Sunday, August 4, 2013

Gabriel: Lord of Regrets (Lonely Lords #5) by Grace Burrowes + Featured Freebie

Gabriel: Lord of Regrets (Lonely Lords, #5)
Gabriel North has spent two years allowing his family to believe him dead, while he assumes the identity of a hardworking steward on the neglected Three Springs estate.

When Gabriel falls in love with Polonaise Hunt, cook at Three Springs, he realizes that until he solves the mystery of who tried repeatedly to kill him, he cannot ask any woman to share his life.

Gabriel resumes his proper identity as Marquis of Hesketh, only to find that Polonaise has also resumed her calling, that of talented portrait artist, and she’s been commissioned to paint Gabriel’s heir.

While Gabriel tries to untangle the mystery of his attempted murder, he finds Polonaise has been keeping secrets of her own. She can capture Gabriel’s likeness on canvas, but can he capture her heart?

My Rating: 5 Roses

A semi-murder mystery, a hot romance, and a legal battle come together in this book to make it one hell of a read. Gabriel: Lord of Regrets was a fantastic historical romance that kept me hooked. Loved it!

Polonaise was a lovely heroine. She was easy to sympathize for, considering everything she had gone through and was still dealing with. Despite that, she was a tough woman, and nothing could get her down. I liked that she had her head firmly in reality. I find it unrealistic when historical romance heroines who are of common birth expect a higher born hero to drop everything for them. Sure, that makes for great romance, but it's totally unrealistic for the times. But, Polonaise was down to earth and realistic about her situation. Of course, she was in for a pleasant surprise :) Overall, I thought she was a likable character.

Gabriel was also wonderful. There was a lot to him. Running away from a possible assassination attempt, living as a commoner for two years, and suspecting the worst when he tried to figure out who was responsible for the attacks. All that made him into an unusual marquis. So, it was interesting to read about a character who left the mold of historical romance heroes. I thought he was great. Very sweet, loyal, protective, and determined to win the woman he loves. I really liked him.

The romance was hot. Both characters were experience, so they weren't afraid to go for what they wanted. And that led to a ton of sparks. And they were definitely sweet together. Since they were already in love prior to the beginning of this book, the emotions were already there and they just deepened as the book went on. Loved this couple.

The plot was fast paced. The mystery of who tried to kill Gabriel kept me on the edge of my seat. Add to that a possible lawsuit against Gabriel for the confusion of his earlier betrothal that ended up with his brother marrying the former fiance and there was never a dull moment. I was hooked the entire way through. And the ending was lovely.

Gabriel: Lord of Regrets is my favorite of the Lonely Lords series so far. I absolutely loved it! Lovers of historical romance, you definitely have to get on this series and read this book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy!
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Jacque Pierce was just an ordinary 17 year old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don't realize the last two weeks of their summer was going to get a lot more interesting. From the moment Jacque sets eyes on Fane she feels an instant connection, a pull like a moth to a flame. Little does she know that the flame she is drawn to is actually a Canis Lupus, werewolf, and she just happens to be his mate; the other half of his soul. The problem is Fane is not the only wolf in Coldspring, Texas. Just as Fane and Jacque are getting to know each other, another wolf steps out to try and claim Jacque as his mate. Fane will now have to fight for the right to complete the mating bond, something that is his right by birth but is being denied him by a crazed Alpha. Will the love Fane has for Jacque be enough to give him the strength to defeat his enemy, will Jacque accept that she is Fane's mate and complete the bond between them?

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