More Than Rivals… by Susannah Erwin

Posted July 1, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout ARC, Contemporary Romance, Duet (series), Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

She’s just found out she’s an heiress…and she doesn’t know she’s sleeping with the enemy. 

Caught between a family feud…and the white-hot fireworks between them!

Theme park mogul Ian Blackburn doesn’t believe in love at first sight. One glimpse of his new business adversary, however, is enough to make him fall in lust. Their searing night together is almost perfect…except that Anna Stratford has no idea she’s sleeping with the enemy.

Anna’s only just discovered she’s the heiress to the Lochlainn empire. Now she’s been thrown into a world filled with wealth, decadence, and corporate espionage. Not to mention fireworks with a certain too-tempting billionaire. But is Ian falling for Anna…or manipulating her?

Titles in the Heirs of Lochlainn series include —  More Than Rivals… —♥—  Seven Years of Secrets —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Title:  More Than Rivals…
Series:  Heirs of Lochlainn #1 (duet)
Author:  Susannah Erwin
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 27, 2023
Publisher:  Harlequin Desire
My Rating:  4.5

More Than Rivals… begins the duet of Heirs of Lochlainn with a fairytale touch before diving back into the reality of rival amusement parks playing right into the start of a romance for Anna and Ian.

Although they first met at the holiday party, Anna didn’t have the advantage of knowing beforehand who the handsome man was as he flirted, carrying on a conversation that might have given her a clue if she had grown up in this environment.  But Anna has recently discovered that she is …perhaps… an heiress to an empire that includes this very amusement park; it’s complicated, to say the least.  They’d meet officially tomorrow in the meeting with the party that wanted to buy this property, but for tonight they were two strangers letting their mutual attraction carry them along.  And Ian’s self-confidence flies out the window when he discovers a much sterner, more business-minded, and yes, even stubborn Anna after it is revealed who he is and his family’s plan for this amusement park that has far outlived its profitability.

I had fun with this story and two people who have a lot in common yet are worlds apart in the plans for this property.  Anna may be finding her way in this world, but she knows right from wrong – and Ian’s intense need for this property feels all wrong.  So, she’s stalling and also falling for a man who clearly doesn’t see the world as she does.  Ian isn’t the greedy, company man that first impressions might give.  There are layers to his personality, and it was enjoyable watching Anna peel those layers back to show the heart of a man who needed to learn to trust his instincts and not simply follow orders.  Watching them fall in love was emotional and so much fun.

If you can make a trip to an amusement park any time of the year, by plan or by whim… or if you just love watching a fairytale romance unfolding, then you’re going to love this one.  I know I did.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout, and I sincerely thank them for their trust. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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