Author: Grace Burrowes

Divider

What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes

June 29, 2017 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace BurrowesWhat a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes
Series: MacGregors #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 7, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 407
Format: eBook
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
three-half-stars
To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees to her family's estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan's marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping...

WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS is the fourth in the MacGregors series, featuring Lady Joan Flynn (from book #2) and Dante Hartwell.  I recommend reading the other books in the series before beginning this one as there are many characters featured in this book whose backstories are somewhat necessary to fully enjoy this book.

Joan is passionate about designing clothes and is searching for a way to make a living from her dreams, despite her aristocratic lineage and the demands that come with it.

Dante expects loyalty, but he’s not afraid to get down and dirty either.  He unapologetic about his industrialist ways and comes to Joan’s rescue hen she needs it most.

Joan believes someone took advantage of her while she was intoxicated (not my favorite plot line) and requires a husband quickly.  Dante obliges and their romance builds slowly.  One of the interesting twists is that even after Joan and Dante come together, Joan is unable to find her release until she comes clean about her secret.

The blackmail plot was a little convoluted and confusing at times, but the book as a whole was an enjoyable holiday read.

Divider

Daniel’s True Desire by Grace Burrowes

November 3, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Daniel’s True Desire by Grace BurrowesDaniel's True Desire by Grace Burrowes
Series: True Gentlemen #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November 3, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars
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!

Divider

The Duke and His Duchess / The Courtship by Grace Burrowes

September 8, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Duke and His Duchess / The Courtship by Grace BurrowesThe Duke and His Duchess / The Courtship by Grace Burrowes
Series: The Windam Series #0.6
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 1, 2015
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
three-stars
THE COURTSHIP
The first novella to be published by New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes features the foundation story for her bestselling Windham series. This is the tender story of love tested and won, and how Percy Windham, the dashing and brilliant man who was never supposed to become the Duke of Moreland, wooed Esther Himmelfarb, the amazing lady who became his beloved Duchess.

THE DUKE AND HIS DUCHESS
In this second prequel novella to the popular Windham series, Grace Burrowes continues the story of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland through the tumultuous and bittersweet first years of marriage and parenthood. Percival Windham is a second son and cavalry officer when he weds the beautiful Esther Himmelfarb. Percy and Esther must grow into the nobility they've been resisting and stand together, or face the threat of destroying their young family and the beautiful love that started out with such promise...

THE COURTSHIP

Esther Himmelfarb, a woman without a fancy title or substantial dowry but with suitable connections, is invited to a three-week house party as a last minute substitute to keep numbers even.  She is used to feeling second-class at these functions and has long since stopped worrying about every little word or action.  She isn’t there to land a rich husband like the other ladies, so Esther is quit content to assist the servants and escape to a quick nook to read and relax.  She certainly doesn’t expect to gain the interest and attentions of Percival Windham, a rich and titled gentleman recently returned from Canada who is the “one to catch” at this particular party.  Percival is intrigued by Esther’s open, honest, and humble nature.  It’s quickly obvious to him that she isn’t like the other scheming, conniving ladies in the house and when he makes an effort to get to know her, he finds his initial interest turning into something much more serious.

Esther is quite practical and enjoys learning about the world and people around her.  She knows she is not destined for some great society marriage and this attitude makes it easy to talk to Percy when he approaches her for conversation.  The two hit it off right away and Esther is quickly pulled into a friendship with Percy and his brother Anthony, two rakes desperate to escape the clawing clutches of the other marriage-minded females desperate to land a titled husband.

THE DUKE AND HIS DUCHESS

Ever wonder what happens after “happily ever after?”  When kids show up?  When couples get older and begin losing friends and family?  Courtship is always exciting, but how do couples keep the foundation – that love and trust – strong during the hard times?  These are just some of the themes explored in THE COURTSHIP.  In this novella, readers are taken five years into Esther and Percy’s future.  They are raising several children, are learning to live without Percy’s mother, and Esther may even been battling postpartum depression.  This is definitely not your typical romance novel fare, but on the other hand I thought that’s part of what made this novella special.  We get to see Esther and Percy working at their actual marriage.  Because as any married person can tell you, that’s the hard part of any relationship!  So when an ex-mistress (or two!) shows up with a child in tow, even more troubles are added to Esther and Percy’s life.

Neither of these novellas were what I would call “typical regency fare.”  Yes, both are historical romances set in the regency period, but Ms. Burrowes tackles some very serious topics in these novellas – especially in THE DUKE AND HIS DUCHESS.  But frankly, the serious subject matter just made these novellas stand out from the crowd and I enjoyed reading something different for a change.  That said, while these novellas could be read as stand-alones, I think it would be best if new readers read the other novels in the Windham series before picking these up.  Characters and their stories make much more sense if you read the other novels first since this fills in a lot of backstory.  But these two novellas were quite enjoyable too.

Divider

Tremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes

August 11, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Tremaine’s True Love by Grace BurrowesTremaine's True Love by Grace Burrowes
Series: True Gentlemen #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 4, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars
He's had everything he could ever want...until now
Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.

Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren't for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives-protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita's heart.

Though many see her as firmly “on the shelf,” Lady Bernita (“Nita”) Haddonfield bucks tradition to provide eagerly-sought medical care to anyone who requires her services, be they a lofty society mama or a gin-soaked drunkard.  Nita works herself to the bone to provide the poor with adequate medical care while the town doctor leaves them to rot.  Her workaholic tendencies are shared by Tremaine St. Michael, an enterprising businessman looking to purchase the rare merino sheep Nita’s brother is trying to get rid of.  Sparks fly immediately between Nita and Tremaine, but they must both learn to make compromises if their relationship is to survive.

What a wonderful story!  I love Grace Burrowes work and with very good reason – her ability to craft a tale that absorbs a reader is uncanny and her books are populated by a veritable cast of complex and engaging characters.  I’m so glad this will be a series since I can’t wait to see what happens to Nita’s sisters and friends.

The romance between Nita and Tremaine runs on a deeply emotional level, the intimacy connecting on the intellectual plane before moving to something more physical.  Nita and Tremaine are made for each other; both are workaholics who need to learn to slow down and take care of themselves, but they are also champions of the poor (especially Nita) and aware of how they may use their position in society to give to those less fortunate.

The complex family relationships bring a whole other layer to this engaging plot and provides some of the drama and conflict between Nita and Tremaine.  I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and eagerly await Ms. Burrowes’ next book in the series!

Divider

The Duke’s Disaster by Grace Burrowes

April 10, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 2 ★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Duke’s Disaster by Grace BurrowesThe Duke's Disaster by Grace Burrowes
Series: True Gentlemen #0
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 7, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
three-stars
Noah Winters, Earl of Anselm, spent months sorting and courting the year's crop of debutantes in search of an ideal bride. When the sweet, biddable young thing he selected accepts another's proposal, Noah decides to court her companion instead.

Thea Collins, though, is anything but biddable. She has learned the hard way that men are not to be trusted, especially the handsome ones. When she reluctantly accepts, Noah rushes Thea to the altar before she can reveal her deepest secret. Can she finally move on from her past, or will it come back to haunt her?

This is not your typical romance novel.  Instead, the reader is presented with a heroine who is “second-choice” and a hero who is not very kind or passionate towards his new bride.  Not exactly a winning formula.  But Ms. Burrowes manages to turn this luke-warm mess into an engaging novel that makes for several hours of fun reading.

When Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, is suddenly rejected by the young miss he has been courting all season, he immediately proposes to her companion, Lady Thea.  Noah isn’t exactly what Thea had in mind for her ideal groom, but her family’s dwindling finances and a younger sister to care for spur Thea into accepting Noah’s proposal.

A large cast of secondary characters keep the plot moving forward at a clipped pace and provide a sounding board for Noah and Thea as they begin toward creating a true marriage from the business transaction originally proposed.

I thought THE DUKE’S DISASTER was more true-to-life than most romance novels when it comes to the romance.  Noah and Thea both have familial obligations that must be managed, their marriage is a mutually-convenient business arrangement, and there are a multitude of moral and legal quandaries that must be dealt with along the way that reflect the societal mind-set of the time period.

I enjoyed watching Noah and Thea’s love develop as they got to know the other.  From first flutter of feelings to full-blown passionate love, their familial loyalty, strength, and compassion shines through.

However, I did knock the rating down for (Trigger warning!!) View Spoiler » I also knocked the rating down for what seemed like a very rushed ending.

Overall, another good read from Grace Burrowes.  Wonderful characters, engaging plot that develops at a good pace, and a mystery that has you turning page after page to find out what happens next.

Divider