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The Heir Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2001
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A stranger in a strange land, Highlander Duncan MacTavish finds himself summoned to the bedside of his dying grandfather, Lord Neville Thackeray, whom he has never met. This is only the first in a series of unwelcome surprises for the brawny Scot, who was perfectly content to take over as laird of the clan MacTavish. Saddled with a fiancé he doesn't like, Ophelia, whose beauty is surpassed only by her waspish nature; far from the home and life he loves; and being pressured by the autocratic Marquis of Birmingdale to toe the line of English respectability, Duncan meets the Honorable Sabrina Lambert and finds her a breath of fresh air in the stifling atmosphere of the English house party.
Unfortunately, scandalous rumours taint Sabrina's family name, practically ensuring that she will never be able to secure an advantageous match. Duncan's only friend to help him endure the machinations of Ophelia and a seemingly endless parade of other eligible young women, Sabrina is adept at making him laugh. After all, she spent most of her life diffusing the tension between her battling maiden aunts, who reared her after her parents' tragic deaths. But Duncan slowly begins to realize that his feelings for Sabrina are more than "friendly". Duncan and Sabrina's complicated courtship is classic Lindsey! Fans of the author who wait with bated breath for each new offering won't be disappointed with The Heir. --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I have kept every JL book I have ever read, have reread some until the book is in bits and have fallen a little in love with each of the heroes but the hero in this book, together with the one in "The Pursuit" and "A Man of my Own" all seemed a bit wooden.
I think there simply is too much padding and not enough substance. There is very little direct contact between the main players and too much detail about the supporting cast. JL's books, in my view, worked best when the focused on the hero and heroine and developing the relationship between them.
I live in hope that the next JL novel will have recaptured the wit and sparkle of her past work.
I have about 1500 Regency Romances on my Kindle and normally read a few each week. I must say I loved Sabrina and found her one of the few Regency heroines who seemed to be at great peace with who she was as a person. She enjoyed her own company, could make light of her family's "scandal" which wasn't really nearly as much of a scandal as people tried to make it. She was capable of enjoying the the simple things in life and had no great expectations of anyone.
Enter the handsome Duncan MacTavish who has been set up with a fiancee, Ophelia, an erstwhile friend of Sabrina's. Ophelia proves over and over again that she is not a friend of anyone and in fact is sadly lacking in the most basic of ethics. Duncan isn't fooled by Ophelia at all and immediately rejects her as a fiancee. Instead, he forms a great friendship with Sabrina which slowly turns into something more.
**Spoilers** First great dislike: When Duncan nearly ruined his budding relationship with Sabrina by rushing into a physical relationship. Very poorly done.
Second great dislike: After Duncan is caught in Ophelia's room (he went there to chew her out because she had hurt Sabrina's feelings) and Ophelia becomes "ruined," the book turned into page after page of nonsense with everyone trying to figure out what could be done so that Duncan wouldn't have to marry Ophelia.
I simply found the second half of the book boring.