Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight
Before she can be publicly ruined, close family fri ...more
I originally gave this a C---, but after writing the full review, I realized how much it annoyed me.
He wasn't unaffected either. There was...tumescence.
Burrowes' debut The Heir (Duke's Obsession, #1) was one of my "gateway" romances, mostly because of a certain handjob scene early in the book. But she's never been on my auto-buy list, for reasons I really couldn't explain. Until now.
I admire her use of language — some of her sentences are marvelous. But in between, there's weak charact ...more
There are no mysteries, no murders, no spies, no Big Misunderstanding - it's just a lovely, warm story about two people finding each other and falling in love, and I can think of no better recommendation. When you can write as well as Grace Burrowes, and give us characters who feel as though they are real people, you don't need to spin an adventure yarn as well in order to "fill in the boring bits". Because the "boring bits" are where ...more
On the whole I liked this book. It's strong point was the realistic relationship between the hero and the heroine. It was a nice gentle falling into friendship and then love between two nice people. The gruff hero was particularly fun to read about. The conflict was all external and that is where the book lost some points. Both of them had something to hide and what they were hiding was really not all that dreadful. (view spoiler)[in fact I would have enjoyed it a lot more if in fact h ...more
Ugh. Why can't I keep my authors straight? I didn't realize this was Grace Burrowes. I'm not really a fan. Okay, that's a bit of an understatement. I don't like her books. I just don't. I have no idea why I didn't realize who this was. But whatever. Shit happens.
This book was a confusing mess. Lady Louisa has a secret she's trying to keep buried. Sir Joseph is a widow with two little girls and has a whopping fourteen secrets he'd rather weren't brought to light. (And yes. It is as w ...more
Lady Louisa has a secret. One that could destroy her and her family if it is revealed. When a man compromises her and threatens to ruin her reputation, her friend Sir Joseph Carrington saves the day and offers for her hand. Though he thinks she is marrying below her status and also her own expectations ...more
While I enjoyed Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight, it is not my favorite book of the series. From the beginning, I was a bit confused. Sir Joseph is the ...more
I'm a little conflicted about this book. I liked it. I definitely liked it. But I didn't love it. It was good, great even, but not amazing.
I liked the main characters. Louisa was a heroine who refused to change in order to please Society. She does things her own way, much like her sisters. She's very smart, which is partly why she hasn't yet been married. She can do all kinds of math in her head, memorize anything, an ...more
First published: 2012
Length: 4598 locations, 360 pages
Setting: London, Kent, Surrey. Regency. (Reference to King George the Fourth, Regent from 1811 and King 1820-1830).
Sex: Reasonably explicit but not frequent. Somewhat fade-to-black.
Hero: Widowed with children. Knight but heir to Baron. Injured leg (causes pain and limps).
Heroine: Daughter of a Duke. Brilliant.
Includes: A family tree. Author's note with the poems referenced. Excerpts from The Bridegroom Wore Plaid and Lad ...more
Praise for RITA-nominated Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish:
"An extraordinary, precious, unforgettable holiday story."—RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, Top Pick of the Month, Best Historical Romance, RT Book Reviews 2011 Reviewers' Choice Awards
'Tis the Season for Scandal...
Years ago Lady Louisa Windham acted rashly on a dare from her brother, and that indiscretion is about to come to light. She knows her reputation will never survive exposure. Just as she's nearly overwhelmed by her dilemma, Sir Joseph C...more
1) None of the conflicts make any sense. Heroine translated a book of smutty poetry as a young lady? So what? She's also a learned scholar and corresponds with astronomers, so I'm not sure that it's THAT that would doom her London chances. Hero does not actually have 14 bastard childr ...more
I love this author's books, and this was a wonderful addition to a fantastic series! I love that her characters don't fit the mold of broody alpha male and oh so innocent debutante. Her characters are rich and varied in their personalities and emotional depth.
Another great aspect of Burrowes' writing is that she puts in these great little details that may seem insignificant at the time, but later they will come into play in a big way. You really need to pay attention to every word or yo ...more
I do wish Lady Louisa's secret had been explained earlier in the book, since it's pretty significant to the plot (it's referred to as if we should already know what it is-- great if you've read the rest of the series and DO already know, but not so good for newcomers like me-- and I would argue that a Christmas title will draw a lot of newcomers).
Lady Louisa is a great heroine-- brilliant and independent, but also willing to rely on her family, and vulner ...more
My problem was that at the end, it became almost a farce. I won't spoil the ending, but it seemed to approach the slippery slope of unbelievable/comedic and gain speed as it went. Humor is quite often present in Burrowes' books, but usually it is organic and intelligently done.
This time, I think what was supposed to lighten a serious si ...more
Characters: 3 Stars;
Plot: 2 Stars;
Entertaining: 3 Stars;
Read Again? No.
Total: 3 Stars
This one was like a poorly-made Hallmark movie. I liked the two main characters, but way too many of the other characters were in this book. I think this is once again because the conflict was not strong enough to last the length of the book. The author must have felt it necessary to add a lot of blather. And there is a LOT of blather. This whole book would have made a nice short story or a nove ...more
It's pretty sad that in 19th century England high society a man can basically force a woman to marry him by physically assaulting her and therefore ruining her reputation. It's a li ...more