Douglas (Lonely Lords)
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: January 31, 2013
Douglas Allen, Viscount Amery, hates having arrived to his title without knowing how to manage what few properties he has. Guinevere Hollister is a distant family connection raising her daughter Rose in rural obscurity and stewarding the estate they live on. At the urging of mutual family, 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, even if she chooses continued poverty and disgrace over the love Douglas offers her. Douglas will take on their family, the meddling duke, and Gwen’s own lonely, stubborn heart to ensure his lady’s happiness.
After several Burrowes books where I wasn’t entirely enthralled, I am back firmly in the saddle of having a girl-crush on Ms. Burrowes. I adored this book. It gave us some serious insight into the relationship Douglas has with the Moreland family (which I’d forgotten about, having read the early books in that series a long time ago), and is just overall an incredibly charming book.
Douglas has spent so much of his life alone, and I felt bad for him. He’s gone through some serious crap in the not-too-distant past. His oldest brother died, passing the title to him, having badly abused the privileges that came with it and Douglas simply wants to repair the damage done.
Gwen. Oh, poor Gwen. I actually didn’t make the connection to the Moreland series until late in the book, but as always I enjoyed seeing what Ms. Burrowes does when she has children in a book. Gwen loves her daughter so much, and because of what happened around the conception of said daughter, has locked herself away from any hope of marrying, feeling herself unworthy and a disgrace to family/high society. Personally, the man responsible should be smacked around a bit, buuuut I like how he was handled (and what he did in the end to somewhat redeem himself).
There was a lot of emotional angst throughout and I hurt so badly at times for Douglas. He’s such a good man (can anyone tell I’m in love with Douglas – it’s been a while since I had a historical romance boyfriend). Loyal, determined, and driven to undo the damage his family has done. Absolutely my hero!
As always, I will continue waiting eagerly for the next book in this series (David, and man-oh-man, after his involvement in this book and his rather interesting occupations for a title aristocrat, I can’t wait to see what sort of heroine Ms. Burrowes conjures up for him!). I am utterly enamored with the Lonely Lords series.
Yes, this sort of rambled without being too clear on any point, but that’s how I get sometimes after reading a lovely book. And this was a very lovely book.
Thank you Ms. Burrowes and thank you Sourcebooks.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.