Review: The Irish Heiress (Hamilton Cousins #2) by Kaitlin O'Riley

Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra Publishing (July 30, 2019)

From The Hamilton sisters have found true love to rival any novels sold in their famous London bookshops. And the story continues, as each of their offspring discovers the perfect partner...

Quiet and intuitive, Lady Mara Reeves has always felt more at home amid the green hills of her native Ireland than in London's stifling ballrooms. Determined to remain single, she's adept at gently rebuffing any suitor who comes her way. So why is she so drawn to Foster Sheridan, Earl of Sterling? It's a connection unlike anything she's ever known, yet complicated by one scandalous fact: the man she believes to be her destiny is already married.

Trapped in a loveless union with a woman who refuses to divorce him, Foster is resigned to loneliness until he meets the exquisite Mara. He wants her as a wife, not a mistress, but he can't resist her unconventional offer. Their passion is intense, as is the risk. For even as Foster follows Mara home to Ireland, their pasts will lead them toward danger that only the deepest love can overcome.


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I wanted to like this novel much more than I did. The characters were interesting, however, the plot was predictable (made worse instead of better by Mara's "premonitions"), and I just can't get into stories where the characters fall in love without knowing a thing about each other. For the last time, that isn't love. That is lust. Coupled with the fact Foster is married at the time he falls in love with Mara? 

Sure, I get the fact that he has spent the last decade in a cold, loveless in name only marriage. In fact, that author is sure to explain this several times over as the story goes on as a way to justify the fact that these two are having an illicit affair. 

But of course, it can't be a romance without a happily ever after right? And yes, our lovers do eventually get theirs, again in a way that was so predictable that by the time it actually happened, I didn't even care. Also, by the time all was said and done, I found it a little hard to believe not only how accepting her family was of him once she introduced them, but how accepting society seemed to be considering the circumstances surrounding their marriage. 

Overall, even though this story wasn't a favorite for me, I do think it will appeal to those who enjoy romance novels. I would give this author another chance!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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