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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

Quickie Book Review-The MacGregor’s Lady by Grace Burrowes

The MacGregor’s Lady
The Macgregors (3)
Grace Burrows
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published February 2014
Acquired: Library
383 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4022-6872-4
Authors Website

Synopsis
Asher MacGregor has returned from years wandering the Canadian wilderness to assume an earldom he’s avoided, and to seek a bride he does not want. He’s saddled with an additional family obligation in the form of Boston heiress Hannah Cooper, whom he is to escort about the London ballrooms so she might find an English husband.

Hannah is no more interested in settling in Britain than Asher is in returning to the New World, and yet their sympathy for one another soon turns to passion. With Hannah anxious to return to the family she’s trying to protect in Boston, and Asher bound to his earldom in the Highlands, they must trust in love to span an ocean of differences and difficulties.

My Review 

The MacGregor’s Lady is the third in this series, and a fascinating addition to the MacGregor Clan. I really have loved the set up of this series, and having read most of the books in the series, except for the novella, I have come to love each sibling in the MacGregor family. So I was really excited for Asher’s story. I found this story to be a sweet and sexy romance. It had many redeeming qualities, and I loved the interaction between Asher and Hannah. They were so good for each other. I really liked the realistic feel to the story and there is quite a bit of conflict that keeps the reader more satisfied by the very end. The only problem I had with this book was how I had a hard time getting fully involved in the story. Which sometimes tends to happen to me with this author. Grace Burrowes has a talent for a ability to create memorable love stories, but some of her books I have the hardest time getting fully immersed into it. I still had a enjoyable time reading this one, and there were moments I was in the story but fell right back out. So if it had been a bit more engaging for the reader, than it would have made for a superb read!! I still plan on reading more from this author, since I do always enjoy her style of storytelling. Overall The MacGregor’s Lady is full of sexy characters, endearing scenes….a fun romp of a romance!!

My Grade 
3.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
The Bridegroom Wore Plaid
Once Upon A Tartan

Book Review- Beckman by Grace Burrowes

Beckman
Lonely Lords (4)
Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Acquired: Library
Published July 2013
377 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4022-9601-7
Authors Website

Synopsis
Beckman Haddonfield is ready to live again…

After years of wandering, Beckman emerges from the shadow of the old sorrows by agreeing to restore a family estate…and embarking on a dalliance with the quiet, pretty housekeeper who resides there. But the lady is not who she seems…

Sara Hunt enjoys the attention bestowed upon her by the estate’s handsome visitor, though she knows Beckman’s growing affection will die should he learn her startling secret. She’s prepared to let him go, but this time, Beck’s determined to stand and fight for the one he loves…

My Review 

Beckman, has spent years trying to recover from past griefs, and with his father practically on his deathbed, he agrees to restore a family estate, that needs work and a helping hand. So despite his reluctance, he knows that he needs to do this. So when he heads down, he doesn’t expect to be attracted to the housekeeper, but she holds secrets of her own. Sara Hunt, has had her own past and sorrows of her own. She was married young, and used for her talents by her greedy husband, now widowed, with a daughter and a sister to care for, she is determined to secure their future. When Beckman arrives to help with the estate, Sara just wants to pretend that everything is alright, when the estate is practically tumbling down on them, with little funds to support them all. Soon she can’t resist Beckman, his sincere interest in her, or the desire she feels for him. But when her past comes to haunt her again, she might have to trust everything she is to Beckman, and trust in his devotion to her…

Beckman is the fourth book in the Lonely Lords and I have really been enjoying this series. After reading the first two books, I have been looking forward to reading Beckman’s story. Grace Burrowes is a author that I am glad to have discovered. Her stories are witty, charming, and pure delightful fun, and Beckman was no different. I did have a difficult time at first getting into the story, but I think the problem was myself and current stresses in life, and not the actual wrting or even the story. Beckman is a story that shows a journey of two people that have both struggled, and have dark pasts, but still need to heal and focus on the future.

Beckman, has had quite a struggle in his life, but I loved him even more for it. He has such tremendous strength and compassion for others, and I found myself falling in love with him with every page. At first he seems like the usual regency rake, but as the story progresses further, you start to see that he carries so much depth with him, and suffers just as much as the other members in his family have. Sara is very stubborn and prideful, and refuses to ask for help, especially when she desperatley needs it. Sara has had to make decisions ever since she was married at a young age, and most of her freedoms taken away from her at a young age. You see how she is struggling to protect herself and her emotions from Beckman, but Beckman is just as stubborn as Sara, and won’t let her go without a fight.

A uniquely written romance that is bound to create laughter and your immediate attention. Characters to steal your heart, a love story that is beyond riveting and will tie your heart up in knots. A WINNER OF A ROMANCE!!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Darius
Nicholas
Ethan
Gabriel
Gareth
Andrew
Douglas
David
Trenton
Worth
Hadrian

Book Review-Once Upon A Tartan

Once Upon A Tartan
MacGregor Trilogy (2)
Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published August 2013
382 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-40226869-4
Authors Website

Synopsis 
Hester MacDaniel is recovering from an engagement gone awry by summering at her brother’s holding in the Highlands, and looking after her brother’s young step-daughter, Fiona.

Tiberius Flynn, heir to the English Marquis of Quinworth, appears on Hester’s doorstep claiming he’s Fee’s paternal uncle, and he’s been sent by her English relations to make the girl’s acquaintance.

Tye believes his brother’s dying wishes compel him to take Fee south with him, but he doesn’t plan on Hester capturing his heart, even as she fights him tooth and nail for custody of Fiona.

My Review

Tiberius has been sent on a serious mission by his father up to the highlands. As much as Tiberius despises himself for what he will have to do, he reminds himself that he doesn’t have a choice. Hester Daniels has been taking care of Fiona, a relative, a little girl that is in need of mothering and someone to watch over her. Fiona’s mother has recently gotten married and has gone on a honeymoon, so Hester has taken it upon herself to take care of this feisty little girl who has her wrapped around her finger. Hester will do anything for Fiona. When a stranger arrives on her doorstep, insisting that he is Fiona’s uncle, she is more than a little suspicious. She has never met the man, and she feels as if he is hiding something very important from her. But as the three of them spend time together, she starts to soften, seeing a side of Tye she didn’t imagine she would when she first met him. A powerful passion starts to build between Hester and Tye, and before Hester realizes it, she knows that she could very easily give up her heart to this virile man that heats her blood.But there is a secret Tye is hiding from her and she can’t fully give him her heart until she know him body and soul.

Once Upon A Tartan is the Second in the series, and is set up in Scotland. and this trilogy is part of the MacGregor clan. It starts out with a sweet scene between Tye and his niece Fiona. I enjoyed seeing the connection they instantly make, and having a weakness for charming and adorable little runts, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Fiona instantly. She has such a curiosity and open trust that is heartwarming. The story then begins when Tye and Hester meet for the first time, which isn’t exactly smooth sailing. Fireworks explode, because Hester has little trust in men, but especially strangers that bring Fiona home, a little girl who is everything to Hester. Hester has suffered through a scandal and has been hurt in the past, but you see she can’t help but be drawn to Tye. Tye alone is sexy as sin. As the reader, you see a glimpse of what he is dealing with internally, but you don’t see the full scheme of things till much later on. I liked the tension between Tye and Hester heat up, and I loved how Hester doesn’t care about consequences, she is bold and daring, but protects her heart fiercely.

Once Upon A Tartan was a savorful story that makes your mouth water. There were times I had to force myself to keep reading, I think either I was letting myself get distracted from reading, or sometimes I feel like this is the style of Burrowes writing at times. Doesn’t fully captivate you 100% of the time. But I felt the plot was full of a few twist and turns, not overdoing it at all, but I also wished there had been a bit more to the story. I felt at the end that it was a fully satisfying read, but part of me wished that there had been a bit more of a conflict involved. I did love the aspect of adding a child into the story. It always add a certain sense of innocence and playfulness to it. It was fun seeing Tye and Fiona connect and go on adventures together, the descriptions were so well done, I almost felt like I was actually there. I felt the characterization were well done for the most part, I don’t have any complaints on Tye or Hester. They were a fun and exciting couple to see get attached to each other. We also see the involvement of Ian and Augusta (the couple from the first book for those of you who haven’t read this series yet), which was fun to see them again and their connection to Hester.

I enjoyed this story much more than I imagined I would in the beginning. It did take me quite a few pages, before I got fully drawn into the story. But that tends to happen with Grace Burrowes. I feel like you really have to give her books a chance, you can’t just quit after a few pages. For me, it takes a couple chapters, before I find myself finding true fun in the story. I do want to say that one of my ultimate favorite things about Burrowe’s books, are the covers. They are so exquisite and slightly erotic, but not overly much too, just enough to entice anyone to pick it up. They have a certain quality about them, that is full of color and goes along with the theme of the story or the series. A wonderfully written love story, that is bursting with a sensuality and a certain polish to it that brings forth a vibrancy to the story. A Richly emotion filled tale that will capture your heart!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series 
The Bridegroom Wore Plaid
The Macgregors Lady

Book Review-Darius

Darius
Lonely Lords (1)
Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Mass Market Paperback
Published April 2013
378 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:

Desperate, penniless, and shunned by his wealthy father, Darius Lindsey begins offering himself secretly to jaded society ladies. He hangs onto his last shreds of honor, but he’s losing ground financially each month.

That is until the aging Lord William Longstreet makes Darius an offer he can’t refuse: get the Lord’s pretty young wife-of-convenience, Lady Vivian, pregnant discreetly, and he will earn enough money to never want again. But problems lie ahead when the stunning Vivian captures his heart, and his clients refuse to let him go. Can Darius untangle himself without scandal and offer himself to Vivian heart and soul?

My Review 
Grace Burrowes is one of my favorite authors to read. After reading some of the Wyndham series, she was bumped up to the top of my list.  In the past, her stories have been emotionally driven stories with powerful characters. Darius is the first in this series, and by reading the synopsis I was beyond intrigued.  Darius is definitely a bit different than Burrowes other stories. As I first started reading Darius, I wasn’t sure how much I would end up liking it. How Darius and Vivian meet and get together isn’t the exact situation I am normally comfortable with. However as I continued to read through it, I found I was captivated by this sweet story that ended up putting my emotions through the ringer.

Darius, finds himself being put in a bad situation. Penniless and desperate to protect his sister, decides to offer himself up in return for money. Each and every time he gives his body, he can barely live with himself, but he does what is necessary in order to survive. Then one day a titled lord approaches him with a offer with a huge amount of funds in exchange for get his wife pregnant, to secure her future. Vivian loves her husband, but not in a way of passion or romantic love. She was a friend of his first wife, and agreed to marry him when she had no one to turn to. Now he has persuaded her that since he is older and unable to give her a child, that she will need one after he has died. In the beginning Vivian refuses to do so, but knows it is her only option. When she goes to their country estate and meets Darius, she finds herself captivated by his touch. She has never felt passion until now, and now that she has found a man that she could come to deeply care for, she will have to let him go and act as if they are mere acquaintances. When she does find that she is pregnant with Darius’s child, she doesn’t know if she can let him go. Will Darius and Vivian be able to find their happy ending?

Overall I found Darius to be a astounding read and a great beginning to the Lonely Lords series. I found this story enriching and deeply provoking. I loved seeing Darius and Vivian and seeing how their relationship turns out. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. I loved Darius from the beginning despite his being a man ho of sorts. But I loved how protective he was of Vivian. There was such a tender connection between these two that I admired from the start. The intimacy that grows between them was endearing and I couldn’t help but fall in love with these two. Even Vivian’s husband I admired as well, such a sweet caring that you are bound to love as much as I did. A intoxicating read full of a complex plot, lively characters and a story that will break your heart!! A KEEPER TO PUT ON THE SHELF!!!

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Nicholas
Ethan
Beckman
Gabriel
Gareth
Andrew
Douglas
David