Book 3 of True Gentlemen, Grace Burrowes’ gorgeous new Regency series.
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes comes another sparkling Regency romance filled with desire and drama
It's a dog's life...
Will Dorning, as an earl's spare, has accepted the thankless duty of managing his rambunctious younger siblings, though Will's only true companions are the dogs he's treasured since boyhood. When aristocratic London is plagued with a series of dognappings, Will's brothers are convinced that he's the only person who can save the stolen canines from an awful fate.
But the lady's choice...
Shy, bookish Lady Susannah Haddonfield has no patience with loud, smelly beasts of any species, but must appear to like dogs so as not to offend her sister's only marital prospect. Susannah turns to Will, an acquaintance from her most awkward adolescent years, to teach her how to impersonate a dog fancier. Will has long admired Susannah, though he lacks the means to offer for her, and yet as they work together to rescue the purloined pets, it's loyal, dashing Will who steals Susannah's heart.
True Gentlemen series:
Tremaine’s True Love (Book 1)
Daniels’ True Desire (Book 2)
Will’s True Wish (Book 3)
Praise for Tremaine’s True Love:
[A] fast-paced love story with nuances of humor and poignancy, astute dialogue, passion and sensuality”.—RT Book Reviews, 4 _ Stars, Top Pick!
“Burrowes’s first True Gentlemen Regency is as thoughtful as it is romantic...The protagonists are brilliantly drawn, with plenty of romantic drama and witty repartee.” —Publishers Weekly
another solid installment in the series
The spare to the heir, Will seems to have a life that is all the drudgery of the earldom without many of the benefits. Acting as virtual bodyguard and factotum to the Earl, he also is wrangling his younger brothers, searching for a suitable woman to be an earl’s wife and finding time to engage in his true passion: his dogs. He’s not only a fan of his dogs, he’s steadily gaining a solid reputation as a trainer and breeder, and would like nothing more than to spend all of his time with the furry creatures that seem to be his only friends.
Susannah is one of those women who didn’t capture a husband during her season, and now wants nothing more than to aid her younger sister in making an advantageous match. Convinced, and fairly content with the thought that she is ‘on the shelf’, her books and her own interests are enough, or were until she sees potential in a match with Will’s family.
Knowing each other for years provides a point of interest, even as Susannah isn’t quite sure she can tolerate the dogs. While not completely “afraid’ of them, she’s unsure and doesn’t quite ‘get’ Will’s fascination, she does appreciate their camaraderie and comfortable times together.
But soon, dogs are disappearing for inclusion in the night crawler gambling festivities, Wil is unable to silently bear witness. He wants to find the culprit behind the thefts, but worries that he may be placing himself and his family in the middle of a scandal with the Tonne. Can he actually manage to solve the puzzle AND keep his family (and Susannah’s) free from the taint of scandal should the culprit be titled?
I loved Will: he’s an introvert while dedicated to his family, he also wants to lead his own life, as so many ‘spares’ are allowed to do in families like his. A bit inside his own head, Will isn’t selfishly following only his own path, he’s dedicated much of his life to the family and seeing everyone settled. Susannah had fewer options open as a woman, but she’s a solid match for Daniel: the two are well-suited and while she doesn’t think love and marriage will be for her, she is enjoying her time with Will, and possibly starting to see new possibilities. With the mystery and potential pitfalls, the sweetness of Will and the dogs, this is another solid installment in the series.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
My favorite of the series
I really enjoyed this book, the characters, and the dogs (I am a dog person). The heroine is not, so maybe not a pre-req to liking the book. The hero is a dog trainer and the relationships in the book are really entertaining as seen through his eyes as he relates most things in his life to aspects of a dog’s life.
His brothers are interesting, one roguish, one bookish, and one a peer coming into his own. The author fleshes them out so they are not stereotypical which makes the book even better. If you’re following the series, this is Suzanne’s story. Not my fav character in other books about these sisters, but in this book, she shines.
Loved the dogs, too! Big dogs especially, although there is a small pug who has a prominent role in the story. I thought it was funny, well written, and I can’t say I ever remember a story along these lines before. Another good Grace Burrowes’ novel.