Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Rebel Heir by Elizabeth Michels


The Spare Heirs Society Cordially Invites You to Meet Ash Claughbane: The Imposter

Lady Evangeline Green is living a lie. To please her family, she masquerades as the perfect debutante...until she meets the wickedly charming Lord Crosby. With him, there are no rules. She's finally free to do as she desires-but freedom comes with a price, and Lord Crosby is not what he seems...

Ash is not Lord Crosby. He's a con artist, a noble Spare Heir living off his silver tongue. When the Green family ruined his, he swore he'd make them pay, and he never doubted his devotion to revenge...until he met Evangeline. Now, caught in a web of lies, torn between duty and desire, what's a con to do but deceive all of London and steal the one lady who dared match wits with the devil himself?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Erica☆☆☆
3.5 Conniving Stars

Elizabeth Michels is a new-to-me author, and I read The Rebel Heir as a standalone novel. I found the author's writing style to be fluid, at a rapid pace, instantly drawing a reader into the storyline, but due to the length I lost interest. I had absolutely no difficulty picking up the second book in the Spare Heirs series without reading the first prior.

Lady Evangeline suffers from the stringent rules of society – ever the perfect lady her mother wishes her to be, she hides her need for independence. For a year, she has been harboring infatuations over a man who left as quickly as he appeared, only to reappear again under another name. The sight of this man has Lady Evangeline acting out of character, chasing after him, when it is the very behavior she would chastise her cousins for doing. Ash has Evangeline losing her senses.

Ash is a con artist, set about scheming to make a living as he investigates the man who ruined his family. Let the angst commence, as the man he's looking for is none other than the father to Lady Evangeline.

This romantic historical romance hits many bumps along the road as Ash's past invades his present. Men he has schemed come forth as he tries to come to terms with loving the daughter of the man who ruined his family.

While I enjoyed The Rebel Heir, I was able to put it down and start another book before returning to this one. This may have been due to my mood, or simply the length of the novel. At times, it felt drawn out. Usually I have no issue knowing the ending of the story. As this is romance, obviously the hero and heroine find their happily ever after, as is the standard. However, the journey took a bit too long to get 'there' for my tastes, losing my interests along the way.

Recommended for fans of historical romance, especially those who enjoy a novel without purple prose and over-description. I appreciated how the author managed to set a scene while leaving the detailing to my imagination.



Elizabeth Michels grew up on a Christmas tree farm in rural South Carolina. After tip-toeing her way through school with her focus on ballet steps and her nose in a book, she met a boy and followed him a thousand miles away from home to Kansas City, Missouri, before settling down in North Carolina. She attended Park University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Interior Design. Elizabeth is a lover of happily-ever-afters; she invites you to read her stories, get lost, and enjoy.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Rebel Heir (Spare Heirs #2) by Elizabeth Michels to read and review.

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