More Than Rivals… & Seven Years of Secrets

Harlequin Desire. (Heirs of Lochlainn). Jun. 2023. 448p. ISBN 9781335457622. pap. $8.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Erwin’s latest (after Ever After Exes) offers two stories in the “Heirs of Lochlainn” series centered around the dying billionaire Keith Lochlainn. Upon learning that his dead son was a sperm donor, he finds he has two new heirs. In More Than Rivals…, designer Anna Stratford is overwhelmed when her newly identified grandfather asks her to oversee the sale of his amusement park to his biggest rival. Things become even more complicated when Anna unwittingly becomes involved with Ian Blackburn, the CEO she’s about to sign her family’s legacy over to. To gain his lifelong dream, Ian will have to betray Anna—but can he destroy the woman he’s falling for? In Seven Years of Secrets, investigative reporter Declan Treharne is reluctantly tasked with overseeing a new streaming news service for his dying grandfather. He hires his former fling and rival Mara Schuyler, who is grateful for the opportunity but understandably suspicious. When Declan neglects to tell her of his familial connection to the network, however, she begins to suspect that his years of secrets aren’t yet over.
VERDICT Readers will enjoy being able to devour a complete series from start to finish in one volume. Many beloved tropes add to this duo’s appeal.
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