Millie Graves is set to marry a man she barely knows in return for a title and to save his family from ruin. Lord Fitzhugh is handsome and charming but only has eyes for someone other than Millie. He is desperately in love with the beautiful Isabelle but duty calls for him to marry another. Over the course of their marriage, Millie and Fitz become good friends until the day that Isabelle comes back into their lives now a widow. Fitz wants to be with Isabelle but he makes a pact with Millie to produce an heir and then they can go lead separate lives. Only now, Millie is hopelessly in love with Fitz and as time progresses, Fitz starts to see Millie in a whole new light. Their friendship has the potential of turning into something more if Fitz can only open his heart to a future with Millie instead of dwelling in a relationship of the past.
Sherry Thomas seems to write amazing stories and Ravishing the Heiress is no different. Millie Graves was a young woman who had fallen in love with her husband when she knew that he was in love with another. My heart ached for her because she wanted so desperately to have Fitz’s love and attention but sadly settled only for his friendship. She was willing to step aside and let him go to Isabelle just so he could be happy. Fitz, on the other hand, was so blind with his love for Isabelle that he couldn’t see that Millie was in love with him. He only saw her as a friend and then when Isabelle came back into his life, he then started to see Millie as something more. I personally didn’t care for Isabelle because she came across as a beautiful spoiled woman who didn’t have one bit of compassion or sympathy for anyone besides herself.
Ravishing the Heiress was a sweet heart-felt romance that shows you that friendship can lead to something more and everything happens for a reason. The next book in the series is Tempting the Bride which involves Helena Fitzhugh and I’m looking forward to reading another great romance.
Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage--and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives.
It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing. Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband. Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing more...Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabella, as soon as he has honored the pact with his wife...
As the hour they truly become husband-and-wife draws near, both Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their pact bred only a great friendship--or has it, without either of them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?