Review: Andrew by Grace Burrowes

Andrew by Grace Burrowes
Series: The Lonely Lords (# 7)
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

Andrew Alexander will do anything to protect those he loves…

After a tragic yachting accident leaves him wracked with guilt and despair, Andrew Alexander becomes certain he doesn’t deserve to be around his own family, let alone the beautiful, forthright Astrid Worthington. He wanders for years, only allowing himself respite from his self-imposed exile when he thinks Astrid safely married. He returns home to find instead that the only woman he’s ever loved has been recently—and mysteriously—widowed.

…especially from himself

When Andrew leaves, Astrid refuses to pine. She finds an amiable husband and contents herself with a cordial if unexciting marriage. But her husband’s sudden death and Andrew’s reappearance threaten to break her heart all over again. When Astrid’s life is threatened, she finds Andrew will do anything to protect her not only from her enemies, but also from the truth of his dark past.

 

Review: I take it back! Yes, that was the first phrase that came to mind when reading this book. Allow me to explain.

As with the other books in this series–I believed Andrew would start the same, it would take a while, as the reader, to get your feet wet, then you’d dive happily into the pond, swim around, tear up a bit, and feel all better in the end.

Not true.

This book grabbed me by the first few pages and had me so transfixed, so completely twisted up inside–that I literally didn’t speak to anyone for a solid three hours while I was reading.

Did I mention it’s Christmas?

Andrew, or Lord Andrew as I like to call him even though technically he’s Greymoore, escaped the continent to rid himself of his feelings for Astrid. In his absence, she has since married and been widowed, but is left with the fortunate or possibly unfortunate sign that she is increasing.

Andrew, being the most amazing type of rake Ms. Burrowes has written to date, has taken it upon himself to be her friend. Yes, you read that right. Friend. He wants to be friendly with her. Even though he’s been away for four dang years and still hasn’t been able to get her off his mind.

Astrid, lonely, a bit betrayed by her late husband, and really still in love with Andrew, gives in to the feelings he brings.

They fall into a happy type of romance, but she knows as well as he that it wont last. Andrew is hiding a deep dark secret, one that makes him feel unworthy of Astrid. If that isn’t enough drama to keep you awake–someone is also out to kill Astrid and the heir she carries.

The emotion I felt while reading this book was surprising–I didn’t expect to connect with the characters as much as I did and I fell IN LOVE with the way that Astrid dealt with Andrews self defeating ways. He was constantly seeing himself in such a horrific light—never understanding that he was the hero, not the villain. I loved the way she loved him. That’s the best way to put it. She loved him even when he didn’t love himself and she never once gave up on him.

In return, Andrew was the type of hero I wanted to root for. Yes, he had issues, but he never let his selfishness get in the way of Astrid’s needs.

It was a beautiful story that will stay with me for a long time! Five lovely roses–excellent read!