Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Secret Heiress



Finding out she is heir to a fortune shocks Caroline Tully to her core. And to "qualify" for the inheritance, she just has to visit her new found grandfather's Mississippi home from Christmas to New Year's. Adopted as a baby, Caroline knows nothing about her mother's family…and doesn't realize they can't be trusted. When attempts are made on her life, there's only one man who can protect her. Donovan Cavanaugh—a man who made her lonely heart want to love again. Posing as her fiancĂ©, Don promises to find the would-be killer. But will his protection—and his love—be enough to keep her safe?

My Review:

Have a defibrillator on hand for this one! Seriously. I'd just let out a woosh of relief, only to find myself sucking in my breath in horror as my eyes scanned the next paragraph! This book is hopping with action and suspense and I loved the mysterious edge to the plot. Suspense and mystery in one book -- what a treat! There's a classical feel to The Secret Heiress as well -- it has the vibes of a New Gothic Romance, a genre made popular in the 60's and 70's by authors like Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart and Phyllis A. Whitney. And don't talk to me about whodunnit because I gave up halfway through and figured everyone had! LOL.

The romance between Caroline and Donovan really works as well. There's tension and attraction sparking amidst their developing friendship. Of course, Reed doesn't give them much free time to explore those feelings. Not with all the...well, I won't ruin the suspense for you. Let's just say you don't want to miss Don going into full-blown Alpha male status! But oh my, Caroline is no shrinking violet. She's feisty and stubborn and can handle Don...most of the time.

Honestly, this is the kind of book you just won't want to put down. From the sinister setting, to the odd and sometimes creepy secondary characters to peril on every page -- The Secret Heiress is a keeper!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Secret Heiress by Terri Reed, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please remember to put the title in the subject area so I can spot your entry easily. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 29 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Wow. I loved your review better than the book blurb. If I don't win this it is for sure going on my wishlist.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  2. Oh this looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.


  3. This definitely my genre of books! Interesting how "family" treat one another over an inheritance. Please enter me! Thank you.

    Linda at:
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  4. Oh, this sounds terrific! I love romantic suspense with a gothic feel.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  5. With words like you used in your review, how could I not possibly want a fibrillate myself?? LOL
    Thanks for offering it up!


  6. LOL -- good luck everyone! This is such a good escape read!!!!

  7. I used to read many books by Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, and Phyllis Whitney. If this book is like those, it's one I would definitely enjoy. Thanks for offering a copy of "The Secret Heiress."


  8. I can tell from the blurb that there is a lot of going on and a sweet romance to boot. Your review confirmed it and makes me want to read it all the more.


  9. I love books with a lot of action! You gave a great review. Thanks!

  10. Good luck Pam, Na and rubynreba!

  11. Oh you've sold me! I love Victoria Holt, and since this has the same kind of feel, it sounds great!

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  12. This sounds fabulous! Please count me in for the giveaway!

  13. This sounds fantastic and a definite book to read. I have added it to my wish list as have to read it.


  14. I love suspense books! I'd love a chance to win :) cbus.blogger@gmail.com

  15. I would love the chance to be able to read this book. Can you please enter my name in the draw.

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

    Many thanks.

  16. Thanks for the interest, ladies. Good luck!

  17. This sounds exciting!!! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

  18. I love, love, love Love Inspired Suspense books and The Secret Heiress sounds sooooo good! Please enter me in this giveaway! :)

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