Title: Will’s True Wish (True Gentlemen book #3)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb 2, 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
It’s a dog’s life… Will Dorning, as an earl’s spare, has accepted the thankless duty of managing his rambunctious younger siblings, though Will’s only true companions are the dogs he’s treasured since boyhood. When aristocratic London is plagued with a series of dognappings, Will’s brothers are convinced that he’s the only person who can save the stolen canines from an awful fate.
But the lady’s choice… Shy, bookish Lady Susannah Haddonfield has no patience with loud, smelly beasts of any species, but must appear to like dogs so as not to offend her sister’s only marital prospect. Susannah turns to Will, an acquaintance from her most awkward adolescent years, to teach her how to impersonate a dog fancier. Will has long admired Susannah, though he lacks the means to offer for her, and yet as they work together to rescue the purloined pets, it’s loyal, dashing Will who steals Susannah’s heart.
True Gentlemen series:
Tremaine’s True Love (Book 1)
Daniels’ True Desire (Book 2)
Will’s True Wish (Book 3)
I loved this book!! Even though, like our heroine Susannah, I’m not a dog lover. (Yes, I’m a cat person at heart.) The story revolves around dog training which I found fascinating and I’m always excited when I learn something in a book that also keeps me turning pages until dawn’s early light.
Will, is our hero and his name is short for Willow. He has brothers named Sycamore and Ash so some one of his parents must have been fond of trees. Being the second son, Will must make his own way in an aristocratic world that frowned on aristocrats in trade. Will gets around that by being the breeder/supplier of dogs to aristocrats and then helping the new owners to train the dogs. Will’s brothers are also “true gentlemen” and his interaction with them adds so much depth to the story. Another very important side character is Georgette, Will’s dog. Will falls in love with Susannah who is in London to chaperone her sister Della’s come-out in society. Susannah, had thought her life would be that of a spinster after her own debut was maligned by bullying mean girls. But Will had come to her rescue back then and here he was again coming to her sister’s recue when more bullying and gossip threatens Della’s chances on the marriage mart.
There are some surprise twists, a very evil villain and a heroine determined to seduce our hero. The romance here is heartfelt and slow building. The villainy is truly evil and the surprise really deserves another novel from the very talented Grace Burrowes. I fell in love with Sycamore, also known as Cam, and would love to see him as a book Hero. Yes this book gave us so many characters to love and I would love to have more of each of them.
Do yourself a treat and don’t pass up this wonderful read.