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Actual rating: 1.5

It was probably a bad idea to read this book after The Heiress Effect . Two books about heiresses in one week, it figures that I'd strike out with one of them. This is the one to skip. It is definitely jarring, though, to follow up with this one. There could hardly be more of a difference between the two heiresses and their loves. Overall, this was a terrible, insipid book with a foolish, contrary heroine and an immature, gambling-addicted, angry-for-no-good-reason, womanizing Actual rating: 1.5

It was probably a bad idea to read this book after The Heiress Effect . Two books about heiresses in one week, it figures that I'd strike out with one of them. This is the one to skip. It is definitely jarring, though, to follow up with this one. There could hardly be more of a difference between the two heiresses and their loves. Overall, this was a terrible, insipid book with a foolish, contrary heroine and an immature, gambling-addicted, angry-for-no-good-reason, womanizing asshat of an future Earl.

I would give this a one, but bumped it up because my opinion might have been biased negatively towards this book due to my reading of The Heiress Effect. So, 1 added star for benefit of the doubt. Even with the bonus of said benefit of the doubt, I still would not recommend this book to anyone I actually like. I will keep the rest of my review strictly on topic, and on this book alone.

Initially, I liked the main character; but that ended with Chapter One. Lily was greatly likeable when we first met her; an heiress with a rumored dowry of £100,000. We initially make her acquaintance as she is shooting down a so-called "Leech." Said Leech is one of the many fortune-hunting gentlemen (usually second or third sons) out for Lily's enormous dowry. She rapidly shoots him down, and I was impressed with her spirit and nature, as well as her intelligence and purpose, since she aims to open up a charity school for less fortunate young women.

Suffice it to say, our intrepid, spirited heroine's intelligence went down the crapper as soon as she meets the douchebag that is Lord Ethan Helling. He is a real fucking winner.

I've read a lot of Historical Romance about fortune-hunters. They haven't all been nice guys (no shit), but at least their purpose in getting said fortune is somewhat noble. Those guys have inherited crumbling estates in need of repair, they were indebted through no fault of their own, but due to the misbehavior of their predecessors, whose mistakes they have to fix. They have close, beloved relatives and numerous tenants relying on them. They need the money to inject into business ventures or projects to help many others, not just themselves.

Not so with Lord Ethan, no sir. We first meet him when he's waking up from a boner-ridden dream of his mistress's luscious tits & ass (well, technically, his best friend's mistress), hung-over as hell from drinking and gambling the night before. And he freaks out over his staff's sudden resignation because they haven't been properly paid in months. How dare they?! They're just servants, and he's a Lord! Ethan is nothing if not dismissing of those of a lower social class, even to Lily and her stinking New Money wealth, which he needs. Generally, if one is in debt from gambling, one stops. But no. Ethan cannot possibly give up gaming.

"How could he give up gaming? He had no money with which to pay his debts, so he had to make money. To make money, he had to gamble, but doing so inevitably ended with him further in debt."

How about you get a fucking job, you idiot?

Ethan's noble goal in life is to see his loathsome father dead so he can inherit his estate and entire fortune. His other noble goal in life is to steal away his best friend's mistress, Ghita, who is a stereotypically hot-blooded, bitchy, sensual Italian Venus of a goddess. So really, he needs Lily's fortune so he can win and keep Ghita.

"Ethan's mind reeled. With a dowry of a hundred thousand for his daughter, Mr. Bachman himself could easily be worth a half-million, or a full million, or more. Ethan could pay off his debts. He could afford Ghita. Hell, he could afford ten Ghitas."

Oh, and he takes care of an old aunt suffering from dementia. Well, that came out of nowhere. Sure, that justifies all of his brutish behavior to compromise and win Lily, then! Ethan is supposed to have a sad backstory. You know, typical noble family, no love, cold parents, etc. Get the fuck over it. It does not justify him growing up to be an asshole who is looking to be as deplorable of a man as his father. He supposedly grows to love Lily, even as he woos her for her fortune, but he shows his love in really strange ways. Flowers? Poetry? No. Too old-fashioned. Ethan's love translates to being a coldhearted son of a bitch to his newlywed wife.

"When he righted himself, he pinned her with a jeering smile. 'You once told me that living in this run-down sty would offend even a bushman. Well, it’s your sty now, princess. Welcome home.'"

My positive first impression of Lily ended, as I said, with the first chapter. After she meets and falls into horrifying insta-love with the brutish Ethan, her intelligence seems confined to her freakishly large bosom and how high she can heave them. She becomes disappointed that Ethan's not hunting her for her fortune, then becomes enraged with him when she finds out that he is. Despite the warning of all of her friends and family, all of whom have known about Ethan's proclivities towards gaming and womanizing, Lily falls in love with him. She justifies his behavior, and goes so far as to follow him around as he's walking around town to prove to her friend that he's a good guy. Of course, because everyone conducts their shady business in the light of day, in a bustling shopping district. She tries to point out his normal behavior as he goes around a public street, goes into a jeweler's shop, says hi to friends, goes into a booklender.

'"If he's such a blackguard,' Lily reasoned, 'then his character should soon evidence itself.' She skittered to a halt when she spotted him. He stood in front of a shop, examining a pair of Hessians in the window. 'Oh, boots,' she said in a sarcastic tone, 'very shady.'"

But she's angry with him. You know the Katy Perry song "Hot & Cold?" Yeah. Lily is like that. She can't make up her freaking mind what she wants. Does she hate Ethan? Does she love him? No clue. She justifies his behavior, then behaves like an ass when he's trying to make amends. She blames herself when he is borderline abusive. I lost my patience with Lily five chapters into the book. Lily is the very definition of devolution, because her character in no way grows or learns from her experience. To the contrary, her love of Ethan makes her a worse person.

Do yourself a favor and read something else. ...more

Purple Iris
More 4.5

I loved this. I enjoyed it even more than Once a Duchess. I really enjoyed the urban setting here. It was so fascinating to read about London at the time -- how people got around, what their houses were like, what institutions they frequented, how they gambled, what prisons were like... I could really appreciate the amount of research that went into this book. And I loved the flawed characters, especially Ethan. I love a series where each book is better than the last!

Micah Persell

Micah Persell rated it it was amazing

When I first started this book, my husband asked me how I liked it. My response was that the hero was a terrible man, and I couldn’t wait to see him reformed. I was solidly in the corner of the heroine, Lily. That was chapter one. In a masterful twist, Elizabeth Boyce had me sympathizing with bad-boy Ethan to the point I was nearly in tears on almost the very next page. I never expected the character I was going to hate to be the book’s heroine. Her fears turned her into a frigid, castigating wi When I first started this book, my husband asked me how I liked it. My response was that the hero was a terrible man, and I couldn’t wait to see him reformed. I was solidly in the corner of the heroine, Lily. That was chapter one. In a masterful twist, Elizabeth Boyce had me sympathizing with bad-boy Ethan to the point I was nearly in tears on almost the very next page. I never expected the character I was going to hate to be the book’s heroine. Her fears turned her into a frigid, castigating witch while Ethan was reformed and loving almost right away. The story morphed into one of a woman who had thought she was independent learning the true meaning of independence without alienating those she loved. A book I thought I had figured out from the very beginning turned on me and continued to surprise me in the best ways until the wonderful Happily Ever After. Boyce’s prose is among some of the best I’ve read; her figurative language is both original and breath-taking. She’s certainly gained a fan for life in me. ...more

Roanne Araneta

Roanne Araneta rated it did not like it

Reading this was a pain in the ass.

I was not impressed. Not ever.

It’s so pocketbook generic.

This is worse than the first book. Ah well probably equally worse.

“The eyes of the man standing there hit Lily with a stunning force.”

Oh my god how ridiculous. How utterly ridiculous!

Pukes. Excessive eye-rolling.

“Lily do you know what happens between a man and a woman… in bed?”

Dear God!!!

Can this get any dumber?!

“It hurts… doesn’t it?” “It often does hurt the lady a bit…”

laughs maniacally GOOD HEAVENS. Reading this was a pain in the ass.

I was not impressed. Not ever.

It’s so pocketbook generic.

This is worse than the first book. Ah well probably equally worse.

“The eyes of the man standing there hit Lily with a stunning force.”

Oh my god how ridiculous. How utterly ridiculous!

Pukes. Excessive eye-rolling.

“Lily do you know what happens between a man and a woman… in bed?”

Dear God!!!

Can this get any dumber?!

“It hurts… doesn’t it?” “It often does hurt the lady a bit…”

laughs maniacally GOOD HEAVENS. What is this I can’t even...

Lily to Ethan: “Your body is so different from mine. I don’t have hair like yours (referring to Ethan’s chest hair).”

Oh my god are you kidding me? It’s not even funny.

Once more, he considered dropping to his knees, this time in prayer of thanksgiving for the twin gifts from above that were Lily Bachman’s magnificent breasts.

I’m in hysterics you have no idea.

I regret every wasted minute reading this blasted ‘Regency’ romance. In fact it doesn’t seem like Regency at all. It’s so pocketbook-is romance. The sexual innuendoes are pathetic.

Thorburn is an annoying little shit, and he is most definitely not a rake. I refuse to even acknowledge him as part of the ‘ton’. Lily can go drown herself in a bucket.
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Erin

Erin rated it it was amazing

Once again Elizabeth Boyce has managed to mix the appropriate amounts of history, character drama, and steamy sex. It was a delightful read! This is not your average romance story; you walk away having learned so much about the time period and lifestyle of London's high society.

preppea
ONCE AN HEIRESS combines everything readers love about historical romance with a twisting, suspenseful story that will have you on the edge of your seat hoping Lily and Ethan can find a way to be together.

I'm not going to lie – my first introduction to Ethan Helling had me wondering if I'd misunderstood the summary. This is the guy I'm supposed to fall in love with? Really? Because he sounds every bit the rake I've been warned about. Not only is he buried in gambling debt, but his lust for a fr ONCE AN HEIRESS combines everything readers love about historical romance with a twisting, suspenseful story that will have you on the edge of your seat hoping Lily and Ethan can find a way to be together.

I'm not going to lie – my first introduction to Ethan Helling had me wondering if I'd misunderstood the summary. This is the guy I'm supposed to fall in love with? Really? Because he sounds every bit the rake I've been warned about. Not only is he buried in gambling debt, but his lust for a friend's mistress has him agreeing to woo a girl with a large dowry just so he can turn around and take the mistress for himself. I really can't imagine a worse kind of guy: to marry one woman just so you can use her dowry money to purchase another woman you intend to have on the side.

Intelligent and opinionated Lily knew she had to weed through the fortune hunters to find a husband she can respect, but who could anticipate a guy like Ethan? Especially since she's grown up with a father who has treated her like an heir and an equal instead of a bargaining tool in the effort to gain a title.

Fast-forward a few chapters and we get to see not only what hardships in his adolescence have made Ethan the man he has become, but a heart that promises it is more than redeemable. But add a secret obligation, a forced wedding, and collectors demanding their money and Lily and Ethan have a lot to overcome before they can truly trust and love each other.

I loved every second of ONCE AN HEIRESS – it had the intrigue I love about historical romance combined with an excellent storyline that kept me on my toes. I fell completely in love with Lily and Ethan and can't wait for Naomi to get her own story that I'm positive will be filled with its own share of romance and turmoil!

Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.

Reviewed by preppea on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews and The Romance Reviews.

The Romance Review ...more

Trea

I really hated this book! So much deception, so many shallow reasons why these two got together. There wasn't even a real "woo me so I can fall in love with you" romance! It was more like they just suddenly realized that they loved one another after they treated each other like total crap. I really couldn't connect with any of the characters in this book, although it was nice to see how things were going with the first couple of the series. Thankfully, there is only one book left in the series, I really hated this book! So much deception, so many shallow reasons why these two got together. There wasn't even a real "woo me so I can fall in love with you" romance! It was more like they just suddenly realized that they loved one another after they treated each other like total crap. I really couldn't connect with any of the characters in this book, although it was nice to see how things were going with the first couple of the series. Thankfully, there is only one book left in the series, but I am not looking forward to it. I doubt that I'll keep the series, once I finish it. ...more

TJ

TJ rated it liked it

Enjoyed the story greatly, just couldn't stand the mean, vindictive person Lily (the "heroine") morphed into. Her behavior towards Ethan was beyond despicable and far beneath the "good" hearted character she was set up to be.

Kristine Maite Suarez
why i actually find rakes attractive and intriguing is beyond me..

another feel good regency story i really like.kudos to the author!

Tzippy
Tzippy rated it liked it

Shelves: series, reviewed, setting-england, yay-supporting-characters, historical-romance, era-regency

Not as good as Once a Duchess, but definitely an author to stick with. There was a lot to like about this book, but all the miscommunication and misunderstandings and "I'll-explain-later"s drove me nuts. (N-V-T-S, nuts! (Sorry, it's a reflex.))

One thing this book does really well is not glamorizing the rake. Ethan's lifestyle means that he is in tons of debt and has almost no friends. Very early on, he realizes that this whole thing is no good for him, and that he needs to change. By the time h Not as good as Once a Duchess, but definitely an author to stick with. There was a lot to like about this book, but all the miscommunication and misunderstandings and "I'll-explain-later"s drove me nuts. (N-V-T-S, nuts! (Sorry, it's a reflex.))

One thing this book does really well is not glamorizing the rake. Ethan's lifestyle means that he is in tons of debt and has almost no friends. Very early on, he realizes that this whole thing is no good for him, and that he needs to change. By the time he and Lily get married, he's pretty much a paragon. And, of course, that's when all their troubles start.

It's misunderstanding after misunderstanding after misunderstanding, and it just gets tedious after a while. If only Ethan had said to Lily's father that he actually liked her (which was true by that time), if only Lily hadn't been quite so quick to demand a separate marriage and play passive-aggressive "Isn't that what you want too? Great!" games (and by the way, Lily, it is seriously rude to not show up to dinner when you've been invited out and then not even apologize afterwards; I cannot get behind that at all), if only Ethan had told Lily about going over to Ghita's house that day (I actually think that would have been a very smart move, given Lily's personality), if only Aunt Janine had said, "She can't be his mistress because she's 80-something years old," like why are these people not talking to each other? What is this, LOST?

I usually love strong, even abrasive, female characters, but more than once I wanted to sit Lily down and hand her a glass of water and a chill pill.

Despite it all, I really did like both Lily and Ethan, and I was cheering for their happy ending, which is rare for me when I get this frustrated by the romantic leads. This is a testament to Boyce's writing and characterization. (By the way, the writing? Top notch. Descriptions are evocative without dragging down the pace.) I rated it three stars, but it's really 3.5, maybe even 3.8.

Now, about that third book... ...more

Jonel Boyko
If I thought I was in love with this author’s work with the first novel in this series I was sorely mistaken. She has outdone herself by half again this time. What a fabulous story! Boyce’s unique brank of sass and romance really brings out the best of the time period she takes you back to. The mix of periodesque colloquialisms and narratives complete the transition for the reader. There is an inherent undertone of comedy running underneath this romance of misunderstandings and disappointments.

T If I thought I was in love with this author’s work with the first novel in this series I was sorely mistaken. She has outdone herself by half again this time. What a fabulous story! Boyce’s unique brank of sass and romance really brings out the best of the time period she takes you back to. The mix of periodesque colloquialisms and narratives complete the transition for the reader. There is an inherent undertone of comedy running underneath this romance of misunderstandings and disappointments.

The characters were so real and lifelike that I couldn’t help but fall for them. The main characters definitely pulled at my heart, if in very different manners. Boyce’s development of both their thoughts and emotions allows readers to see the innermost workings of the story. The ensuing comedy of errors and miscommunications had me giggling throughout. The supporting characters were quite charming as well. They rounded out the story well, giving you a sneak peek at what’s to come for this group In the future.

As a whole this was a fantastic story that I couldn’t put down for a second. This amazing author has done a phenomenal job on both the time period and the story as a whole.

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review. ...more

Sarah

Sarah rated it it was amazing

Once an Heiress will delight readers of Once a Duchess and newcomers to Elizabeth Boyce alike. Here is another clever plot with unexpected twists, focusing on a smart, sassy, strong heroine and a deliciously flawed hero. As much as I think every woman would aspire to be as independent, ambitious, and self-possessed as the heroine Lily, the author of this series never balks from showing us the foibles that lead the characters into their sticky situations and the honest, troubled, and sometimes ev Once an Heiress will delight readers of Once a Duchess and newcomers to Elizabeth Boyce alike. Here is another clever plot with unexpected twists, focusing on a smart, sassy, strong heroine and a deliciously flawed hero. As much as I think every woman would aspire to be as independent, ambitious, and self-possessed as the heroine Lily, the author of this series never balks from showing us the foibles that lead the characters into their sticky situations and the honest, troubled, and sometimes even down and dirty truth about the lives these women and men lead. Once an Heiress has all the historical insight and accuracy, the sparkling dialogue, and page-turning writing of Once a Duchess... and even more passionate, intense romance, thanks to the smoldering fire that burns between Lily and Ethan. ...more

Yazmin

Yazmin rated it really liked it

Once An Heiress by Elizabeth Boyce is an interesting, fun and very knowledgeable historical romance.

Lily Bachman is every momma’s worst nightmare and every bachelor’s dream. She has the largest dowry the town has seen in years, which is meant to secure her a place in society and secure a marriage to a titled gentleman.

Ethan Helling, Viscount Thorburn, is the man everyone knows as a rake and gambler. He is indebted to all of London society and now with his friend’s mistress tempting him, he is in Once An Heiress by Elizabeth Boyce is an interesting, fun and very knowledgeable historical romance.

Lily Bachman is every momma’s worst nightmare and every bachelor’s dream. She has the largest dowry the town has seen in years, which is meant to secure her a place in society and secure a marriage to a titled gentleman.

Ethan Helling, Viscount Thorburn, is the man everyone knows as a rake and gambler. He is indebted to all of London society and now with his friend’s mistress tempting him, he is in need of a fortune to get her for himself.

Too bad that at their first meeting, Lily mistook Ethan for a stuck up butler.

Now as he learns about her at a ball and recognizes her, he will have to use all his charms to steal her away from all her suitors.Read More... ...more

Mahala

Mahala rated it it was amazing

Loved it! This was so much fun to read after having read Once a Duchess three times already! It was so great to read the second book in the series. I find these characters to have the depth to make you think of their stories even after you've closed the book. Lily was a splendid minor character in Once a Duchess, so it was good fun to see her take the starring lead in this novel. Can't wait to read Naomi's story next!

amyextradot

amyextradot rated it really liked it

Another great Regency Romance by Elizabeth Boyce--this one focuses on Lily, Isabelle's friend from Once a Duchess. This isn't a sequel, per se, more of a companion book, but I recommend you read Duchess in order to understand some of the things in this book. Like the previous installment, this has steamy romance and a headstrong leading lady, all set in the regency period. Loved it!!

Angela Batts

Angela Batts rated it liked it

I liked this book, but that's about it.

It's not a book I would recommend you go out of your way to read and it's not a book I'm going to keep. It's already in my donation pile. But I wouldn't say it was a waste of my time. It was a decent read.

One of the problems with Once an Heiress, at least for me, is that it didn't leave me with a good feeling like most romance novels do. My thoughts turned cynical by the final page and I was left knowing that the main characters, Lily and Ethan, would gro I liked this book, but that's about it.

It's not a book I would recommend you go out of your way to read and it's not a book I'm going to keep. It's already in my donation pile. But I wouldn't say it was a waste of my time. It was a decent read.

One of the problems with Once an Heiress, at least for me, is that it didn't leave me with a good feeling like most romance novels do. My thoughts turned cynical by the final page and I was left knowing that the main characters, Lily and Ethan, would grow board with one another within a decade. If not sooner.

Their relationship was lust, not love.

Another problem with the book is that the main characters were barely tolerable at times. Ethan had his flaws and I had a hard time imagining him making the miraculous change that he underwent throughout the book. But Lily was just the worst. She's one of those characters that thinks she's (and is portrayed as being) cleverer than she really is. Oddly once I accepted that she was a silly, spoiled little girl she became a bit more tolerable.

The final problem that I had with this book was that despite the fact that the author set this book during the Regency period, it did not come off that way to me. I got more of a Victorian vibe from it for some reason. Was this just me?

Anyway, I know that this review might paint this book badly, but like I said it was actually a decent read. So if you're interested in reading it, read it. But be aware that there are better books out there. ...more

Shasha
I dont believe it

The author did a great job of creating a poor rake. However, the heroine seemed different than she was in the first book.
The heart wrenching events tugged at my emotions. The disasters had real consequences.
But I didn't believe in the hero's reformation. That made the happy ending fall flat.

Mature content

Janice Liedl
I wibbled on my ratings - this straddles the 3 and 4 star category in my mind. The characters are fabulous and there's some interesting background on many levels. Ethan and Lily, however, are sometimes overshadowed by the melodramatic situations in which they're engulfed, especially Ethan with his mountains of debt, his aspiring, scheming mistress and his secretive relationship with Vanessa (an interesting character but used to bad effect at times in separating the hero and heroine). Money is a I wibbled on my ratings - this straddles the 3 and 4 star category in my mind. The characters are fabulous and there's some interesting background on many levels. Ethan and Lily, however, are sometimes overshadowed by the melodramatic situations in which they're engulfed, especially Ethan with his mountains of debt, his aspiring, scheming mistress and his secretive relationship with Vanessa (an interesting character but used to bad effect at times in separating the hero and heroine). Money is a huge obstacle in their relationship - Ethan's debts and Lily's fortune (albeit closely tied-up by her father) makes for the most interesting challenges to their relationship.

Several threads were left dangling - there's a social climbing fellow who buys up Ethan's properties supposedly because of a huge chip on his shoulder about the hero. Yet nothing really comes of this at the end. Ditto for the unseen father of the hero who's mentioned a time or two but never even seems to figure in the complications you'd expect from a titled nobleman on his son's marriage, however strained their relationship.

That said, if you love your angst, this is the romance for you. Ethan and Lily face a boatload of obstacles, many self-inflicted, on their way to true love. Ethan's admiration for Lily is a steadfast centre in the book, though. I only wish she saw more of his good qualities earlier on in their story. Ethan's aspiring mistress is the worst character in the book from being a stock villain. The leads, Vanessa and Lily's parents are the most-fully fleshed characters in the story - I was pleased at how sympathetically the book turns Lily's dismissive view of her mother around. ...more

Lady Day
A very entertaining book if you can look beyond an heiress who is spoiled beyond measure. As much as I found this heroine annoying, at the same time I enjoy that she's witty, self assured, and yet innocent of worldly knowledge.

In this trilogy of "Once an" the women are the focal point. They are strong, independent women scrutinized by societal rules. This character reminds me of Lizzy from Pride and Prejudice who at times would jump to conclusions.

Lily, a cit's daughter, must marry an aristocr A very entertaining book if you can look beyond an heiress who is spoiled beyond measure. As much as I found this heroine annoying, at the same time I enjoy that she's witty, self assured, and yet innocent of worldly knowledge.

In this trilogy of "Once an" the women are the focal point. They are strong, independent women scrutinized by societal rules. This character reminds me of Lizzy from Pride and Prejudice who at times would jump to conclusions.

Lily, a cit's daughter, must marry an aristocrat. She's not interested in "titled" men or courting them because their only concern is her dowry, a certain lifestyle and no desire for love. She envisions a marriage like her parents. Although, she is aware that Ethan Helling is a sinful, fortune hunter, she cannot deny the attraction.

Lord Helling, is a character I found myself liking early within the story. The presumptive heir and the second son of the Earl of Kneath. Neglected of his parent's love and attention, he grows into manhood with deeply rooted hurt from family turmoil. A good natured person who believes in gentlemen's "codes of honor" but makes poor decisions. He's not interested in marriage but his "vices" caused him to gamble away his future. Unfortunately, lady luck also packed her bags. Now, his debts are at a pivotal point where marrying an heiress will prevent debtor's prison.

I enjoyed reading this twist of fate of a dramatic marriage of convience.

3.5 stars ...more

sraxe
sraxe rated it did not like it

Shelves: adult, romance, historical, edwardian-regency-victorian, 1-star, written-review, third-person, love-hate, fortune-hunter

Lily. I liked her a lot in the first one but she's so unlike what I'd seen in the first book once chapter one was over. Rational and level-headed...and insta-love? Um...Lily, girl...what happened?

I wasn't at all a fan of Lily or Ethan or their relationship. Part way through I was just reading it to get it over with because there was just so much unnecessary drama. Yes, Ethan had his faults but Lily was being ridiculous from the beginning (pre- and post- marriage) and I just ended up being sick o Lily. I liked her a lot in the first one but she's so unlike what I'd seen in the first book once chapter one was over. Rational and level-headed...and insta-love? Um...Lily, girl...what happened?

I wasn't at all a fan of Lily or Ethan or their relationship. Part way through I was just reading it to get it over with because there was just so much unnecessary drama. Yes, Ethan had his faults but Lily was being ridiculous from the beginning (pre- and post- marriage) and I just ended up being sick of both of them. And Lord...if I have to hear about Ethan going on about her body one more time...just, ugh.

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Marguerite Butler

Marguerite Butler rated it really liked it

Marked this one down for a few reasons. Warning: SPOILERS AHOY. A while lot of their problems could have been solved with simple conversations. Also, I really hated Lily's parents. Hated them. They way her father basically dangled money like a carrot to land Lily a husband she didn't want and then yanked it away to teach them all some lesson was cruel. Her mother's hysterics set my teeth on edge. But they were treated as though they were wonderful people.

And Lily was so noble about the school, e Marked this one down for a few reasons. Warning: SPOILERS AHOY. A while lot of their problems could have been solved with simple conversations. Also, I really hated Lily's parents. Hated them. They way her father basically dangled money like a carrot to land Lily a husband she didn't want and then yanked it away to teach them all some lesson was cruel. Her mother's hysterics set my teeth on edge. But they were treated as though they were wonderful people.

And Lily was so noble about the school, except the second they needed $ she shut the whole thing down. Nothing was said about what would happen to all the people she had been employing. Screw them. She must save Ethan from bearing the consequences of his ways.

I hate the way no one suffers the consequences of their actions. Money simply drops into Ethan's lap. Ta da! All fixed. Now they can rebuy the school and rehire all the people they screwed ever. The end. Everyone tidy, rich, and happy. ...more

Michelle Quintana

Michelle Quintana rated it liked it

I like Ethan and Lily's story better than the first book. Ethan changes so much from the beginning of the book to the end. In the beginning, he only cares about his wants. His main desire is to win money in order to get the mistress of his dreams. When Lily and Ethan first meet, things start off on the very wrong foot. Lily is a strong, independent woman who does not like being told what to do. When Ethan first starts pursuing Lily, he is after her large dowry so he can obtain the Mistress Ghita I like Ethan and Lily's story better than the first book. Ethan changes so much from the beginning of the book to the end. In the beginning, he only cares about his wants. His main desire is to win money in order to get the mistress of his dreams. When Lily and Ethan first meet, things start off on the very wrong foot. Lily is a strong, independent woman who does not like being told what to do. When Ethan first starts pursuing Lily, he is after her large dowry so he can obtain the Mistress Ghita. However, the more time he spends with her, the more realizes that his wants have changed. Lily does her best to look for the good in Ethan and doesn't want to listen to what others have said about him. After a scandal breaks out, they are forced wed, and Lily doesn't know how to act in the marriage. After several miscommunications and heartbreak, Ethan and Lily both have their happily ever after ...more

Alexia Adams

Alexia Adams rated it liked it

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed 65% of this book. I liked the hero and the heroine to start. And although my sympathies stayed with Ethan, I began to despair for Lily. After the marriage, Lily became a complete spoiled brat and went of her way to hurt her husband and ruin her marriage. At the beginning she was an outspoken, level-headed woman. So why would she believe what a woman she knows is a liar has said over the word of her husband who she claims to love? I thought it would be more in keeping with her character I enjoyed 65% of this book. I liked the hero and the heroine to start. And although my sympathies stayed with Ethan, I began to despair for Lily. After the marriage, Lily became a complete spoiled brat and went of her way to hurt her husband and ruin her marriage. At the beginning she was an outspoken, level-headed woman. So why would she believe what a woman she knows is a liar has said over the word of her husband who she claims to love? I thought it would be more in keeping with her character to immediately storm into the house of the woman she thought was her husband's mistress and demand answers. Instead she sits at home and sobs. It started to feel like the author was manufacturing conflict just to make a predetermined word count. Shame because I really loved Once a Duchess. I hope Once an Innocent makes up for the disappointment of Once an Heiress. ...more

Tina
Tina rated it really liked it

Shelves: kindle, books-in-a-series-sequel-trilogy, historical, steam-moderate, steamy, romance, regency

3.5 stars

This was definitely an enjoyable Historical Romance. It was no where near as angsty as book one, but still an emotional book at times. It had a good plot that kept me turning the pages. The hero (Ethan) shocked me... I didn't think I would like him right away, but I really did. I totally fell in love with him. Even more shocking was I found myself annoyed with the heroine (Lily) a time or two. She was still likable but I found she was too hard on Ethan.

I definitely like the way this au 3.5 stars

This was definitely an enjoyable Historical Romance. It was no where near as angsty as book one, but still an emotional book at times. It had a good plot that kept me turning the pages. The hero (Ethan) shocked me... I didn't think I would like him right away, but I really did. I totally fell in love with him. Even more shocking was I found myself annoyed with the heroine (Lily) a time or two. She was still likable but I found she was too hard on Ethan.

I definitely like the way this author writes a story, it flows so nicely. She captivates right from the beginning and she keeps you interested throughout.

I'm excited to start book 3 in the series! I highly recommend both book one and book two so far! ...more

Carolyn
I read and thoroughly enjoyed Boyce's first book Once a Duchess, so I expected to like Once an Heiress. What I liked best about Once a Duchess was identifying with the heroine, so I was really caught off guard when I started Once an Heiress and was put off by Lily Bachman. I lost track of how many times I wanted to throttle her, to tell the truth. But then there was Ethan. Ohhhhh, Ethan. Can I keep him, Ms. Boyce, can I?? Pretty please?

Not only was this book well written, well researched, and en I read and thoroughly enjoyed Boyce's first book Once a Duchess, so I expected to like Once an Heiress. What I liked best about Once a Duchess was identifying with the heroine, so I was really caught off guard when I started Once an Heiress and was put off by Lily Bachman. I lost track of how many times I wanted to throttle her, to tell the truth. But then there was Ethan. Ohhhhh, Ethan. Can I keep him, Ms. Boyce, can I?? Pretty please?

Not only was this book well written, well researched, and entertaining to read --- it surprised me in ways I'm not often surprised by a book. That's always a good thing. ...more

Anne

Lily Bachman was introduced in "Once a Duchess" and is a delightful heroine. She also has a huge dowry and is being pursued by every "Leech" as she calls them in the ton. She would rather open a school for fallen women and pursues her idea with her father's blessing. Enter Ethan, a gambling, destitute earl who is in his own words a rake. He sees Lily and is entrances. She is like no other woman he has ever known. But he must work to win her and convince her he loves her more than her money. Deli Lily Bachman was introduced in "Once a Duchess" and is a delightful heroine. She also has a huge dowry and is being pursued by every "Leech" as she calls them in the ton. She would rather open a school for fallen women and pursues her idea with her father's blessing. Enter Ethan, a gambling, destitute earl who is in his own words a rake. He sees Lily and is entrances. She is like no other woman he has ever known. But he must work to win her and convince her he loves her more than her money. Delightful read. ...more

Wendy Tavenner

Wendy Tavenner rated it it was amazing

My 2nd book in a row by the author and I absolutely loved the book. Lily's father has bestowed upon her a vast dowery which is drawing every leech and fortune hunter around. She wants to marry.for love. Ethan is in debt up to his eye balls and needs to marry well, which leads him to Lily. A scandal throws Lily and Ethan together and they marry!! Ethan doesn't believe he deserves to be loved. With trial and error they start to fall for each other. But people and his debt try to tear them apart. T My 2nd book in a row by the author and I absolutely loved the book. Lily's father has bestowed upon her a vast dowery which is drawing every leech and fortune hunter around. She wants to marry.for love. Ethan is in debt up to his eye balls and needs to marry well, which leads him to Lily. A scandal throws Lily and Ethan together and they marry!! Ethan doesn't believe he deserves to be loved. With trial and error they start to fall for each other. But people and his debt try to tear them apart. The book is wonderful and is such a great read!!!! ...more

Clair

Clair rated it it was amazing

Another fabulous novel by Elizabeth Boyce. I devoured this book over an indulgent weekend. The characters, Ethan and Lily, jumped to life and were completely relatable and sympathetic. I loved that Lily was tough and independent. And I adored Ethan's rakish charm. It was impossible not to root for this duo.

I also loved revisiting some of my favorite characters from Once a Duchess! Aunt Janine has got to be one of the best characters I have ever read. She is so fun and full of humor.

I am loving Another fabulous novel by Elizabeth Boyce. I devoured this book over an indulgent weekend. The characters, Ethan and Lily, jumped to life and were completely relatable and sympathetic. I loved that Lily was tough and independent. And I adored Ethan's rakish charm. It was impossible not to root for this duo.

I also loved revisiting some of my favorite characters from Once a Duchess! Aunt Janine has got to be one of the best characters I have ever read. She is so fun and full of humor.

I am loving these novels by Boyce and can't wait for the next one!

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Sharon brown

stupid, selfish, spoilt heroine who blamed the hero for her predicament though it was in fact her own fault. she knew of his reputation but followed him anyway and ignored him when he tried to protect her! then when they get together it is she who decides she wants a marriage in name only. she says he humiliated her but she took money from daddy even after their marriage and failed to turn up at a dinner at friend without even an apology so she humiliated him! She didn't seem to know what she wa stupid, selfish, spoilt heroine who blamed the hero for her predicament though it was in fact her own fault. she knew of his reputation but followed him anyway and ignored him when he tried to protect her! then when they get together it is she who decides she wants a marriage in name only. she says he humiliated her but she took money from daddy even after their marriage and failed to turn up at a dinner at friend without even an apology so she humiliated him! She didn't seem to know what she wanted! got right on my nerves! Don't even know why I bothered finishing it. ...more

Ritsky

I find Ethan's character acceptable. Ok, he's a handsome loser, owed half the ton, and seemed to be living in vain. But with family like that and that poor Vanessa he somehow came to take charge for - OK he fit the bill for tortured hero. But Lily...argh! I like her in Once A Duchess, but here it's as if she was loosing her character. Honestly, I expect her to be smarter than that in dealing with Ethan.

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