of Lady Palmerston, aunt and chaperone to the young lady, Emilia is unknowingly courted by two different men with the same face! But only one of them is the love of her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440620690
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2007
Series: Negligent Chaperone Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 234,824
File size: 534 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maya Rodale has written numerous romance novels including Chasing Lady Amelia and Lady Claire Is All That, as well as Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained, a nonfiction exploration of the stigma surrounding the genre. She lives in New York with her husband and dog.

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Heir and the Spare (Negligent Chaperone Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Jen: The Heir and the Spare by Maya Rodale is a splendid debut novel and the first in a series. Phillip and Devon are twins and the sons of a duke. Phillip is the heir and Devon the spare. Devon was always forced to pretend to be his brother and following a duel where he was almost killed, he fled to America. Five years later, he's back in London but only a select few know he's home. Emilia is an American heiress who is in London to find a husband. At her first ball, she trips on some stairs and falls into the arms of a handsome man and quickly falls in love. But is it Phillip or Devon? I met Ms. Rodale in an online chat where she was discussing this book and I was intrigued. When I came across it at the library, I snatched it off of the shelves. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the plot and the characters (many of the secondary characters were a hoot and I hope they appear in future novels). While the mistaken identity and good twin/bad twin themes have been used in the past, Ms. Rodale finds a fresh and interesting spin.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Devon Kensington delayed his return trip from America to England for five years to be with his ailing father. However, in 1818, he finally comes home. At a ball he pretends to be his older twin brother, the Marquis Phillip, which enables him to meet, dance and hold visiting American heiress Emilia Highhart, attending her first ball.------------- Emilia has problems with her confused feelings for Phillip, who her aunt says is off limits as an unsuitable rake. At times she believes she loves him at other times she feels nothing for him. She is unaware that the man she loves is the spare and the man she feels nothing for is the heir.--------------- As the twins compete for Emilia, readers will enjoy this fine Regency romance. The key to refreshing this theme of good and bad seeds siblings is the jealousy and hatred Devon feels for his older brother by minutes. Fans will enjoy the competition for Emilia, as the confused female cannot grasp why one moment her body comes alive to seeing the marquis and another it remains dormant. This is a fun historical.-------------- Harriet Klausner
itsamekatrina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this love story. From their first, very hot encounter, I was hooked.
bhryk0 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the debut book for Maya Rodale and it was great, just as the reviews on Amazon said it is hard to put it down.Devon Kensington had just returned from 5 years in America and he has decided to go to a ball as his identical twin brother, Phillip, the future Duke of Buckingham and into his arms falls an American Heiress, Emilia Highhart who has come to London to find a titled husband. Later they share a kiss and she is smitten.There is fun ahead when she finds herself seeing both Devon and Phillip and wondering how someone can be so different at different times. It takes her awhile to work out that there are 2 different people, especially since Phillip has put forward the story that his brother had died.I thought it was written very well and the story flowed along easily. It is easy not to like Phillip as he is quite ruthless and the ending was quite fitting.
Anniik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was not very good. She kept bringing up ideas and then dropping them, pulling things out of nowhere, and on top of that, the writing itself just wasn't very good. The clumsiness is cute - but I would have liked it better if she'd spent the time developing her character's internal conflicts rather than her external ones. Perhaps she'll get better, as this is her first book, but I can't say it's a very strong debut.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible financial decisions for all at the end - but it's all about the romance so you might have to put away your commonsense and get into the fantasy to enjoy the ending. I did appreciate that the hero and the heroine were not too spoiled to like, the hero was not a drunken cad, and the ending did not require the hero to lose all his noble dignity to prove his love
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