To Catch an Heiress by Julia Quinn


RATING: 3.5/5

BLURB: “When Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, she doesn’t even try to elude this dangerously handsome agent of the crown. Yes, he believes she’s a notorious spy named Carlotta de Leon, but she’s tired of running from unwanted marriage proposals, and hiding out in the company of a mysterious captor is awfully convenient – especially as, when she turns twenty-one in six weeks, she’ll gain her fortune.

Blake Ravenscroft’s mission is to bring ‘Carlotta’ to justice, not to fall in love. His heart has been hardened by years of intrigue, but this little temptress proves oddly disarming and thoroughly kissable. And suddenly the unthinkable becomes possible – this mismatched couple might actually be destined for love”

REVIEW: This book, much like all of Quinn’s work, was great fun to read. Caroline Trent, for me, is Quinn’s best heroine to date – she is clumsy, witty, brave and willing to stand up for what she believes in, and this makes her character extremely enjoyable to read about. The relationship between Caroline and Blake progresses at a believable rate, rather than being rushed into, and – although waiting for them to get together can, at times, be frustrating – is amusingly commentated on by Blake’s closest friend, the Marquis of Riverdale (who take centre stage in Quinn’s later novel ‘How to Marry a Marquis’, which I have also reviewed on this blog), who seems just as exasperated as the reader by Blake and Caroline’s cautious courtship. The addition of Blake’s sister Penelope also provides a fun and enjoyable addition, with this group of characters undoubtedly complimenting each other to the extent that they are my favourite set of characters in any Quinn novel. Although I did not enjoy it quite as much as ‘How to Marry a Marquis’, this book was easy to read, fun, romantic and light-hearted, with some real laugh-out-loud moments. Definitely a good book to read if you want to relax and wind down – or if you just need something to put a smile on your face.


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