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Oct 27 2017 11:01am

Grace Burrowes Excerpt: No Other Duke Will Do

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No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes

Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford, is barely keeping his head above water in a sea of inherited debts. Though he has a long-term plan to restore the family finances, his sister has a much faster solution: host a house party for London's single young ladies and find Julian a wealthy bride.

Elizabeth Windham has no interest in marriage, but a recent scandal has forced her hand. As much as she'd rather be reading Shakespeare than husband-hunting, she has to admit she's impressed by Julian's protective instincts, broad shoulders, and, of course, his vast library.

As the two spend more time together, their attraction is overwhelming, unexpected... and absolutely impossible. With meddling siblings, the threat of financial ruin, and gossips lurking behind every potted palm, will they find true love or true disaster?

Get a sneak peek at Grace Burrowes's No Other Duke Will Do (available November 11, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“You can’t let two encounters with a couple of rotters color your whole perception of the male gender, or of marriage,” Julian said.

“They were experienced men, Your Grace. I chose them knowing they’d bring at least that asset to the proceedings.”

Her logic was faultless, and her lips had been very soft against Julian’s fingertips.

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Jan 27 2016 12:00pm

Will’s True Wish: Exclusive Excerpt

Grace Burrowes

Will's True Wish by Grace Burrowes

It's a dog's life...

Will Dorning, as an earl's spare, has accepted the thankless duty of managing his rambunctious younger siblings, though Will's only true companions are the dogs he's treasured since boyhood. When aristocratic London is plagued with a series of dognappings, Will's brothers are convinced that he's the only person who can save the stolen canines from an awful fate.

But the lady's choice...

Shy, bookish Lady Susannah Haddonfield has no patience with loud, smelly beasts of any species, but must appear to like dogs so as not to offend her sister's only marital prospect. Susannah turns to Will, an acquaintance from her most awkward adolescent years, to teach her how to impersonate a dog fancier. Will has long admired Susannah, though he lacks the means to offer for her, and yet as they work together to rescue the purloined pets, it's loyal, dashing Will who steals Susannah's heart.

Get a sneak peek at Grace Burrowes's Will's True Wish (available February 2, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Will brushed a lock of hair back over Susannah’s shoulder. Because they were both in evening attire, that meant her bare neck was caressed by the errant tress, and that caused her to shiver.

“You can be very formidable, my lady. One has suspected this about you.”

“Willow Dorning, I will formidable you right over my knee if you don’t answer my question.”

He looked intrigued, the dratted man. From around the corner and down the corridor, came the sound of young ladies gossiping and tittering, and older women scolding them for their talk.

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Oct 19 2015 11:00am

Daniel’s True Desire: Exclusive Excerpt

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Daniel's True Desire by Grace Burrowes

An honorable life

Daniel Banks is a man of the cloth whose vocation is the last comfort he has left-and even his churchman's collar is beginning to feel like a noose. At the urging of family, Daniel attempts to start his life over as vicar in the sleepy Kentish town of Haddondale, family seat to the earls of Bellefonte.

Challenged by passion

Lady Kirsten Haddonfield has resigned herself to a life of spinsterhood. Then the handsome new village vicar, Reverend Daniel Banks, becomes a guest of the Haddonfield family while the vicarage is being renovated, and Kirsten finds herself rethinking her position. Lady Kirsten does not know that Daniel's past is about to cast a shadow on love's future.

Get a sneak peek at Grace Burrowes's Daniel's True Desire (available November 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

After fate has kindly removed any impediment to marriage between Vicar Daniel Banks and Lady Kirsten Haddonfield, they’ve announced their engagement, and begun redecorating their prospective home… starting with the bedroom, of course.

We have a bed,” Kirsten said, striding to the only piece of furniture in the room. “How is it we announced our engagement to George and Elsie yesterday, and there’s a bed in the vicarage this afternoon?”

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Aug 11 2015 3:30pm

Store Your Rakes for the Season: The Art of Being a True Gentleman in Romance

Tremaine's True Love by Grace Burrowes

Today we're thrilled to welcome Grace Burrowes to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Grace's new series, True Gentlemen, kicked off with Tremaine's True Love on August 4. Grace is here today to talk about true gentlemen and why family loyalty and love can go hand in hand. Rakes need not apply. Thanks, Grace!

Once upon a time in law school, a professor pointed out to my class that very few attorneys would commit crimes (he hoped), but many of us would end up representing clients in criminal court. We might never own property, and yet we could earn a living conducting real estate closings. In many, many areas of law, we might practice well and lucratively without firsthand experience of the matter at hand—patents, bankruptcy, disability, or real estate development, for example.

The exception is family law. EVERY attorney passes the bar with some sort of family associations, for better or for worse, which is part of what makes family law so interesting and challenging. So too, every character in a romance, like every reader, has a family. That family might be long gone, awful, too big, too nosy, loving, misguided, a mash up of good and bad, or a single curmudgeonly great-uncle, but no character arrives to the page family-free.

Readers have families too, and thus in each story, the author already has one potential bond between readers and characters. Crazy cousins, eccentric aunties, bickering parents, and hilarious siblings can enrich and shape the characters’ worlds because these family fixtures transcend time periods, cultures, and genres. 

[How to master being a gentleman...]

Feb 13 2015 12:00pm

Kiss Me Hello: Exclusive Excerpt

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Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes

He loves her, she loves him not...?

In the third novel of The Sweetest Kisses series, single mom Sidonie Lindstrom has her hands full with a troubled foster son, an abrupt adjustment to country living, and an unforeseen lack of funds. When her taciturn neighbor, MacKenzie Knightley, repeatedly offers practical help, Sid reminds herself she's not interested in the neighbor-despite his kindness, pragmatism and quiet charm. MacKenzie sees the vulnerability beneath her pride, and he's determined to change her mind...



Get a sneak peek at Grace Burrowes's Kiss Me Hello  (available March 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

MacKenzie Knightly has used the pretext of neighborliness to arrange for the demolition of one of the outbuildings on Ms. Sidonie Lindstrom’s farm. In fact, Mac would do pretty much anything Sid asked him to do, but Sid’s done with relying on men… or is she?

“James just called back.” Mac stuffed his phone back in its holster. “We’re set for Saturday, assuming the weather cooperates.”

“Just like that,” Sid said, from her perch on the porch swing. “You do things differently out here in the country.” 

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Nov 19 2014 4:30pm

Favorite Christmas Stories from Dickens, Putney, and More!

Christmas in the Duke's Arms AnthologyToday we're pleased to have four authors joining us at Heroes and Heartbreakers. The four—Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville—have released a Christmas-themed anthology, Christmas in the Duke's Arms and are here to talk about their favorite Christmas stories. Thanks, ladies!

When Grace Burrowes, Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen, and I agreed to write a anthology of connected Regency Christmas novellas, we had to decide how to approach the holiday. Christmas romances run the gamut from inspirational to full blown deck-the-halls Santa/Rudolph/Frosty traditional. Since the Regency era was actually a bit of a down time for Yuletide in England, coming between the ancient folkloristic celebrations and the Christmas of Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria that presaged the modern holidays, we could pretty much do as we pleased.

We agreed that the stories in Christmas in the Duke’s Arms should be warm and romantic and I know that my fellow writers, at least, delivered perfectly. As for the Christmas side, there’s plenty of greenery and mistletoe, a Christmas assembly and lots of love and happiness. I asked my fellow writers about their favorite Christmas stories.

Grace Burrowes:

I love the subtler Christmas tropes—the stranger bearing gifts, miracles in unexpected places, light overcoming darkness, warmth in the midst of winter, family of choice over family of origin (shepherds will do in a pinch, right?), and the community we can find at the margins when there's “no room at the inn.” While “The Gift of the Magi” is my favorite Christmas romance, I also love the children's television specials, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

[They still tug on our heart strings, too...]

Jun 22 2014 11:00am

The Captive: Exclusive Excerpt

Grace Burrowes

The Captive by Grace Burrowes

He'll never be free...

Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart...

Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian's devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian's heart is only beginning.

Get a sneak peek of Grace Burrowes's The Captive (available July 1, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Christian is attempting to deal with correspondence late at night, when he’s unexpectedly interrupted…

“Will I disturb you?” The countess in her dark bedclothes stood in the library’s doorway, her hair a golden rope braided over one shoulder.

“Of course not.” Christian rose, for she was a lady. An increasingly kissable, holdable lady. “Sleep eludes you?”

“I’m hoping not.” She advanced into the room and closed the door to keep in the fire’s heat. “I’ve brought your volume of Blake back, lest it find its way to some trunk or portmanteau of mine.”

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Sep 9 2013 11:00am

Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait: Exclusive Excerpt

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Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrowes

What Lady Jenny wants for Christmas...

For Christmas, soft-spoken Lady Jenny Windham craves the freedom to pursue her artistic ambitions, though it will mean scandalizing her ducal parents and abandoning all hope of a family of her own. She confides her plans to successful artist Elijah Harrison when he's commissioned to paint a portrait of her small nephews, because assisting Elijah will bring Jenny that much closer to her heart's desire—won't it?

...Will break both their hearts

Elijah Harrison finds in his unlikely assistant not only an inspiring muse and unappreciated talent, but also a lovely and passionate woman. If Elijah supports Jenny's career, his own professional interests will suffer, but more significantly, he will lose Jenny forever. Both Jenny and Elijah must choose between true love and a lifelong dream.

Get a sneak peek of Grace Burrowes's Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait (available September 24, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Jenny Windham’s siblings have conspired to ask her and portrait artist Elijah Harrison to retrieve a forgotten gift from an empty manor house. Elijah and Jenny have had lapses before, despite the fact that they’re headed in separate directions… All Jenny wants for Christmas is one more moment with Elijah…

“Will you make love with me, Elijah? You’re leaving tomorrow, I know that, and I shouldn’t ask it. I shouldn’t want it, but I do. I want you, so much. Please?”

Not touching Elijah Harrison over the past days had been the hardest thing Jenny had asked of herself, ever. Harder even, than watching her siblings find true love, one by one.

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Jul 29 2013 11:00am

Once Upon a Tartan: Exclusive Excerpt

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Once Upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes

Tiberius Flynn travels to Scotland with orders to snatch his young niece away from her Highland relations. He thinks it's going to be an easy task, until he meets the feisty little girl and her fiercely protective step-aunt.

A smart, headstrong beauty, Hester Daniels has joined her brother’s household in the Highlands to weather the scandal of having jilted an unworthy fiance. There she find herself attracted to Tiberius Flynn, a handsome imperious Englishman whose flights of sophisticated language hide a heart of gold—also a few secrets that could well cost Heather and Tye their happily ever after. Tye sets out to seduce Hester and win over Fiona, only to discover that he's losing his heart to a woman who's as untamable as Scotland itself. 

Get a sneak peek of Grace Burrowes's Once Upon a Tartan (available August 6, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Hester was sure etiquette existed for when a man was going to sleep between a lady’s legs, his seed drying on her belly and her vocabulary sent begging by intimacies too unimaginable to contemplate.

Tiberius would know the words for what he’d just done to her, probably know them in several languages. She traced the curve of his ear with her fingers. “What is the Latin term?”

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Mar 11 2013 12:00pm

Darius: Exclusive Excerpt

Grace Burrowes

Darius by Grace BurrowesDesperate, penniless, and shunned by his wealthy father, Darius Lindsey begins keeping company with jaded society ladies. He hangs onto his last shreds of honor, but he's losing ground financially each month.

That is, until aging Lord William Longstreet makes Darius an offer he can't refuse: get the Lord's pretty young wife-of-convenience, Lady Vivian, pregnant discreetly and Darius will earn enough money never to want again. But problems lie ahead when the stunning Vivian captures his heart, and the women of his wicked past refuse to let him go. Can Darius untangle himself without scandal and offer himself to Vivian heart and soul?

Get a sneak peek of Grace Burrowes's Darius (available April 2, 2013) with an excerpt of a selected scene.

Carrying a child did marvelous things for a lady’s décolletage, though Darius could hardly allow himself to appreciate those things with William Longstreet looking on. And it wasn’t just the fullness of Vivian’s breasts Darius noticed. Vivian had a glow about her, both a softness and a new substance that made him want to… linger in her ambit, though that was a thoroughly, exceedingly Bad Idea.

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Jan 29 2013 4:30pm

Lady Eve’s Indiscretion: New Excerpt

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Lady Eve's Indiscretion by Grace BurrowesLady Eve's Got The Perfect Plan

Pretty, petite Evie Windham has been more indiscreet than her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Moreland, suspect. Fearing that a wedding night would reveal her past, she's running out of excuses to dodge adoring swains. Lucas Denning, the newly titled Marquis of Deene, has reason of his own for avoiding marriage. So Evie and Deene strike a deal, each agreeing to be the other's decoy. At this rate, matrimony could be avoided indefinitely...until the two are caught in a steamy kiss that no one was supposed to see.


Get a sneak peek from Grace Burrowes's Lady Eve's Indiscretion (available February 5, 2013) with a scene from Chapter 3.

Now would be a fine time for Lucas Denning to share a few of his lovely kisses, but no, he had to sit beside Eve in the grass, all solemn and gentlemanly.

She wanted to scream and lay about with her parasol.

A thought popped into her head all at once. A novel, startling thought: If the man was such a blockhead as not to realize this was a kissing moment, then the woman could certainly be astute enough, bold enough—

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Nov 28 2012 6:00pm

The Bridegroom Wore Plaid: New Excerpt

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Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace BurrowesHis Family or His Heart — One of Them Will Be Betrayed...

Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who's wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes.

But in his intended's penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he's ever wanted in a wife.

Get a sneak peek at Grace Burrowes's The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (available December 4, 2012) with an excerpt of Chapter 8.

Augusta tried not to think, not to feel as she and Ian made their way down the hillside. Going down was in some ways trickier than coming up—a metaphor for having said too much and implied even more with the man moving along in front of her.

She could love him. She ought to find some consolation in knowing she was capable of loving a man, any man. She had wondered, after all.

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Jun 1 2012 9:30am

Author Grace Burrowes on Historically Good Looks

Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is pleased to welcome author Grace Burrowes, whose novel Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal is now available, to talk historically well-dressed men. Thanks, Grace!

In the privacy of your thoughts have you ever wished you’d come across a fellow attired as Mr. Darcy was? Snug, soft doeskin riding breeches, cut to emphasize the “turn of a man’s leg?” Shining Hessian boots to accentuate the length of that leg? Spotless white custom shirt set off with just a touch of style about the cravat? Elegant, understated waistcoat beneath a beautifully tailored cutaway coat that shows off broad shoulders to wonderful advantage?

Compare this ensemble to its immediate forbearers by calling to mind any image of George Washington, King George III, or the lofty Duke of Devonshire pictured here. These Georgian gentlemen wore high heeled shoes, silk stockings, knee-breeches, cosmetics, wigs, abundant jewelry, bright colors, and heavy perfumes. In many regards, their fashion sense was indistinguishable from that of the ladies they escorted. They dressed to be seen, and more was better.

[Never anything wrong with a little peacocking...]

Apr 24 2012 12:30pm

Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal: New Excerpt

Grace Burrowes

Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal by Grace BurrowesMaggie Windham, oldest of the Windham sisters and a by-blow from His Grace’s pre-marital wild oats, finds herself in desperate needs of an investigator to help her retrieve a missing reticule. Benjamin Hazlit knows the Windham family secrets, and can be trusted to keep them to himself, so Maggie turns to Benjamin, though it means ignoring his too-broad shoulders, his too-knowing smile… and his too-skilled kisses.

As Benjamin starts the search for Maggie’s missing purse, he realizes two things: First, whatever was in that purse, its loss has Maggie not just rattled, but terrified. Second, Benjamin will go to any lengths to see Maggie’s peace of mind restored, even if it means he must keep himself in very close proximity to the shy, secretive lady who says she wants nothing to do with him.

Get a sneak peek of Grace Burrowes’s Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal (available May 1, 2012) with a special excerpt of Chapter 2.

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Chapter 2

William the Conqueror had been a bastard.

King Charles II had sired twelve bastards at least, raising three of them to dukedoms with a flourish of the royal pen.

More recently, the Duke of Devonshire had raised two—or was it three bastards?—in the miscellany sharing a roof with him, his duchess, and his mistress.

One of the royal princesses was more than rumored to have a bastard son being raised by the boy’s father, and the royal dukes had propagated bastards at a great rate in response to their dear papa’s Royal Marriages Act.

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