Sunday, May 29, 2011

Toni's Review of The Heir by Grace Burrowes ***5 Stars***


AN EARL WHO CAN'T BE BRIBED

Gayle Windham, Earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the Duke of Moreland. To escape his father's inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper...

A LADY WHO CAN'T BE PROTECTED...

Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle Windham that she works as his housekeeper.

As the two draw closer and begin to lose their hearts to each other, Anna's secrets threaten to bring the earl's orderly life crashing down - and he doesn't know how he's going to protect her from the fallout...

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What can I say about “The Heir” that hasn’t been already said?? While it follows along the same line as most historical romances, it had wonderful differences too.

The hero was a rogue bachelor. Big surprise there! Not too many historicals don’t have handsome, antisocial men (because we just eat them up). Gayle Windham had wonderful qualities. He loves his family - an amazing caregiver for them, strong willed, loyal, funny, oh I could go on and on…His goal in life – take care of his family, eventually become Duke and never ever marry…until he meets his headstrong lovely housekeeper.

The heroine, Anna Seaton, is a woman with a hidden past. She is Lord Windham’s housekeeper. She does an amazing job, keeps a tight ship, and is refined and thorough with her care for the Earl. She has secrets…and nothing is going to keep her from keeping them. Not even a gorgeous infuriating Earl.

“The Heir” is an easy read. You fall in love with Gayle and Anna, but you also fall for all the supporting characters. The Grace does a great job weaving them into the story. I finished the book wanting to know what was going to happen next with every one of them.

Future novels of the Windham brothers include “The Soldier” coming out next June 7, 2011. Followed by “The Virtuoso” on November 1, 2011. Also planned for the Windham family are the stories of the two sisters – Sophie and Maggie. “Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish” – scheduled to be released later in the year and "Lady Maggie's Little Secret" is still to be determined.

I highly recommend “The Heir”. I couldn’t put it down. I laughed at the shenanigans of the Duke and the Earl’s brothers and wanted to shake both Gayle and Anna at times. While the ending did drag out for me (I wanted them to get it together, like NOW), I still enjoyed the storyline. I am looking very forward to the next story of the Windham brothers.

Thanks for reading! - Toni

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