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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Review: The Soldier by Grace Burrowes

Author: Grace Burrowes
Titel: The Soldier
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Duke's Obsessions #2
Published: 23th April 2011
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Get it: Amazon | Book Depository 
Goodreads Summary
Even in the quiet countryside he can find no peace...
His idyllic estate is falling down from neglect and nightmares of war give him no rest. Then Devlin St. Just meets his new neighbor...
Until his beautiful neighbor ignites his imagination...
With her confident manner hiding a devastating secret, his lovely neighbor commands all of his attention, and protecting Emmaline becomes Deviln's most urgent mission.

I read Grace Burrowes debut novel The Heir last year and was impressed by her writing style, the character development and the overall plot. So it was no question to pick up the second book in the Duke's Obsessions series.
And once again I was enchanted. Delvlin St. Just is a great hero. As the oldest but illegitimate son of a Duke he is used to carrying a lot of responsibility in his life. When he is granted a title including an estate he doesn't know that he is also inheriting a young girl and her cousin Emmaline (Emmie).
It's amusing and heart-warming to read how St. Just deals with the 6-year old Winnie. With Emmie the author creates a very independent and stubborn young woman. The former a rather unusual feature in an historical romance. The dialogues and in general the interactions between Emmie and St. Just are what kept me eagerly devouring this book. They obviously like each other and are attracted to each other as well. But Emmie in particular makes it her purpose in life to deny this and to avoid St. Just which doesn't work out at all. I have to admit I was more taken by St. Just than Emmie. Maybe because he had so many interesting and unexpected characteristics. For a romantic her he was very vulnerable for instants (or how often did you read about a man crying?), he had quite a few demons of his own to fight and he has very loving but at the same time complicated relationship with his family.
And there was this awesome bromance between him and his not-directly-but-in-principle (it's complicated, trust me) brother-in-law Douglas. I enjoyed their soul digging and bonding but others may be thinking it's a bit too much.
It's very easy to get into the story and the flow is steady. The only annoying thing was the development of Emmie. Though I initially liked her quite a bit she became overly stubborn and vexing in the last third of the story. And on more than one occasion a wanted to kick her butt and tell her stop it. But these factors didn't disturb my reading spree overly. Overall a very interesting historical romance with one of my favorite heroes. And I can't wait for the next installment in this series, The Virtuoso, to be published on the  first of November 2011.


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1 Comments:

At Sep 30, 2011, 8:41:00 PM , Blogger erin said...

Wow! This is exactly how I felt about both books :) Great minds, eh?

I discovered Grace Burrows this year along w/ Sarah Maclean and Kieran Kramer. It's what brought me back to HR genre (and I'm a cover whore and Grace's covers are amazing).

Thanks for the review!!!!

~erin f~

 

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