Title: Andrew: Lord of Despair
Genre: Historical Romance (The Lonely Lords Series)
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Dec. 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Andrew Alexander will do anything to protect those he loves…
After a tragic yachting accident leaves him wracked with guilt and despair, Andrew Alexander becomes certain he doesn’t deserve to be around his own family, let alone the beautiful, forthright Astrid Worthington. He wanders for years, only allowing himself respite from his self-imposed exile when he thinks Astrid safely married. He returns home to find instead that the only woman he’s ever loved has been recently—and mysteriously—widowed.
…especially from himself
When Andrew leaves, Astrid refuses to pine. She finds an amiable husband and contents herself with a cordial if unexciting marriage. But her husband’s sudden death and Andrew’s reappearance threaten to break her heart all over again. When Astrid’s life is threatened, she finds Andrew will do anything to protect her not only from her enemies, but also from the truth of his dark past.
I’ve been reading Ms. Burrowes’ entire Lonely Lords Series and this novel is a welcome addition. What’s not to love when we have a tortured hero and a lovely woman ready to help him find love again. We are treated to the wonderfully constructed plot and deep characterization that has come to be enjoyed and expected from this accomplished author. Andrew’s misunderstanding of his past brings tears to the readers eyes and Astrid’s steadfast love is not only admired but applauded. We are introduced to Douglas, the next Lord to get his story coming in Jan. 2014. All Burrowes fans will be awaiting each new addition to the series.
I highly recommend this series. Each book can stand alone but the series is delightful.