Review: The Unexpected Heiress (Hamilton Cousins #3) by Kaitlin O'Riley

Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Historical (July 21, 2020)

From The latest American sensation to grace London’s ballrooms, Meredith Rose Remington has beauty, wit—and a shocking secret. At her aunt’s insistence, Meredith is posing as an oil heiress, but she is utterly destitute. In truth, Meredith would rather spend her time writing than trying to snag a wealthy husband. Yet the stranger who flirts so outrageously with her in Hamilton’s Book Shoppe surpasses even the heroes of her vivid imagination . . .

Phillip Sinclair, the Earl of Waverly, has seen ambitious heiresses come and go. Only the enchanting Meredith could make him curb his reckless ways and settle down. But jealous rivals and meddling gossips are far from the only obstacles that must be overcome if love is to secure a happy ending . . .


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Unfortunately, this story just didn't do it for me. To begin with I never really bought into the romance between the two main characters. They went from strangers to people who were so instantly into one another that he was so "overjoyed" to see her sitting in his family room that they nearly kissed? As cute as that scene was - it was in complete contrast to what we knew of the two characters up until that point. Phillip was a pompous jerk (a fact that Meredith loved to tell him), and while he thought she was beautiful, he had already offered his assistance to her in finding a suitable husband since it would appear that he had no intention of marrying anyone anytime soon. 

Until suddenly he was kissing Meredith. And sleeping with her. And then all of the sudden he was so head over heels in love with her that he wanted them to be married as soon as possible? And all while showing no character growth of his own - at the end of the story he still seemed to be the same pompous jerk he had been the entire time. It's hard to like someone when they don't even give the woman they supposedly love a chance to explain herself. 

Also this whole "plan" of her aunt's was just plain silly. Obviously the older woman had to know there was a chance that they would be found out before they were ready and that the damage would do more harm than simply saying nothing at all. Why did they have to be heiresses? Why couldn't they simply be visiting family in England during the season? It would have made much more sense and still allowed them to mingle and potentially find husbands. Or, when Phillip declared his love for Meredith and asked her to marry him - she should have just swallowed her pride and told him the truth then the way her aunt claimed they had always intended. Instead, her silence caused unnecessary drama in her life, and almost cost her the man she loved (although what WAS with that creepy Duke wanting her and going to such lengths for revenge when he couldn't have her)?

All things considered, I'm sure that there are other people who will love this story. I would read more from this author. 

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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