Axel (Jaded Gentlemen, 3) Audio CD – Unabridged, October 24, 2017
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- Item Weight : 2.54 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-1515961567
- Product dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (October 24, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,421,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Axel Belmont's wife, with whom he had a great relationship, passed a few years previously leaving him alone with two sons who are away at school. He's nuts over things that grow and finds it difficult to leave his plants and his greenhouse. But... somehow he's been chosen to fill in as magistrate of his surrounds. In this role, he is called upon when one of his neighbors is shot dead in his home. Although Axel obviously knew the family, I suppose one could say he didn't know them all that well based on how the story plays out.
This murder brings Axel into close range of the victim's widow - Abigail Stoneleigh. Over the course of time Axel is drawn to Abby, although he must of course consider her a murder suspect. Little does Abby know, her life is fixin' to change, but not before some very unpleasant untruths are revealed about exactly what her marriage and relationship with her husband actually involved. I felt for Abby, but there is of course a brighter day coming into her life, because if anything is absolutely true of Ms. Burrowes' male lead characters, they will make things right for their ladies. Plus, along the way toward making things right, there will be lovely hugs, even lovelier kisses, food and teas with well thought out descriptive wording and on and on.
As usual, there will be male friends who aren't afraid of being transparent with one another, including being touchy-feely on occasion. I really liked Axel.
Grace Burrowes can write beautifully. I have highlighted phrases in her books that are high poetic. To find almost poetry in romance novels is a unexpected surprise. Her vocabulary is wonderful (I am learning new words that are extending my own vovabulary). The lovemaking between her heroes and heroines is so inspiring (as in "I shall try this with my husband").
Then there are her heroes. They are yummy. I do love her heroes so. I yearn for them. Her heroes are special, in the very nicest way that is also, to me, so attractively sexy. Axel Belmont has stolen my heart. How could Abby not fall in love with this man? Especially after living so long with her selfish husband, who is thankfully dead before the opening sentence of this novel.
I like this author excessively. I intend to read and savor every romance novel she has written.
While investigating the murder, he comes to care for the widow more and more but doesn't think anything of it until his friend Nicholas comes to visit and flirts with the widow. I love the character of Wee Nick - he seems to show up frequently in Ms Burrowes' books. This giant of a man with a heart of gold cares for his friends and isn't afraid to show it. One of the things I really like about all of Ms Burrowes' books is the relationships between all the men. They have a gentle and mannerly side to them while still remaining masculine and manly.
Axel comes to a crossroads in his life - he has the chance to become a don at Oxford (a lifelong dream but one which will require that he not marry) or admit his feelings for Abby. Luckily for us - Axel and Abby have their Happily Ever After once the murder is solved.
Though I had my suspicions I found that it wasn't until the end that I really knew who the murderer was and why. That makes this a thoroughly enjoyable mystery to read. Axel and Abigail are also a very likable couple, never boring, and their romance adds some spice to the story.
Of course, there are some old favorites. Wee Nick and Matthew play their parts and there are even references to the Windham family which always makes me happy.
I love Ms. Burrowes books and this is one of her best. I heartily recommend it.
I'm old enough that I don't remember my English classes very well, but I believe the book is written in third person.
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There hasn't been a single Grace Burrowes book that I haven't at least liked - mostly I just love them. Her writing is good, the stories gentle, the characterization great. I now feel lost without the characters around me! (And I hope very much that she is visited with a revelation about Sir Dewey's 'happy ever after'! Oh, and how nice to find an American author who understands that the title Sir (whether a knight or a baronet) goes with the first name and not the surname!!)
It is a good long read - so make sure you have plenty of free time before setting out on your journey with Axel and Abigail!