New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces a brand new gorgeous Regency Romance series featuring the Haddonfield ladies and their loves.
He’s had everything he could ever want…until now
Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.
Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren’t for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives-protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita’s heart.
Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley
I’m a little conflicted about this book, because while there were aspects of it that I really loved, there were other bits that perplexed and annoyed me. Mostly, though, I really enjoyed it. Tremaine St. Michael is not your average Regency hero and not just because he deals in trade. Despite his noble birth, Tremaine grew up poor in the wilds of Scotland, which left him with a lifelong passion for sheep. I absolutely loved this about him, the way he cares for the sheep, the knowledge and respect that he has for them, and the way he’s managed to turn this care and attention into a vast wealth. He’s not uncultured or rude or borish, he’s smart and tenacious and a complete gentleman – I really liked him.
Nita I found a little harder to warm to. On the surface she’s great – a woman made independent by the early loss of her mother and the way she helped raise her younger siblings and take care of her father’s home. The way she treats and cares for the tenants on her father’s land definitely demands respect, but I found it hard to figure Nita out because she doesn’t actually like doing it. She does it out of duty and obligation to her mother’s memory, despite the fact that it’s alienated her family and puts her own health at risk. If she was really devoted to medicine I would have been right behind the way she let it take over her life, but she isn’t, she doesn’t really want to do it, the whole thing is making her miserable and she lets it dictate her entire life, when the solution to all her problems is so stupidly obvious all along!
And that is where this book didn’t work for me. I liked Nita well enough, I loved Tremaine and I really enjoyed the steady build of their relationship with their mutual respect and attraction steadily deepening to something more. But thanks to willful obtuseness on both parts the medical elephant in the room builds up unnecessary tension and drags out the action in a way that frustrated me. As I said before, if this was something Nita truly wanted to do and fully believed in, it would have been different. Instead she’s being stubborn and everyone else around her is plain stupid not to find a workable solution to it all.
Which is a shame because where before the action had been light and fun and romantic and enjoyable, it turns tedious and needlessly melodramatic when everything comes to a head. Add in everything surrounding Nita’s younger sister and the tiptoeing around a serious issue that everyone should have been made aware of when a potential marriage was being raised, and the book started to feel very long. I also found the situation with George and the solution to his problems left a bad taste behind. It wasn’t the actions so much as the emotions behind it. I really didn’t appreciate the way that turned out.
So, in all, though I did mostly enjoy this book, I also didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped. I like all the characters and I loved the sheep and country feel to it all, I just wish a few people had used their brains a little earlier and that George’s story hadn’t taken that particular turn. Overall this is another good read from this author, if not perhaps her best, and I’ll definitely be looking out for the next in the series.
Tremaine’s True Love is out August 4th!
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