The Virtuoso (Duke's Obsession, #3)(Windham, #3)
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The Virtuoso (Duke's Obsession, #3) (Windham #3)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,389 ratings  ·  150 reviews
A genius with a terrible loss. . .

Gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland, has little interest in his father's obsession to see his sons married, and instead pours passion into his music. But when Val loses his music, he flees to the country, alone and tormented by what has been robbed from him.

A widow with a heartbreaking secret. . .

ebook, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks, Incorporated
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Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books
Spellbinding! The Virtuoso, by Grace Burrowes, is a lovely book, full of suspense, mystery, regency manners, music, beautiful men and women, and a villain determined to spoil everything.

Ms. Burrowes has written a book with a well-developed plot and main and secondary characters that I have continued to think and care about long after finishing the book. The ending goes beyond a romantic HEA. I admit that I did not see the finale coming, and it was such a beautiful thing. I won’t spoil it for you...more
The lead in this story, Valentine Windham, was a supporting player in the author's previous books in the series. The quiet piano virtuoso was one of my favorite and most memorable characters from a book ever. That's some pretty high expectations to set on a character, and I'm glad to say that Val did not disappoint on his own story. Much gentler, kinder, and more artistic than the heroes we're used to seeing in historical romance, Val is my favorite type of hero. The type who is kind to everyone...more
I want to rate this on an iceskatking or gymnastics scale--high marks for artistic interpretation and low marks for technique.
The quality of the rleationships she builds is wonderful,and I really like how they affection and love grows peacefully and naturally. That's true in all her books, and its very appealing. She also has some lovely images.
Unfortunately Burroughs doesn't think her plots through carefully and she just tromps all over basic facts about social relations of the period.
For exa...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Nov 10, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beta Hero Lovers
3 stars or 3.5

This book starts strong. We’re given a delicious beta hero, a lovely widow, and a natural-feeling romance. Then, the plot deteriorates with critical revelations and nonsensical behavior. The some- kind-of-wonderful feeling turns into what-the-heck is happening. Sighs turn into groans. No, no, no!

The Story
Valentine Windham, youngest son of a duke and gifted pianist learns he may never be able to play the piano again. Composing and playing music is his whole life, his reason for bei...more
Val is a great hero. His character keeps this book from being the "same old, same old" Regency romp. While still masculine and sexy, Val has more in common with the contemporary "beta geek" hero than the usual alpha male or Regency rake. Val's artistic temperament is believable and well developed. He's gentle, thoughtful, and somewhat self-contained. Ellen is a wonderful compliment to Val's character. Her blend of strength, world-weariness and innocence is charming.

Both Val and Ellen are keeping...more
What a fantastic book. Grace Burrowes' books just keep getting better. I liked Val in the other books, and I loved getting to know him in this one. When he is told that he must stop playing the piano or risk losing the use of his hand completely he is devastated. He heads for the country and the estate he won at cards. It is in appalling condition and he begins the work of restoring it. There he sees Ellen Markham again, and begins to get to know her. Ellen is living in a cottage on the estate,...more
L.A. Miller
What I love the most about Ms. Burrowes work is that she has a unique ability to take a reader into another world from the first pages. She paints her scenery with words much as a painter uses a brush. Her characters are rich in both their ability to love, their sense of humor, the torment of life and the ability to overcome. In reading the last of the series I loved the way she brought back characters from her first two books allowing the love affair to continue while engraving into your heart...more
Ahh, Grace Burrowes writing is comfort food for the romantic soul. This is yet another installment of the Windham's and I think this is the best yet. A sweet savory story with just the right amount of spice in the ultimately perfect moments.

Valentine Windham just has a place in my heart and has had since I first met him. Don't get me wrong as I do so love his brother's stories but this one touches the soul deep down. He is handsome if not down right beautiful, has a sense of humor, a heart felt...more
Nice home-making heroine brings comfort to tortured peer of the realm.

First time, charming.

Second time, very dark and moving.

But the third time? Meh. I found Val charming in the other two books and was quite looking forward to learning more about him. Wah. His daddy didn't love him. Really? That was his deep dark pain? The pain that kept him pouring his soul into the piano? And Ellen, well, I found Ellen just a little....boring.

And what is with the constant reference to menses in all Burrowes...more
Wasn't my favorite of her's, but readable. I don't know if I just wasn't in the mood, or what, but it took some talking into to keep reading the book. I really liked Val's character in other books, but he didn't really shine in this one. I also didn't like the main female lead all too much either; she was just kind of a blase, no personality character.
Blodeuedd Finland
Ever since I read about Val in book 1 I wanted to read his book, he just felt so different than other heroes. He just sat by his piano all day long and played. He sounded so sweet.

In this one he wins an estate and goes to fix it up, and to rest since his hand is red and swollen (poor Val, all he wants to do is play). There he meets his heroine, Ellen Markham, a young widow, a nice soul who lives all alone in the woods. And she has got a secret, just like the 2 heroines before her. She does sit o...more
I reviewed this novel for Romance Reader At Heart website:


Valentine Windham, ‘Val’ to his friends and family, is a man that eats, breaths, and dreams his music. For a doctor to tell him that if he does not rest and try to heal his left hand, which has been swollen and paining him ever since his elder brother’s death, is like condemning him to a lifelong purgatory. Shortly after, Val’s luck in cards gains him an estate that is a need of repair. He welcomes the dist...more
Lady Wesley
Grace Burrowes is a very talented writer, and she creates characters you come to really care about. This is a good thing, as the first three books in the Windham series are basically the same plot, with different people and settings. The Heir: duke’s heir, burdened by the demands of running the duke’s estates, spends the summer in London and falls in love with a women beneath him in social status who is keeping deep, dark secrets. The Soldier: duke’s illegitimate son moves to his new estate in...more
I didn't mind this book, but the characters were kind of drippy. (view spoiler)...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

The Virtuoso bears out the saying that “When one door closes, fortune will usually open another”. Bereft at being denied his music, Valentine (Val) Windham plans to bury himself in the refurbishing of a rundown manor. However, the gentle, unassuming Ellen FitzEngle, once the mistress of the old manor, opens new feelings, hopes, and purpose for Val.

Deciding how to do justice to a story so revealing of emotions that range from the dept...more
This one's pretty "meh" - I really didn't enjoy it. The language felt too modern for me and coupled with a vague 19th century setting (I couldn't figure out if this was Regency or what) it just didn't settle well. Val's family is too complicated in structure (and never fully explained - this is apparently book #3 but trying to connect everyone together is confusing) and the villain menacing Ellen didn't quite seem all that menacing, just a nuisance who, in the end, disappears without a fight. Bo...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I enjoyed the first two books in this series and was really looking forward to The Virtuoso. I have to say I was a little disappointed. I loved Valentine in the other two books. He is a very caring person. I think his story was rushed and not edited as well as it should have been. The story line was not consistent. Characters said one thing in the first of the book only to find that the story was based on a totally different fact. The tension was not built or resolved as well as it could have be...more
Aurian Booklover
Lord Valentine Windham is the youngest son of the Duke of Moreland, and his only passion and his true talent is in playing the piano, creating the most beautiful music. He really grieves the passing of two of his older brothers, and now he is losing his music as well. His left hand is severely injured, and it will need a lot of rest if he ever wants to play again. But Val does not really belief in that, and he seems to be punishing his hand. Not by playing music, but through hard labor.
Val won...more
Cardyn Brooks
This stellar series about the loving, messy Windham family and friends continues with Ellen and Valentine's story in The Virtuoso. Val's counterproductive stubbornness regarding the physical manifestation of his grief dovetails with Ellen's stoic determination in moving forward from her grief.

G.B.'s ability to intertwine family dynamics, personal idiosyncrasies, multiple power plays, and smalltown politics into an emotional love story with humor and tenderness is impressive. She consistently po...more
This is now my all-time favorite romance. I was up until 4am finishing it. It was beautifully written and I loved the musical metaphors. It was refreshing to read a story in which the love was strong throughout and the tension was because of the circumstances they lived with, not tension between the characters themselves. I want to savor Grace Burrowes's books. I want to read them all, and soon, but I will give them the time they deserve.
Emery Lee
Grace Burrowes is a gifted writer. I found myself frequently re-reading paragraphs or bits of dialogue out of appreciation for her eloquence of expression.

She layers her stories with emotion and seems to uniquely embrace the subtleties of not just the developing romance between the h/h but the various familial relationships that impact her characters lives.
I read this book as part of a three book bundle after I read The Heir and The Soldier, and I liked this book the best out of the 3. Lord Valentine Windham has a courtesy title, however being one of the surviving two out of four sons of a duke have made him wary of ladies of the ton. He is a very talented pianist and he saves all his passion for his music. In fact, in The Heir, Val was introduced as the son who was rumored to prefer men for all the interest he didn't obviously show to women. This...more
Valentine, the youngest Moreland son and a piano virtuoso has some form of repetitive strain injury and has been advised by his doctor to stop playing the piano, perhaps permanently. This makes him frustrated and depressed because his piano is his passion and his outlet and he now feels crippled. He wins an estate in a card game and decides to visit his property with his friend,Darius Lindsey (yes, that Darius).

There, they discover that an acquaintance of his, Ellen FitzEngle lives down the lane...more
Review to follow when---er, IF---I can organize my various thoughts on this one into semi-coherent sentences!
Maggi Hesseling
Perhaps one of the most dificult things to do in my opinion is to put music into a story. How do you make it sound to an audience that is reading it? It's like reading sheet music, if you can't read it that way, then how are you going to know what it sounds like to the untrained ear? This novel manages to do that and more. It's as if all your senses are satisfied by it at the end. You've smelled the flowers of Little Wendon, you've tasted St. Just's candied violets, but most of all, you've been...more
It's time for Valentine Windham, the piano player, to get his turn at an HEA. In the last book, A href=" Soldier, Valentine was told that he would have to stop playing the piano, the thing that has kept him connected to the world. In this book, he has won an estate in a card game and has decided to go get it ready for living. There, he meets Ellen Markham, the widowed cousin-in-law of the man who lost.
Ellen is living alone, in a small cottage, even though...more
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บอกตามตรงว่า อ่านเรื่องนี้จบไปแล้วเกิดอาการอยากจะบอกศาลาไปกับงานเขียนของเกรซ เบอร์โรว์เลยนะคะ เพราะเป็นอีกครั้งนึงที่พล็อตนางเอกผู้มีความลับดำมืด ต่อสู้ดิ้นรนช่วยตัวเอง แต่ก็ไม่สามารถแก้ปัญหาได้ จนมาเจอกับพระเอกที่ต้องการช่วยเหลือเธอ แต่ด้วยเหตุผลอะไรไม่แน่ชัดสาวเจ้าก็จะปฏิเสธความช่วยเหลือ แต่ก็แก้ปัญหาไม่ได้ สุดท้ายก็ต้องยอมให้พระเอกขี่ม้าขาวมาช่วย ซึ่งก็แก้ปัญหาได้ง่ายมาก

จริง ๆ เราอยากอ่านเรื่องราวของวาเลนไทน์นะคะ เขาเป็นนักเปียโนที่มีพรสวรรค์ และหมกหมุ่นกับการฝึกปรือฝืมือของตัวเอง แต่อาการบา...more
Marya Kowal
Feb 27, 2012 Marya Kowal rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
I enjoy historical romance, but this one was unusually good.

The hero is a piano virtuoso who has injured his hand and must stop playing. Restless, he gambles, wins an estate, and decides to fix it up out of a desire to flee London and avert more boredom and discomfort.

Our heroine is living on the estate, and is being mistreated by the former owner.

Rather than the stereotypical damsel in distress novel, this is a damsel who is doing her best to create her own solution and keep her head up. The...more
The Virtuoso by Grace Burrowes
Historical Romance - Nov. 1st, 2011
4 stars

As with all her novels, the genuine characters and poignant emotions between the main characters carries the story.

Lord Valentine's life revolves around music but an old hand injuries and the constant playing since his brother’s death have caught up with him. Now the doctor tells him he will have irreparable damage if he does not stop playing his piano for months! And even then, he must be careful after. It will be a slow a...more
Linda Banche
Grace Burrowes's THE VIRTUOSO, the third book in THE DUKE'S OBSESSION series, is an intensely romantic and emotional story of two damaged people finding healing with each other.

For virtuoso pianist Lord Valentine Windham, the Duke of Windham's youngest son, music is his life--until a hand injury prevents him from playing. Terrified his music might be lost to him forever, he must find something to fill the void while, and if, his hand heals. He wins a dilapidated estate at cards and throws himsel...more
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