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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
Published by Merit Press on January 1, 2016
Genres: British, Contemporary, New Adult, New Experience, Romance
Source: The Fantastic Flying Book Club
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Family can be complicated. Especially when skeletons from the past pop up unexpectedly. For American Evie Gray, finding out her deceased mother had a secret identity, and not one of the caped crusader variety, was quite the surprise. Evie’s mom had a secret life before she was even born, one that involved tiaras.
In this modern day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother’s letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom’s alma mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.
Evie can’t resist her growing attraction to Edmund as they spend more time together trying to unravel the clues her mother left behind. But, when doubts arise as to whether or not Edmund could ever be with an untitled American, what really ends up unraveling is Evie’s heart. When Evie uncovers all the facts about her mom’s former life, she realizes her mom’s past can open doors she never dreamed possible, doors that can help her be with Edmund. But, with everything now unveiled, Evie starts to crack under the pressure of new family responsibilities and the realization that her perfect prince may want her for all the wrong reasons.
The Heir and the Spare is ridiculously cute. Smoking hot prince meets slightly awkward American Oxford student. Cue family drama, social drama and relationship drama. Now The Heir and the Spare is not groundbreaking but what it is, is a well written modern love story and as I have said before, sometimes that is exactly what you need. Evie is following a quest her English mother set up for her before she passed and Edmund is the spare prince who complicates her journey.
Emily Albright created a very real world within a world. The English monarchy is well know, and to be able to imprint a new family on it successfully is not an easy task. The pacing was just right, not too fast and not too slow. Every revelation made sense in the timeline and keep the plot moving forward. The plot was pretty transparent, but that is par for the course in romance books. The writing was rich and very descriptive. This was nice to see in a debut author. The characters are what made this book. The mains were nuanced and had depth and the sidekicks played their parts to perfection. They were funny, charming, bitchy and rude and all fit their roles.
I was impressed by Albright and was very pleased with how The Heir and the Spare came together. It was a cohesive story that had heart and offered a wide array of emotions. Evie and Edmund were a couple you wanted to see succeed and their path to happiness was fraught with drama like a crazy ex-girlfriend and a downright mean Duchess. Having the added addition of a family quest made this a step above a cookie-cutter romance and added needed intrigue. As mentioned before this is Emily Albright’s debut and it was very well done. I look forward to the next entry in Albright’s writing career.
Favorite lines – One day at a time, that’s how I had to do this. Right now, I just wanted him to hold me.
Biggest cliché – “I am a lowly commoner, I cannot love you.”
Have you read The Heir and the Spare, or added it to your TBR?
Emily Albright’s debut novel, THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, is releasing in January 2016 from Merit Press. She’s a writer, a major bookworm, a lover of romantic movies, a wife, a mother, an owner of one adorable (yet slightly insane) cockapoo, and uses way too many :).
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