Guhrke, Laura Lee. Catch a Falling Heiress. New York: Avon Books, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-0-06-233465-7. Print List Price: $7.99.
As a whole, this book was probably the weakest in the series so far. The plot had some promise, but as the story played out, I could not help but wonder what it was that would make the relationship last. The two of them spend a lot of the book clashing due to Linnet’s perceptions of Jack as a fortune hunter, and Jack tries to win her over because he’s attracted to her, not to mention he compromised her while trying to save her from someone else. And once they do get together, there really isn’t a lot that I saw that they shared, and there were a lot of lies that he told her that just seem to get forgiven a bit too easily by the end.
The characters individually are somewhat charming, however. I did not know what to think of Jack, given the fact that he’s the brother of Belinda’s ne’er-do-well first husband, but I am glad that his backstory and his relationship with his family was fleshed out, showing that despite being a Featherstone, he doesn’t want to marry a wealthy wife just so she can fund his hedonistic exploits, the way his father and brother did. And while Linnet’s independent streak did get a bit annoying at times, I thought it admirable that she did want to choose for herself.
I was pleased to see the plot threads with Frederick Van Hausen, carried over from the previous book, resolved, after only getting only vague hints as to what happened in How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days. As such, I would recommend any newcomers to this series to read them in order, if possible, at least these two, although this book does an decent job of at least explaining the blackmail aspect, which is how Jack ends up in Newport at the beginning of this book.