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Nicholas: Lord of Secrets (Lonely Lords #2)

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Nicholas Haddonfield has something to hide...

After a wild youth, Nicholas Haddonfield, Viscount Reston, has promised his ailing father he'll finally take a bride, though doing so will force Nick to make impossible choices and face old, painful wounds.

Leah Lindsey is glad to find refuge from her own desperate situation in a marriage of convenience with the gallant viscount.
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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First - just look at that cover. Ugh. So bad.
Second - sloooooooooooow
Third - Nick is a potato
Fourth - Leah is vanilla wallpaper

I'm going to give this series one more try. I liked the first, this one I wanted to throw across the room, but some of the other characters seem interesting. Like Valentine! Why doesn't Valentine have his own book?!?
I’m on the fence for this one. On one hand I have liked some of Burrowes's books, on the other hand I tend to find some of her plots a little over dramatic and bordering into odd soap opera plots. I fear that Nicholas was one such book.

Nicholas Haddonfield is the heir to the Bellefonte earldom and his dying father has requested that Nicholas marry before he dies. Nicholas wants to honor his father’s final wishes and starts his bride hunt despite the fact that he has no intention of having a rea
Nicholas Haddonfield, Viscount Reston, was a secondary character in Darius, the first book in Grace Burrowes’ Lonely Lords series. In this, the second book, we get to know Nicholas more fully, and to discover the nature of the scandal which surrounded Darius’ sister, Leah, which was hinted at in the first book.

Nicholas is a giant of a man, often likened to a Viking because of his height and massive frame. He’s a giant on the inside, too, with appetites of all sorts (!) to match his stature and a
Mar 24, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My latest foray into the 'Lonely Lords' series was interesting and my reaction a bit mixed. I loved parts of Nicholas: Lord of Secrets while other parts just made me wrinkle my nose. No matter the issues I had with parts of the book, those quibbles certainly didn't prevent me from reading every last page and enjoying the book overall. For the most part.

Nicholas Haddonfield was very easy to like and to love, and sometimes liking and loving a hero in a romance novel do not always go hand in hand
Lady Wesley
Jun 09, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Grace Burrowes' last book, Darius, we learned that Darius Lindsey's father, the Earl of Wilton, is a mean, vengeful old man. Darius' sister, Lady Leah, is the primary target of his rage, and as this book opens he plans to marry her off to the poxy, disgusting old Lord Hellerington. Leah is stoic and resigned to her fate, particularly since the earl threatens to take out any disobedience by her on her two beloved brothers.

Nicholas Haddonfield, Viscount Reston, is heir to the Earl of Bellefont
Jan 22, 2014 Ilze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-keepers
Grace Burrowes' "Nicholas, Lord of Secrets" - #2 in the Lonely Lords series Ah, what a wonderful comfort read! Just what I needed in this cold, cold miserable January. True, Nicholas could have fessed up to his secret a lot sooner, and I couldn't see the point of Nicholas' and Leah's separation, but all in all, this is a beautiful story with some lovely insights, descriptive passages and love scenes. Grace Burrowes always has an animal character in her stories, and this time it's a cute duckling ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Tin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I had the pleasure of reading about Nicholas's life after his story, and he and Leah have already settled into a very comfortable situation, but it did not diminish my curiosity about how the two of them met and fell in love.

The Nicholas I know is a content man, who is enjoying married life, and builds bird houses -- but this is Nicholas prior to his marriage, and this Nicholas is quite a wild one. He prefers the company of women (plural) of ill repute and he doesn't really seem to have any care
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

Nicholas is the second book in the Lonely Lord series and we already knew the character from Darius, the first book. Nicholas is a very insanely tall man (I’m sorry for the drama, but I’m really short, haha!), handsome in his own way and very, very gentle. So much that sometimes it gets annoying. We also get pieces of Nick’s life during the first book, as both books happened at the same time.

He meets Leah, Darius sister, at
Jan 01, 2015 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although there are some touching moments in the book, this tale is ultimately silly and everything about the speech and attitudes of the characters proclaims them as 21st century people in Regency trappings.
The following comments contain spoilers but without them I cannot explain the plots many silly bits and inconsistencies. Nicholas has a secret daughter, hidden away because she has the mind of a young child. The fear another child fathered by him might have the same problem drives his decisio
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
This is the second book I have read in the Lonely Lords series and, once again, Grace Burrowes has written an engaging story full of heartfelt emotion and richly drawn characters.

“The Snowdrop is for hope.”

Nicholas is a big man with an even bigger heart…so devoted to his family and willing to allay all Leah’s fears and do whatever it takes to protect her from harm.

“I will see to your welfare, and without bringing you further misery. You are out of the habit of hoping and trusting, and you grow
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Rachel
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Miss Burrowes, you are seriously cutting into all my other activities during the day, including but not limited to, eating, cleaning, doing dishes–you get the picture.

This book started out a bit slower to me than Darius, the other one I read in this series, but not in a bad way. I really think Miss. Burrowes had to set the story. I kept reading only because I had liked Darius so much that I knew
A reluctant 3 stars. I adore this author's voice: articulate, detailed, fluid. And the men in her stories are hunky, sexy, sensitive, affectionate, capable, and successful. Plus I've liked Nick since reading about him in Val's story.

But I now see the pattern: Introduce and say something intruiging about, make me curious about the hero's best friend. Make him charming, funny, thoughtful. Then give him a book of his own and... Same. Old. Plot.

She's got a secret that will cause death, mayhem, and
Lita Bouquard
Don't read this unless you have read Darius's story first. The books events occur simultaneously and intertwine as Darius's sister Leah finds herself being "rescued" by Nicholas, a blond giant of a man. Nicholas is a perfect gentleman except in his eyes he is a freak-being over sized and having killed his mother at birth. He is known for his sexual exploits and has promised his failing father he will wed. He has difficulty because some woman fear giving birth to a child of his.

Leah is a pitiful
May 15, 2013 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas Haddonfield, Viscount Reston is a blond handsome giant on the hunt for a bride, due to the wish of his dying father. Nicholas is not a saint and has a colorful past, that he does not talk about. He knows he must marry, but he does not wish to have true union but a white marriage.

Lady Leah Lindsey is on the shelf with a scandalous past. Her father cannot stand to be in the same room with her and wants nothing more to marry her off the first chance he gets. She feels she is a burden to he
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Two strangers converse in the dark as they retreat from the “Ballroom Battlefield” for a respite. They kiss for luck. His kiss speaks of kindness, hers of wonder and courage. Nicolas Haddonfield, Viscount Reston and Leah Lindsey connect as fellow sufferers. He deems her a damsel in distress and sets in motion actions to ease her seemingly hopeless plight. Thus begins an ardently giving, loving love story that is brimming over with lif
Mar 08, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible, horrible cover. Reminds me of Dana Carvey in Hans and Franz on Saturday Night Live. With that in mind, I did chuckle every time I saw it, which made it somewhat endearing.

All that aside, this is turning into a very addictive series for me. I read this installment in one day. I could hardly put it down. Grace Burrows writes great characters and this set was lovely. Nicholas was endearing and charming and Leah, his lady love, was sympathetic and pleasing. I enjoy characters appearing fro
I'm having a hard time figuring out why I didn't enjoy this book as much as the bazillion other Burrowes that I've read. I think the first factor is that I've read the lonely lords series completely out of order and I kind of never liked Nick, too flirty with other people's significant others. But mainly, now I think about it, it was too insta-love for me. I never really felt the connection between the characters. It was all about Nick saving Leah rather than getting to know her and love her as ...more
Barbara Rogers
Nov 02, 2015 Barbara Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas Hadddonfield is featured in several of Grace Burrowes books and I always liked him. He appeared to be a very shrewd, smart and caring fellow -- and it turns out -- HE IS! That said, he was very obtuse and uninformed on a couple of key assumptions in this book. I understand that without those, there wouldn't have been a book, but -- well -- maybe if someone had told him those things when he was young, then I could see the belief. However, making those assumptions without anybody ever tel ...more
May 19, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland

4.5 stars

Nicholas:Lord of Secrets was a great read. Nick is so kind and caring, even if he is a bit stubborn and won't share all his thoughts and feelings with others. He is a really great guy and I loved watching him and Leah find their way in this book.

Nick, who is known for being a big ladies man, has to find a wife. He promised his dying father he would marry before he passes so he is trying to do just that. The only issue? He doesn't want
I love the "gentle giant" thing Nicholas has going on, and Leah was strong and had such a tragic past. Burrowes excels at hurt-comfort style romance, and I love it. That said, I didn't love this story. I thought Nicholas's big secret was kept long beyond the point of reason, and I thought that the way he's happy to be the Viscount of Variety but not sleep with his legal wife, made him a colossal hypocrite. Spoiler removed: (view spoiler) ...more
Cardyn Brooks
High quality writing continues in Leah and Nicholas's story about the consequences of youthful indiscretions years after they occur. The Lonely Lords series conforms more to the traditions of conventional romances with their misguided noble sacrifices that make everyone miserable, inaccurate mindreading, and annoying refusal to allow adult characters to have proactive conversations instead of gratuitous misunderstandings to serve plot pivots. This conformity made this a 3-star read for me, enjoy ...more
**Nicholas Haddonfield has something to hide...**

After a wild youth, Nicholas Haddonfield, Viscount Reston, has promised his ailing father he'll finally take a bride, though doing so will force Nick to make impossible choices and face old, painful wounds.

Leah Lindsey is glad to find refuge from her own desperate situation in a marriage of convenience with the gallant viscount. But soon convenience is not enough, and Leah can't understand why Nick remains so distant. What is he hiding, and will h
Cecilia Tan
Mar 02, 2014 Cecilia Tan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first honest-to-goodness "regency" romance and I loved it. The author has a honey-smooth writing style that makes the pages a pleasure to devour, and on top of that so many of the characters -- in fact all of them except the villains, whom we barely see -- are extremely likable. I hadn't thought about it before but such likable characters just makes it a pleasure to spend time with them, all of them. Another thing Burrowes does to keep everything flowing right along is she doesn't bo ...more
Theresa Brandt
Weak hero, slow plot

I came late to this series and read book 9: David first. I won't repeat my review of that book here, but I found it to be well written and plotted with characters interacting in believable situations and facing realistic problems. I wish I could say the same about book 2: Nicholas.

Unfortunately, Nick was just weak and rather ridiculous when considering the resolution to the BIG PROBLEM that kept him from consummating his marriage to the heroine, Leah. Her character was much m
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
May 16, 2015 Angie ~aka Reading Machine~ rated it really liked it
Nicholas "Nick" Haddonfield didn't think he was good enough to be loved and love in return. Nick's promise to his dying that he have a wife echoes in his thoughts while escaping marriage minded females. Nick discovers that he isn't alone in his solitude but mysterious lady that haunts him like no other. Lady Leah Lindsey isn't a stranger to scandal but is really afraid that her father will marry her off to the first scoundrel at first chance he gets. When Nick realizes his feelings for Leah but ...more
May 29, 2014 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first book of this series, Darius, had issues but I loved the core story. Unfortunately, I had to plow through a lot I didn't like to get at that core. Nicholas, the second of the series, suffers from the same issues. I also loved the core story with this one - a titled heir offers a lady/his friend a white marriage (sexless and childless) in order to save her from her father and they end up in love. Yet, the reasons for the white marriage and Leah's (the Lady friend) drawn out refusals just ...more
Mar 29, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know whether to stand on a chair to hug Nick or give him a knock in the back of the head and scream wake up already! Still a very good read, but Nick's idea of a seperation was pretty cute with his flurry of mail. Thank God for HEAs or poor Nick's grooms were going to expire from running back and forth to the country.
Apr 09, 2016 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This book wasn't as good as the first in the series. So, I was a little disappointed. I found both main characters a bit trying. I felt like the heroine, Leah, did a lot of whining. Nicholas wasn't much better and kept a lot of secrets that were all, surprise, revealed at the end. Eh.

And, the cover was creepy.
Oct 03, 2014 Cherie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, e-book
Another great hero and heroine. Nicholas is reluctant to marry but especially reluctant to generate his own children despite his enjoyment of children. I won't spoil the reason why but it is not for the usual reasons given in romance books. He is a gentle giant of a man, 6.5 feet of him. He loves to touch and kiss and finds it calms him when he calms others. He becomes Leah's knight in shining armor and what a knight he is. The two struggle because of his above mentioned reluctance mixes with ge ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas and Leah. He's a giant of a man and marries Leah to save her from her evil father. He wants to have a white marriage, but doesn't explain why to Leah. They both have secrets that they are unwilling to share with the other. Although there were times that I would have liked to smack Nicholas in the head, when he decided to separate from Leah it just broke my heart. You could feel the pain that they were both going through. My only issue with this book was the fact that it was happening at ...more
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