"Grace Burrowes is terrific." —Julia Quinn, NYT bestselling author of the Bridgerton series
An earl who can't be bribed
A lady who can't be protected
A blooming romance that can't be denied.
Gayle Windham, Earl of Westhaven, is the dutiful heir to the Duke of Moreland. Tired of the price of nobility and his father's unrelenting pressure to marry, he escapes to his London townhouse for the summer, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper. Anna Seaton is a talented, educated woman…so what is she doing here?
As the two begin to lose their hearts, 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…
What people are saying about the best Regency romances by the master of her craft:
"Burrowes's fresh, gorgeous writing held me riveted from start to finish."—MEREDITH DURAN
"Luminous and graceful…a refreshing and captivating love story."—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Outstanding…a witty, sensual Regency romance."—Booklist Starred Review
"Tons of intrigue, searing seduction, and wonderful humor…a must-read for fans of Georgette Heyer." —Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
"Enchanting."—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
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.
This book was pretty good, but just seemed to plod along. I could put it down for several days without difficulty.
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.