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Series: True Gentlemen #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November 3, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
Daniel Banks is a man of the cloth whose vocation is the last comfort he has left–and even his churchman’s collar is beginning to feel like a noose. In an attempt to start his life over, Daniel accepts the post of vicar in Haddondale, a position supported by the Earl of Haddonfield. There Daniel meets Lady Kirsten Haddonfield, to whom life has also dealt multiple unkind blows. Daniel’s interest is piqued by Kirsten’s unsentimental attitude toward her misfortunes, and by the kind-heartedness the lady keeps well hidden. Kirsten is much taken with Mr. Banks and his genuine compassion for others, despite his own troubles. When Providence intervenes, and Daniel and Kirsten can become engaged, their happiness seems complete…. though every garden has at least one nasty, sly, determined serpent.
An engaging story about two people, beaten down by life, who upon meeting each other begin to feel just a little less lonely in this cruel world. Kirsten is sharp-tongued and has resigned herself to spinsterhood because of it. Daniel’s previous marriage wiped the vivacity and love of life right out of him. It isn’t until Daniel’s sister inadvertently brings these two lost souls together that Daniel and Kirsten begin to find a spark of life left inside them.
Two broken betrothals has left Kirsten Haddonfield more than a little prickly towards others. Her motto: brush them off first before they get too close to hurt you. She is quick-witted and sharp-tongued, hardly the first pick for gentlemen at a ball. Her situation is made worse by an impending visit to London for her sister’s come-out. Meeting Daniel begins to soften Kirsten, but there is a dark secret Daniel keeps lying just below the surface that will put their love to the test.
When readers meet Daniel, he is beaten down and ready to give up on everything, even his profession as a clergyman – the one thing he once felt truly passionate about. Yet it’s easy to sympathize with a hero who readers can easily see is still compassionate and kind. A perfect match for the heroine! Indeed, when Daniel and Kirsten meet, it’s like two halves of a whole coming together. Each can see through the other’s mask of grouchiness and complacency to the true person hiding underneath.
Daniel’s secret (which I won’t give away here) brings a sense of urgency and bittersweetness to Daniel and Kirsten’s relationship and provides much of the physical and emotional tension. An intense, but imminently satisfying read – I highly recommend checking out DANIEL’S TRUE DESIRE as well as any other book by the phenomenal Grace Burrowes!