Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 1, 2010
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An earl who can't be bribed...
Gayle Windham, earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the duke of Moreland. To escape his father's inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper...
A lady who can't be protected...
Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle Windham that she works as his housekeeper.
As the two draw closer and begin to lose their hearts to each other, Anna's secrets threaten to bring the earl's orderly life crashing down-and he doesn't know how he's going to protect her from the fallout...
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Heir is the first book in the Windham series by Grace Burrowes. It originally came out in 2010, so I am very behind with the books. Happily, I enjoyed this one so much I know that it will be no hardship getting a hold of and reading the rest of the books, in fact, I quite look forward to it.
Gayle Windham is the Earl of Westhaven. It’s summer in London and he should be relaxing in the cooler climes of the country. But, his father is constantly pressuring him to marry and produce heirs and will go to any extremes to make that happen. Gayle would rather put up with the smothering heat in London than be in the country where his father would be relentless.
Anna Seaton is Gayle’s housekeeper. She is a breath of fresh air in his household and nobody can understand how somebody who presents as educated, talented and who is quite beautiful could be just a housekeeper.
When Gayle decided to stay in London he forgot to inform Anna and so when she sees a man bent over her sister near the fireplace looking as if he was taking liberties she soon bashes him with an iron poker. By the time he can make himself known to her and gets her to stop he has suffered terrible wounds to his back and head. Beside herself with guilt, Anna wants to make amends and is the one who helps nurse him back to help.
Time spent together makes both of them find a very real attraction between them. Anna has a secret that she won’t or can’t tell, and until Gayle can get her to tell him what it is he will never be able to convince her to let him court her. Yes, she is his housekeeper, but the Windhams are definitely not conventional, so it’s no surprise that the class difference doesn’t bother him.
This is an intriguing, fascinating, exciting story with just enough of everything to make it a book that you want to read as quickly as possible. The budding romance between Gayle and Anna was so sweet and beautiful to read. The times that they would give in to their passions were steamy hot, but also so very beautifully emotional. This wasn’t just a physical act for either of them. There was also the secret that Anna held, it involved a terrible enemy that I couldn’t help but despise when I realised who it was and the lengths he would go to for his own benefit. I knew he just had to get his comeuppance and I couldn’t wait for the satisfaction of it.
I loved this story and am determined to read all of the books in the series. If they are as good as this one, and I am sure they are, then I have many hours of wonderful reading ahead of me.