Review

GARETH, “Lord of Rakes” is the sixth book in Grace Burrowes’ fabulous series—The Lonely Lords and surprising treat for fans of this author’s work.

She’s caught between a rake and certain ruin…

Felicity Worthington’s only hope of avoiding poverty—or worse—is to accept her distant cousin’s dubious bequest… a thriving, high-class brothel. Felicity has 90 days to convince her cousin’s solicitors that Gareth Alexander has taught her the art of pleasing a man, though she’s more interested in the gentleman she glimpses beneath Gareth’s debauched airs, than in the rake he’s become.

In the business of love…How much should he teach her?

Gareth Alexander, Marquis of Heathgate, has little incentive to help a spinster learn to manage a brothel—except that the alternatives for the prim, pretty Miss Worthington are even worse. His resistance to teaching Felicity how to be a madam leaves Gareth wondering if the honor he’d thought long dead still survives, and if that honor allows him to yield to the lady’s ruinous scheme… and to their shared desires.

In a slight departure from the heroes in the earlier titles in this series, our hero, Gareth Alexander is more “bad boy” than gentleman and makes no excuses for his rakish behavior. This makes him the perfect match for our heroine, Felicity, when ownership of a brothel suddenly falls into her lap, with one stipulation—she must learn ALL the skills required to run the business within ninety days or lose it.

I loved the fact the Gareth had more of an edginess to him than the sexy sweethearts in the previous books, but beneath it all he still had the same warm, gentle heart, that makes the unconventional courtship between him and Felicity a true joy to read.

As I’ve come to expect from this author, the cast of characters who surround our couple are equally lovable and entertaining and the story, itself, is uncomplicated by too many outside influences so that the focus is allowed to remain squarely where it belongs.

Grace Burrowes never disappoints and constantly manages to surprise me with the level of depth she manages to infuse into every story.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.