Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress

Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress

by Lara Temple

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ISBN-13: 9780373299546
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Series: Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.61(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Lara Temple's life has been about changes - she has lived on three continents and gone from the military to Wall Street to wife, mom, and philosophy student. But with one constant - ever since she can remember she has been writing stories. In 2014 she took the plunge and sent a manuscript to Harlequin's SYTYCW contest which has come out (March 2016) as "Lord Crayle's Secret World" and her second novel "The Reluctant Viscount" is due this summer.

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Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RoseinTexas2 3 months ago
Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress is the first book in author Lara Temple's Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Series. This is the second book I've had the pleasure of reading from Ms. Temple and it blew me away! So much more in this story than you might anticipate with the title. Gabriel, Lord Hunter and Nell (Helen) first meet when Nell is seventeen and Hunter comes to buy a horse from Nell's father. Hunter witnesses Nell's aunt bully and abuse her in front of guests and her father does nothing to stop it. The next day Nell leaves her family home and goes back to school. Our story picks up 4 years later. We learn that Hunter made a deal with Nell's father 4 years ago and the two of them are engaged. Nell who was not aware of this agreement is now an heiress and decides to confront Hunter. I absolutely loved this story! Hunter and Nell were both loveable characters who have suffered greatly in their lives. Both have a love for horses and I liked how that was woven within the story. Lara did an excellent job of writing their story and giving us a wonderful and well deserved HEA. Hunter's friends, Lord Ravenscar and Lord Stanton are featured in the next books in this series and I can't wait to read their stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book but...I do wish the h/h had a longer time to get to know one another. Also, it would have gotten 5 stars if the ending wasn't so abrupt!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story about two broken people who just needed each other. Nell is very determined to have her own life and Gabriel is trying distant himself from caring too much. But they really need each other. A great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leicestershire - 1816 Miss Helen (Nell) Tilney, age 17, is an expert at horses. Her father breeds and trains them. Much of the year, Nell is at school and then comes to live with her drunken father, Sir Henry, and her hateful, vindictive Aunt Hester whose meanness always makes Nell tremble. Today, Viscount Gabriel Hunter has come to look at a horse he’s interested in buying and Nell is the one to show it to him. She is very picky about the people she allows to buy her horses. A tall, thin young lady, her confidence seems to lie with her knowledge of horses. When Nell explains to Lord Hunter the particulars of the horse, he appears to be condescending to her, so by riding the horse, she proves her expertise. Nell inherited Bascombe Hall from her grandfather. Her father is trustee until she turns 21. Currently, her mean grandmother lives there and Nell has never met her. Lord Hunter tells her he lives at Hunter Hall which is next door to Bascombe Hall. When her aunt begins to berate her at the dinner table that evening in front of their guests making ugly remarks about her mother, Nell snaps, tells her off, and leaves. London - 1820 Now age 21, Nell is ready to take over her life and her inheritance. She has come to London to meet with Lord Gabriel Hunter to find out why the gossips say he and Nell are engaged. He admits that without her knowing, they became betrothed four years ago. He wants to combine the Bascombe and Hunter estates. He had no idea Sir Henry had not told Nell about the betrothal. Angered by it all, Nell prefers to call off the betrothal. While in London, Gabriel’s maiden aunts ask Nell to stay with them which she happily accepts. They are kind to her and she learns more about Gabriel through them. It appears that Gabriel’s brother returned from the war some years back broken in body and spirit. Gabriel nursed him for a long time before he died. Now, Gabriel sponsors a Hope House in different areas for soldiers to rest and regain their strength and spirits. An annual horse auction is coming up and Nell asks Gabriel to accompany her there. It is held at the family home of a man named Charles on whom Nell has long had a crush. The resulting meeting of Nell and Charles and others who have known her is eye-opening for all of them. I did not care for a lot of this book because it did not seem to flow well and became boring in parts. It’s a shame how Nell was treated though. There is much discussion about horses and unless you are a horse fan and quite knowledgeable about them, you may tend to yawn as I did. But, take heart, horse lovers. I'm sure you will love this book. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
LORD HUNTER’S CINDERELLA HEIRESS is everything I love about historical romance and why I read historical romance! Nell Tilney has finally reached the age of majority, she can claim her inheritance, and be rid once and for all of her weak father and her harpy of an aunt, Just arrived in London from school in Keswick, Nell finds the Tilney home deserted, but she remembers that Lord Hunter lives nearby, and late in the evening, Hunter is shocked to see Nell at his door. Nell and Hunter had met once four years before, at a family dinner when she had the courage to stand up to her aunt. Hunter and Nell’s father had a business meeting to reach an agreement regarding the water rights for their country estates. An agreement was reached, only Nell was never told that it was to marry Hunter upon her reaching the ripe old age of 21! Forget the somewhat cheesy title, and lose yourself in this spectacular and grandiose romance! Hunter is an apologetically charming rake with a secret, he had taken pity on Nell seeing how her aunt and father neglected her, and he admired her show of temper and her love of horses. He likes her and he will help her; Hunter thought he would get himself an accommodating wife and pursue his life as if nothing much had changed, but Nell has grown more sure of herself and now that she has her own money, no one will dictate her how to live anymore. Nell is exactly the type of heroine I wished we saw more often: she is strong, determined, and as independent as a woman could be in 1820; she is also extremely perceptive, kind and generous, but not blind to the ways of the world, or of Hunter’s, for that matter. Nell is so devoid of artifices that she leaves Hunter utterly discombobulated. LORD HUNTER’S CINDERELLA HEIRESS is a character study as nuanced as the paintings from the Masters, and is positively enthralling because of Ms. Temple’s superb storytelling skills, her gloriously evocative descriptions and her knowledge of horses. Ms. Temple’s mastery of the English language is such that the transition between the narrative and the dialogues is absolutely seamless. It would be difficult to mention highlights, because LORD HUNTER’S CINDERELLA HEIRESS is one big highlight; I found no weaknesses at all. The pacing is impeccable; the structure is flawless; and the dialogues are remarkably witty and clever. Or maybe I ought to mention the curricle rides: they are pure marvels of literary delight! And last but certainly not least, Lara Temple’s impossibly gorgeous prose. Luminous and incandescent, Ms. Temple’s writing captures every frisson of burning passion; every fluttering of a heartbeat in the presence of the loved one; every sensory experience, be it petting a horse, drinking warm cider on a cold day, and irrevocably falling in love. I am overjoyed that LORD HUNTER’S CINDERELLA HEIRESS is the first book in a series, and I wish they were already all published. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.