Release Day Review & Excerpt: How to Catch an Heiress by Natalie Rios

How to Catch an Heiress
Series: Heiress Series, #1

Author: Natalie Rios
Publication Date: October 3, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

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…


When Natalie Rios asked me if I would read her début novel How to Catch an Heiress I was excited. I love the whole waking up in Vegas married trope. There’s always a crazy fun story to lead to the waking up married thing. How to Catch an Heiress had one of those, but it also had something that made it unique. It had an heiress who could fix the groom’s problems.

When Liz and Anthony wake up married after a night of Vegas shenanigans, they agree they can’t stay married. They’re complete strangers who live across the country from each other. But when Anthony discovers Liz is an heiress, he realizes he shouldn’t be so quick to terminate their marriage. Anthony has a ton of debt and Liz can pay it. All he has to do is convince her to write him a check, and threatening to prevent their divorce might just do it.

I was really surprised by the writing in How to Catch an Heiress. It didn’t feel like a début novel at all. The story immediately caught my attention and never let go. Despite being a slow-burn romance, it moved at a very fast-paced. There were also a ton of funny moments peppered throughout the story. I smiled a lot while reading it.

I loved the characters. Liz and Anthony were perfect together — even when they were at war. The way they each tried to “win” was so much fun to read. I also loved seeing them realize that maybe what they wanted wasn’t what they needed. It was such a cute love story!

The supporting characters were pretty awesome, too. Liz’s family and friends were hilarious! I can’t even imagine meeting them the way Anthony did. I can’t wait to see them again in the rest of the series.

My only complaint about the whole story was when Anthony approached Liz after leaving Vegas. For someone who was supposed to be so smart, he acted so dumb. I didn’t really get that. It worked out for the story in the end, but it just felt weird at the time I was reading it.

Overall, I really enjoyed How to Catch an Heiress. I would recommend it to contemporary romance readers who are looking for a new favorite author. I can only imagine Natalie Rios’ will become an even more talented writer as time goes on. I’m very excited to read the next book in the series.

Excerpt:
Watching him squirm was fun, almost too much fun.
A muscle in his jaw twitched and if his teeth were clenched any tighter, they would probably break. He oh-so-gently set my card down on the entryway table, as if it were a grenade that needed to be handled with great care. When his gaze met mine again, I could see the worry in his eyes. It was finally hitting him that he was up the creek without a paddle.
“This,” I made whirling motion with my index finger, “is all so very predictable.”
That had his eyes narrowing, anger quickly replacing worry. “Predictable,” he snorted. “You don’t know anything about me. And what little you do know is hardly enough for you to be able to predict anything about me.”
“Oh, but I do know about you. Quite a bit, in fact. Shall I tell you what my research on you has turned up?”
His eyes and mouth widened with shock. “You researched me?”
“I’m the Candy Heiress, born to a family worth billions. Did you seriously think I would wake up suddenly married to a stranger and not immediately look into his criminal history? His life story?” Studying him, his expression told me that’s exactly what he’d thought. The prick. “Let’s see…Where should I begin? Perhaps chronologically?”
“Get on with it. You probably don’t have much,” he replied gruffly. “I was only a bit surprised because I’m not as searchable as you are, princess.”
The nickname had me sending him a withering look. “Don’t call me that.”
“I’ve Googled myself before. There’s hardly anything out there.” His words were like a gauntlet being thrown, a challenge I could not resist accepting. Like most people, he was underestimating me. A huge mistake on his part and a notion I was happy to disabuse him of.
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