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The Heir

(Windham #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  6,273 ratings  ·  615 reviews

Gayle Windham, Earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the Duke of Moreland. To escape his father's inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper...


Anna Seaton is a beaut
Paperback, 471 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
The heir & The help.

Ye gods, to quote the hero after fucking housekeeper heroine silly (author’s words, not mine) : Sweet, ever-loving, merciful, abiding Christ, this imaginary, logic-and-conventions defying cocktail left me spaced out. The grandma of all wallpaper-ish regency tales is rife w/ B.S., choppy & incoherent story-telling, chatty characters, overabundance of PDA, a plethora of repetitions, H/h inexplicably calling each other by full names, nonsensical storyline, over-consumpti
When it comes to new authors that I pick up to read, I always think of their book as a dish I’ve never tasted before, and this mentality has served me well as I’m rarely disappointed and it’s always nice to have a few recommendations/reviews when trying something new. Grace Burrowes’s The Heir was a yummy debt that was light with a smokin’ hot kick that left me asking for “Seconds Please!”

Gayle Windham, Earl of Westhaven is at the end of his rope- pretty much. Not only is he having to deal wi
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Let me say up front that I think this series has potential, and I'm planning to give the next book (The Soldier (Duke's Obsession, #2 )) a shot. The dialogue was witty, and the story had some definitely decent moments. However, there were several things about The Heir that got on my nerves.

First, the idiot heroine.
No, she wasn't truly stupid. Which is what made her refusal to trust the duke to help her seem really idiotic.
I mean, he's already asked you to marry him how many times, and
Beanbag Love
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Very poor pacing and manufactured issues (why don't people just talk to each other?) mar this story about a disaffected earl and his mysterious housekeeper.

If I'd been reading a dead tree book I'd probably have been banging it against the wall by the end as the hero and heroine asked themselves "whatever in the world could he/she mean by that?" well into the 90% range. After an entire book (longer than necessary, IMO) of this kind of willful miscommunication, it gets a little tedious.

Oh, and an
Lady Wesley
After reading all the books in the Windham series (except the one that has yet to be published), I have to say that I liked them, despite some truly annoying flaws. So, I decided to write a series review rather than individual ones. Here’s a little roadmap first. The Windham series is divided between three subseries. The Duke’s Obsession is about his three sons, and his obsession is to see them married and populating their nurseries. The Duke’s Daughters is about his five daughters, and he does ...more
A 2.5 star read for me.
This was a curious book (my first by this author).
Her style is quite modern, there is a solid sprinkling of Americanisms and there were several aspects that were, quite frankly, not really believable, and they detracted from my appreciation of the story.

Although I gradually warmed to the hero (I didn't like him much at all in the beginning, but there was a backstory of a brother's death that I was missing which might have explained/excused his behaviour had I known it) and
Dec 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This book is the epitome of a wallpaper historical. I'm on page 9 and so far:

1) The housekeeper has requested a tray with tea and muffins or cookies.
2) The earl has seated himself on a coffee table.
3) Said housekeeper has cleaned his wounds with disinfectant, and
4) Said earl has proceeded to inform his housekeeper that it is the male servants' half day.

I've heard that she is a good writer but really, why even bother writing historicals if you're not going to pay any attention to the historica
Dana S
Dec 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Sammy Loves Books
2.0 Kinda Boring Stars

I know a book is boring when I keep finding other things to do...clean the house or watch tv instead of reading. When a book is interesting, I will lose sleep and neglect important things in order to read.


My list of dislikes in this book are pretty long:
1) I hate it when historical romance reads like a modern romance

2) Lack of communication between the hero and heroine... They talked about EVERYTHING but the heroine refused to trust the hero with why she was on the run.

Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Heir by Grace Burrowes
Historical Romance Dec. 7th, 2010
4 stars

The Heir is an amazingly touching and genuine regency romance with very human main characters. I enjoyed this authors debut book and look forward to more stories in the series.

Gayle Windham is the poor, beleaguered Earl of Westhave. He is unfortunately, the heir to his father, the devious Duke of Moreland. His father is a crazy wastrel and ran through the familys income putting them near financial ruin. And now the Duke has a
♥ Beth
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one and will definitely be looking for more from Grace Burrowes!

The Heir, is the debut romance novel for Grace Burrowes and she has a winner here!

The plot was truly well executed with wonderful characters! I loved both the H/h as well as the supporting characters. The relationship between the Earl and the housekeeper was believable, with great chemistry, I loved all of the wit and the interactions between the Earl and his brothers, and also with his father, the Duke. The lo
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Reread review January 10, 2018:
3.5 stars is still my rating after a second read of this first book in the Windham series. It follows the romance of Gayle Windham, heir to the Duke of Moreland, and one of a large family of siblings. Gayle falls in love with Anna, his housekeeper, who has another secret identity she has been hiding. (view spoiler)

There are a few flaws in this book. For one, it has the odd Americanism that do
Jacqueline J
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: regency romance lovers
4-1/2 stars

Totally enjoyed it. It had a feel to it that I would label 'earthy'. The people used chamber pots and used curse words beyond just saying 'the devil you say!' occasionally. We know that f*** and s*** are old words. They would have used them.

The actions were mostly believable and realistic. This was one time where I felt that the actions of the hero and heroine were portrayed realistically as to the seduction and the heroine giving up her virginity out of the bounds of marriage to him
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: janet w
Gayle Windham, Earl of Westhaven, first gets to know his housekeeper Anna Seaton after she bashes his skull with a fireplace poker, thinking he’s assaulting a chambermaid. It sets the tone for their relationship: not the bashing, but the tender care she gives him afterward. As Anna nurtures Westhaven, tending him through his injury, an attack of chicken pox, and the complexities of his reponsibility-filled life, attraction and affection grows between them. But Anna is hiding secrets, and refuses ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals.

As a big fan of Grace Burrowes’ historical romances, I was doing the happy dance of joy when I saw that at long last, more of her novels were going to be made available as audiobooks. My dance was even happier when I saw that Tantor had retained the services of James Langton as her narrator; he is someone I always enjoy listening to, and I feel he really ‘gets’ the author’s very individual and sometimes quirky writing style.

Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I can’t even begin to describe this book. Or maybe I can: The Heir is a hot mess and could be the worst book I’ve ever attempted to read.

It was the author’s first published book and she has churned out a lot since. I hope she’s improved. The author’s notes claim Burrowes is a pen name for a ‘prolific and award winning author of historical romances’. My guess would be the awards might be something like ‘Worst Fanfic of 2009’.

The plot jumps around but the general gist is our hero, a duke, falls i
I enjoy this theme; a heroine who becomes a sort of mistress to the hero, before they have their HEA. But in many ways, this book surpassed all the books of this type.

Anna, the heroine, and her sister, are on the run. From what, we don't find out until the end. But their circumstance forces them to take jobs, as a housekeeper and chambermaid, respectively. Gayle, our hero, is the heir to a duke, and has been pressured to get married by his meddlesome father. In fact, Gayle has become so frustrat
Lady Wesley
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Finally -- the Windhams come to audio!

Grace Burrowes has lagged behind some other popular authors in adding audiobooks to her catalog, but she is making up for it. The first three novels in the Windham series, along with the two novella prequels, are now available, and goodness I am glad!

I don't think that this is Burrowes best book (it was her first published, after all), but she is one of my favorite authors and I almost always enjoy her books. (There are a couple of outliers.)

Roger Hampton
Carla *Jen7waters*
I hate it when the hero gets involved with someone else after meeting the heroine. It's a pet peeve of mine, especially when it comes to historical romance, and the author decides to give me way too much information. Like:

hero: *cute scene with heroine*
hero: okay let me go bang my mistress *cue a rather detailed and rough sex scene*

It kills my mood.
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was such an incredible book that I couldn't put it down. It carries itself nicely from the first page to the very last at a pace that is perfectly executed. The cover of the book is beautiful but it doesn't begin to do justice to what is in between.

The story has a strong heroine and an even stronger hero with lots of romance and nice hot bits of sex that will leave you tingling in their aftermath.

This is a story of secrets that will drive you to the end of your seat in anticipation, of lov
Christy B
There were a few things I liked about this book, but most of the time I found myself just wanting the book to be over with.

Let me start with the things I liked about it. The main characters – the earl and his housekeeper Anna – while a nice hero and heroine, were a bit infuriating at times. However, I adored the earl's brothers – Valentine and Dev. They were both quite charming. The dialogue, overall, was quite witty and humorous. The exchanges between the three brothers are among my favorite pa
**2.5 stars**

The Heir started really well but by degrees, things just kept going downhill until that asinine suspense plot at the end made want to pull my hair out of my head.

✔ There's something homey and warm about the writing that makes you want to keep reading.
✔ The hero's characterization was really well developed.
✔ Really liked the relationship between the hero and his brothers, you can really tell they were close.

✘ This is billed as the first in the series but it reall
Dec 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Very promising new author. Burrowes excels in her characters, her writing flows smoothly and the story is engaging, if a little mundane. The biggest problem is the TSTL heroine. HUGE pet peeve! This is where the "first time novel" syndrome screams through - and all the little inconsistencies add up to frustration. Each of the heroines choices just don't ring true to life, given the way the author painted her character - especially the totally incomprehensible reason she refused to trust Westhave ...more
Aug 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-my-cuppa
I'm sad to say that I wasn't overly impressed with this. The first half of the book was wonderful. But then the plot started to get in the way and Anna got way too stubborn. Seriously, all she and Westhaven had to do was fucking talk to each other without beating around the bush and without assumptions that the other person magically knows what the other is thinking and feeling and means.

And that last scene before the epilogue? I totally didn't buy it. (view spoiler)
Absolutely wonderful book!!! I loved the dialogue, the plot, the whole entire story and can't wait to read another novel by this author!!!
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Housekeeper memang tidak boleh cantik dan pintar rupanya ya.
Itulah yang di alami Anna Straton yang cantik dan pintar saat bekerja di rumah Gayle Windham, Earl of Windhaven.
Awal nya sih saat Anna manjat2 buat nyiram bunga, dan kancing nya tersangkut, dilihat Gayle, di tolong Gayle, lalu mereka berdua terjatuh, dengan Anna menimpa Gayle yg saat itu langsung pingsan karena jatuh terbentur kepala nya. [image error]
Anna yang merasa bersalah majikannnya sampai pingsan dan memang keibuan ..ehm..merawa
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
I can honestly say that my heart broke for Anna and Gayle. Their moments together were not only special, but it also signfies that they are perfect and complete for one another. Regardless of their social status and mistrust, in the end, everything will eventually work out. Miss Grace Burrowes, I am officially you're new fan. I can't wait to read The Soldier, the second installment to this series when it comes out next!

First off, I'd like to point out how oddly this story reminds me of Unveiled
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Who the heck is rating these books? This is getting 4 stars and I'm darned if I know why. The story had possibilities and then it went off the rails. What makes me really grumpy, hence almost certain to give a bad rating, is serious historical inaccuracy - it means the author didn't care enough to do basic research. And there is no way, in Regency England, an Earl blithely thinks he should marry his housekeeper, and his brothers not only agree with him but suggest he do just that, and that his f ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was a DNF for me. I had a hard time suspending disbelief enough to go along with a housekeeper splitting open her employer's head (a lord) with a fire poker because she thought he was molesting one of the maids. Not only did he not dismiss her immediately and have her thrown in jail but she and not a physician ended up nursing the wound. To me this was so implausible I just could not read on.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
reread 2/2015
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  • The Scandal Before Christmas (The Reckless Brides, #3.5)
  • How to Marry a Duke (How To #1)
  • Brody (Circle Eight, #2)
  • One Night in London (The Truth About the Duke, #1)
  • The Rogue's Proposal (House of Trent, #2)
  • Every Night I'm Yours (The Spinster Club, #1)
  • When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton, #1)
  • How to Tame Your Duke (A Princess In Hiding, #1)
  • Just One Season in London
  • Lord Ruin (The Sinclair Sisters, #1)
  • Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes (Geek Girls, #2)
  • Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (Impossible Bachelors, #2)
  • In Love with a Wicked Man
  • Unveiled (Turner, #1)
  • Fire of the Dragon (Bestiary, #1)
  • The Bride Says Maybe (The Brides of Wishmore, #2)
  • My Notorious Gentleman (The Inferno Club, #6)
  • It Happened Under the Mistletoe (Secret Brides, #3.5)
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

Other books in the series

Windham (8 books)
  • The Soldier (Duke's Obsession, #2; Windham, #2)
  • The Virtuoso (Duke's Obsession, #3; Windham, #3)
  • Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish (The Duke's Daughters, #1; Windham, #4)
  • Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal (The Duke's Daughters, #2; Windham, #5)
  • Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (The Duke's Daughters, #3; Windham, #6)
  • Lady Eve's Indiscretion (The Duke's Daughters, #4; Windham, #7)
  • Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait (The Duke's Daughters, #5; Windham, #8)
“I love you, he thought, because you are honest with me and because you are willing to speak the truth to me when others might seek to curry favor instead. I love you because you are in this bed with me, not trying to conceive the much-awaited next generation of Windhams, but just holding my hand.

-- Gayle Windham”
“Even when I cried,” she said, a world of resignation in her tone, “I was glad to be here with you, Westhaven. Believe that, if you believe nothing else of me.”

What she had meant was: Even when I cried because I must leave you, I was glad to be here with you… Believe that if you believe nothing else of me when I find the courage to finally go.”
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