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She had been bequeathed a brothel ... and he had to instruct her on all aspects of running it ...
on 21 October 2015
I have a soft spot for all of Grace Burrowes's heroes, and Gareth is right up there with the others! Felicity is also, for me, a hugely attractive heroine. I downloaded the book, opened it to just have 'a little browse'......and found myself absolutely hooked. I was reading it on the bus, and in the kitchen while trying to get a meal together!
Gareth has had a family tragedy some years in the past, when he lost most of his family (grandfather, uncle, cousin, father and older brother, to name just a few). Only his mother and younger brother survived. He inherited the Marquisate, and the suspicions of the 'ton' that he had somehow been responsible for the pleasure cruise turning into a drowning tragedy. He survived by ignoring what people said of him, and immersing his life in his business ventures, and the endless round of willing women of all classes.
Felicity is the daughter of a Viscount, who died without male issue, and without leaving his two daughters provided for. They moved to live with an aunt, but on her death found themselves heading towards penury. Then, completely out of the blue, Felicity found herself the beneficiary of a distant cousin's will. This cousin had fallen foul of a cad in her youth, and she had had to move into the shady world of the demi-monde - eventually ending up as the owner of a very successful brothel. This business was what had been bequeathed to Felcity. BUT there were strings attached. She had to learn all about the successful running of 'The Pleasure House', and Gareth was to be the Trustee, and instruct her in all aspects - business and intimate. If she didn't comply with the stipulations, she would lose everything. And if Gareth would not help her, then an ageing and unpleasant rake was named as the alternative for trusteeship.
The story revolves round Gareth and Felicity's forced relationship, the appearance of a charming, but quite unknown gentleman in Felcity and her sister, Astrid's, life, and the worry that someone might be making attempts on Felicity's life. For those of you who know and like Ms Burrowes' style and characters, this is up there with the best of them. For those of you who don't...you should make a start! Although the twelve books of the Lonely Lords series are stand-alone in many respects, I feel (as someone who started off haphazardly) that, given the choice, it is a good idea to start at the beginning and work to the end. The books are not all about the same family, as such, but there are many which closely interrelate, and the narrative is better if you don't already know what is to happen to someone else in the future. Be aware that both this book, Gareth, and the next one, Andrew, are stated to be number 6. Let me assure you that this is number six and Andrew is number seven!