Friday, March 8, 2013

Darius (Lonely Lords #1) by Grace Burrowes + Featured Freebie

Darius (Lonely Lords, #1)Desperate, penniless, and shunned by his wealthy father, Darius Lindsey begins offering himself secretly to jaded society ladies. He hangs onto his last shreds of honor, but he's losing ground financially each month.

That is until the aging Lord William Longstreet makes Darius an offer he can't refuse: get the Lord's pretty young wife-of-convenience, Lady Vivian, pregnant discreetly, and he will earn enough money to never want again. But problems lie ahead when the stunning Vivian captures his heart, and his clients refuse to let him go. Can Darius untangle himself without scandal and offer himself to Vivian heart and soul?

My Rating: 5/5

A sweet, wonderful, brilliant romance that warmed my heart! I loved this book!

I was a bit worried going into this book. Having a hero is is basically a male prostitute is a new one for me and I was concerned that I wouldn't like it. But, not only did I like it-I adored it. 

Vivian was a remarkable heroine. She was a companion to Lord William's first wife and, after she died, William married her to save her from having to return to her awful step-father. When William asked her to have a sanctioned affair to get pregnant, she accepted with grace and handled the situation with dignity. I don't think I can even say anything bad about her. She was a perfectly lovely character.

Darius was a complicated hero. His father is a terrible man who has cut him off. So, he sells himself, discreetly offering pleasure for money. Though, he doesn't actually have sex with his clients. It's more that he sells his body for the client to do with as she pleases.Though he agreed to getting Vivian pregnant, it was immediately obvious that it wasn't going to be that simple for him. He immediately gave the impression of being an honorable man who is intensely protective of those he loves. He wouldn't be able to abandon his child. His obvious torment about the levels he has had to sink to in order to survive made him a very sympathetic character. And, afterwards, he proved himself to be incredibly sweet, loving, protective, noble, and basically the perfect hero. There were so many times when I wanted to give him a hug because he was just such a sweetheart. I loved his character, complications and all.

Vivian and Darius had such a perfect relationship. Regardless of the obvious issues in their relationship, their love for each other was just adorable. And they were HOT in the bedroom. They were a sweet and spicy couple that I loved seeing together. 

Lord William was a wonderful character and I just want to mention him for the important role that he plays. Though it seems that he must be a terrible person for paying a man to get his wife pregnant, it isn't what is seems. Let's just say that he knew what he was doing.

The plot of this book spanned several months, but it was well paced. I was kept interested the entire time. All the complications in the story line, the secrets-they had me hooked, anxious to find out how it worked out. And the ending was so brilliant.

Darius was an unconventional historical romance but it definitely paid off. I loved this book. Romance lovers, you definitely need to read this.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy!
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Released (Highland Historical #4) (The MacKays)
She's become a Banshee, screaming for vengeance...

The last thing Katriona remembers about her life is her violent death. Now, in order to rest, she must avenge her family, which means eliminating the last of the corrupt MacKay Lairds. But her Banshee scream doesn't kill him, and the more she tries, the harder it becomes to resist the wicked temptation he poses.

He's cursed for the crimes of another...

None of the many sins staining Laird Rory MacKay's soul warrant the wailing Banshee in his bedroom. With a clan divided, an impending marriage, and whispers of a dark curse threatening the livelihood of his people, Rory doesn't have the time - or the heart - to face the specter of the one woman he's spent the last year trying to forget.

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