Series: Agents of the Crown #1
Also in this series: How to Marry a Marquis
Genres: Historical, Romance
What's an heiress to do?
When fetching Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, she doesn't struggle to elude this dangerously handsome agent of the crown. After all, she's been spending most of her days running from the unwanted marriage proposals of her guardian's nitwit son. Yes, Blake believes she's a notorious spy named Carlotta de Leon, but, for six weeks until her twenty-first birthday, when she'll gain control of her fortune, hiding out in the titillating company of a dark, mysterious captor is convenient—and romantic.
Who's a spy to love?
Blake Ravenscroft's mission is to bring "Carlotta" to justice, not to fall in love. His heart has been hardened by years of intrigue and the loss of his beloved fiancée. But this little temptress proves oddly disarming and thoroughly kissable, and suddenly, the unthinkable becomes possible—that this mismatched couple might be destined for love.
Caroline Trent makes this book fun!
My Thoughts on To Catch an Heiress
Man, I like this book for the heroine JQ gives us. Caroline Trent was smart, entertaining, and resilient. There were also glimmers of the family interactions that are so frequent in JQ’s later books (BRIDGERTONS!). And I like To Catch an Heiress for those reasons.
But I wasn’t very fond of Blake Ravenscroft. He was wishy-washy and at times, impulsive. To the point of not being all that honorable, which seems odd, since agent-type heroes often have a strong honor streak. And the switch from his grief over his long-dead fiancee to loving Caroline was too quick.
Of course, I thought Caroline fell in love too quickly, too, but the whole falling in love fast seems to be quite prevalent in JQ’s earlier books because pretty much every one I’ve read have had it. I don’t mind when characters fall in love fast… as long as I feel it. I wasn’t totally feeling it here.
To Catch an Heiress has a fun setup, but it has a bit more potential than is realized. It wasn’t very… agent-y. And it lacks a lot of the suspense you’d expect. BUT IT’S JQ. And I’m looking forward How to Marry a Marquis and JAMES.
Big thanks to Quinn for letting me borrow her copy!