Review: The Virtuoso – Grace Burrowes

The series: The Duke’s Obsession #3
Genre: Historical romance
Pages: 416
Published: Nov 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: For review
The highly praised trilogy of Regency romances by award-winning author Grace Burrowes concludes with gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland. Val retreats to the country after an injury robs him of his musical ability, only to learn from impoverished widow Ellen Markham that he can be loved even when his music falls silent.
My thoughts;
Ever since I read about Val in book 1 I wanted to read his book, he just felt so different than other heroes. He just sat by his piano all day long and played. He sounded so sweet.
In this one he wins an estate and goes to fix it up, and to rest since his hand is red and swollen (poor Val, all he wants to do is play). There he meets his heroine, Ellen Markham, a young widow, a  nice soul who lives all alone in the woods. And she has got a secret, just like the 2 heroines before her. She does sit on her secret for quite some time, but then we get a few clues along the way what she is hiding. And you always think it is so much worse than it really is. Also, it is not Val is perfect either, because he keeps a secret too, he does not tell her that he is the son of a Duke. And she does tell him that she has a secret.
But mostly this book is about these two meeting and falling in love (lust first ;), they are nice to each other and gets along splendidly. He also works on getting his manor in order, and someone is sabotaging.  There is also that question, why is someone doing it? And of course the secret of what Ellen is hiding. It brings a bit of thrill to this romance and it is that which keep you going, because you just need to know what is going on, even when you have figured it out. 
And like the two other books she has written in this series there is always that romantic shimmer over it all, and the hero is the one who fights. And I am a sucker for a hero who fights for his love and is the one who wants to put things right and win her hand.

Conclusion:
A sweet romance with a hero you will fall for at once.
Cover:
Hm…ok
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25 thoughts on “Review: The Virtuoso – Grace Burrowes

  1. Mel says:

    I'm not in the mood for romance at the moment – just finshed one and it wasn't very good! Still glad you liked it – that's what counts! 🙂

  2. Blodeuedd says:

    MandiI am glad you liked it too 😀 I have her other book coming up soon so that will be funAnaI do not say no to naked torsos, but mostly I want a head to go with them.And yes there is the plot of heroines with secrets but they are different stillDCLol, I know what you mean, I am so nosyChrisIt did get better, fear notMelOh :/ Sorry to hear that, romance should be sweet and HEA filled, and not crappy

  3. Jenny says:

    You always review books I haven't heard much about before and I get so many great ideas. I'm on a bit of a historical romance kick at the moment, so I'll be checking these out!

  4. Ing says:

    Haven't read Grace's book before. I've heard good things about them and she's on my list of authors to check out. Nice review. Val sounds like the sensitive kind of hero.

  5. Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) says:

    Just as you said, this one sounds "sweet". I think I mostly want to get it because the hero and heroine like each other. Normally there are ridiculous reasons to keep them apart and create tension, I don't usually encounter stories where they like each other right away.

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    MelissaMusic, romance and a good hero, all these things I give ye :)StaciWell, I can't really answer that, they do follow the same mold so if you did not like one…NiseIt was a good one :)CaroleHe is the perfect hero, awwwwww, gotta love himJennyOf course 🙂 If they would nto get that HEA I would be devastated and most likely throw the book at the wallSimchaNot at all? She has two previous books in this series and more to come

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    VivienneIt was :DjennyThat is what I am here for, and I am glad to bring books to your attention that you might have missed. I am alwys on a historical kick ;)IngVal was a great hero, and yes there is a lot of positive things ebing said about her, so check them out ;)JenniferLol, I hear you. Sure it is not smoth sailing all the way, but they do like each other and even if the secrets are there they trust each other

  8. naida says:

    I do like this genre. I'm a fan of Regency Romance, and anything with a Duke in it captures my interest 🙂 This sounds like a nice series.

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