Lord of Pleasures/Book 1 of Lonely Lords Series
Though there are lines he will not cross, Darius Lindsey has become the favored plaything of bored, titled society ladies. He contracts one final engagement with the pretty, sweet, Lady Vivian Longstreet, hoping that meeting his obligations to Vivian will free him from the financial constraints making his life hell. Darius finds instead that the bargain he thought would cost him the last of his self-respect instead resurrects both his honor and his heart.
MINI REVIEW: This story was a gamble for sure. The hero is not what is expected in the romance-land, and you’ll either love him or hate him, but one thing’s for sure, you won’t find this lonely, cynical, self-deprecating and remote man boring.
There’s a lot to enjoy in this first book of the series, and least of it is the sexual escapades of the hero. I think I said this before, and it bears repeating if you haven’t heard it from me, that I really like the writing ‘voice’ of this author. She has a penchant of creating characters that ‘feel’ like real, flesh and blood people facing some real hard choices in their lives.
Ms. Burrowes’ books have a steady pace, although to some it might appear slow, yet to me it is just perfect as it gives me time to acquaint myself with the characters, their surroundings.
Another thing in this story I liked was the dialogue, which was exactly as it should have been between two strangers: awkward, slow and probing at times as these two started to get to know each other and grow to like one another after they’ve already had sex together.
I found both characters and their story compelling and highly recommended to anyone that’s ready for a grown-up, sensual and at times heart breaking tale.
Lord of Secrets/Book 2 of Lonely Lords Series
Heir to the Bellefonte earldom, Nick Haddonfield has made a promise to his dying father that he’ll marry before the Season’s over. When Nick meets Lady Leah Lindsey, he realizes he’s found not only a damsel lady in need of rescuing, but also a perfect countess of convenience. Then he spoils everything by falling in love with his wife…the one woman he can never, ever have.
MINI REVIEW: I liked this second book in Lonely Lords series, and Nicholas’ story tugged at my heartstrings as well.
Ms. Burrowes does it again by creating another couple that is compelling, nurturing and loving.
As they slowly question if the union between them might work, we get a glimpse of their lives and are convinced that it would be the best thing that happened to them.
This author can sure write hurt, broken and disillusioned characters that are faced with insurmountable obstacles.
Recommend it to all Grace Burrowes fans, but if you’ve never read this author before, I think you might want to start of with THE HEIR before you get to the these lonely men.
Lord of Scandals/Book 3 of Lonely Lords Series
At the age of fourteen, Ethan Grey was banished by his titled father into a hell his legitimate siblings never learned of. Now that the old earl is dead, and Ethan is a widower with two children to raise, he finds himself attracted to Alice Portman, the boys scholarly, reserved governess. Alice also has a shadowed past, and she and Ethan must face the demon haunting them both if they’re to win their chance for a happily ever after.
MINI REVIEW: With Ethan, Grace Burrowes continues her Lonely Lords series and I must say, if you’re not into complex and complicated, emotionally, sexually and physically abused characters, this one will not be for you. However, I love reading about those kinds of characters as they strive to overcome the hardships they were put through. I think I’d rather read dysfunctional family then belong to one, although come to think on it, I think most of us do.
Again, Ms. Burrowes does something in this book that not many authors feel comfortable writing about and readers reading about and that’s the male friendships. For the life of me I can’t believe that it doesn’t occur to many of you out there that male friendships in Regency and Victorian times are actually more accepted and cultivated.
This one is so far my favorite Lonely Lords book.
I do recommend this book to all her fans, but if you’re not familiar with this author, please get acquainted with her through some of her novellas, before you tackle this one.
Lord of Sins/Book 4 of Lonely Lords Series
Beckman Haddonfield has always solved his problems by moving on. When he’s given the job of restoring a family estate, he finds in Sara Hunt the one woman who makes him want to put down roots—if he can convince her not to abandon him when she seeks to run from her past.
MINI REVIEW: We are now well vested in these lonely men and here comes Beckman who’s a fourth hero of Grace Burrowes’ Lonely Lords series.
Beckman is another widower with personal issues and secrets. As in previous books from this series, both characters are plenty flawed and are dealing with a lot of emotional baggage that needs to be resolved before they can let go and love each other fully.
I should mention another thing I appreciate from this author and that’s her writing of family relationships, be it brothers and sisters, Aunts, cousins, fathers and sons, or even children in her books. She literally breathes life into them all that ‘feel’s real and potent. It’s like they’re right there in my room. When I read Grace Burrowes books, I ‘hear’ a totally different ‘voice’ in my head than any other voice before.
Please pay close attention to two secondary characters in this book, Gabriel and Polly, who are a sister and a steward of the heroine, Sara and will have a book of their own.
Again, highly recommending it, but if you’re new to her, here are some books you may want to start off before you read the Lonely Lords.
Lord of Regrets/Book 5 of Lonely Lords Series
After years in hiding, when Gabriel Wendover leaves behind the woman he loves to resume his place as Marquis of Hesketh, he finds the lady herself already ensconced his household, and the mysterious danger still stalking him. Gabriel loves Polonaise Hunt (Polly) and is both upset and thrilled to find that she’s been hired by his brother to paint the family portraits. He must keep himself, his brother and Polly safe, but there’s nothing he can do to safeguard his own heart…
MINI REVIEW: We met the fifth lonely man of Grace Burrowes’ series Lonely Lords in Beckman’s story and he was an enigma to our heroine Polly.
This book is no surprise to me as I continue to thoroughly enjoy this author and her writing style and voice.
If you’re looking for one of those saccharin tales, these books are not for you. Grace Burrowes writes characters that are unconventional, complex and maybe just too close for comfort to many of us as we in one way or another can relate to them and their problems.
She also can write sensual scenes to make you want to take a cold shower!
As series go, this one is very well written, researched and plotted. The pace of it might be a tad slow for some, but to those of us that appreciate character development, is just right.
Now I’m eagerly awaiting the other four lonely men and pondering who will make them happy.
And these are only five to start us off… another four are to follow, leading with Gareth, Lord of Rakes, in November, Andrew in December, Douglas in January and David in April, just to wish me a Happy Birthday!
To all of them I say, let the Lonely Lords descent! I’ll be here to make sure they’re not lonely for long!
Melanie for b2b
*Books provided by the publisher through NetGalley.