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Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: Desires of a Baron (Gentlemen of Honor #) by Rose Gordon


Print Length: 260 pages
Publisher: Parchment & Plume, LLC (January 14, 2014)

From Goodreads.com:  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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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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). 


Desires of a Baron (Gentlemen of Honor #2) is available for purchase from Amazon.com


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