Nicholas

Nicholas: Lord of Secrets (Lonely Lords, #2)Nicholas Haddonfield does not want a wife but due to his ailing father he has promised to find one. Nicholas will come to the rescue of Leah Lindsey and make her his wife. He will be direct when telling her that he will never love her and never want children with her. He knows this will break his wives heart but it is the only thing he could do.

Leah Lindsey needed to escape from her fathers clutches. She will find a savior in Nicholas as he will marry her knowing all about her father. She will come to love her husband but the problem will come when it will not be returned. Her home will become her prison until she can show her husband to love.

Nicholas is the second book to the series Lonely Lords by Grace Burrowes. As I wasn’t too impressed with the first book I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this book. Remember Burrowes writing is very well done it was what was going on with the characters that I wasn’t loving. So in the second book I was more compelled to read this book. For me I liked this one over the first book.

Leah is a woman in a bad situation and its not getting any better. She has traded one prison for another it seemed. I liked that she fought for her husband and how Burrowes wrote how Leah felt it nearly broke your heart. In the end I wasn’t sure Nicholas deserved a second chance with his wife but as I wanted that happy ending I was willing to forgive Nicholas stubbornness. Now Nicholas was a stubborn man for not telling Leah what he feared or what was going on in his life.  You wanted to shake him for being an idiot and not explaining everything as he was ruining a good thing. I do get his fear and it would be terrifying especially if you didn’t know all the facts.

The villain is obviously Leah’s father who was a vile man who needed to be shot. That doesn’t happen but there is some justice at the end.

 

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Darius

Darius: Lord of Pleasures (Lonely Lords, #1)Darius Lindsey has been asked to play stud to Lord William Longstreet’s wife. Darius will accept the offer and accept the money. He will find himself falling for Lady Vivian but knows that it would never work as she is married. He will have to be indifferent and distance himself especially as he will have two women who could cause a lot of harm to his sister and to Vivian.

Lady Vivian does not want to be unfaithful to her husband but he was telling to do so. This was all to produce an heir. Vivian did not want to feel passion but it was something that she could not help when it came to Darius. She will be confused and torn when it was all over as feelings for Darius grew but he now only acted indifferent towards her.

Darius is the first book from the series Lonely Lords by Grace Burrowes. So this series has been on my list for a while. I haven’t gotten to it just for the reason I have had too many others to read. I am trying out this first book and I will say that it is okay. I wasn’t blown away by the plot. The way that Burrowes writes is very good so that is not in question. I like her writing as it is entertaining and the characters have a lot of traits that make them believable. I just wasn’t that into the book as I would have liked.

I didn’t like Darius for how he was treated. How he treated himself and how he was treated by others, especially the two vipers that were the women who attached themselves to Darius. Darius was a good man just in a troubled situation and with him playing stud it only gets worse. Vivian was a dutiful wife who wanted to please her husband. At first I thought she was too soft but she was just a kind person and naive about her life she was living. Having them in that situation a happy ending was almost unthinkable. It does of course happen but it will take some time.