Nicholas: Lord of Secrets (Lonely Lords #2) by Grace Burrows

Nicholas: Lord of Secrets (The Lonely Lords Book 2)


Nicholas Haddonfield has something to hide...

After a wild youth, Nicholas Haddonfield, Viscount Reston, has promised his ailing father he'll finally take a bride, though doing so will force Nick to make impossible choices and face old, painful wounds.

Leah Lindsey is glad to find refuge from her own desperate situation in a marriage of convenience with the gallant viscount. But soon convenience is not enough, and Leah can't understand why Nick remains so distant. What is he hiding, and will he ever allow her into his heart?

An extraordinary and passionate tale of courage tested and fears overcome. Once you enter the lush Regency world of award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes, you'll never want to leave.


Nicholas:Lord of Secrets was a great read. Nick is so kind and caring, even if he is a bit stubborn and won't share all his thoughts and feelings with others. He is a really great guy and I loved watching him and Leah find their way in this book.

Nick, who is known for being a big ladies man, has to find a wife. He promised his dying father he would marry before he passes so he is trying to do just that. The only issue? He doesn't want a conventional marriage. He is trying to find someone who will be okay with marrying him in name only.

Leah is not in a good home situation. Her father/guardian is a truly horrible person. He doesn't really care what happens to Leah he just wants her out of his house. He has always hated her and has never made her life easy, but there is talk of him marrying her off to a horrible guy who is much much older. Leah doesn't want that, but if she doesn't marry this guy things could be a lot worse for her.

Leah meets Nick one night when they are both trying to steal a minute alone. When Nick starts finding out what is going on in Leah's life, how those who are supposed to care for her don't seem to be, he has to step in and help. She doesn't want him to, but he cannot just sit by and watch something bad happen to her. He cares about her and wants her to be happy and safe.

When Nick proposes marriage to Leah to help both of them, her to get away from her father, him to have the wife he needs, she is unsure if she will. Really I didn't read the synopsis and was unsure if these two would get married. The first part of this book is Nick helping out Leah and trying to find a solution for her situation without marrying her. You can tell how much they both care for the other, which makes it hard on Leah. Can she be in a marriage where Nick refuses to let them be truly intimate? And why does he do that? He definitely has secrets, as does she, but he won't share them with her. The heartbreaking part is watching him struggle with what he feels he must do even when you can see he doesn't really want to. Once you find out his secrets, why he is trying to keep Leah at arms length, you do feel for him. Everything is resolved fairly quickly which is my one complaint for the book. It is just like instantly things are better and they live happily ever after. Not that it needed to be some long drawn out thing, but a little more from the ending would have been nice. Still a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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