Review: Gareth by Grace Burrowes

Gareth by Grace Burrowes
Series: The Lonely Lords (# 6)
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 386
Source: Book was provided by NetGalley for review

She’s caught between a rake and certain ruin…

Felicity Worthington’s only hope of avoiding poverty—or worse—is to accept her distant cousin’s dubious bequest… a thriving, high-class brothel. Felicity has 90 days to convince her cousin’s solicitors that Gareth Alexander has taught her the art of pleasing a man, though she’s more interested in the gentleman she glimpses beneath Gareth’s debauched airs, than in the rake he’s become.

In the business of love…How much should he teach her?

Gareth Alexander, Marquis of Heathgate, has little incentive to help a spinster learn to manage a brothel—except that the alternatives for the prim, pretty Miss Worthington are even worse. His resistance to teaching Felicity how to be a madam leaves Gareth wondering if the honor he’d thought long dead still survives, and if that honor allows him to yield to the lady’s ruinous scheme… and to their shared desires.

 

Review: I’ve turned into one of those book addicts–you know the type–we read an entire series in a few days then cry into a tub of ice cream when the next book in the series isn’t out yet.

This is what Grace Burrowes newest regency series has done to me, and Gareth was no different than the previous gems she published.

Felicity Worthington has an inheritance–it’s just not one a gentle bred lady should have–or even be excited about.  A brothel? She has ninty days to prove to the Solicitor that she knows the art of seduction. The only problem? She’s a virgin, a spinster, a woman who knows nothing of the ways of the world.

Enter in Gareth, Marquess of Heathgate. The last thing he wants to do is teach an innocent the ways of seduction. But he’s convinced he can do it without getting his heart involved.

What made this story so special was the fact that although it seemed like your typical regency romance where rake meets innocent, falls in love,and marries her..it wasn’t that at all! The characters were so three dimensional, the issues they dealt with as well as the road blocks they had tossed in front of them made the reader really think that there was no possible way that they would end up together.

I was ready to throw my ereader halfway through the book. I loved the character of Gareth, that my friends, is how you write a rake. He admitted he was awful but he had a reason behind every little thing that he did and it wrecked me as I read it. Felicity was the same way–she just wanted to do right by her family and help provide a come out for her sister.

All in all it was a beautiful regency romance. Again, another stellar book by Ms. Burrowes.