Title: In the Heir
Series: Westerly Billionaire #1
Author: Ruth Cardello
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2017
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello returns with an irresistible series about sexy billionaires and the strong-willed women who tame them.
Brett Westerly is his father’s golden child, but it’s come at a cost. As head of the family corporation, he throws himself into his work—hiding in his office is easier than confronting the reality of his broken family.
After a bitter divorce that split the family and divided loyalties, the wealthy Westerly matriarch offers an early inheritance to any grandchild who marries and invites the entire family to the wedding. Brett’s brother Spencer rashly gets engaged, and Brett knows it’s his duty to intervene. But he never imagined the unwelcome desire Spencer’s fiery fiancée would spark in him. Now the man who’s used to getting everything he could want has met the one woman he can’t have.
Ever since she was a girl, Alisha Coventry considered Spencer and his sister Rachelle the family she didn’t have. When Spencer asks for her help, Alisha has no problem becoming his fake fiancée—until she meets Spencer’s sexy older brother Brett. The chemistry between them is undeniable—forbidden—but as their relationship deepens, Brett is determined to have her.
Alisha only wanted to help the family make amends. Now she’s falling for the wrong Westerly.
I enjoyed this book, once I got about 20% into it. I thought a lot of the opening, the dislike of Brett with his other family members and the reason Alisha was involved in a fake engagement were handled rather quickly and in more of a "tell the reader how they should feel" instead of letting the reader make the discovery on their own.
This is not uncommon in the first in a series. Once we got to the relationship with Brett and Alisha, the book really gained it's footing. Brett and Alisha had wonderful chemistry and, even though you are told he is cold and a jerk, I never really got the impression of him that I was supposed to. Yes, he was work focused, but definitely not cold. And, I think this is how Alisha sees him as she gets to know him.
I liked that even though the engagement was fake, both Alisha and Brett were loyal to her engagement and kept things between them to a mostly unacknowledged upon attraction until there was no longer the issue with the engagement between them. Brett does go to a fairly extreme length to put them into the same place so they can work toward their relationship, but it is in character so it works.
I do recommend this book, and I think it was a good beginning to a new series. I am looking forward to the next title.
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Ruth Cardello hit the NYTs and USA Today for the first time back in 2012. Millions of sales are evidence that her books are akin to potato chips, addictive from the first one. She has created a multi-series billionaire world with a combination of escapism and realism that has gained her a faithful following of readers.
What Kindle Reviewers write about her:
"Wow hot at every page. Heart stoping, fear raging, mind blowing wonderful."
"I'm a true fan of Ms. Cardello. I ran on to her first book a few years back and have been hooked ever since. I could go on and on about the story line of this book, but I'm not. All of her books are total page turners, unique, heart wrenching, and I love them all. There isn't two alike in the bunch and I feel like I know the characters personally. I personally read 97 authors books. And I buy every book they put out. This author is in my top 10. Great job and keep them coming."
"Love this series. Got me to start reading again. I look forward to the next book. Thank you for giving me the love of reading back."
Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York--then came full circle and moved back to New England. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.
She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she's not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm or connecting with her readers online.