Review: Ethan by Grace Burrowes

Ethan by Grace Burrowes
Series: The Lonely Lords (# 3)
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 304
Source:  book provided by NetGalley for review

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.

An unforgettable Regency tale of two wounded people who get another chance at love. Award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’s extraordinary writing will immerse you in a Regency world unlike any you’ve experienced.


Review: After reading the first few books in this series, I had really high hopes for this one. After all, Ethan was an important character in the last book. As a reader you discover that he’s a bastard and that his father sent him away when he was a little boy because he thought he had an inappropriate relationship with his best friend and brother Nick.

The idea behind Ethan’s past kind of bothered me as a reader. We discover early on that something was done to him when he was away at school, something terrible. As a hero, he worked because he was tortured, I just felt kind of let down. I can’t really explain why?

Alice was a great heroine, she was fiercely protective of Ethan’s boys and very sarcastic. I loved that about her. What I didn’t love? The fact that she agrees to have a sexual relationship with a guy who’s kids she’s teaching.  I know it’s historically accurate and I’ve read other historicals that use this same type of formula–I’ve never been a huge fan of it.

The story felt very disjointed to me. I’m probably being more harsh than if I would have just read it as a stand alone, but because I fell in love with the other books in this series, it is having to meet those high standards Ms. Burrowes has already set, and unfortunately this book falls very short.

The plot is a little patchy. I mean I get the main idea but nothing really shocked me. There was no “WOW” moment for me while reading. I wasn’t caught up in their love story and all in all it just fell flat.

I would recommend it as a good read. Again, I feel like I’m being unfair, but I KNOW Ms. Burrowes is insanely talented as she’s proved with this series, I just expect more from her now.