Imprisoned pickpocket Loth isn't sure why a bunch of idiots just broke into his cell claiming they’re here to rescue the lost prince of Aguillon, and he doesn’t really care. They’re looking for a redheaded prince, and he’s more than happy to play along if it means freedom. Then his cranky cellmate Grub complicates things by claiming to be the prince as well.
Now they’re fleeing across the country and Loth’s stuck sharing a horse and a bedroll with Grub while imitating royalty, eating eel porridge, and dodging swamp monsters and bandits.
Along the way, Loth discovers that there’s more to Grub than meets the eye. Under the dirt and bad attitude, Grub’s not completely awful. He might even be attractive. In fact, Loth has a terrible suspicion that he’s developing feelings, and he’s not sure what to do about that. He’d probably have more luck figuring it out if people would just stop trying to kill them.
Still, at least they’ve got a dragon, right?
I love Lisa Henry, and I really love her when she writes funny stories, so it's natural that I couldn't wait to try Red Heir. Though it wasn't a full home-run for me, it was charming and utterly delightful.
Red Heir really shined for me with the comedic moments. It reminded me a little bit of The Lightning-Struck Heart but dialed down a bit. There were scenes where I was shaking with laughter while reading in bed (sorry, hubby). The dialogue and the cast of character was just so fun. It was such an easy, entertaining read. However, I could have used even a wee bit more of that energy with the romance aspect of the story.
I think having only one POV made the romance feel a bit weaker for me. I didn't get into the head-space of both MCs, which made it harder to see the relationship evolving. Sure, I heard about how these guys liked it each other, but it felt very sudden when they got together. It felt too soon, like I needed more UST to really ramp up the emotions. I didn't get the whys of their relationship, and, honestly, the heat level was fairly low for Lisa Henry book. Also, the characters didn't feel as developed as I would have liked.
Though the main characters and their romance could have used some work, the story was so fun that I didn't even care all that much. Plus, I was excited to be introduced to a new author (Sarah Honey), and I'm pumped to see what else she has in store for me. As always, a very enjoyable read from the lovely Lisa Henry.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
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