Title: Nicholas (Book #2, The Lonely Lords)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Casablanca, May 7, 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
After a wild youth, Nicholas Haddonfield, Viscount Reston, has promised his ailing father he’ll finally take a bride, though doing so will force Nick to make impossible choices and face old, painful wounds.
Leah Lindsey is glad to find refuge from her own desperate situation in a marriage of convenience with the gallant viscount. But soon convenience is not enough, and Leah can’t understand why Nick remains so distant. What is he hiding, and will he never allow her into his heart?
An extraordinary and passionate tale of courage tested and fears overcome. Once you enter the lush Regency world of award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes, you’ll never want to leave.
First let me say that I did not read the first book in this series, DARIUS. I don’t know if having read that book I might have had a different understanding of the characters in this book. Leah is Darius’ sister and there may have been more about her in the previous book. I will rectify my lapse and get a copy of DARIUS post-haste.
I have to say that I did not like Nick for most of this book. He was hiding secrets from Leah and she was left to make wrong assumptions and her heart was nearly broken. The reader was left to assume the worst. But even though I wanted to shake some sense into our hero he managed, through the help of some very wise side characters, to redeem himself. So dear readers one must never give up on a true romantic hero even if he has been acting like an idiot most of the book. And Leah is a paragon of a loving wife, she forgives all.
Grace Burrowes pens a very realistic historical romance. She has the ability to bring the scene alive as if we have been set down in the time period. As much as our H/h are in the throws of emotional upheaval, so are we the reader as we quickly turn the pages to discover what will happen next. The romance is passionate, the writing style is well done.