Series: Duke's Obsession #1, Windham #1
Also in this series: Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish
Genres: Romance, Historical, Regency
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...
Enjoyed my time with the Windhams
Thoughts on The Heir
Man, I dig the Windham family and Grace Burrowes. I dig them so much I even, apparently, forgave Gayle for sleeping with his mistress who was not the heroine during the book. In a way, that scene (while, blargh) was necessary for the plot because it a) sets the stage for the Duke’s obsession, b) shows Gayle’s fastidiousness and commitment not to get a child on just anyone and c) makes his “time” with Anna more poignant, in a way. (Are those vague enough terms for you?)
This is another series I’ve read all out of order, which means book 1 is the final book left for me in this series. Since I’ve read all the other books, which feature Gayle and Anna, I was particularly pleased to read THEIR story, and even managed not to get upset that we didn’t learn about Anna’s secrets until much later in the book.
(I must have been in a forgiving mood when I read this, or it’s been so long since I’ve read anything that I was desperate for a book fix. When you’re an addict, you need the hit.)
One characteristic I’ve seen in Grace Burrowes’s books is that the heroine and/or hero cling to this belief that they can’t be together and sometimes it’s very frustrating and such. That is true here, but I adored Gayle and his romance/seduction of Anna too much to get too upset. As for Anna, well… well… Anna. Really?
Issues aside, I keep coming back to Grace Burrowes. Her stories and characters kind of burrow (heh, unintentional pun) into you.