Friday, June 19, 2015

Thomas by Grace Burrowes

The Jaded Gentlemen Book 1
By Grace Burrowes
June 2, 2015

Thomas Jennings arrives to his newly acquired estate to find that his steward has fled under a cloud of scandal, and the property has been held together by Miss Loris Tanner, the steward's daughter. Thomas knows what it's like to not fit in, and he's pragmatic enough to respect results, so he gives Loris a chance to maintain her position in a profession uniformly undertaken by men.

Thomas learns about the complexities of estate management from his unlikely tutor, despite somebody's attempts to drive him off his own land. Mishaps turn into near tragedies, while between Thomas and Loris, respect and liking grow into attraction. Who is sabotaging Thomas's estate, and what choices will Loris face when the malefactor has been revealed?

Kathie's Review:

Thomas is the first book in a new series by Grace Burrowes, The Jaded Gentlemen. Anyone who has read The Lonely Lords series has met Thomas Jennings. I was really thrilled when he got his own book. 

Thomas is wearing his title under duress. His twin cousins came to a bad end and he is now Baron Sutcliffe. He's bought a lovely estate, and as he visits for the first time, he walks in on an execution... of a horse!

Loris Tanner, Thomas' land steward, is standing firm against the stable master who wants to put her horse down. She's had a hard battle working as the steward because she's a woman. While she knows the land better than anyone else around, there are men who just won't listen. Thankfully, Thomas is not one of those men.

One of the elements of this book that I enjoyed very much were the horses. They all have great names (Evan, Seamus, and Rupert!) and are in the books a lot.

I also like the fact that these characters talk things out. They get to know each other. It tickled me when she would think he was interesting...and then HE would think the same thing. They both came to their attraction because of the same reasons. They are both intelligent, attractive, and lonely. They both are also a bit jaded. They've seen life, and have been hit by some hard knocks. They really do need each other. 

While I guessed as to who the bad guys were, the angst didn't have me on the edge of my seat. Thank goodness! The UST was lovely and the culmination even better. 

Another point that tickles me about Ms. Burrowes' series...she always brings characters from earlier books back in. It's like old home week! Nicholas! Beckman! David!!! It's always so much fun to visit with characters that I've grown to love. And now I'm looking forward to Squire Belmont's story next.

Thank you, Sandi Layne, for loaning me this book!

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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