Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2013
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
With his beloved sister tainted by scandal, his widowed brother shattered by grief , and his funds cut off, Darius Lindsey sees no option but to sell himself—body and soul. Until the day he encounters lovely, beguiling Lady Vivian Longstreet, whose tenderness and understanding wrap his soul in a grace he knows he’ll never deserve…
I wanted to really like this book since I had already read three other books in this series and liked them, some more than others. However the plot of this book was so much like Lorraine Heath’s WAKING UP WITH A DUKE that I was disappointed. I realize that there is no new plot under the sun but to have two so similar, being published just a short time apart made reading not as enjoyable for me. Of course to anyone who had not read both books then they each had their own merits.
Of course Ms. Burrowes’ writing is very good. She is good at character development and can wring emotion out of every page. There have been some dissatisfied reviewers who think that Darius should not have gone back to his gigolo ways after falling in love but I disagree since he was trying to extricate himself from those encounters without the threat of blackmail. It made sense that he would not rock the boat at that time. He does become a true hero in the book. That Vivian’s husband would use subterfuge to carry on his dynasty was very believable, and it became apparent that he wanted the two to fall in love although one wonders why he picked notorious Darius, a man he knew only by tainted reputation. I gave this book only an “okay” 3 stars because I had so many questions that were not answered. But that said, it had a story that was compelling.