A Lady Tempts an Heir

Berkley. (Gilded Age Heiresses, Bk. 3). Feb. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780593197240. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Lady Helena March is in need of an engagement to lend a bit of respectability to her charitable endeavors. Maxwell Crenshaw needs to meet his father’s demand for the Crenshaw Iron Works legacy to live on. Since neither actually want to get married at the moment and they’ve worked successfully, if irritably, together before, the two hatch a plan to go through the courting process and announce an engagement. When Maxwell has to return to America, it will be the perfect excuse for calling the whole thing off. As they debate about the state of their work needs, long-simmering passions overflow and quickly change the sham of an engagement to a tempting potential future. Helena knows that despite his current reluctance, Maxwell looks forward to having a family and her infertility will never allow that to happen. Not wanting to experience another strained marriage, Helena insists they stick to the original plan. As they near Maxwell’s departure, both begin to evaluate the life and legacy they want to leave, the work they want to do, and the love they want to have.
VERDICT This third lively entry in St. George’s “Gilded Age Heiresses” series (after The Devil and the Heiress) hits all the right notes. The upfront discussion of infertility is particularly notable in a romance that’s set in the British Victorian Era and the American Gilded Age.
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