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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Grace Burrowes
Released: November 6th 2018
Series: Rogues to Riches #1
Published by Forever
“If you like your heroes stoic, but full of secret kindness and your heroines brave but sensible then this is the perfect book for you.”
~ Under the Covers
When pregnant widow Miss Jane Winston marries Mr Quinn Wentworth she never expected to have to be his wife. He was after all scheduled to be hung the next day. Only the culmination of a very unlikely set of circumstances saves Quinn from the noose. So, when he arrives home he brings with him his pregnant wife and a dukedom. He has to adjust to both. But, now that Quinn is free he is determined to find out who has framed him for murder and condemned him to hang.
As this is my first Grace Burrowes book I didn’t know what to expect, but as it was the start of a new series – Rogues to Riches – I wanted to give it a try. I am so glad I did! I really enjoyed this book. It’s a promising start to the series that introduces the intriguing and very unconventional Wentworth family.
With most romances which are based around a family, with each new book pairing them off, the members tend to be very close. What was so different about this book was that although they were all fiercely protective, they didn’t trust one another. In fact, Quinn who is imprisoned at the beginning of the book is first suspicious that it’s either his brother, cousin or sister that put him there. This is an aspect of the story that I had mixed feelings about. I liked that it was something unusual and how Jane somehow managed to bring the family together in a way they hadn’t experienced before. But, for me, the reason for the distrust was never really clarified. It seemed to be a combination of Quinn’s guilt for not being able to save his siblings from their poverty stricken and abusive childhood sooner and their naturally wary personalities. But I was never really sure.
As for the romance, if you’re looking for a book with something grandiose and full of passion, this isn’t the book for you. Instead, this was more of a slow burn dictated by Quinn and Jane’s very practical natures. I liked this about the romance, neither character’s past would have meshed with a flowery romance and showy gestures. But I really enjoyed Jane’s drive to make the marriage real. She wouldn’t accept any less than a partnership with Quinn, which also included his emotional engagement.
A great start to the series and I can’t wait to read more. If you like your heroes stoic, but full of secret kindness and your heroines brave but sensible then this is the perfect book for you.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?