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Title: The Heir Apparent by Tere Michaels
Release Date: October 9th 2017
Pages (Format): 197 pages (Kindle Edition)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
Purchase Links: • Dreamspinner Press • Amazon US
Henry Walker is the only son of a wealthy businessman – and heir to a vast company. It is his birthright and destiny. But Henry only truly desires the one thing he cannot have…time to spend with his lover, Archie Banks. Archie is his childhood friend turned driver, bodyguard and dirty little secret. Circumstances make it difficult for them to sneak moments together – something that will become impossible once Archie moves on after he graduates from college.
They fear the uncertain future, and what will become of their blossoming feelings – but nothing prepares them for the danger and disaster about to overwhelm their lives. A shocking kidnapping leads to tragedy and suddenly Henry and Archie are thrust into a dramatic fight against an unknown enemy. They must fight not only be together, but to also save the company Henry has been groomed to run his entire life.
In this book, it wasn’t clear where Henry Walker and Archie Banks were a couple. I would argue that they had a professional and a sexual relationship, maybe even a friendship but there didn’t seem to be an actual romantic relationship. After experiencing Matt and Evan’s relationship in their series, my expectations of Tere Michael’s books are really high because I have experienced the magic she can deliver. Henry and Archie didn’t quite invoke those kinds of feelings.
Archie was Henry Walker’s chauffeur and Archie’s family worked for the Walker family in various capacities. Henry was the heir to his father’s business, WalkCom International and his father treated him quite coldly. For most of the book Archie lacked a backbone or any sort of personality outside of his brief interactions with Archie.
When Henry, his father Normal, his father’s best friend David were kidnapped, Archie was the main suspect since he was the driving the car.
Honestly, this story suffered from underdeveloped characters. I didn’t understand what was truly driving each character, what they were about and what molded them. I thought it was sad how everyone was coddling Henry, specifically the house servants, when he is a grown man. Instead Archie was the one I found compelling. He wanted more out of life and he worked towards it. Archie was the one who worked to figure out the mystery behind the kidnapping of Henry even though he isn’t in law enforcement. Even though this mystery was very predictable, I wanted to know more about the kidnapper’s motives.
Overall, I would say this book was just average.