Friday 3 June 2011

Review: The Soldier - Grace Burrowes

Series: Duke's Obsession 2
Genre: Historical romance
Pages: 448
Published: June 1st 2011 Sourcebooks Casablanca

This Regency era battle of wits, wills, and the sexes features a wily duke determined to see the succession of his line secured. The duke can't force his sons to marry, but he can make their lives miserable until they do. Resisting his pressure, each gentleman holds out for true love.

The second book in the series features Devlin St. Just, the duke's oldest, but illegitimate, son. He arrives at his new estate weary in body and spirit only to find the previous owner's bastard daughter and her beautiful cousin are his responsibility and making his life almost unbearably complicated.

My thoughts:
As always, a little OCD book reading order speech. Trust me, you can easily read this one without having read book 1 in the series. But if you want to do it right then yes read book 1 first, or read this one and then book 1.

Now on to the book. Devlin St. Just is the illegitimate son of a Duke and now by something he did (I will not tell you what) he has a new estate and a title to go with it. He is a soldier and he is still plagued by the war, battle wounds are hard to get over. Still what was there not to like about him, he was kind  and that is the best quality in a man. The heroine Emmaline is a baker who lives near the estate. She has secrets and all she wants is to protect Winnie who is now Delin's responsibility. Since I guessed Emmaline's secret at once I had time to contemplate over her choices and I grew to understand her. I liked her because I knew what urged her on. Of course I wanted her to stop running and just live but I knew it was hard. But she deserved love.

This book is about Devlin taking on new responsibilities, how he becomes very fond of his young charge and how he falls in love. What I like about this book and book 1 is that when the man realizes that he is in love he will do anything. It is the woman who is troubled and not ready to be loved, or feels like she deserves to be loved. But the men are strong and do not care about status or power. Only love matters.

Worth mentioning are some horrible townspeople with their noses in the air, Devlin's halfbrother Valentine (book 3) and the Vicar who is courting Emmi. And I liked the Vicar, I hope he gets to live a bit and fall in love. I do hope he gets a book of his own too.

A lovely book about how love truly conquers all.


I do want to see heads


  1. =D Sounded like a cute book.

  2. Sounds fluffy and romantically pink, glad you liked it. I liked your flash better, though!

  3. @Chris
    Happy Friday!

    I think I know why you did not like Emmie..and I think that actually helped me like her

    it was :)

    Lol, well I am glad that you at least liked that one better ;)

  4. I do enjoy this genre. Sounds like a nice series.

  5. I do love it when true love conquers all! I may need to read this series!

  6. I think I'll get the books and throw them up in the air. That way I won't be tempted to read in order... ;) It does sound like a cute read!

    Oh and I did enjoy your FF. I sorta got my HEA. :D

  7. Sounds good and gorgeous cover!

  8. LOL - I agree about the heads, what is with so many book covers cutting them off. I guessed the big secret. I look forward to Valentine's story and agree, hope, the vicar gets a gal.

  9. When I read the book summary at the top I thought for sure that the heroine would either be the previous owner's daughter or the cousin. A little suprised to find out that its a baker instead.

  10. I enjoy Grace Burrowes' work - I think she's got a lovely writing voice. Great review! :)

  11. Seems like a cute romantic read!
    Have a great weekend :)

  12. I'm OCD about reading books in order too, unlike Melissa (Books and Things). :P

  13. Nice review Blodeuedd, I like those kind of books myself. Does this one count for your challenge?

  14. @Naida
    It was a good one :)

    I do love that he wants her no matter what. He does not give a damn about society

    I had to put in a little bit of evil there ;) But I am happy to report that I think he married the queen and they loved happily ever after

  15. @Mystica
    I do like my HR

    I was not sure about the Vicar first but at the end I really wanted a girl for him too.
    And yes what is up with the cutting of heads thing?

    Oh should have made it clear that it's the baker who is the cousin. Her aunt got pregnant by the lord and was left with a young daughter

  16. @Melissa
    If you enjoy her work then I am sure you'd like this one too

    Thanks Misha!
    Have a good one you too

    Oh yes Melissa tend to go crazy sometimes with her reading out of order habit, lol

    It sure does :D So I am doing good so far

  17. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I really couldn't buy into the premise of the first one so I chose to not read this one.

  18. LMAO I have Series Order OCD too!!! hahahaha

    Thanks for the review hon!

    I really like the cover for this book, though its not really a genre I emjoy =/

  19. @Staci
    I was surprised when I liked the first one, I always am if I have read that bloggers weren't too keen on the book. But it was good fun

    Hihi, I truly have it with UF and fantasy. I would NEVER read out of order, but with other genres it works



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