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Tremaine's True Love

(True Gentlemen #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,821 ratings  ·  340 reviews
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.

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Mass Market Paperback, 395 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I think this was supposed to be a novel you sink into, wrapped in a blanket and sipping tea. I haven't read a lot of Burrowes' books, she publishes amazingly quickly, therefore, I'm not wildly familiar with all her characters, their families, and connections. I'm going to blame this for the main reason I couldn't sink into the story.
I liked our lead couple, a bit tepid but reserved in a way with their emotions that matches the times but what I'd call side characters, who are probably well known
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm a little over halfway and I just don't want to continue. That may be a mood thing, but I'm not sure, so I don't think I'll give it a rating. The thing is, the book is well-enough written and I like the main couple. They fit well together and I like them and I want them to be together. But I've had enough.

Reasons contributing to the dnf:
* This is the biggest reason. The viewpoint hopping is awful. Besides Nita we have three of her sisters, her brother, her neighbor, her neighbor's dependent,
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it

It’s no secret that I’m a big Grace Burrowes fan. I understand the criticisms that are sometimes levelled at her books; they can be repetitive, the heroes are too improbable, there are too many Americanisms etc., but for the most part I can forgive her those things because she writes stories that pull me in by virtue of the strength of her characterisations and the way in which she gets to the emotional heart of those characters and their stories. It’s the rare Grace Burrowes book that doesn’t q
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tremaine's True Love by Grace Burrowes is a 2015 Sourcebooks Casablanca publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I always get excited when a new book by Grace Burrowes is released. I was especially excited about this one because it's the first in the brand new “True Gentleman” series.

Tremaine St. Michael is certainly an interesting fellow. His heritage is French and Scottish, he is a well off tradesman, interested in obtain
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At the 9% point of this book the hero partially undresses in front of the heroine in order to put a new baby lamb against his bare stomach so that it has a greater chance of survival. Sooooo, long story short: I was sold. It carried on in that vein. Just absolutely wonderful. The hero, Tremaine (as shown by his lamb belly caring) is a gruff man of the land (with an aristo heritage because, hello, this is Grace Burrowes and there's always a title). He's interested in sheep and money and acquiring ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Tremaine St. Michael has some to see the Earl of Haddonfield to talk about sheep. To most, this doesn’t seem like a very exciting subject, but Tremaine has amassed a lot of wealth from the wool of his sheep and seeks to improve his herd and Haddonfield has exactly what he needs. But, as well as a herd of sheep, it seems the Earl has a herd of unmarried sisters, one of which is the Lady Nita, practical, no-nonsense and lovely, she is also frustrating, headstrong and lonely. But Nita’s inclina
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A recent convert to Ms.Burrowes’ novels, I had often found her complicated family trees a bit off-putting as regards the various and complex familial relationships that run through her various series, but I was persuaded to read Darius: Lord of Pleasure and the Captive Hearts series by two respected friends/reviewers and immediately loved her quirky, intelligent writing style. Tremaine St.Michael of mixed Scottish/French descent has a childhood past that has left him slightly bitter and unsure o ...more
I greatly disliked this, but somehow managed to power through to the end. I found it to be tremendously condescending and anti-woman.

Let me give a sum up:

Nita is a physician. She's not a man, so she can't officially be one, but that's the nature of the time period. She is, however, educated and trained, and much more respected than the old-fashioned doctor in her town... and so everyone seeks her help rather than the old doctor with his dirty instruments, unwashed hands and leeches. Literally ev
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
15/6/20 Needed a reread of something mid weight and fun. This was it for a 2nd enjoyable time

Challengingly heartwarming!

"The greatest plague to ever bedevil mortal man, the greatest threat to his peace, the most fiendish source of undeserved humility is his sister, and spinster sisters are the worst of a bad lot". With this opening salvo we are given a hint that Nicholas Haddonfield, Earl of Bellefonte, is stretched to the limit by actions of his sister, Nita Haddonfield. All this just as wealth
Liz F
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

Yikes, this was a long book. It felt long and at almost 400 pages, it WAS long. But I can't, for the life of me, figure out why that was an issue or how I would have changed anything.

I liked Nita well enough. She was an entirely likable character. She's a sister to an earl (I believe) and she spends her days caring for the sick in her community who are too poor to go to a "real" doctor. She's selfless and caring and kind. She's a wonderful person and there r
They weren’t looking for love, but Cupid has other ideas in Grace Burrowes latest historical romance, Tremaine’s True Love. Gather around the sitting room, bring your lacey fans, because Ms. Burrowes has a steamy story of romance, love and the meeting of two lonely souls.

Everyone is learning the joys of marital bliss, except Nita, but she works hard with her charitable causes, her doctoring of the sick and needy and knows quite well that no man could tolerate her less than demure ways. Tremaine
Sofia Lazaridou
I can consider Tremaine's True Love a disappointment if I compare it to The duke's disaster which I loved. I wasn't able to fully connect to the characters this time. I also got a little confused about what Susannah (I think I got the right sister) did with her suitor. At first I think they just kissed and then she talks about the possibility of a baby. The greatest disappointment of all was the lack of satisfaction over reading a historical romance. Nita is not a virgin and there is no sense of ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Move over Lost Lords series and make some room for True Gentleman series.
Grace Burrowes starts her brand new series with Lord Tremaine and it is as awesome as all her other books.

Let me tell you why I love to read this author. She creates characters that are so real to me that I lose myself in them. She roots her stories in reality, yet their stories are magical.
Tremaine St. Michael is a tradesman who at the moment is visiting Earl of Haddonfield because he is looking to buy some high quality sh
Juliana Philippa
Debating rating. 3.5 - 4 stars. Quite lovely in many ways, but a bit ... formal. Not sure how to describe it. More later!
Angie Elle
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS and Netgalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars

Since reading my very first Grace Burrowes book last year, she has quickly become one of my favorite voices in historical romance. The Captive was on my ‘Best of’ list for 2014 reads, and for this reason, I wonder if my expectations may have been too high for Tremaine’s True Love. I loved Tremaine and Nita, the main characters, but as I was reading the book, I kept waiting for something t
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: grace-burrowes
This is the story of Nicholas Haddonfield's oldest sister Nita (Nicholas is one of the Lonely Lords, an earlier series by Grace Burrowes) and Tremaine St. Michael. Tremaine is sort-of related to Nicholas' brother Beckman, another of the Lonely Lords - he's the brother of Beckman's wife's first husband. Anyway, Tremaine is a wealthy sheep herder/trader and wants to buy a flock of merino sheep from Nicholas. Nicholas wants to get his sisters (all four of them) married off, but doesn't really have ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I like Burrowes books. They do not always need some crazy scheme to drive the book forward (a murder, spying etc, you know.) Instead we have a book where the couple get to know each other, without something crazy going on ;)

Nita believes she will never marry and is ok with that. She helps the people in the village and acts like a doctor for those who need it and who can not afford the real doc.

Tremaine is there to buy sheep. He is a good guy, not really looking for anything, except for sheep.

Aug 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book depressed me. The heroine spends her time riding over to the local fallen woman's house, where she has 5 kids, a brand new baby, not enough food, not enough wood to keep them warm, etc.

The hero teaches the kids that they can use the ash from the fireplace to practice their letters. You know, since they're too poor to have paper.

The heroine's neighbor likes to beat his brother's widowed wife. She goes around with black eyes.

The heroine's brother (one of them) is gay or bisexual. We spe
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for this kind of romance, but I wasn't very much involved with this romance... mostly because of the heroine, but also of the hero...

Nita is too inflexible and unwilling to at least rty to understand other points of view. OK, she's capable and want to right all the wrongs, but she's also blind when her security is jeopardized.

Tremaine seems different at the beginning, but his alpha persona comes out too. He knows that Nita doesn't want to consider stopping her ch
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This book never drew me in. I liked the leads but their story dragged.
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Disclosure: I requested this ARC through Netgalley. Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and to Grace Burrowes for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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I thought it was very bold of Grace Burrowes to declare in her title that she was writing about one of her character's true love -- but, as I read through the novel, I realised that Tremaine does discover exactly that: his true love. But, how do Tremaine and Nita (and we) know that it is true love?

Tremaine is a man with a mind foc
Jun 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-at-all
I just couldn't get into this book unfortunately. I can't really pinpoint what it was lacking. It was...boring. The heroine seemed like a stick-in-the-mud, her older brother came across as a ding-dong, there was a lot of talking about sheep..... Too slow and uninteresting characters :( ...more
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

I have been a fan of Grace Burrowes since I discovered The Heir several years ago. When I received an invitation from the publisher to read and review Tremaine’s True Love via Net-Galley in exchange for an honest review, I gladly accepted. This book is a great start on a new series. Of course, this series includes characters from another series by Grace Burrowes, as it is set in Nicholas, the Earl of Bellefonte’s home. Nicholas has his own story in the Lonely Lords series.

Kathie (katmom)
Happy Release Day!

There's a giveaway at the blog today, too:

I love a story where neither of our main characters are looking for love...and then it finds them. Tremaine just wants those sheep. Nita just wants to look after the people around the village. She tries not to be envious of her family in their marital bliss, but she thinks she firmly on the shelf, mainly because she does go out of her way to help those hurting around her. The doctor, such as he is, is horrible
Sissy's Romance Book Review
This is book one in "True Gentlemen" series. Note there is a book before this one: The Duke's Disaster (True Gentlemen #.5). I did feel that it would have been helpful to read that one first but I did not think it stopped me from enjoying the book. So I would say this is a stand alone book if you are reading this one without the other one. Our heroine, Lady Nita Haddonfield is somewhat different for me in what heroines usually are. Nita is very independent, not a virgin, and seems to be the one ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for NetGalley:

I love Grace Burrowes books. Love them. You might be wondering if I love her books why this one is only getting 4 out of 5 stars. Well, one reason is that even though this is the first in a new series, True Gentlemen #1, I feel that it's so intertwined in the world she has created that it might be confusing for people who are new to her books. Actually, this is a critique I often have for her books, even the first few that were published. It's like you start in medias res.
Feb 07, 2016 added it
Shelves: no-can-do
I really tried. I read 30% of the book and finally decided even at less than €2, this book was too expensive for the reading experience. I finally see Burrows' beautiful writing. I love how sophisticated her writing is. But her books are always so stuffy for me. I felt suffocated reading her stories. It's her heroines, I think. I could never see them as women. They are always so.....un-feminine.

If anyone could recommend a book by Burrows which has a more "feminine", I would greatly appreciate i
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyable. Well developed main and secondary characters. The story was paced well. I can't want for the next one in the series. ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
Another sweet meander in the lives of the Haddonfield family. We met the H previously in Douglas's book, where he was little Rose's uncle, thought to be evil and now we see his true kindness. He makes assumption with the h and as she's frosty and non-communicative she balks rather than explain. I didn't much like her. They get their HEA but they have to work for it - made them seem much nicer people. ...more
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another outstanding romance from Grace Burrowes. Tremaine St. Michael is one of my favorites. What a hero! Many layers to his and Lady Nita’s journey in this unique and captivating story.
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more

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