Book Review - Runaway Heir by Ruth Cardello


The Boston Westerlys are reuniting for a wedding—a longtime wish for its matriarch. If only Nicolette, the youngest of the clan’s siblings, could find love. With her true parentage suddenly in question, she feels like more of an outsider than ever. It figures that the one guest of any comfort is her grandmother’s greatest enemy. Now, Nicolette’s only impulse is to run. Disappearing to a small Iowa town, she can build a future on her terms without the Westerly name or money—or the secrets that have divided the family for years.
Despite his damning history with the Westerlys, Bryant Taunton recognizes a kindred spirit in Nicolette. He is drawn to the beautiful loner. When she vanishes, he follows. But Bryant has his own secrets, and gaining Nicolette’s trust won’t be easy. It might even require the help of the family she left behind.
Now, for Nicolette and Bryant, coming to terms with the past is the only way to make both their dreams come true, and to finally find a way home.


Nicolette has been such a large part of the Westerly series to this point it was nice finally getting to her story. This story is obviously a romance, but Nicolette’s personal story of her struggles, her personal growth, and the growth of her relationships with her family is really the best part of the novel. Bryant is so easy to fall in love with, more so than many of the other hero’s in the Westerly series, and is really the perfect pair for Nicolette.

This whole book is really a fresh take on the family and a unique point of view we haven’t seen yet on the crazy family dynamic. Anyone who has enjoyed the series so far will love this book and it is one of my favorites of the series.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


Ruth Cardello is a New York Times bestselling author who loves writing about rich alpha men and the strong women who tame them. She was born the youngest of eleven children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She’s lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York, and Rhode Island again before moving to Massachusetts, where she now lives with her husband and three children. Before turning her attention to writing, Ruth was an educator for two decades, including eleven years as a kindergarten teacher. She is the author of the Lone Star Burn series, the Legacy Collection, the Andrades novels, and the Westerly Billionaire series, which includes In the HeirUp for HeirRoyal HeirHollywood Heir, and Runaway Heir. Learn about Ruth’s new releases by signing up for her newsletter at


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