Book Review

“The Heiress” by Lynsey Sands or “The Countess” REDUX!

STORY: Suzette is not like other heiresses; she wants a poor husband, a gentleman who will be so grateful for her dowry that he will allow her access to it so that she can pay off her father’s gambling debts. When this alluring beauty encounters Daniel Woodrow—handsome, titled, single . . . and even more impoverished than she could have hoped for—it seems Suzette’s wildest dreams have come true.

But Daniel has not been truthful. Tired of being accosted by an endless stream of vapid coquettes and their fortune-hunting mothers, Daniel has decided to plead poverty to stop them in their tracks. Yet here is a most refreshing and delectable lady, who claims to be thrilled by his penury. Now all Daniel has to do to find true happiness is to keep a little white lie alive . . . while avoiding a villain who’s determined to prevent this union by any means necessary.

REVIEW: REDUX=It is a Latin word that means “brought back” or “revisited”  and  “The Heiress” is Suzette and Daniel’s story told from their point of view and happening at the same time as “The Countess”. To those who read the first one, the first 210 pages will defenatly feel redundant, and like me, they’ll skim through those pages, especially the dialog. I wasn’t in the mood to read over the same conversations so there was a lot of skimming over. To anyone that decides to read this one first DON’T! It will be a bit confusing, since majority of the scenes that took place in the house with the “pretender’s” dead body are glossed over in this one. Those are important scenes and should be read first.

Now, since the entire first half of this book is REDUX” some will be greatly disappointed, BUT! And this is a very important BUT. I know I shouldn’t ignore the fact that most of this book was a rehash of the first one, BUT I liked Suzette’s character from the first book so I thought her story was quite good, once we left their point of view from “The Countess”. From that point on, Suzette and Daniel come to life as the last third of the book is all fresh.  Suzette was straight forward, frank, very witty and bold.  She had no fear of speaking her mind. Daniel was a very dashing, likable hero, who tried very hard to keep his hands off of her. He appreciated her frankness and liked her from the first time he spoke to her.

Their interaction was a delight to read and their love scenes were passionate as well as funny. I chuckled every time Daniel lost his self-control around Suzette. Naturally, all the other characters from the earlier book are with us still and we meet new ones also, like Daniel’s mother. There are some predictable villains, and the plot isn’t much of a surprise, but all in all a pleasant and fun read.

I think Lisa’s story will be next, and I so hope it will not be a “REDUX” of both.

BTW: If you’d like to read a very good “REDUX” I recommend Julia Quinn’s Two Dukes of Wyndham 1. The Lost Duke of Wyndham (2008) and 2. Mr. Cavendish, I Presume (2008).

I loved the way she revisited and interwoven those two stories. That was much better told than these two, in my humble opinion.

3 thoughts on ““The Heiress” by Lynsey Sands or “The Countess” REDUX!”

  1. LOL. I waited until I had both books and then read them together. Going back and forth from one book to the other as the story progress. In doing this I really enjoyed the story. I don’t think I would have if I hadn’t of done this.

    1. Tina you Minx!

      That was an interesting way to read the series, now if Lisa’s story overlaps, you might have to read all three together 🙂 Just teasing 🙂

      You’re very inovative! Glad you liked it. Have you read any other that I’ve reviewed? What’s on your TBR? Who are your fave’s in romance?

      Happy reading!
      Mel

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