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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ethan by Grace Burrowes

51QT082lyrL__SY300_ Ethan Grey's life was shattered...

Estranged from his family, widowed after an unhappy marriage, and weary from fighting his troubled past, Ethan Grey now has a chance for redemption. His son's beautiful and remarkable governess might help him battle his ghosts, but it's been a long time since he let himself get close to anyone.

Alice Portman has more in common with Ethan than she can comfortably admit. For now, she's satisfied with helping him rebuild his life and family. But the dangerous past is about to catch up with them both. (taken from GoodReads)

Book Details:

Title: Ethan, Author: Grace Burrowes, ISBN: 978-1402278570, Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Formats: E-book , Mass-Market Paperback, Trade Paperback , Release Date: June 2013, How I Read It: E Arc from Publishers via NetGalley, Rating: 4.5 Crowns

Read an Excerpt HERE

My Thoughts:

Ethan is my favorite book in The Lonely Lords series thus far.

Damaged, wounded, scarred, and shattered Ethan Grey’s life was forever changed at the tender age of fourteen. Now an adult, Ethan must make peace with the demons from his past that haunt him, his deceased wife who betrayed him, and his estranged family all the while learning to be a father to his two young sons. When Ethan hires Alice Portman as a governess for his children, he never imagines that she is just as wounded as he is. Just as their fledgling relationship takes flight, trouble from their past threats to destroy all that they have built.

Oh how I loved this book! Ethan was so wounded and shattered, I wanted to crawl into the book and comfort him. And poor Alice was so distraught and worried she seemed to be living her life one panic attack away from insanity or death. She was defiantly a woman who would have benefited from a valium, yet I didn’t feel that it was too outlandish or too overly played.

Alice Portman was definitely an interesting and layered character to read. She had a bit more depth than your typical romantic heroine, she held your attention. Yet it was Ethan who captured my interest and demanded my attention, he was the more interesting of the two characters, which worked out well seeing as the novel is entitled Ethan.

If you are familiar with Grace Burrowes’ other novels you will notice that family dynamics play a big role in her books and Ethan was no exception. Fans of both the Lonely Lords series and Windham series will recognize some of the secondary characters that pop up throughout Ethan and, oddly enough, I found that I liked Nicholas (Ethan’s brother) quite a bit more in Ethan than I actually did in Nicholas.

Overall Ethan was a tender romance novel of learning to trust and overcoming the things that have caused you hurt.

I think that fans of Grace Burrowes’ The Soldier (book two in the Windham series) will absolutely adore Ethan.

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Jeanne M said...

Loved your post and I love Grace's books as well!

I've loved each and every one and decided there is no way she could ever write a story where I don't absolutely fall in love with her characters!

Diane D - Florida said...

I adore Grace's books, and can't wait to read this one. I love it when a tortured and damaged hero manages to battle his demons, and find his "happy ever after".