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Daniel’s True Desire: True Gentlemen #2 by Grace Burrowes with Guest Post and Giveaway

Daniel’s True Desire: True Gentlemen #2 by Grace Burrowes with Guest Post and Giveaway

Welcome to my introduction of Daniel’s True Desire by Grace Burrowes, the second installment in her True Gentlemen Historic Romance series. Please read on for my review, an excerpt, a message from the author, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of Five (5) copies of book one in the series TREMAINE’S TRUE LOVE.

Book Review:

I don’t think I’ve ever read a story where the hero is a vicar, and prevented from following his heart by the constraints of his profession. Curiouser and curiouser, this story is a match of opposites in social standing and approaches to life. Daniel has reached a repeated series of roadblocks in his life, and a new parish just might be what he needs. Offered the position by the Earl of Haddonfield, he’s got plans and hope for brightness in his future, he’s left behind feelings of failure and an estranged wife.

Lady Kirsten, daughter of the Earl had encountered Daniel previously with less than stellar results. But, she’s intrigued by his plans to work with the boys on the estate, and has decided to put her not inconsiderable intelligence to helping out.  She’s far from demure and retiring: outspoken, sharp tongued, with two failed engagements and a tendency to bristle like a hedgehog, the working relationship moves from tentative and at odds to both characters readjusting their initial impressions.

Despite Daniel’s interest, divorce is not an option for a vicar, so the relationship is stalled with both Daniel and Kristen wishing for more, yet knowing it is impossible.  The growth of their relationship and their connection is palpable, and these two are truly well-suited. When word comes that Daniel’s estranged (and wholly nasty) wife has died, plans for a wedding are quickly made, and everything is coming up roses. But, of course, nothing is as easy as it seems, and our roses have thorns: with a threat to the wedding and their future in danger, can it all work out?

Wonderful characters that were first introduced in The Duke’s Disaster, these two develop and grow, and grow on readers as you empathize with and admire their ability to move through adversity. While Kristen touches on some familiar territory in her variation from the norm of the day, she shows a true heart and desire to be useful, as both a wife and woman, making her development the more striking and welcome.  With secondary characters that are clever in their moments, a bit of drama from the villain, and some truly clever hijinks the story moves forward to a happy, and appropriate, conclusion.

 

Daniel’s True Desire: True Gentlemen #2 by Grace Burrowes with Guest Post and Giveaway

Title: Daniel's True Desire
Author: Grace Burrowes
Series: True Gentlemen #2
Also in this series: Tremaine's True Love, Will's True Wish (True Gentlemen, #3)
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1492621056
Published on: 3 November 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 416
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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About the Book:

Daniel Banks is a man of the cloth whose vocation is the last comfort he has left–and even his churchman’s collar is beginning to feel like a noose. In an attempt to start his life over, Daniel accepts the post of vicar in Haddondale, a position supported by the Earl of Haddonfield. There Daniel meets

Lady Kirsten Haddonfield, to whom life has also dealt multiple unkind blows. Daniel’s interest is piqued by Kirsten’s unsentimental attitude toward her misfortunes, and by the kind-heartedness the lady keeps well hidden. Kirsten is much taken with Mr. Banks and his genuine compassion for others, despite his own troubles.

When Providence intervenes, and Daniel and Kirsten can become engaged, their happiness seems complete…. though every garden has at least one nasty, sly, determined serpent

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

“You Might Be A True Gentleman or Gentlewoman If…”

by Grace Burrowes

How do you know if your Sig-O is a true gentleman/lady? Ask yourself a few questions…

 

First, do his or her best moves, smoothest lines, and cleverest flirtations only come out in public, or are the housework sessions equally likely to produce the verbal roses and melting glances from across the laundry pile?

The hallmark of a player is that their repertoire is best displayed when there’s an audience to play to. The true gentleman or lady isn’t playing, so the good stuff can come your way any old day or night of the week.

Second, does he or she deliver the fun and flirtation in you statements (“You look good in anything… and in nothing at all.”) Do they keep to the I-statements when the topic is difficult? (“I can come off irritated any time we talk about money because I’m afraid I’m not pulling my share of the load. I don’t mean to sound that way, and I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings.”)

The guy or gal who lapses into the you-always, and you-never accusations in the middle of a difficult conversation hasn’t learned to fight fair. Time to whip out a few remedial lessons from the relationship Code Duello, or find another waltzing partner.

Third, does he or she have the touch? Always respectful in public—even when respectfully affectionate—always cool with your respectful affections too?

The ladies and gents who treasure us the most know better than to cross that line, and we treasure them right back for their gallant attentions.

 

Fourth, do they listen to us? We’ve all had the experience of being on a date or in a discussion, and the person we’re with has checked out. They’re eying the door, the clock, their cool new app, or if there’s a mirror on hand (store window, shiny plate, mirror app), themselves. Um… that would be a no.

Fifth, are they honorable? Do they give you the sense that at all times, the person you’re with will be guided by kindness and honesty, even when neither is convenient for them? If that’s the consistent vibe—truth and compassion as their defining values—you are in the company of a true lady or a true gentleman.

Here’s the best part: True ladies and true gentlemen tend to be discerning people, for all they are also gracious, kind, honest, and excellent company. If you’ve found a true lady or gentleman for your very own, and they reciprocate your regard, chances are they have found a true lady or gentleman in you too!

 

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About Grace Burrowes

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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