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"A dazzling debut brimming with passion, romance, and wit." —Sophia Nash, RITA ward-winning author of Secrets of a Scandalous Bride
An earl who can’t be bribed...
Gayle Windham, earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the duke of Moreland. To escape his father’s inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper...
A lady who can’t be protected...
Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle Windham that she works as his housekeeper.
As the two draw closer and begin to lose their hearts to each other, Anna’s secrets threaten to bring the earl’s orderly life crashing down—and he doesn’t know how he’s going to protect her from the fallout...
"A luminous and graceful erotic Regency…a captivating love story that will have readers eagerly awaiting the planned sequels."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Burrowes’ outstanding debut is a witty, sensual, Regency romance featuring complex characters who ring to to the time period, leaving readers saying huzzah!" — Booklist (starred review)
Burrowes debuts with a luminous and graceful erotic Regency. The earl of Westhaven is determined to avoid his father's marital machinations by remaining in sweltering London while Society departs for the country. Westhaven takes great pleasure in his well-run household until his new housekeeper, Anna Seaton, mistakes his intentions toward a chambermaid and knocks him flat with a fireplace poker. Anna is too educated and polished to have been born to service, but she makes a tender nurse. As their affections grow, Westhaven believes he's found a candidate for marriage who would please him and satisfy his father, but Anna refuses Westhaven's proposal. Her hidden background contains ugly obligations, and she's determined to keep outrunning them even as he tries to change her mind. Burrowes turns familiar tropes into a refreshing and captivating love story that will have readers eagerly awaiting the planned sequels.
Really enjoyed this one
Really enjoyed this story. The last few chapters were a bit drawn out and infuriating. But I got my HEA. The storyline characters as a whole though were well developed. I liked them and felt invested in them.
One note though: I have read a ton of historical fiction. And when I question titles or the not, I have googled them more than once. I have learned a lot from these searches and have a few pet peeves because of them. 1. Marquis is not as common as Marquess. This was only used twice but why marquis? That’s typically only for French or Scottish lords. Most English lords of that rank go by Marquess. 2. Why all the your grading by family members? Typically peers may address dukes as “duke” or duchesses as “duchess”. Especially children of said duke and duchess. Especially those who love each other as this family loved each other. So for me, the formality of all the “his grace”ing was distractingly. Especially since it didn’t seem to be done in a tongue and cheek or condescending manner.
But overall, it’s a good story with a happy, albeit drawn out, ending.
Loved it but....
I really loved this book but it did feel like it was a tad bit dragging more towards middle end. What I didn't like the most was that the ending felt a bit rushed and the epilogue was extremely short. It felt like the author must have thought; ok this happened, make it sound romantic and boom done! I would have given it a 5 star if it wasn't for that. I always believed you are your own critic, and I would recommend this book but with just a warning that the ending is short lived.
This book dragged. Lots of side characters and a plot that took forever to get to the point.