What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas right? Wrong! Anthony and Liz find out the hard way. How to Catch an Heiress by Natalie Rios is a stellar debut story that is filled with humor and has a tinge of sadness. Read the rest of my review below
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How to Catch an Heiress
Anthony Carter has not had it easy in life. In a matter of months, he lost his mother to cancer along with his much coveted spot in a prestigious doctoral program. Swimming in debt, he’s been forced to move back to his hometown in rural Montana and take whatever job he can find. A drunken weekend in Vegas is exactly what he needs to help him forget his problems.
A recent break-up with her boyfriend of nearly a decade has left straight-laced Liz Rockwell disillusioned with love and in desperate need of a vacation. She gets more than she bargained for when one drunken night at a Vegas bar results in her being married to Anthony. Embarrassed by her lapse in judgment, Liz is ready to make this whole night just go away. A quickie divorce seems like the best solution to their problem, until Anthony realizes who Liz really is.
Known in the media as the Candy Heiress, billionaire Liz is the answer to Anthony’s prayers. All he has to do is convince her to write him a check. Unfortunately, Liz is not one to be easily intimidated or coerced. Discovering the Rockwell family secret may be Anthony’s only hope. But the more time he spends with the intelligent and tenacious Liz, the more he realizes their chapel wedding may not have been such a drunken mistake after all…
“You’re the only bright light in that dim den of insanity.”
Oh boy! Anthony sure knows how to compliment a gal. His lines are awesome with a hint of nerdiness to them that make him a cute character.
But wait! Let’s not get too carried away.
He has one flaw and that was his attempt to extort money from Liz. Sure, their one night in Vegas stint of getting drunk and ending up married had a part to play. But thanks to his massive amounts of debt and a little snooping into the background of his wife, he figures he can take some money to give her the divorce she wants. Not cool Anthony, not cool.
So of course I wondered how the heck romance was supposed to happen after that bombshell. Anthony does have a soul and thank goodness he realizes that his plan is less than perfect. But it is the one thing that gets in the way. Liz will always wonder if that’s all he cares about.
Liz, in hopes of deterring Anthony on his path takes him to meet her family. That was my favorite part. An alcoholic grandmother who refuses to get help, really was the drama I was waiting for.
So Liz has her own demons as well. It all plays back to her dysfunctional family and the events that take place in the past concerning her older brother. That’s when it gets a little sad. I liked that this story gave me all the range of emotions.
Romance does come in eventually and the sex scenes were hot. Happily ever after will take place, but you have to wait for it.