Thursday, December 30, 2010
Title: The Heir
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical Romance
How I read it: Mass Market ARC
Rating: 5 Crowns Royal Read
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...
(from the publisher)
Before I became a reviewer, I would normally pass by romance books. Occasionally one would catch my eye, but often I wrote them off as fluff- light reading with no substance to sustain my mind or engage me- I have to that it’s author’s like Grace Burrowes that have pulled me into this genre. I found that The Heir, not only peaked my interest, it held my attention, and now has me hooked on the characters. I simply cannot wait to read what will happen next.
Very Well crafted, each of the characters offers the reader something fresh and unexpected, the same goes for the plot. Westhaven was so unlike any other romance character that I had read, it made me want to read more. To find out who he was and what he wanted (not want he was expected to do, but wanted) to do with his life. I found alluring to watch him claim his own destiny and not have his father force it onto him. I was hooked from the moment Westhaven received knock over the head, and thoroughly enjoyed his battle with the chicken pox. Although I did feel his pain, seeing as how I was 21 when I fought my own battle with them. I also enjoyed Anna’s character, I was speaking about the book a few days ago to a friend of mine and compared her to an onion in the sense that she very well layered.
The supporting cast was also a welcome surprise. Even though he may come off a bit rough and gruff, I have to say I found myself falling in love with Dev and captured by the antics of Val.
I read somewhere that Grace Burrowes had originally intended for Westhaven to be a secondary character in a completely different novel, I am so glad that she answered the call of the writer created a story just for him.
Overall would I read this again? Yes. Actually I enjoyed it so much, I cannot wait to reread it!! Also I cannot wait for the next addition in what I believe will be an unforgettable series.
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Royal Reviewer Angela Renee at 7:20 PM