Review: In the Heir by Ruth Cardello

In the Heir by Ruth Cardello
Series:  Westerly Billionaire (# 1)
Release Date:  May 23, 2017
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
Pages: 242
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Brett Westerly is his father’s golden child, but it’s come at a cost. As head of the family corporation, he throws himself into his work—hiding in his office is easier than confronting the reality of his broken family.

After a bitter divorce that split the family and divided loyalties, the wealthy Westerly matriarch offers an early inheritance to any grandchild who marries and invites the entire family to the wedding. Brett’s brother Spencer rashly gets engaged, and Brett knows it’s his duty to intervene. But he never imagined the unwelcome desire Spencer’s fiery fiancée would spark in him. Now the man who’s used to getting everything he could want has met the one woman he can’t have.

Ever since she was a girl, Alisha Coventry considered Spencer and his sister Rachelle the family she didn’t have. When Spencer asks for her help, Alisha has no problem becoming his fake fiancée—until she meets Spencer’s sexy older brother Brett. The chemistry between them is undeniable—forbidden—but as their relationship deepens, Brett is determined to have her.

Alisha only wanted to help the family make amends. Now she’s falling for the wrong Westerly.


Review:   Cardello is a fairly new to me author since somehow I’ve missed most of her books along the way having only read the first two books in the Legacy series when there are a total of six in the series.  I hope to correct that not only with the other books in the Legacy and Westerly Billionaire series but some of her other books as well.

In the Heir was a quick paced read that kept me up later than I should have been because I had to see what would happen next so one chapter would end and I’d start another.  And I wasn’t disappointed!  There are family and outsiders, some of whom are family,  with a lot of hurt, anger, sadness, disagreements, secrets and tears involved.  There are three generations of  Westerly’s involved and lots of history, most of it unknown to the youngest generation.  The siblings don’t always get along since some were raised by their dad and others by their mom after their divorce so it was hard for them to feel like a family.  The oldest, Brett, who was following in his dad and grandfather’s footsteps in their family business didn’t have much of a life outside of work.  Enter, friend of the family Alisha, and things get complicated for him in ways that he can’t even imagine.

There were a lot of twists and turns to the story.  The prologue and epilogue were a nice addition to the story giving me some history but also some closure.  The characters were multidimensional especially due to their upbringings and silver spoons in the mouth of some but not others.  Their grandmother was stoic and acted like royalty but didn’t get the love or respect she wanted from her own family.  We learn a bit about each of the siblings but this was mostly Brett and Spencer’s story along with their sister, Rachelle, and her best friend, Alisha, who had her own family issues growing up and everything she has she’s earned herself.  The Westerly’s mom and dad, also played a role in the story and gave me insight on how their family ended up the way they did.

There was a playfulness between Brett and Alisha but also a wariness since each of them had reasons why they lived their lives the way they do.  Neither wanted more out of life, or do they?  They would take a step forward and several back but also knew neither had ever felt the way they did when they were together.  There was a lot of caring and romance from Brett which was so out of character for him.  There were a lot of burn up the sheet moments as well.  Their time on the cruise was magical.  There was a nice flow to the story and the closure I look for but enough loose ends to bring us to the next book in the series and I for one can’t wait!

Favorite Quote: His gaze roamed over her appreciatively.  “Looking is the easy part.  Not touching is where the challenge is.”