Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Nicholas (Lonely Lords #2) by Grace Burrowes + Featured Freebie

Nicholas (Lonely Lords, #2)






Heir to the Bellefonte earldom, Nick Haddonfield has made a promise to his dying father that he’ll marry before the Season’s over. When Nick meets Lady Leah Lindsey, he realizes he’s found not only a damsel lady in need of rescuing, but also a perfect countess of convenience. Then he spoils everything by falling in love with his wife…the one woman he can never, ever have.








My Rating: 2/5

After reading Darius and liking it so much, I had hoped that I would like Nicholas as much. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out as I hoped.

Leah was a good heroine. I admired her strength after the absolute turmoil that was her life. Despite the cruelty of her father, she still managed to deal with everything that his actions caused. She did have a slightly annoying tendency to self-sacrifice, but not to the point that it was just stupidity. I liked her, though she wasn't my favorite heroine. 

Nicholas was very sweet. Though he was characterized as a ladies' man, he was shown as a sweet man that was willing to inconvenience himself to help another. His reasoning for not allowing himself a true marriage to Leah made me want to shake some sense into him, though. I understood his reasoning, I just didn't think it was a legitimate reason to now sleep with his wife. I did end up liking him, despite that small issue.

Leah and Nicholas were a sweet couple. They fit very well together. Nicholas' issues kept them from having some spice in their relationship. But, I did think they were a lovely couple.

The issue with the book, for me, was the pace. It just went too slow. It took too long for something important to happen and the plot dragged in some places. Had the plot moved faster, I would have really liked the book because I liked every other element. But, the slowness kept me from ever being totally enthralled, though I was at least mildly interested the entire time. 

Nicholas was an okay book. I didn't love it, but it was okay. 

*Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy!
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AN UNATTAINABLE ROGUE…

For seven years, Lord Garrett Sinclair-- the ruggedly handsome illegitimate son of the Duke of Pembroke--has been traveling abroad with no intention of ever returning home to Pembroke Palace… until his father commands that he must marry by Christmas in order to thwart a family curse or lose his inheritance forever. Haunted by a tragic accident that has hardened his soul, Garrett entrusts his brothers to seek out a bride who will agree to a marriage in name only. Her reward? A sizable share of his inheritance--payable immediately after the wedding night….

A BEAUTIFUL TEMPTRESS…


Lady Anne Douglas has been ruined by scandal and disowned by her father. Facing a life of poverty and spinsterhood, she leaps at the generous terms of the marriage contract to ensure her independence. But the charade of a two-week engagement proves more of a challenge than either anticipated when they cannot resist the intoxicating lure of the marriage bed. Anne knows they will part ways after the wedding. Will she dare risk her heart for two weeks of pleasure in the arms of an irresistible rogue? Or will her surrender become her undoing after a most unexpected turn of events mere hours before the wedding?


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A DUKE IN DISGUISE…

The day was as hot as the pond was inviting. It’s not as if anyone in Little Huffington was going to happen upon a secluded vale on the Duke of Greycliffe’s lands. And Venus Collingswood didn’t want to get her shift all wet. It was the perfect setting in which to plan her lovely bookworm of a sister’s betrothal to the mysterious new duke arriving seven days hence. If only she had a suitable accomplice…

Andrew Valentine, Duke of Greycliffe, never thought arriving at his own household a week early would cause so much trouble. The housekeeper thinks he’s his own cousin. Actually, the chance to not be the duke for a while is a pleasant opportunity indeed. It might even help him interrogate the delectable little nymph he’s discovered swimming in his pond—if he can manage to get a word in edgewise…

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