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Series: True Gentlemen #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 4, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
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!