The third in Grace Burrowes’ True Gentlemen series, I’ve read this series from the start, and believe this is the story where the ‘gentlemen’ descriptive in the series actually fits the hero completely, even if he’s finding the task more difficult. Please read on for my review of
Will’s True Wish
The spare to the heir, Will seems to have a life that is all the drudgery of the earldom without many of the benefits. Acting as virtual bodyguard and factotum to the Earl, he also is wrangling his younger brothers, searching for a suitable woman to be an earl’s wife and finding time to engage in his true passion: his dogs. He’s not only a fan of his dogs, he’s steadily gaining a solid reputation as a trainer and breeder, and would like nothing more than to spend all of his time with the furry creatures that seem to be his only friends.
Susannah is one of those women who didn’t capture a husband during her season, and now wants nothing more than to aid her younger sister in making an advantageous match. Convinced, and fairly content with the thought that she is ‘on the shelf’, her books and her own interests are enough, or were until she sees potential in a match with Will’s family.
Knowing each other for years provides a point of interest, even as Susannah isn’t quite sure she can tolerate the dogs. While not completely “afraid’ of them, she’s unsure and doesn’t quite ‘get’ Will’s fascination, she does appreciate their camaraderie and comfortable times together.
But soon, dogs are disappearing for inclusion in the night crawler gambling festivities, Wil is unable to silently bear witness. He wants to find the culprit behind the thefts, but worries that he may be placing himself and his family in the middle of a scandal with the Tonne. Can he actually manage to solve the puzzle AND keep his family (and Susannah’s) free from the taint of scandal should the culprit be titled?
I loved Will: he’s an introvert while dedicated to his family, he also wants to lead his own life, as so many ‘spares’ are allowed to do in families like his. A bit inside his own head, Will isn’t selfishly following only his own path, he’s dedicated much of his life to the family and seeing everyone settled. Susannah had fewer options open as a woman, but she’s a solid match for Daniel: the two are well-suited and while she doesn’t think love and marriage will be for her, she is enjoying her time with Will, and possibly starting to see new possibilities. With the mystery and potential pitfalls, the sweetness of Will and the dogs, this is another solid installment in the series.
Title: Will's True Wish (True Gentlemen, #3)
Author: Grace Burrowes
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: February 2nd 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Willl Dorning, as the Earl of Casriel’s heir, and older brother to four rambunctious brothers, sees his life as one of duty and drudgery. He guards the earl’s back, and keeps a watchful eye on his siblings, though his only real companions are the dogs he’s treasured since boyhood;
Lady Susannah Haddonfield has no patience with loud, smelly beasts of any species, but must learn to appear to like dogs so as not to offend her sister’s only marital prospect.
Susannah turns to Will, an acquaintance from the most awkward years of her adolescence, to teach her how to get along with canines. Will instead teaches her how to get along with him, and with her siblings, until Susannah must choose between her favorite lone wolf and placid propriety.
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