Douglas Allen needs a home for his aching heart
Douglas Allen, Viscount Amery, hates having arrived to his title without knowing how to manage his properties. Guinevere Hollister is a distant family connection raising her daughter in rural obscurity while stewarding the estate. 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, and he will take on family, the meddling duke, and Gwen’s own lonely, stubborn heart to ensure his lady’s happiness.
Review: As is the usual–this book took me a while to get into. There is so much background information pertaining to Douglas and Gwen’s characters that I found myself really having to concentrate on detail.
There is a very important reason for this. I have to admit, when I first started reading I assumed I knew where the story was going. I’m glad I assumed wrong.
What started as your typical, “Take your pleasure from me and we’ll part on totally great terms.” Regency romance, turned in to a very heartwarming and sincere love story about two people finding healing in one another.
Douglas was a very logical yet straight forward character. He never sugar coated things in the story but as a reader I appreciated that he didn’t try to coerce, he rather, presented facts and then let others make the choice. He wasn’t a hot head, he was just a good guy. Yes, I think that’s what I took away from the story. He didn’t get raging drunk when things didn’t go his way–he merely offered his support and encouragement to the woman he loved.
Gwen on the other hand–she was a touch cookie to crack. I kept trying to figure out why she was so against marrying Douglas. I mean he was offering her everything and she loved him! But in the end it made total sense–as her past was truly coming back to haunt her.
I LOVED this story. As I said, it took a while to get into it, but I have to admit, for an author to be able to weave so many regency romances together and yet make me feel like each story is new? Yeah, quite impressive.
On another happy note, I also discovered that this is the same Douglas we got glimpses of in The Heir and Virtuoso (Two classic Grace Burrowes regencies)
All in all, wonderful, delightful read. Well done, again.