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Desires of a Baron (Gentlemen of Honor Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Rose Gordon
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Book Description

Giles Goddard, Lord Norcourt is odd. Born with his life's cord wrapped around his neck and sent away to Ireland to be raised in an orphanage run by nuns, he's known nothing but the cold sting of being misunderstood and altogether unwanted. But that's all about to change...

Lucy Whitaker is a fallen woman who has done her best to build a life for her and her son. But when her son finds a battered gentleman left on the side of the road, her entire world is about to come crashing down as she once again finds herself caught between two brothers: an heir and a spare.

Will Lucy's dislike for nobility forever keep her from eternal happiness or can Giles convince her to follow her heart and take a chance on loving a baron?

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1390 KB
    • Print Length: 260 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Parchment & Plume, LLC (13 May 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00K0UXIPY
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    • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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    Rose Gordon always dreamed of growing up to be either a rocket scientist, or more probable, a high school history teacher. Instead, she grew up to be a writing accountant who builds and launches model rockets in her spare time!

    Gaining a full scholarship to a college that offered neither aeronautical engineering nor education, she majored in business administration/accounting. Not long after graduating, she realized accounting was not for her and decided to go back to school to major in secondary education social studies like she should have done to start with. Lacking one elective, she took creative writing and found what she was really wanted to do with her life: write. Specifically, historicals.

    Her first trilogy, Scandalous Sisters series, was all written within a year and is to be released early 2011, with a second series to follow late 2011, early 2012.

    Both of these series take place during the regency period in England (1811-1820).

    When not tapping on the keyboard, she can be found tapping nails in boards and wrapping string around them to make a picture, building and launching model rockets, shoving her nose in a good book, camping, hiking, fishing or playing yet another game of Candyland with her young boys.

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Baron Doesn't Have To Be Fast To Catch His Lady 19 July 2014
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    Our Hero: Giles Goddard, Lord Norcourt, was born with his navel cord wrapped around his neck which apparently caused him to be a slow learner. His father was very displeased with his firstborn son and decided to send Giles away to an orphanage in Ireland to be raised by nuns when he was 8 years of age. When Giles' father dies a few years later, his mother immediately remarries and a second son is born, Simon Appleton. Once Giles grows up, he inherits the title and is reunited with his mother and meets his brother, Simon, for the first time. Giles has a very wounded heart because his parents abandoned him at a young age and never visited him again. He and Simon have very little regard for one another because they have never had the opportunity to become acquainted. Giles doesn't have very many words for anyone, much less his mother who he feels never wanted him or she would have visited him in far off Ireland and brought him home.

    Our Heroine: Lucy Whitaker, a servant girl, has a past which included being ruined by a young lord who got her pregnant - her sweet, inventive son, Seth, is the result. Seth is forever attempting to find his mama a husband so he can have a father. Once he meets Simon, who was beaten and left wounded near the cottage where he lives with his mother, Seth believes he might have finally succeeded in finding himself a father.

    The Story: When Seth tells Lucy he has found a wounded gentleman near their home, they drag Simon to their home so they can nurse him back to health. When Simon is asked who Lucy can send for, he tells her to send for Giles who is nearby at a house party. Giles is more than eager to get away from the house party because social situations are very awkward for him.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars yet another brilliant book 13 May 2014
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    ive been waiting eagerly for this books release and it was well worth the wait its giles and lucys story we first met lucy in liberty for paul
    this book has kept me engrossed from beginning to end and answered a lot of questions about giles and his life when young once again rose gordon has surpassed herself with her talent of mixing so many different emotions into her story lines ive felt pity anger and laughed through this book and giles has become my hero to understand what i mean by this you will have to read the book but theres a lot more to giles than we were lead to beleive in secrets od a viscount a must read for rose gordon fans and those who enjoy historical romance with a splattering of humour and different emotions and of course a happy. ending
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Romance 8 July 2015
    By asandas
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    Fantastic series have read all these books. Lovely romance with a hit of "Darcey" Recommend this book highly if you like romance. My mum would love it as well.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gentlemen of Honor Book 2 15 May 2014
    By Jutzie - Published on
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    Desires of a Baron by Rose Gordon
    Gentleman of Honor Series Book 2
    Giles Goddard, Lord Norcourt sort of lives in his own little world. He'd be fine if most people left him alone there. Like his mother for instance. And all those senseless chattering young ladies that had been paraded in front of him. When he meets Lucy and her son Seth, he finds that he can enjoy being around others.

    Lucy Whitaker was at her wits end. Her eleven year old son thought he needed a father and was starting to take the matter into his own hands. He just didn't understand enough about life, or men. And he had no clue that being born out of wedlock as he was would make his whole life a lot tougher. One thing Lucy had learned and learned well, you cannot trust the aristocracy. If she repeated it enough she'd remember that Giles was one of them.

    Giles is such a lovable character. I fell for him in Secrets of Viscount and have awaited his story, I was not disappointed. Giles may be on the slower side, but when people take time to know him, they find the treasure inside. Giles and Lucy may be have been born on opposite sides of the spectrum but their lives are more alike than they realize.
    **Sexual content within marriage
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Desires of a Baron will not disappoint a Regency Romance Lover! 29 May 2014
    By Linda Merrill - Published on
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    Lucy Whitaker is an unwed mother that lives in a small village with her eight year old son who one day finds a wounded man that was left on the side of the road. Lucy and her son, Seth carry the man to her modest home and nurse him back to health. When Simon Appleton regains consciousness he tells Lucy to inform his stepbrother, Giles Goddard, Lord Norcourt. Simon begins to have feelings for Lucy during his brief stay with her and her son who desperately wants his mother to remarry so he can have a father.

    Seth’s biological father, Sam the heir to a title was a childhood friend who Lucy fell in love with and at the age of 17 believed was going to marry her. That was not to be and His brother Paul offered her marriage but refused when she still believed that Sam intended to ask for her hand in marriage. Alas, Lucy found herself pregnant and alone. Needless to say Lucy has no use for nobility and does not want to get involved with a titled gentleman let alone his brother.

    Enter Giles Goddard, Lord Norcourt, to retrieve his wounded stepbrother. Both Simon and his recently discovered brother, Giles, find themselves attracted to Lucy and vie for her attention and much more.

    Giles was born with his life’s cord wrapped around his neck causing him to be slow to walk, slow to talk and worst of all slow to comprehend. His father Lord Norcourt was mortified to have a son that was considered simple and sent his son away to an orphanage to be raised by nuns. Having been left alone and not understanding why his mother no longer wants him, Giles remains estranged from his mother until he takes over his father’s title and his mother remarries and he learns he has a stepbrother. The two brothers have an instant dislike for each other. They both want Lucy, Seth wants a father and Lucy doesn’t want to relive the past mistake she once made.

    I have always been a fan of this author and just like all her other books this one does not disappoint. Rose Gordon has a way of endearing her characters to the reader through insightful dialogue and a plot that is never the norm. Giles slow comprehension of situations is written in such a way that we do not pity him but admire the way he has adapted and accepted his disability with pride. The author is able to infuse a light humor to his character as we learn through his thought process how he literally tries to understand expressions that are commonly used but don’t make sense (i.e. “getting sacked” – He tries to understand why they use that term because the person isn’t really put in a sack). It is not the perfection but the flaws of the characters that the reader will fall in love with. If you love your romances with a sigh and a smile, Rose Gordon is the way to go.

    I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! 22 May 2014
    By A. Neal - Published on
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    Desires of a Baron is unlike any book I have read. I love the fact that Giles is a self described "simple man". When he finds Lucy she makes him want to be more. She guides him to bandage old wounds and to find answers about his past he never thought he could. He helps to make her into the respectable woman she felt she didn't deserve to be due to her past. There are a few misunderstandings along the way that really add to the story line. I love the conversations between Giles and her son Seth. I literally laughed out loud more than once. These two are a perfect father son duo! I highly recommend this awesome book and can't wait for the next in the series. Poor Simon hopefully won't strike out!
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Desires of a Baron was everything the first novel was - and more! 22 May 2014
    By Krystal - Published on
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    Warning: This book does include sex within marriage.

    And I thought the first novel in this series (Secrets of a Viscount) was good. Desires of a Baron was everything the first novel was - and more!

    Following the same timeline as the first novel (this one picks up after Simon and Sebastian leave the house party), Desires of a Baron is filled with action, heartache, raw emotion and choices.

    That isn't to say this novel was without humor, oh no! I would have to say that two of my absolute favorite moments are the custard eating contest between Giles, Simon, Seth and Mr.Appleton, followed closely by the scene in which Seth explains to Giles why he is not allowed to paint anything even remotely resembling a cactus.

    Another thing that really stuck out to me was the fact that when I first began reading, I was excited to see Paul Grimes mentioned (for those of you who haven't read Rose's other works, he was the main character in her novel Liberty for Paul), and then I was even more excited to realize that Seth and Lucy were both also first mentioned in that novel. That is one of the things I love about Rose, her ability to engage you in one story, and then months (or even years) later she can write a completely different story about characters that appeared in one novel, and give them their own story in a completely new one. It makes the entire experience feel more like you're living it, instead of just reading about it. I mean how often do you read a novel where you see a name and think, "Oh! I know him. He married so and so, or he was involved in this scandal?" Just another thing that (in my opinion) sets Rose apart from the rest of the pack.

    I do hope there will be more to Giles' story down the road, I would love to know what happens to him as he tries to reclaim his Barony (so that he would hold more than just the title).

    DISCLAIMER: I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not changed my review in any way, all thoughts and opinions stated within are 100% my own.
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Desires of a Baron is Enjoyable Trip to Regency England 13 May 2014
    By Marlena Harris - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I was first introduced to Rose Gordon's books through her "Intentions of the Earl" when I found it for free on Amazon. Since then, this is the only book I haven't bought by her and that's only because I won it in a contest. I definitely enjoyed reading it.

    I think my favorite line in the books was when Isabelle (the heroine from the first book in the "Gentlemen of Honor" series) was talking to Lucy (the heroine in this book) and said that friends are for "saving each other from a life filled with embroidery."

    Lucy has come to the conclusion that because of mistakes she made in her past she is not worthy of a lot of things and she definitely is not to kindly disposed toward the nobility. Lucy was first introduce in "Liberty for Paul" where she's rather distrustful of Liberty, who is married to Lucy's childhood friend, Paul. Lucy and Paul's relationship was rather complicated as they grew up when Paul fell for Lucy and Lucy fell for Sam, Paul's older brother (and the source of Lucy's mistrust of the nobility). That mistrust shows up when she first meets Giles, but he's so straight forward that most of the time she forgets about it. The conversation above with Isabelle is shortly after one of the times when she and Giles don't see eye to eye on something important.

    My second favorite quote from the book is in a conversation between Giles and his mom's second husband, Walter Appleton. Mr. Appleton had offered to look into Giles father's will, which was written when Giles' mom was expecting Simon, Giles' brother. The former Lord Norcourt considered Giles a simpleton who was not worthy to inherit, so he tied it up, but there was something about what Giles had been told about the will that wasn't adding up, so he was trying to figure it out. After going through it Mr. Appleton returned and asked him if he wanted the good news or the good news which was followed by a conversation about part of what Mr. Appleton had found out. Believing the contents of that conversation was supposed to be the good news (which Giles didn't think was good news at all) Giles bid him good-bye. This led to Mr. Appleton saying "If that's what you consider good news, this next part you might consider great."

    One of the things I liked so much about this story was the exploration into the relationships between Giles and his family. Giles doesn't know how to deal with his brother, but he tries to stay out of Simon's way when he thinks Lucy is interested in Simon and not in Giles. He's pleased when after Simon is beaten up, Simon sends for him to get him home. He suspicious of his mom, because she let him grow up raised by nuns at an orphanage even after her first husband died and now she wants to get to know him. He's also suspicious of overtures from Mr. Appleton, since he thinks Mr. Appleton is just trying to help further whatever scheme is going on in his mother's mind.

    I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the third book in the series when it comes out.
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