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To Do:Swim naked in the moonlightPlay in a high stakes card gameRide an elephantBe painted sans clothing.Take a lover…Lucy Merryweather has inherited a fortune—and her great-aunt’s list of unfulfilled wishes. What better way to honor her memory than by accomplishing as many of them as possible? And with Lucy’s family an ocean away in New York, nothing stands in her way—ifTo Do:Swim naked in the moonlightPlay in a high stakes card gameRide an elephantBe painted sans clothing.Take a lover…Lucy Merryweather has inherited a fortune—and her great-aunt’s list of unfulfilled wishes. What better way to honor her memory than by accomplishing as many of them as possible? And with Lucy’s family an ocean away in New York, nothing stands in her way—if one ignores the private investigator hired to spy on her.Yet Cameron Effington is infuriatingly difficult to ignore…As a reporter, Cameron is always looking for a good story. An American heiress running rampant between Millworth Manor and Mayfair is the perfect subject. Not to mention captivating. And extremely kissable. And if Lucy believes he’s a detective? Well, the truth should never get in the way of a good story—or hinder delicious, impetuous passion…...

Title : The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress
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The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress Reviews

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    2019-05-14 21:04

    3.3 stars"Have you ever kissed a woman with a mustache, Mr. Fairchild?" She fluttered her lashes at him."Not that I can recall. And certainly never deliberately.""What a shame that you missed your opportunity then." She smirked and turned toward the door."I do hate to miss an opportunity." He grabbed her, pulled her into his arms, and stared down at her. "Miss Merryweather." Before she could protest he pressed his lips to hers. For a moment she hesitated, then kissed him back, hard and with a great deal of fervor. At last she pulled away and gazed up at him."If that is how you intend to chastise me in the future, Mr. Fairchild"---her voice was breathless and she made no move to leave his embrace---"I cannot promise to restrain from activities you find objectionable.""You are driving me mad, Miss Merryweather.""Then I have accomplished more than I expected this evening."With a larger page count than average, 378, I enjoyed the non-rushed feeling of the story (well, the romance felt a bit rushed). Seriously, I miss the longer books of old! Our hero and heroine don't actually meet until around 20% in, which doesn't bother me but may for some. Our heroine, Lucy, is the more flushed out character and I enjoyed the set-up of her having to complete a bucket list of sorts that her great aunt had written up for herself but never got to do. The adventures and Lucy's attitude wonderfully stayed away from overly precocious miss and eye-rolling situations. Does the whole thing fall under side-eyeing historically accurate, oh yes, but for the most part, I was willing to roll with it. There was an interesting juxtaposition of Lucy being extremely nervous during the adventures while completing them and her friends thinking her extremely bold and unconventional, I wish this had been focused on more. The adventures were a little short for me; I could have stood for them to be longer and drawn out as I enjoyed this aspect of the story.Our hero, Cameron, was a bit less charismatic. Don't get me wrong, the dynamics between him and Lucy were refreshingly different, with Lucy being the more compelling force and Cameron being befuddled by her and generally trying to keep up with her the whole story. I don't know if Cameron got overshadowed by Lucy or if his character simply wasn't there. The lying by omission and quite frankly, wimpy avoidance of finally telling her the truth did him no favors in my eyes, either. I'm typically a hero-centric reader, so you may want to take that into account when regarding my rating. While I enjoyed Lucy's adventures, I felt the romance fell short. The one-on-one interactions between Lucy and Cameron weren't that long and the emotion ended up missing for me. It wasn't until the last 100 or so pages that I started to get the vibes from them; this is when they started to interact more. Cameron shows up with a pretty great romantic scene but then they both dissolve into pretty immature characters, set-up I guess to stretch out the angst more. Their dialogue and actions, however, ended up feeling inauthentic to the previous way the author had written them; Lucy comes off pretty petulant. The grand ending scene actually fell quite a bit short for me compared to the previous romantic one.This is 5th in a series but thankfully, I didn't have a problem feeling lost. There were secondary characters that obviously had previous or will have previous stories told but they only added to the story and I'm going to be on the look-out for some that intrigued me. The author has a charm to her writing and her characters have dialogue and scenes that are the reason people read romance but they were cut too short here and the story meandered a couple times. The story was a pretty clean read except for one bedroom scene, which our heroine acts extremely modern for. This kept me reading and I found myself charmed many times but the recipe was still a wee bit off. I've read this author before and this book encouraged me to keep trying her.

  • Cee (The Mistress Case)
    2019-05-20 19:02

    I received a free ARC from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review. These are my opinions and mine alone.On the day Lucinda turns twenty-one, she also turns into an heiress when she gains access to her fortune. However, her aunt, who Lucinda was named after, leaves behind more than a fortune. She leaves a book of regrets— challenges and dares she never had the courage to take on because they are considered improper and scandalous in society’s eyes. Now close to the age of twenty-four, Lucinda combines her aunt’s list with her own and sets out on the journey of a lifetime, an adventure that very well may ruin a lady’s reputation and break her heart if she’s not too careful.The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress isn’t at all a bad story. It’s quite humorous and lighthearted, and not full of that round-and-round angst that goes nowhere. However, the idea of the story is far more exciting and attractive than the content. Don’t get me wrong. There is no rest for the brilliant ideas and events that Victoria Alexander write, but the brilliance doesn’t shine when everything is rushed, causing the grand quest to lose its spark, the romance to be contrived, and the hero and heroine to be both distasteful.What sounded and started out as a promising book went downhill as soon as I was no less than 100 pages in.These “adventures” that Lucy embarks aren’t all that fun and exhilarating and come off as unreal when she isn’t concerned about getting caught and her thrill and triumph are nonexistent. On her adventures, the experiences are underwhelming and disappointing because they focus more on people’s insights of her. Cameron, in particular. After a while, I began to believe the adventures are excuses to flaunt Lucy.Which leads me to point out: while Lucy is an amusing and chirpy heroine to follow, I received little encouragement to care about her, especially when the author never fails to remind me how interesting and impressive Lucy is— she has such a good sound of character, she has personality and ambitions, she’s very clever and clever and clever, she can be “reckless” but not “impulsive,” she’s kind and doesn’t judge, she wants to be independent and the desire is oh so ahead of her times, everyone who meets Lucy instantly like hers. There are plenty of dialogues and descriptions that are repetitive; as if the author is afraid I’ll forget how likable, unique, honorable, and intelligent Lucy is.I’m not saying Lucy doesn’t have flaws because she does. She’s naïve, trusts too easily, and is conceited about her belief that she doesn’t make errors in her judgments. She’s quick to jump to conclusions that all men are sexist and even women she’s acquainted with don’t think females can’t take care of themselves and . . . she is quick to convince she’s an exception. However, these flaws are displayed more as assets to why people like her and less as flaws. Lucy is rather too bold and naïve for me to consider her actions believable because she’s obviously been sheltered her whole life AND more importantly, she’s an inexperienced innocent. She prides on being rational, but she is not the least bit rational and is terribly stupid, arrogant, and stubborn to the end of exhaustion. Take flight or fight? It’s whatever pride decides. Her lack of self-preservation is astonishing. Her failure to think sensibly but not come up with useful thoughts is mind-boggling. Her self-assurance is a brick wall I couldn’t wait to break down because everyone knows there’s no sense talking to a brick wall. Bottom fact: there really isn’t a real risk for Lucy because she has no fear, and without stakes, it results in readers having scarcely any fear and support for wanting to see the heroine succeed.On the other hand, I enjoyed Lucy and can relate to the reality that a person of small statue and lively disposition shouldn’t be underestimated. That’s about it. About halfway through, I became annoyed with her and gave up on liking her. Let me rant about this: (view spoiler)[There is this scene where Lucy plans to confront the publisher of Cadwellender’s Daily Messenger . . .“I’ve spent my entire life allowing events to unfold as it were. I’m not going to sit around and wait to see what happens next. This is my future at stake, after all.” Lucy thought for a moment. “I simply want to make sure he understands that should my name become connected with his paper’s stories, I will be very, very, very angry.”. . . and threaten and bribe him. What the actual fuck? She’s going to make things worse. She’ll probably be the ONLY American Heiress to confront him about this and then what? He’ll definitely know for certain that the fictitious character is her because what other American will go to great lengths? She’s so fucking stupid, I swear. The man is making money off your adventures and he doesn’t need to know it. How much can you offer him that will be greater than how much he makes off your story and if he reveals your secret?And let’s not forget that Cameron accompanied her. WHY DID IT NOT CROSS HER MIND ONCE THAT HE WAS THE WRITER OR MAYBE AT LEAST TIED TO THE WRITER? I can’t believe for one second that any decent human being wouldn’t have suspected Cameron and guessed his identity. He is the only other person who’s capable of knowing so many details about Lucy’s adventures and this is what makes the American woman stupid because she didn’t figured it out when she had every reason to suspect him. (hide spoiler)]For me, not liking a heroine is worse than hating a hero. I can overlook the worst heroes in the world as long as I still root for the heroine’s happiness. As I already mentioned, I found it difficult to root for Lucy. Hence, seemingly there is no effect on my desire to root for the hero either.Cameron is not by far the worst deceitful and self-serving hero I’ve met, but he is a different kind of idiot who drags out the deception and takes miscommunication to a whole new level. Mistaken identity? “Oh, let me just assume this identity you gave me.” Fabricating stories on the spot? “I can do that! I’m a writer and I need to prove myself.” Tell the truth before someone else reveals my lies? “No. Let’s wait it out until it’s too late. I don’t want you to hear the truth from me so my betrayal can be bigger. I need you as furious as you can be with my manipulation.”You, sir, can go— Bleep. Bleep. Bleep. Bleep.Essentially, my main problems with The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress are the underwhelming adventures and the characters, which I had no connection with or care for whatsoever. I generally don’t mind pathetic characters and can accept drama with grace, but sometimes enough is enough and I can’t stand the drama in this book nor its characters because 1) There is no character growth, 2) Lucy's full personality is established matter-of-factly the moment we meet her and then the rest of the book is spent reminding me how amazing she is, 3) The actions and consequences are too convenient, and 4) I don’t see the point of this book. The drama, the romance, the story drags out like how I will drag my spoiled four-year-old niece away from the toy aisle. And speaking of romance, I repeat: I didn’t fall for it. There is no chemistry between the hero and heroine.Cameron isn’t the only one who needs to keep up with his role. There is Clara, and although I won’t go into details about her identity, I will say I knew it was suspicious that Lucy and Clara hit it off and got on amazingly. By the end, out of everyone and everything, Clara was the only character I could tolerate.The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress is a fluffy and not-so-adventurous read, with a ending too blandly sweet for my liking. (view spoiler)[I will, however, applaud Lucy for walking away from Cameron and throwing funny, snide remarks at him. Also, I will slap her for "the chase.” Typical. She returned to him. I think this gif perfectly describes her. (hide spoiler)]If you want a romantic, steamy, super fun, and truly adventurous read that is slightly similar to The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress, I would highly recommend Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean.The review can also be found at The Mistress Case.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Desi
    2019-05-07 13:48

    The writing was good, if a bit repetitive. That 'great-aunt’s list of regrets' was mentioned way too many times, and by the end I was so tired of reading the word 'regret'. We really didn't need to be reminded of the list every three pages. Yes, we know it was the impetus for all this. Move on already. I quite liked most scenes with appearances and descriptions of the extended families. The quest itself was rather childish. Heroine was naive, seemed younger than the 24 years assigned to her and a bit TSTL despite how often characters adamantly declared her to be intelligent. They kept talking about her diabolical brain, I'm not sure where they got that idea. Her plan and actions were based on the wishes of someone long dead, there's nothing diabolical about being unoriginal. Hero was adequate. Lucy's bedroom acrobatics were also a bit brash and unlikely for her first experience. In other news, I absolutely loved the romantic gesture/gift near the end with the cute scene where the animal delivered some rather pert phrases. The closing scene on stage was cleverly done too. Finally, on to my most pressing question.... Can you do 'Blackface' with Indians? Or does it not count as offensive because it's similar to a fake tan? Ah questions questions. I was indeed mildly taken aback at that skin darkening aspect. I'll leave it to those who know to determine how insensitive it was to have a rich white blonde painting herself brown while wearing traditional Indian garb as a lark. Obviously the author's intent wasn't to offend, that I definitely am not saying, but... to dye is rather iffy. This kind of well-intentioned obliviousness is what one points to when talking about inherent racism. You're literally using a people's native garb and coloring yourself as a joke. I don't agree with race as a costume.

  • Artemiz
    2019-05-19 17:45

    The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress by Victoria Alexander is another wonderful historic romance novel, that has wonderful story, and even more wonderful characters.This time we follow Lucy Merryweather and Cameron Effington. Lucy has come to England to let her never-to-be fiancé go and to try to carry out her great aunt's regrets. So she stays in London, in company of Clara West, and together they try to do as many things as possible from the list of things that Lucy's great aunt regretted never doing on her lifetime. Cameron is the youngest son of a Effington family and he's also writing in Daily Messenger under Cameron Fairchild name. On one family dinner his father presents him with ultimatum - either he becomes a serious writer for serious news paper or writes a book, or he quits his silly little hobby. Cameron takes the challenge and goes to hunt an idea for his next article for the paper and for the book.So one is looking for a daring things to do and other is looking for a thrilling idea and a muse. They meet, she jumps to conclusions, he's not correcting her. They get closer and closer and do all kinds of things together and it's really fun to follow them. But then inevitably Lucy finds out who Cameron really is and ... it's not that kind of book where the heroine starts to sulk ... her mother and brothers come to get her from England.This story was so fun and so fascinating to read. The characters in the story are so normal and so interesting. I really enjoyed every minute of it.A good read!

  • Kimia Safavi
    2019-04-23 19:49

    dazzling and DelightfulVictoria Alexander's writing is dazzling , fabulous and delightful. I really enjoyed reading this book.Lucy Merryweather is an heiress who inherited a fortune and a list of unfulfilled wishes from her great aunt, when fate handed Lucy the chance she had assumed lost forever( her long-time fiance fell in love with another woman)Lucy decides to accomplish as many as those wishes possible.Her family an ocean away in America , she is free and independent with a companion a few years older than her.Cameron Effington, the young son of the Duke and Duchess of Roxborough is a reporter who is looking for a good story, when by chance he learns about the American heiress on her own in London, he finds his muse and the perfect story to write.I loved Lucy from the previous book " The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding" she is beautiful, intelligent, sweet and witty. I love how she fulfills her great aunt's wishes and enjoys her little adventure. She is an adorable and fun heroine.Cameron is a charming and protective hero, although he hides the truth from Lucy and keeps failing to admit his ruse, still he is a great hero. I love the ending, it is a wonderful, fun and romantic ending.Thank you Victoria Alexander for writing fantastic books.

  • Laura
    2019-04-25 17:53

    I thought the basic plot of a young women fulfilling her great aunt's bucket list was interesting, but this book was a lot better in theory than in actuality. My biggest problem with it was definitely Cameron - I thought he was totally insufferable. I don't think he actually saw anything wrong with using Lucy's life as plot for his stories, and I also thought he was very condescending towards her. I liked Lucy better than I liked Cameron, but she was a bit annoying at times. Clara was definitely my favorite character in the book, but she couldn't save it for me. I think I would have enjoyed this book if Cameron had just been more likable. Received from NetGalley.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-15 16:46

    This book was a 3 star book for me. It had an interesting concept, but it didn't really draw me in like I'd hoped it would. The characters addressed each other by name way too much, especially at the beginning, and the unfolding of the relationship between Lucy and Cameron didn't make that much sense to me. It was an okay read and very light, but I think more could have been done with the concept.

  • Swanangel15's Book Review
    2019-05-08 12:40

    This was a nice book, but it did not live up to my expectations. The last two books in the series that I read which are The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride (which was my first book ever by Victoria Alexander) and The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding. Those two books were amazing and this one left me wanting.Lucy Merryweather engagement has finally broken from her fiance of many years. They both knew, deep down, that they did not wish to marry each other and that they were just following their parents wishes. While her ex-fiance celebrates his freedom by going off on his own adventure, Lucy decides to go on one of her own.Armed with a list od adventures she inherited from her great-aunt as well as her fortune, Lucy has set out to finish what her great-aunt did not even got a chance to start. She was able to accomplish a few things on the list until her guard dog was discovered.Thinking that her fun was about to be spoilt, Lucy makes a deal with her guard dog. She will allow him to tag along with her on her exploits if he agrees not to interfere with them.Surprisingly, her guard dog agrees but as Lucy gets to observe her guard, the more she notices that he does not appear to be what he claims to be. Soon Lucy has another reason for keeping him close and that is to figure out just what her guard really wants from her.Cameron Effington has been given an ultimatum. It's either he uses his talent and write an entire book or he must give up his job working for a paper that is considered to publish nothing but gossip. Cameron rises to the challenge, but the only problem is, he has no idea what he is going to write his book about.Inspiration comes when a friend of his tells him of an American who has decided to complete a list that her great-aunt has left in her care. Ironically, Cameron and his friend came up with an interesting title for the book "The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress". Isn't that a coincidence?In order to get the material needed to write his book, Cameron has taken to following the American around. His plan ceased to work when he was forced to reveal himself to his muse. Looking at her from far away and seeing her up close was shocking for Cameron that he had momentarily turned mute in the face of Miss Merryweather's beauty.Beautiful or not, Cameron is saddened that he would not be able to observe Miss Merryweather anymore until a case of mistaken identity gives him the perfect excuse to see all her exploits up close and in person.Now Cameron has all the materials he needs in order to complete his book, but something stops him from telling Lucy the truth of who he really is. Maybe he was enjoying her company or he was developing feelings for her but whatever it was, Cameron knew that he did not want the adventure to end.Would Lucy ever find out Cameron's real identity? Would Cameron confess all he has done? Or would the secret find another way of coming out? Find out in the fifth installment of the Millworth Manor Series, The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress.(Sigh) I have no idea what to say about this book except that I was not as entertained as I would have liked to be. The title had so much promise as well as the description, but the book was found to be a bit lacking in the romance department as well as a lack of adventure.Lucy, I am sorry to say, I did not like her. She claimed that she hid her intelligence by acting nieve, but it seemed to me that she was not acting at being nieve at all. Lucy kept saying she wanted to do these "adventures" because it was finally time that she did something by herself without someone else telling her what to do. If did not seem that way since she was technically taking advice from her grand-aunt through her list.Lucy also has a bad habit of repeating herself over and over again. She kept repeating why she was doing what she was doing, how clever she was and how she was a grown woman and she did not need anyone to look after her; when clearly she did. I skipped quite a bit of dialog since I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again.Cameron, on the other hand, was much worse. He sounded like a broken record and for once I did not like the hero in the book very much. His motivation was nothing but for selfish reasons and he knew that. Worse yet, everyone was telling him that he had to tell Lucy of his deception, but he kept putting it off until it was too late.I was really looking forward to enjoying this book, but the book was not believable for me. Lucy became good friends with her companion on the first day they met by babbling on and hardly making any sense. Then she easily accomplished a bunch of things on the list without breaking a sweat and she realized that Cameron was not who he say is was but yet she kept him around.This book gave me a headache and I was so hoping for the book to pick up at the end, but it did not. I was confused at the end since I do not speak Shakespeare, so I ended the book confused on how they got back together. (I still am).Also the book could have finished much sooner but it seemed as if it was dragged on to create some drama, and there was some, just not good enough drama. I just did not enjoy this book as much as I would have liked too.All author have books that are not up-to-par with all of their other books and this was one of them for Victoria Alexander and I hope she recovers and comes back with a bang.HAPPY READING!

  • MelodyMay (What I'm Reading)
    2019-05-14 12:44

    Posted on What I'm ReadingOh boy, where to begin. I have been dreading to write my thoughts for sometime. First off, I do love Victoria Alexander writing. She tends to have fun plots and characters, but I just couldn't get into this story. I tried, and I hoped it would get better. However, it fell flat from my expectations. So, here we go. If you have been reading Millworth Manor books you would remember Lucy The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding. She use to be engaged to Jackson, but he ended up finding love. Now Lucy is all alone in London and she's going to make the most of this adventure. Okay, I'm all for that. You sense a but, and there is. Here we go. If you remember Lucy, she was the perfect heiress and didn't do anything wrong. She was calm and collective. Part of the reason she was like that was cause she grew up in a strict environment. What happens to a person when they have been given freedom? Yep, she goes wild, and with the help of a great-aunt's diary. Basically Lucy decides to do everything her aunt never got a chance to do. Some of the things were quite scandalous and others kind of tame. However, she's doing this in LONDON and in a way touting societal rules. She doesn't do this on purpose, but it has caught the ton attention. On some level I felt that she was acting like a spoiled child. I don't think I would have had a problem her doing the list that was created if she felt that it was more for her than her dead aunt. Then we have Cameron. He was okay. However, he was looking for his big story to prove to his father that he was a good writer. So, he happens to hear about Lucy's exploits and feels that he should check them out. He gets mistaken as a detective to keep an eye on her. He kind comes off a bit pompous, but he's trying to keep an eye out on Lucy in a cagey way. Yes, it's wrong what he does, but he admires her spirit for doing the things she does. Slowly he develops a crush on her. I thought story was a bit meh. It just didn't wow me like other stories. However, it's bound to happen. I felt a little bored at times while I was reading, and I didn't feel that Cameron and Lucy really connected romantically until the very end. Some will love this, and I just found the story okay. Will I stop reading Victoria's books? No, I still enjoy her writing. I look forward to other books. The writing was good, but I just didn't feel connected to the story. Copy provided by Zebra via NetGalley

  • Melody
    2019-05-18 18:39

    Lucy is an American with an inheritance and a list of list of regrets. Cam is the youngest son of a lord who's attempting to make his name as a writer, independent of his family's fortune. Fate, adventure, and an undeniable story throw them together. This wasn't necessarily bad book. It was fine. It just wasn't to my taste. All reviews are subjective, and I'm acknowledging that this might be even more subjective than most. I got bored. I felt like it stalled. Even the adventures didn't necessarily have sparkle and excitement behind them. There was no forward momentum. The stakes felt low and repetitive. And it felt contrived. Yes, romance novels often function on a suspension of disbelief and their own set of rules but it started to strain my credibility. And not about something big or extravagant. Just the everyday things. It took the miscommunication trope to another level. Additionally, while much of the plot felt strained beyond it's limits, there were plot bits that felt unresolved. I didn't get behind the romance. I thought I was going to be all about it. Both characters started so promising. And then Lucy kind of stalled. Everyone talked about how she grew, but that growth wasn't really evident (except her ability to forgive on the drop of a dime with no warning). And Cam lost some of his sparkle when he started going all over the place. It just felt too convenient.Thank you to Kensington Books and netgalley for a digital ARC.

  • Jessica Alcazar
    2019-05-07 18:38

    Victoria Alexander has always been able to amuse me with her story-lines. This was no exception. It was humorous and lighthearted, but it wasn't fluff either. She doesn't write 'fluff', she just writes good old fashion witty romances with HEAs :)Lucy and Cameron make for great leads in this little 'adventurous' tale! He's a reporter and she's newly 'rich' with a bucket list LOLLoved the idea of Lucy's adventures. She was painted with a great personality. She had the adventurous, but not reckless, spirit of a young woman who didn't want to conform to the ideas of the time. At the same time, she's quite predictable. As much as she is intelligent and ambitious and independent, she was also very naive and too trusting. And as much as she wasn't reckless in her adventures, she was reckless with her conclusions of people and events. THAT got a little trying at times, but the humor and wit of the story overall wins out. They were minor details you can overlook because the story was fun!ARC kindly provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley for an honest review

  • Sonya Heaney
    2019-05-07 15:41

    I LOVE the cover, LOVE the Victorian era – and really dislike the current fad of 19th century heroines completing “bucket lists”.My love for the era won out over my hesitance about the plot, and while I enjoyed some of this, it felt a little too anachronistically “Girl Power!” for me.

  • Susan
    2019-04-25 17:34

    Fun book. Lucy made her first appearance in The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding, as the non-fiancee of the hero Jackson. I really liked her there and looked forward to reading her story. When the book begins, her family has gone back to New York, leaving her in the care of Jackson's mother. What her mother doesn't know is that all the people who are supposedly in charge of Lucy have gone off on their own business, leaving Lucy very happily on her own. Jackson makes a last ditch effort to protect her reputation by insisting she hire a companion before he too goes off on his own adventures.Lucy has spent her life living up to everyone else's expectations. Now that she has her own money and is away from everyone else, she has plans of her own. She is going through her great-aunt's list of regrets and plans to do them herself, and she doesn't plan to let anyone or anything stop her. I loved her conversation with her newly hired companion and the agreement they came to. I loved Lucy's determination and her confidence that she would succeed. I did think she was a little naive about some of the risks. In spite of that, she was also really intelligent, and I loved some of her methods of accomplishing her goals.Cameron is the youngest son of the Effington family and has been searching for his own place in the world. He finally found it in working as a reporter for one of the lesser London newspapers. His father isn't too happy with his work and challenges him to take the next step. The scene at the family dinner table is pretty amusing, especially considering the straightlaced marquess is the same man in Let It Be Love, and his own story is anything but proper. Cameron takes his father's challenge, but is at a loss as to how to meet it, until he hears about the American woman and her plans. He figures he will follow he around and use her for inspiration for a series of fictional stories. However, things don't go quite as he planned.I loved their first meeting, as Lucy spots the strange man who has been following her and calls him out - after he comes to her rescue. She jumps to conclusions about who he is and he doesn't correct her, figuring it doesn't really matter. I loved seeing her talk him into helping her with her quest, and how he agrees for his own purposes. Over the next few weeks they grow closer. Cameron becomes more and more intrigued, fascinated and attracted to the young woman who is so different than anyone else he has ever known. Lucy is equally fascinated and attracted, though she is also somewhat wary. In spite of what she feels, she's certain that he is hiding something from her, and she doesn't want to give her heart where there is a lack of trust.As their adventures went on Cameron became more aware of the fact that the secrets he was keeping were liable to cause trouble once they were revealed. He knew he had to tell her, but he kept putting it off, afraid of her reaction. And the longer he waited, the harder it got, because the deeper he fell. Lucy was falling for him too, but her worries over what he was hiding kept growing. When she found out one part of his deception she was at first angry, then hurt. She kept waiting for him to confess, even as she gave him several golden opportunities. When the final confrontation came, both of them made mistakes that had me wanting to shake them both. Then pride kept them apart when they should have worked harder to listen to each other. I loved Cameron's reappearance and his methods for winning Lucy back. They were unorthodox, but because it was Lucy, they worked. I loved his big moment at the end.As usual in a Victoria Alexander book, there were quite a few laugh out loud moments. I loved Lucy's various adventures, from riding the elephant to her invasion of the gentleman's club. There were also some great scenes with Cameron and his brothers, and their opinions of what he was doing, not to mention his conversation with Lucy's four brothers at the end. I hope to see books for Cameron's brothers and Lucy's in the future.

  • ItsAboutTheBook
    2019-05-11 18:53

    Review can be read at It's About The BookThis is my absolute favorite Victoria Alexandra book! While I enjoyed the previous one, for some reason this one just struck a chord with me and I just couldn’t put it down. Loved the main character Lucy and thought that while Cameron had a weak start, he developed well throughout the book and at the end I was very pleased with him. Delightful plot and wonderful scenery–great read!Lucy Merryweather is an American who has been set loose in London for an indefinite amount of time–and I say that because the statute of limitations on when her parents find out she’s chaperone-less is questionable and probably not going to last much longer than a month. So she’s got that long to complete all the items on her Great-Aunt Lucinda’s list of regrets–things she wished she’d done in her life. She’s hired a young lady as her companion, her former fiancée Jackson is now her ex, he and his parents have left her alone in their house to travel–so she’s free. She’s got money, she’s got time, she’s in a foreign land with few who know her…you do the math. Trouble.Unbeknownst to her, a spy has been set in her midst. An uncomfortable, uneasy spy. For her companion, Clara West, is linked to a private investigator. Fortunately, Clara is planning on keeping her own counsel and not blabbing. But Cameron Effington is going to take care of that–he just needs a good idea for a story so he can convince his noble father that writing is a good career. He has to produce a book in thirty days or his career at The Daily Messenger is over. So when he stumbles upon the story at the aforementioned P.I.’s office, he smells an opportunity and ferrets out the name and location of the list-making heiress.When Lucy spots Cameron following her, she immediately assumes that her ever-protective ex-fiancee Jackson has hired a P.I. to follow her and accosts him. Seizing this as his cover, he admits to it and calls himself Cameron “Fairfield.” Of course, the Clara knows who he is but she’s in a bind–Cameron could tell Lucy that she’s ALSO connected to the P.I. and blow her job. So they both keep silent and let the charade continue…But as with all amateur actors, feelings soon develop. As Lucy and Cameron fall in love, time isn’t on their side–and neither is what he’s doing behind her back. For what would a writer, desperate for a story, do with the scandalous items on the list that he’s “helping” Lucy do? Like riding an elephant, getting painted in the nude, and taking a lover…Maybe write about them?That would definitely get her into big trouble–get her parents to hop across the pond and retrieve her before she can complete the list–and totally and completely ruin her reputation?Read it and find out.

  • Shauni
    2019-05-19 12:42

    Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and FantasyThere are just some authors whose names you see and you think, I just have to read her book. Right now Victoria Alexander is one of those. I have read some of her past books and one of the things I am enjoying is how she left the Regency Period and moved to the Victorian. I think partially because her families grew. There were new generations, new stories to tell. Of course that's just my opinion. But I will say, the dresses on the covers fit the Victorian Era much better than they do the Regency one. The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress is the latest in her Millworth Manor Series. Lucy Merryweather is the former betrothed of Jackson Quincy Graham Channing (The Shocking Secret of A Guest at the Wedding) and it takes place at the end of said Guest.. before the resolution. Lucy Merryweather was betrothed her entire life to her best friend but both of them really knew they shouldn't be married. So when Jackson fell in love with someone else, Lucy was actually thrilled. Now she has some serious money, she inherited from an aunt and a bucket list, not her own, her aunt's. But Lucy feels that if she actually does the activities prescribed she will not only be living a full life but paying back her aunt. Only thing is, she probably needs some security and the man who claims to be a bodyguard of sorts, well he can seriously help with several of the more interesting items..Cameron Effington the younger son of a Duke, Cameron has it pretty easy but his father wants more for him than just being a reporter. He wants him to fulfill his own dreams and write that book or to find more respectable employment, like working for the family. Cameron takes on a challenge to write that book but lacks inspiration. Until he hears about Lucy's quest.. he thinks she might just be the perfect muse. Only he doesn't exactly tell her what's going on. And the more he's around her the more he wants her and the more he wants her, the harder it is to tell the truth. How fun! A girl with a dream that doesn't include a man. She just wants to live a little and falling in love was never on the list. I think Lucy will touch the girl that was in a lot of readers. We can not help but see ourselves in either the aunt or Lucy or both. Dreams of adventure. Like I said a fun book. Shauni

  • Tracy Emro
    2019-05-24 16:59

    I did enjoy this book, not as much as the first three, but much more than the last book.I found this book to be a nice, easy read. Nothing emotionally draining, nothing too stupid or unbelievable happens and I never for one second doubted that Lucy and Cameron belonged together. Lucy inherited a fortune from her late aunt Lucinda (for whom she is named after) as well as a journal from her. This journal is a list of regrets that Aunt Lucinda had in her life. She doesn't insist that Lucy set her regrets to rights - but she does imply that hopes Lucy will consider it.Cameron is one of the Effington brood - Jonathan and Fiona's youngest son to be exact. He is trying to figure out what he want to do with his life and has decided that he wants to be a writer. His father is less than pleased with this decision and offers Cam a wager - he will give Cam two months to write a book and if he is successful, his father will 100% support his writing career but if he fails he quits writing for the scandalous paper he is currently working for and pursues a career that his father approves of. Cam takes the wager and turns to his friend Phineas for inspiration.Through Phineas he learns of Lucy and her quest. He believes he has found his inspiration and sets off to meet Lucy.Lucy meanwhile has decided that she is going to try and set Aunt Lucinda's regrets to right and has hired Clare (Phineas' partner) to act as her companion and regret-righter helper. This is the beginning of a mostly light hearted tale of a young woman finding herself and the love of a lifetime. The path to her HEA is not smooth and it is not without pain. But, it is fun to read and EVERYONE with the exception of Lucy is hiding something. The adventures she has are pretty tame and really show the reader what truly nice woman Lucy is. She is very agreeable after all. The ending of this book was, for me - MUCH, MUCH, MUCH better than the last book. I hope this is not the end of the series. I want to see what happens with Clare and Phineas, not to mention Beryl and Lionel. And now I want to read about Lucy's brothers and Cam's siblings! If you are looking for a not too steamy, not too complicated fun book to read - this is that book.

  • Jessi
    2019-05-13 13:57

    For those readers who hate a plot based on a Big Misunderstanding, one that would negate the whole rest of the story, I will counsel you now to run away.For those readers who have enjoyed Ms. Alexander's books in the past, I can only tell you that this book is just as wonderful as the rest of her Millworth Manor series with the addition of a tie-in to the next generation of Effingtons.Cameron, "Cam," Effington is the youngest son of Jonathon and Fiona from Let it Be Love. He is somewhat irksome to the duke, who has become somewhat more staid in his older age, since Cam insists on being a reporter for the Cadwallendar papers. And the duke has just now realized that this particular paper is a bit more controversial than he had realized. At a family dinner (setting up Cam's three brothers and sister as sequel bait), he challenges Cam to write a book (since that would be something more respectable, I guess). Which leads to Cam needing a story. Which he finds when he visits his investigator friend, Phineas. It seems that Phineas has just been engaged to keep an eye on a young, American heiress, something he is loathe to do. But Cam sees the beginnings of a serial which he can turn into a book. What he's not expecting to find is Lucy. After losing her long-time fiance to another woman (The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding), Lucy is relieved to finally be free. She can live the life she wants, starting with checking off the list of regrets her great-aung left. Luckily, her great-aunt also left her a bundle of money so Lucy has the means to do what she wants.An absolutely infuriating book in that Cam kept failing to admit his ruse, even when given the chance multiple times. And, as seems to be very popular in romances these days, there is a distressingly public denouement. But overall, I enjoyed this story. Really three and a half stars but I'm gonna round it up.

  • Kimberley
    2019-05-05 16:02

    Copy graciously provided by Net Galley. 5 Captivating, Heartfelt STARS!!!Another GLORIOUS Journey compliments of Victoria Alexander!!!!!! This is the 5th book in the Millworth Manor series and could be read stand-alone. I have read them all up-to-date, and loved each one!!! Reading Order What Happens At Christmas #1 Lord Stillwell's Excellent Engagements #1.5 The Importance of Being Wicked #2 The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride #3 The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding #4In true Victoria Alexander style, we are treated to a passionate, angsty, heart-felt journey with 2 characters that WILL captivate your heart and keep it smiling, pounding, soaring until the very end!!!!! And LOVE every second of it! Good Tears and Smiles!! Cam is the Hero and most assuredly earned that title, by the end!! The Heroine, Lucy.....We met Lucy at the end of The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding, and I was very much looking forward to her Journey!!! She was sweet, witty, sassy, brave and vulnerable!!! A beautiful addition to Cam's life. The secondary characters Phineas, Miss Clara West, Lady Beryl and respective family members injected humour, wit, and many laugh out loud moments. I think that there was no Epilogue as we may be getting more in this lovely series and I do hope it is ... well I won't say anything, don't want to ruin the suspense :) "that knowing my misdeeds have wounded you has shattered my heart" ..........SIGH!!!!

  • Pamela
    2019-05-07 20:41

    Rated 4.5 out of 5! Lucy Merryweather wants to do something for her deceased aunt who left her fortune to Lucy. When she finds a list of scandalous things her aunt once wanted to do, she seizes the opportunity. It does not take long to discover that she has a spy in her midsts. Lucy approaches him only to find out that he, Cameron Effington, is actually a private investigator.When Cameron witnesses what Lucy is about, he knows that he has his next story. He lets Lucy believe that he is a private investigator instead of a reporter so that he can get closer to her. He is taken aback when he discovers that he has fallen for his subject matter. What will Lucy do when she discovers the truth about him?Victoria Alexander is a well-known voice in the romance genre... and one that I adore. Her latest book, THE DARING EXPLOITS OF A RUNAWAY HEIRESS is really character driven. Lucy and Cameron lead a grand adventure... I read their story in one afternoon. Fans of historical romance won't want to miss THE DARING EXPLOITS OF A RUNAWAY HEIRESS. It is truly remarkable.

  • Isha Coleman
    2019-04-28 15:43

    Two individuals branching out on their own. I received an ARC of The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress by Victoria Alexander for an honest review. American Lucy's wealthy great-aunt has endowed her remaining wealth to Lucy. Lucy sees this as a way to break free and strike out on her own. She does this by trying to fulfill her great-aunt's "bucket list". Cameron Effington is seeking to make a name for himself as a reporter. Being the youngest son of a Lord is not enough, he wants to prove himself. In order to do so, Cameron passes himself off as a detective in order to keep an eye on Lucy. Along the way, an attraction blooms. What happens when all is revealed? Will Cameron and Lucy be able to make a relationship work? Victoria Alexander writes endearing characters that draw you in and manages to teach lessons along the way. I love her and would recommend this story.

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2019-04-25 20:03

    This is another fun romance from Alexander. I loved the characters. Lucy has always done what expected but for now she is free to do the unexpected. That leads to some really great laugh out loud moments.Cameron Effington is just trying to prove himself to his father. It was fun to watch him dig himself into a very deep hole. His action added to those laugh out loud moments. Lucy’s adventures and Cameron’s actions fuel the plot. The tension in the story revolves around the actions of both Lucy and Cameron. Wondering what both would do next kept me reading and laughing. The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress is a fun addition to the Millworth Manor series. If you are a Historical Romance fan and like humor in your stories check this one out.The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress is part of a series but works well as a stand-alone.

  • Marti
    2019-04-27 20:45

    The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress by Victoria Alexander is a fun read. Lucy Merryweather has a wonderful opportunity. With a little subterfuge, she has managed to be alone in London England. She has hired a companion Clara and is working on a list of things to do. The list is not hers but her great Aunt Lucinda’s List of regrets (things she always wanted to do). Cameron Effingham is looking for a story idea, a muse. He has a specific number of days to prove to his father that he can write a book. Together they are a riot together. Cameron is not totally honest with Lucy, which we all know is not a great idea and so the story gets muddled with half-truths and lies and more subterfuge. This is an enjoyable book. I was laughing out loud in a few places (even though I was in public). I love how the story unfolded as they checked off items from the list. A fun book.

  • Kelly Dunn
    2019-05-22 21:03

    I really enjoyed reading this book by Victoria Alexander. Lucy and Cameron were wonderful to get to know.. I like that Lucy was finally breaking free and coming out of the shell of propriety imposed by her family when she turned 21 and inherited her great -aunt's fortunate. She goes to England to make it right with her great -aunt who left behind a list of regrets of stuff she wasn't able to do in life. Lucy's zest for life is what draws Cameron to her even thou there were times I wanted to smack Cameron on the head for his attitude towards what women can and can't do and all of his bumbling about trying to keep Lucy safe. This was a wonderful adventure to read and I hope there are more to come! 5 stars for me!

  • Babbette
    2019-05-01 13:53

    The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress is a madcap adventure full of fun and mishaps. Cam is a Lord turned writer, pretending to be a detective. How bad can it turn out, right? Lucy is a heiress who is trying to fulfill her great aunt's list of regrets; some are as small as having a pet, others are a little more challenging, like kissing a stranger. Cam is writing fiction stories using Lucy as his muse while pretending to be a private detective sent to watch over her. Will Lucy's new love for him be able to survive finding out Cam is not what he seems? Will Cam realize that he loves her before it's to late?

  • Cail
    2019-04-25 16:47

    I greatly enjoyed Victoria Alexander's latest. I was given an advance copy to write a impartial review, and thoroughly enjoyed this story. Lucy, an American heiress is in London attempting to live out a series of adventures left to her by her great aunt. While on her adventure, she falls in love with Cam, a writer and son of a duke. Throughout the story, their game of cat and mouse entertains, as the reader continues to root for them to fall in love and have everything out in the open. I hope that some of the secondary characters get their stories told in later books!

  • Emma Norris
    2019-04-23 17:39

    This was my first book by Victoria Alexander and I loved it! I'm now going to buy the other books in this series to know the whole story from the beginning. Loved the heroine and how she stood her ground against everyone who tried to stop her from achieving her goals. Highly reccommend this book!

  • XxTainaxX
    2019-05-17 17:54

    Lucy and Cam's adventures are exciting and fun. Who knew a girl could get so much done in one town. Lucy was awesomely likeable. I'd love to be her bestie. Cam was developed well and the romance bloomed beautifully. It's definitely not one to miss!!

  • Jenni Schell
    2019-05-22 19:34

    I, truly, don't know if it is possible for me to love Victoria Alexander's books anymore than I do. I get so excited every time that I see a new one is coming out. This one did not disappoint. I loved everything about it. The characters were great and the romance was perfect.

  • LibraryDanielle
    2019-05-09 12:57

    silly and fun. I liked it

  • Nathalie DeFelice
    2019-05-16 15:54

    I really enjoyed this book, it was cleverly written, with both protagonists winning my heart. Especially Lucy, the headstrong American miss with a list of her Great Aunt's objectives that she wants to accomplish. I couldn't get enough of her character. She was witty, and strong, and didn't let herself be cowed just because someone felt it was her duty to protect her. I also couldn't get enough of Cameron, who bless his foolish little heart, is hiding a secret from this woman that he begins to care for. Aside from these two, we are introduced to a great cast of characters, all of whom I would love to see have their own stories, especially Clara. I can't wait to see what Victoria Alexander churns out next!