Title: Douglas (The Lonely Lords series)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks/Casablanca, 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Douglas Allen needs a home for his aching heart
Douglas Allen, Viscount Amery, hates having arrived to his title without knowing how to manage his properties. Guinevere Hollister is a distant family connection raising her daughter in rural obscurity while stewarding the estate. Douglas reluctantly puts himself in Gwen’s hands for lessons in land husbandry and discovers beneath her prickly exterior a woman of passion and honor. Yet despite the closeness they find, she will not marry him.
Guinevere Hollister needs a champion
When the powerful Duke of Moreland arranges an engagement between Gwen and his heir, Douglas knows the marriage is not what Gwen wants. In Douglas’s eyes, Gwen deserves to make her own choices, and he will take on family, the meddling duke, and Gwen’s own lonely, stubborn heart to ensure his lady’s happiness.
Oh Wow! Just when you think a series can’t get any better we get this superbly plotted, splendidly entertaining addition to Grace Burrowes’ The Lonely Lords series.
Gwen has had to take charge of her own life and the sudden addition of Douglas to her routine is disconcerting especially when she starts to have feelings for him. She is reluctant to have an affair for she has scruples and feels there are too many roadblocks to happiness with Douglas. Douglas is a very serious, honorable man who is pleasantly surprised that at this time of upheaval in his life that he even desires Gwen. They play cat and mouse with one another for a bit too long but eventually succumb to not only desire but love. Now, that would be the plot to most Historical Romances, ending right there, but Burrowes takes it up a notch with the addition of a powerful Duke’s influence. I’ll say no more so as not to spoil your fun in reading this terrific story.
This is a standalone within the series but side characters from previous books do play important roles in this book. You would be pleased if you started this series from the beginning. I also suggest you go to Burrowes’ website and acquaint yourself with the Family Trees associated with the series.
The Lonely Lords Series:
8.Douglas (Jan 2014)
9.David (April 2014)