Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: The Heir Apparent
AUTHOR: Tere Michaels
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 9th 2017
BLURB: 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?
The Heir Apparent by Tere Michaels is the story of Henry Walker, who spends his life trying to live up to his father’s expectations. Throughout the book we get a better understanding of Henry and his relationships with those around him.
I really enjoyed this book. The story line is well paced and kept me reading well into the night. Henry isn’t perfect, he often comes off as a lost boy stuck between what he believes are the expectations placed on him and the life he wants to live. Archie is also a great character, but I think his mother is my favourite character in the book. Having known Henry since he was a boy, she doesn’t bow down to him like so many other people do. She is nurturing and really a bright spot in Henry’s life.
By the end of the book I also really liked Henry’s father. But I will let you discover the man as you read.
I really don’t like the cover of this book. I would probably not have picked it up from seeing the cover. But I read the blurb first and was intrigued. The cover to me is a fairly standard, smaller guy being protected by a bigger man with a gun. It doesn’t draw me in, I really don’t like it at all. But I am very glad I got to read the blurb first and was drawn to reading the book.
The only thing about the story that I didn’t like was that the end felt predictable. I had guess the person behind everything fairly early on. Luckily the story of Henry and Archie keeps you engaged to the end. So while I did know who was behind the kidnapping and other events, it only took a little away from the book.
The story is engaging and well worth reading. At 200 pages The Heir Apparent is a great length and very enjoyable.