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ARC Book Review-The Laird by Grace Burrowes

The Laird
Captive Hearts (3)
Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks Casablanca
E Book
Published Sept 2014
Acquired: Netgalley
416 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781402295027
Authors Website

Synopsis
The morning after Michael Brodie marries the lovely Brenna, he marches off to join Wellington’s army, leaving his new wife alone with his unseemly Uncle Angus and an estate to manage.

Ten years later, when Michael finally returns home, he discovers a nest of vicious lies, tales of disloyalty, and most surprising of all, a blossoming love for the woman he left behind.

But his beloved is keeping a dark secret from him. A secret that begins to unfold when Michael’s young sister joins their household, and Uncle Angus’ true nature is revealed

My Review 

I Received A ARC Copy in Exchange For A Honest Review 

Michael and Brenna have been married for over ten years, and were betrothed since childhood. Michael left ten years previous to fight in the war, and now he has returned and he barely knows Brenna. Brenna has had to fight for keeping their home, she has had to face enemies within the clan to keep them above water, and now her husband has finally remembered he has a wife and people who care about him. In the beginning of his return Brenna has inner demons that is keeping her from being fully Michael’s wife. Michael is impressed with how well Brenna has managed things so far since he has been gone. Michael doesn’t want to see the animosity between Brenna and his people. But as he starts to woo his wife and convince her of his love for her, he starts to see her strength and fortitude. Michael begins to see that its not as simple as wooing his wife, he will have to win her heart as well as her affections.

The Laird is the third in the Captive Hearts series. I think out of this series so far, that The Laird is my favorite. This series has been quite a ride so far, and I would say probably some of my favorite books from this author. I loved the theme of this series, and each book has done a great job in the implementation. We see how each pair in each of the books have to fight for love, and The Laird is no different. This story is all about sacrifice and trust. Both of the characters in the story even though married, have never made love, they barely know each other, and have been separated for ten years. The story begins as a courtship, a chance for these two to reconnect, but life seems to get in the way of these two. You begin to develop a kinship to the heroine, she has heart and gumption and is not afraid to fight for what is hers. You can tell that she has some skeletons in the closet, that she has been keeping from Michael. Skeletons that she fears and that haunt her daily. She and Michael’s uncle are at odds with each other (but for good reason), and the more you delve deeper in the story the more that you begin to appreciate her courage and will. Michael is a charmer and romantic. I love the way he goes about weakening Brenna’s defenses and showing her how genuine his feelings are for her.

The plot of the story is steady paced and didn’t feel rushed or too slow. I felt like it was just right for the theme of the story and knowing how Burrowes writes, not unexpected. But there were quite a few surprises along the way that really will shock you to the core. But I loved the way she puts the story together and it really comes together in the end in such a way that is perfectly well suited to the story. I loved seeing it unravel in slow degrees, that was enjoyable and enthralling. A story to remember, a tale to fall for and a experience that will burn in you!!! EXCEPTIONAL!!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
The Captive
The Traitor

ARC Book Review-The Traitor by Grace Burrowes

The Traitor
Captive Hearts (2)
Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks Casablanca
E Book
Published August 2015
Acquired: Netgalley
384 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9781402294990
Authors Website 

Synopsis
As a young boy, British-born Sebastian St. Clair was abandoned in France and forced to join the French army in order to survive.

Now that the war is over, he has returned home to his beloved England, and is determined to live a quiet life as a country gentleman. He believes that his wish is about to come true when he begins to fall for his elderly aunt’s lovely companion, Miss Millicent Danforth.

But the French are not quite ready to let him go, and they’ve devised a devious plot that could destroy everything that Sebastian holds dear. He will have to use all of his wits if he plans on escaping this scheme with his life…and his love.

My Review

Sebastian St. Clair, was left in France alone and abandoned as a young boy, and as a means of survival had to turn to the French Army and ended up being a interrogator of English soldiers. Now that the war is over, he has returned to England and his rightful place in the realm of peers. He is known as the ” Traitor”. He knows that his luck will soon run out, with every British gentleman soldier, would love to have revenge on him. When Sebastian meets Millicent, his aunt’s companion, his world tilts and he starts to believe in a future again. Millie needs a place, with her beloved aunt’s recent deaths, and her cousins kicking her out of her home, she needs purpose. At first this new job is everything she needs, but when she meets Sebastian, she knows they can’t ever have a future, with the difference in their stations….but sometimes love shakes things up. But Sebastian has a past that could tear them apart…

The Traitor is a marvelous romance that ties together bitter past and a sensual present with a rocky future. The Traitor is the second book in the Captive Hearts series, and I was impressed by how much I enjoyed this story. much more than the first book. I really loved the way the story just kicks in and pulls you right in. The flow of it is pretty steady, in half way through it, the flow of the story line slows down a bit, but then it picks up. The romance between Sebastian and Millie was sweet and endearing and very passionate at times. I loved the balance that author has put into the story. It seemed to be just right in the development of the characters and in the way the plot progresses. There is quite a bit of depth in this story, and the way the author tells the story, you start to fall in love with the characters and the story as a whole. Every aspect seems to come together by the end.

We see a unique set of events and scenes that take place, there is so much we see in this story, and I loved the way it turns out, and the love story is packed with wit, charm and passion. A tale of betrayal and healing and a tender love that will capture you!! Riveting in emotion and classy in form. LOVED EVERY MOMENT!!

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
The Captive
The Laird

ARC Book Review-The Captive by Grace Burrowes

The Captive
Captive Hearts (1)
Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks Casablanca
E Book
Published July 1 2014
Acquired: Netgalley
448 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9781402278785
Authors Website 

Synopsis 
He’ll never be free…

Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart…

Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian’s devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian’s heart is only beginning.

My Review 

Christian Severn, the Duke of Mercia, married with two children, joins the military, but ends up being kidnapped and tortured and now is set free and makes his way back to England. Only to learn that his wife and son are gone and all he has left is his daughter. A daughter that doesn’t speak. Gilly, is free of her marriage from hell, and when she sees the trouble with Christian’s daughter, So Gilly goes with Christian to his country estate. Christian only sees the revenge for what was done to him, and to connect with his daughter again. From the moment he meets Gilly, his life alters. He starts to have passion for life again, and when their friendship kindles into more after a searing embrace, he knows that he would do anything to have her. Gilly is afraid to trust again, after being in a marriage for eight years that was eight years of nightmares. Can Gilly and Christian heal enough to trust in each other?

The Captive is the first book in the most latest and new series by Grace Burrowes. I was really excited to read The Captive, and I was really looking forward to reading it after reading the blurb. I really love the basis of the series. The Captive deals with two people that are both damaged, in similar ways, but we don’t learn the full extent of their pasts until well past the first half of the story. I did have a difficult time getting into it, but while reading the first half I was really tired so when I was more alert I read the second half and it got much better, although still wasn’t able to fully be engaged as I like to be in a story. But in all honesty I felt like The Captive was a solid romance with many qualities that gave it a 4 blossom rating for me. I loved the way this story line turns out. and I enjoyed seeing Christian and Gilly turn out into friends and then slowly kindles a more sensual relationship. There were many moments that were very heart wrenching, seeing both of these gentle hearts coming to terms with their pasts.

The match that Christian and Gilly made, they seemed like they complimented each other quite well. I really enjoyed the added character of Christian’s daughter, and seeing the tender relationship form between these three. There is a sense of family in this book, and I loved how compelling the story could be at times. MOVING AND SENSATIONAL!!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
The Traitor
The Laird