"Enticing" - THE DEVIL AND THE HEIRESS - 3 Questions with Harper St. George

An American heiress, a wickedly handsome earl, and a Scottish estate . . . We're excited to share Harper St. George's newest novel in The Gilded Age Heiresses series. Don't miss The Devil and The Heiress.


The Devil and the Heiress

Sparks fly when a runaway heiress bargains with a devilish rogue to escape a marriage of convenience.

No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw’s ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author–if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character didn’t insist on coming with her.

Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, has a scheme of his own: escort the surprisingly spirited dollar princess north and use every delicious moment in close quarters to convince Violet to marry him. Christian needs an heiress to rebuild his Scottish estate but the more time he spends with Violet, the more he realizes what he really needs is her–by his side, near his heart, in his bed.

Though Christian’s burning glances offer unholy temptation, Violet has no intention of surrendering herself or her newfound freedom in a permanent deal with the devil. It’s going to take more than pretty words to prove this fortune hunter’s love is true…


In the author's words . . .

Q&A with Harper St. George

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

This is such an interesting question because, honestly, it does both. Writing is a little bit like exercising for me: I don’t always look forward to doing it, but I like how I feel having done it. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing, but as with anything you have to do every day there are some days I look forward to it more than others. When I’m writing a scene that has been on my mind since I first conceived of these characters, then it’s almost an euphoric experience. It can feel amazing to write a scene that gets a character to that next level of their arc. But then there are the scenes where I just cannot see what is supposed to happen. The characters aren’t talking to me and I don’t know how to them where they need to be. Those are the scenes that are draining and exhausting.

Please, tell us a little something about The Devil and the Heiress.

The Devil and the Heiress is the second book in my Gilded Age Heiresses series. This series follows the Crenshaws, a new money family from New York who have brought their daughters to London to find titled husbands in need of their wealth. The daughters have other ideas, however, and don’t give into their parents’ marriage plans so easily.

Violet, the youngest daughter, wants to be a published author and she doesn’t believe that a noble husband (or almost any husband, really) would not support her plans. She is in the process of writing a romantic novel based on her experiences as an American heiress during the London season. The male protagonist in her book is based on the devilishly handsome Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh. She never expects their attraction to lead to anything, but when her parents arrange a marriage for her and she decides to run away, Christian appears to help her escape. Over the ensuing road trip, she realizes that her fascination with him can’t be denied. Little does she realize that Christian has his own reasons for helping her and they are anything but altruistic.

What story are you working on next, and what inspired it?

I’m currently working on the third book in this series, The Lady Tempts an Heir. This story is about the Crenshaw heir, Max, and Lady Helena, a woman he meets while visiting his family in London. Helena is a young widow and is very active with a charity that helps unwed mothers and their children. Since this is a somewhat scandalous and radical undertaking, particularly for an unmarried woman, she finds herself in need of a temporary engagement to soothe her parents and donors.

The mid-to-late 19th century saw a dramatic increase in charitable organizations. The industrial revolution, while creating a larger middle class than the world had ever seen, deepened the problems of the poor. Filth and pollution filled the streets and air at a rate never seen before, and there were no systems in place to deal with them. More children were being abandoned by parents due to an increasing inability to see to their care properly. This was before a standard hour workday/workweek was created. Helena’s character was inspired by social reformers like Octavia Hill and Florence Nightingale who saw the problems exasperated by industry and sought to relieve them.

Books & Benches: Thank you, Harper, for sharing The Devil and the Heiress with our readers. It's been a pleasure having you with us, and the whole series sounds wonderful!


The Author

Author Harper St. George

Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since.

She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found devouring her husband’s amazing cooking and reading. She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at www.harperstgeorge.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.


Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian/Scottish)

Type: Novel

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: June 29, 2021

Content Rating: 5 Hearts

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