Wednesday, March 25, 2020

An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale

Can a scandalized heiress…

Beatrice Goodwin left Manhattan a duchess and has returned a divorcée, ready to seize control of her fate and the family business. Goodwin’s Department Store, once the pinnacle of fashion, has fallen from favor thanks to Dalton’s, its glamorous competitor across the street. But this rivalry has a distinctly personal edge…

And a self-made tycoon…

For Wes Dalton, Beatrice has always been the one—the one who broke his young heart by marrying a duke, and now, the one whose cherished store he plans to buy, just so he can destroy it. It’s the perfect revenge against a family who believed he’d never be good enough for their daughter—until Beatrice’s return complicates everything…

Find happily ever after at last?

While Goodwin’s and Dalton’s duel to be the finest store in Gilded Age Manhattan, Beatrice and Wes succumb to a desire that has only deepened with time. Adversaries by day, lovers by night, both will soon have to decide which is sweeter: winning the battle or thoroughly losing their hearts…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Spoiler-Free Review

An Heiress to Remember is the third installment of the Gilded Age Girls Club. Can it be read as a standalone or out of series order? Yes, I believe the reader wouldn't be confused. While connected via the setting and a core group of characters, the story itself is self-contained within the novel, featuring our hero and heroine.

After reading so many historical romances set in England, it's been refreshing to read a series of novels set in New York City during the gilded age. The mindsets of the characters, what they found necessary in the era, and the rules of society are vastly different than across the Atlantic. A refreshing change.

I'm a sucker for enemies-to-lovers, made extra tasty when the narrators have a history that shifts the story into second-chance romance. The angst has the pages clicking by at a rapid rate, because I need to know what happens next. The interactions between Beatrice and Wes were intoxicating.

Beatrice is a strong, independent heroine, righting wrongs of the past, that she has surely paid the consequences dearly. Beatrice is one of the strongest, most independent heroines I've read to-date, her actions befitting a more contemporary novel. After sixteen years abroad, after ending a marriage to an English Duke, Beatrice returns to New York City, directly in Wes's path. She is hard pressed to save her family's failing company, attempting to keep it from bankruptcy.

As the third richest man in New York City, Wes wants nothing to do with Beatrice either. He wasn't good enough for Beatrice sixteen years ago, pride bent. He wants nothing to do with someone who only sees him for his monetary worth, especially now that he's a self-made wealthy man.

While Wes and Beatrice dance around their connection to one another, hurts slowly soothing, the enemies-to-lovers premise isn't cruel. There's a slight mischievousness, humorous bent, making their interactions intoxicating instead of frustrating. There's a slow-burn feel to their second-chance romance, as they work through their issues.

There is a perfect balance, where it isn't Wes coming to Beatrice's rescue. The man riding in to save the day, where the woman is beholden to him for life. Beatrice is meant to be an equal to all men, especially Wes.

As a self-professed feminist, even I felt Beatrice's monologues a bit much, how it was almost to a narcissistic degree, where she only thought of her own feelings and no one else. I understand the stubborn need, and the concept of why should the woman put herself last when men always put themselves first, but she gave no quarter ever. I felt this a bit too contemporary of a mindset for the era. Regardless of the gender, it just comes off as selfish and stubborn when that seems to be the only thing the character is mulling over nonstop.

The slight hiccup aside, I highly recommend to fans of Maya Rodale. The author is at the top of my historical favorites list, and I cannot wait to see what more is in store for readers in the future.

Also Available in The Gilded Age Girls Club Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Duchess by Design post.

Book 2
Buy Links

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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Avon Romance

For reviews & more info, check out our Some Like It Scandalous post.

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author of smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of An Heiress to Remember (The Gilded Age Girls Club #3) by Maya Rodale to read and review.

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