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Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Heir by Grace Burrowes

I was desperate for non-law books after my Fall semester last year.  I also wanted to only read about Dukes.  Well, after I ran out of Dukes in my titles, I noticed this book.  I started reading to see what he was an "heir" of, and I was hooked. I cannot put the book down, and I ended up staying up all night to finish reading.

I love the dynamics of Gayle and his brothers.  I am a sucker for having a good and fun brotherly relationship...even half-brothers.  Gayle's parents, who should have been annoying as they interfere in his life a lot.  They wanted Gayle married and get on with the business for heir-production.  I find his parents adorable.

Grace Burrowes has an excellent talent of making a reader fall in life with all his characters.  It is simply a treat to read her books.  I would put her right along my most favorites of authors:  Eloisa James (dare I say even better than?), Julia Quinn, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Donnelly and Nora Roberts (on the brother/sister dynamics, but I find Burrowes books much better overall than Roberts).
From Amazon:

An earl who can't be bribed...
Gayle Windham, earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the duke of Moreland. To escape his father's inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper...

A lady who can't be protected...
Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle Windham that she works as his housekeeper.
As the two draw closer and begin to lose their hearts to each other, Anna's secrets threaten to bring the earl's orderly life crashing down-and he doesn't know how he's going to protect her from the fallout...

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