Rules For Heiresses took me on a journey of adventure, rebellion, and soul-searing passion! This novel was breathtaking in its gorgeous story-telling and fascinating characters. I could not put this book down!
Lady Ravenna Huntley has run away to Antigua to avoid marriage in the stifling confines of London. Courtland Chase has been cruelly driven from England and has made a fortune in business and shipping in Antigua. Through a bevy of fortuitous events, Courtland finds himself the Duke of Ashvale, returning to London with Ravenna as his bride. Courtland’s mother was from Antigua, and he has fought discrimination and mistrust regarding his heritage and birthright as Duke. Courtland has many demons and has been hurt tremendously in the past by his family. Courtland has closed off his heart through necessity. Courtland is a complicated, multi-faceted character. He is vulnerable and lonely under the harsh, cold facade.
Ravenna’s personality jumps from the page. She is fiercely independent, intelligent, and outspoken. All are qualities frowned upon for well-bred young ladies. Ravenna is also open-minded and possesses an open, giving heart. I was taken under Ravenna’s spell; she is a character I will not soon forget.
Courtland and Ravenna’s connection is instant and primal. The tension between the couple sears the page. Their passion ignites a firestorm that builds the foundation of a rocky road to unconditional love and acceptance.
The plot has many moving parts, and the writing was exceptional. The backdrops of Antigua and London were stunning. The plot dealt with prejudice and societal expectations in a gritty, respectful way. The love story between Courtland and Ravenna was epic; the passion of the couple was off-the-charts. It was a perfect match for two flawed, imperfect people. I read this book in one sitting. It captured my interest and attention instantly, and it was a wild journey all the way to the last page.
Although not mentioned, Rules For Heiresses is connected to Rystan and Sarani’s story in The Princess Stakes. Ravenna is Rystan’s sister. I was awestruck by this book. Amalie Howard has a gift of writing organic, relatable characters within adventurous, thought-provoking storylines. I was infatuated and obsessed with Courtland and Ravenna’s complex and soul-stirring journey to acceptance, happiness, and love. I recommend this book all day long! Do not miss it!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: October 26, 2021