When the love of Lady Isabelle Fairlyn’s life is betrothed to her twin sister, Isabelle vows to find a suitable replacement before the end of the season. He must be a talented dancer, have a keen fashion sense, and be perfectly dashing in every way.

Fallon St. James is the farthest thing from perfectly anything. As head of the secretive Spare Heirs Society, he must stick to the shadows…even as Isabelle’s friendship pulls him reluctantly into the light. But when Isabelle gets involved with the one man who could destroy Spares, Fallon must decide between protecting his life’s work―or risking everything to save the woman whose warm smile leaves him breathless.

Titles in the Spare Heirs series include:  The Infamous Heir – The Rebel Heir – The Wicked Heir –

Title:  The Wicked Heir
Series:  Spare Heirs #3
Author:  Elizabeth Michels
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  July 4, 2017
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars

The Wicked Heir brings us back into the dashing, secretive world of the Spare Heirs Society for another adventure… and another heir finds his match, even if he wasn’t looking for one.

It would be easy to see Isabelle as a flighty, marriage minded young miss with nothing but dreams and fantasies in her head.  But that would be a mistake for she is so much more than what is seen by others.  Yes, she wants the fantasy of the perfect match, the ideal man especially once the man she’d pinned her young crush dreams upon was suddenly announced as her twin sister’s betrothed.  Nothing like a wake up call to shake up your dreams.  What she’s truly looking for is an escape from her parent’s home, from their constant arguments, from the not always so pleasant life she has to a world of her own choosing.  In that she is not so different from many young ladies of her time and place in society.  What she will discover is her ideal man is a wickedly, unexpected man with danger in his eyes and a love for her in his stubborn heart.

Fallon didn’t really have the time or the inclination to look after a young miss with stars in her eyes and an impossible to find checklist of that perfect match she’s on the hunt for.  Yet Isabelle is actually quite charming with a vivid mind and no sense whatsoever for her own safety and self-preservation.  As Fallon finds himself as her designated “friend” he’s suddenly quite interested in a woman who is falling for the charms of a truly vile, dangerous man.  Isabelle believes she may have found the man she’s looking for, what she actually is to this villain is a pawn, a easy to use for revenge conquest.  And Fallon is not about to let that happen – even if he has to whisk her away to the one place she certainly should not be… his home, his bedroom.

I enjoyed my time spent in the world of The Wicked Heir.  Isabelle and Fallon are an interesting match, what appears as opposites actually finds more things in common with each other than either thought.  You can see Isabelle growing, and Fallon softening his heart toward one woman who finds her way into his heart and will not let go.  There are some dark moments, a vile villain to defeat and a touch of mystery, suspense to this one that will make this an enjoyable read for any one who likes to solve a puzzle along with their romance.  I had fun, I enjoyed it and now I’m looking forward to the next story in this series.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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