Book: The Heir Apparent 2nd Edition
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Taria Reed Digital Artist
Publication date: October 9, 2017
Length: 200 pages
Reviewed by Jenn
The heir apparent to a vast international company, Henry Walker has focused his entire life on pleasing his cold and distant father, a futile effort that’s left him no time for life, love, or making his own decisions. He has just one friend—one dirty little secret—Archie Banks. Raised on the Walker estate alongside Henry, Archie is now Henry’s driver, bodyguard… and occasional lover. Archie is loyal, but he’s about to graduate from college and has plans for his life that don’t include living every moment at the beck and call of Henry’s father. Not even for Henry.
With no warning, a shocking kidnapping leads to tragedy and chaos, thrusting Henry and Archie into a dramatic struggle that threatens them individually and as a couple. Can they find a way to heal the hurt of the past, save the company that is Henry’s birthright, and find a future together?
I was so excited about the whole concept of this book, friends to lovers, bodyguard, secret lovers...it has all of it.
Henry Walker is the heir apparent to a huge company and massive wealth. He is always trying to do what’s expected of him and be “Mr. Walker” rather than just being a man. His bodyguard/chauffeur is Archie Banks, a boy he grew up along side on his estate since they were 5 years old. He’s Henry’s best friend, his lover and yet, they keep these lines of employer/employee in between them.They do this to hide their more intimate relationship. I’m not going to lie, I wanted to shake them both at times and yell “people at least know you’re friends! Talk to each other”
Archie is just months away from finally getting his degree and that means finding a job. Both men know changes are coming and both seem too afraid to rock the boat and actually talk about what all of it means for their relationship as lovers. As the reader, we know this is because of how they were raised, the expectations Henry feels, but it makes me sad to watch them not communicate. I fell hard for these two guys, I just wanted to muss them up a bit and make them relax their routine with each other.
Out of nowhere, a kidnapping takes place, leading to tragedy. Henry and Archie will go through so much and Henry will learn who he can really count on in this world. After all is said and done, will these two be able to see what’s been in front of them for so many years?
I loved this blurb when I read it and I loved this book! There is quite a bit going on besides Henry and Archie’s love story, you also get some suspense and drama. This was a really good book with so many feels!
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