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Nicholas: Lord of Secrets (The Lonely Lords Book 2) by [Burrowes, Grace]
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"Ms. Burrowes' continually presses the bar and goes above and beyond the normal to give her readers phenomenal love stories that keep us manic for more." - Romantic Crush Junkies EZine

"[Burrowes'] eloquent writing style keeps the story flowing well and kept me interested right to the end." - Night Owl Reviews

"I commend Grace Burrowes for not sticking to a conventional historical romance trope. She took a classic damsel in distress story and gave her a hero who needed a bit of saving himself. The characters were compelling, and I never lost interest in their story" - 3 Chicks After Dark

"Grace Burrowes creates characters, that are emotionally damaged in some way but still manage to be the most forgiving and caring and courageous individuals you could possibly imagine... I always find myself wanting to step into the pages of the book, so I can simply hug the dickens out of these characters and I'm betting you will to." - Novels Alive

"Another beautifully written story. The characters are wonderful, and the story definitely holds your interest... Highly recommended. " - Romantic Historical Lovers

"Exquisite... breathtaking and heartwarming. " - Long and Short Reviews

"NICHOLAS makes a great addition to the Lonely Lords series, and I enjoyed this book just as much as DARIUS. Ms. Burrowes has earned a place on my must read list." - Book Lover and Procrastinator

"Yet another wonderful book from Ms. Burrowes and I just have to keep devouring these books as quickly as they come out" - Reviews by Molly

"There were moments in this book that had me laughing and weeping and continuously turning the pages." - The Royal Reviews

"Grace Burrowes pens a very realistic historical romance. She has the ability to bring the scene alive as if we have been set down in the time period" - LaDeetda Reviews

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1536 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BXJ35B8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I must admit when I read the early reviews on this site for this book, I almost hesitated to buy it. The weaknesses pointed out by these reviewers spoke of a plot device in books that usually annoys me: the big misunderstanding due to lack of communication. In this case, more openness on Ncholas' part would have completely eliminated a great deal of the story. I much prefer an external conflict that the hero and heroine face together and have to use their wits to overcome (which they do to deceive and outmaneuver Leah's despicable father). But Burrowes is such a wonderful writer, her characters are so strong and her individual scenes so moving (I can't think of another writer off-hand--romance author--who strings together one magical scene after the other) I couldn't not buy it. And having read it, I understand why readers would be frustrated by the plot device that Burrowes uses to keep the lovers "apart".
All that being said, it was just a lovely book. I couldn't put it down. I liked Leah very much and all the secondary characters were very strong, even if they only played a small part in the story. I especially like the old Earl, Nicholas' father and Ethan, his half brother (I'm really looking forward to his story, which I think is next). However, the character of Nicholas is the glue that tied it all together--he is larger than life...big physically, generous, loving, bright, intuitive. You were just rooting for him all the way. I have a weakness for edgy, dark heroes,and Nicholas was anything but that; however, he was so damned sexy. Frankly, when I found out that Burrowes was going to put out 9 books in a year based on the "Lost Lords" concept, I thought she would really dilute her magic, especially after the strength of the Wyndham series. However, if the rest of the books are as good as Darius and Nicholas, all I can say is keep writing one a month, Grace. I'll happily keep buying and reading them!
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I generally like this author but this is a great big miss. At best I would have given it three stars but the end dropped it to two. When the big reveal happens about why Nicholas doesn't want children he goes from "nice" to "nice and dumb as a box of rocks" in one paragraph. Clearly the author has trouble in some of her stories coming up with a trauma sufficient to actually explain a character's motivation. She has done it before - itty bitty problem easily solved with a simple question results in life long suffering. There are at least two more books coming in this series and I'm not sure I will bother with them since this group of stories is published in rapid succession and probably were written that way too. Romance novels are not literature but that doesn't mean they should be bad comic books.
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At the outset here, let me say that this author is the only one I have on autobuy. I couldn't wait for this book because I've loved Nicholas in every other book where he is mentioned by Ms Burrowes. I truly, truly didn't expect the direction of this story, as beautifully written as it is. I adored the previous book Darius, and that was a difficult story too but it was also one of redemption. This book was problematic for me for a few reasons but first here is a brief summary:

The h is in a difficult position, her father is an earl and desperately trying to marry her off to an old degenerate man. The h had previously been disgraced when she eloped with a man supposedly approved of by the h's father. The H meets the h and they form a connection immediately and he wants to help her. He gets involved in her problems and one thing leads to another and he agrees to marry her in name only. He needs to marry because he promised his dying father, also an earl, that he would. He wants a wife in name only for reasons only he knows. There is a strong attraction and emotional connection between the H and h but he refuses to give into it and won't tell his wife why. On the side there is the mystery of why the h's father deliberately allowed her disgrace by killing her previous 'fiance' in a duel. He also tried to have her kidnapped before her marriage to the H. The mystery is a side plot of the book.

The angst involved in the H and h both feeling like they do about each other is heartbreaking. The H's decisions are heart breaking. This all goes on until nearly 90% into the book so be forewarned.
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I wanted to like this book. I have loved pretty much everything else Grace Burrowes has written, even Darius, which I picked up a bit reluctantly and then couldn't put down. But this book never quite reaches its potential. This was a frustrating book. Events move strangely, painfully slowly, and the writing is lifeless enough that it almost feels like you are reading a particularly dull outline rather than the story itself. Even the love scenes were lackluster.

Leah, the heroine, gets a good amount of mention in Darius' book, and I was interested to read the story of her romance with Nicholas, Viscount Reston. He is an appealing hero--big, charming, protective, and chivalrous--and Leah is obviously meant to be a strong, determined woman. Everything about this story is set up for them to have great chemistry, a piercingly sweet courtship, and just the right amount of wrenching drama before they all win through to a happy end. But somehow, instead of the poignant and thoughtful romance I was anticipating, everything about it just didn't quite work.

Apparently this novel is one of Grace Burrowes' early works, resurrected from a dusty pile somewhere, which might account for some of its problems. I get the sense that her original manuscript, written who knows how many years back, was rushed into publication with only a cursory look beforehand. That might have worked with Darius, but I feel like this novel at least would have benefited from a thorough, if not complete, rewrite.

Burrowes has obviously matured a great deal as a writer, and truly dedicated fans might enjoy reading this book, despite its flaws, for the glimpses it gives of the Windham family and the other inhabitants of the world they live in. But if you're looking for an engaging, polished read, or an introduction to Grace Burrowes' work, give this one a miss and pick up another of her novels.
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