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HEIRESS IN RED SILK by Madeline Hunter

In this sparkling series from New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter, a mysterious bequest brings a whole new life—and brand-new love—to three unsuspecting women...
In one life-changing windfall, Rosamund Jameson goes from struggling shopkeeper to heiress—and co-owner of a new business. Not only will her sudden fortune allow her to move her millinery shop to fashionable London, but Rosamund will be able to provide her younger sister with a proper entry into society. The only hitch for resourceful Rosamund is her arrogant, infuriatingly handsome business partner...
Kevin Radnor is shocked that his late uncle, the Duke of Hollinburgh, bequeathed half his company to a total stranger—worse, a beguiling beauty who can only hinder his enterprise. But Rosamund insists on an active, equal partnership, so Kevin embarks on a plan: a seduction that will lead to a marriage of convenience, giving Rosamund the social status she needs, and guaranteeing him the silent partner he desires. Yet as this charismatic gentleman sets his flirtation in motion, he begins to wonder who is seducing whom—and if he can learn to share himself body and mind, without losing his heart...


Heiress In Red Silk (A Duke's Heiress #2) by Madeline Hunter
Published by Zebra on April 27, 2021

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HEIRESS IN RED SILK by Madeline Hunter

Christy's Thoughts

In the continuation of the Duke’s Heiress series by Madeline Hunter, the second of three women who was bequeathed a sizable inheritance from a Duke has been found.  She is Rosamund Jameson, a milliner.   She only met the Duke on one occasion, but that was enough to make an impression.   She gains money and half ownership of a company.  The other half is owned by the Duke’s nephew, Kevin Radnor, who is fiercely protective of his invention that is at the core of this company.

In Heiress in Red Silk, it was a welcome change to read about non “ton” main characters.  Their discussions were about trade and business decisions rather than the typical ballroom gossip. Rosamund has an innate business sense.  As the book progresses the partnership between Kevin and Rosamund grows both professionally and personally.

Kevin’s cousin Chase and his wife Minerva (from Heiress for Hire) appear frequently in this book.  Another cousin, Nicholas, who is the current duke, shows up as well as the cousins are all close.  He will be featured in the third book of this series.  He is in need of a fortune and a wife.

 

Like Heiress for Hire, there is resumption of the overarching family drama with the disgruntled relatives who feel they should have inherited the money.  These scenes have great dialogue.  The ongoing mystery surrounding the Duke’s death adds to the drama as well.

 

Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them.  Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance.  She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women.  She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature.  Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers.  They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader. You can follow Christy on Instagram.

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