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…

The Windham series contains three sub-series: The Duke’s Obsession(about the Duke’s three sons), The Duke’s Daughters (about his five daughters), and The Duke and His Duchess, two prequel novellas. (from Goodreads)  THE HEIR is the first story in the sub-series The Duke’s Obsession.

Further note: This title was first published in 2010.

Title:  The Heir
Series:  Windham #1, The Duke’s Obsession #1
Author:  Grace Burrowes
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  reissue February 26, 2019 – original 2010
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  3 stars

While there were parts of THE HEIR that I enjoyed, overall I’d call it a good book and leave it at that.  There is an audience that will and does enjoy this story whether you are part of that group is something only you can decide.  There are two prequel stories to this series that might make some personal connections and background easier to understand, that may be an option you’d like to know about before you begin THE HEIR.

I didn’t love this story, but I also didn’t hate it… I was, frankly, more annoyed by several aspects of the modern-day feel to it. And it didn’t help that I was unable to really connect with the characters either.  At one point, several characters are introduced with little explanation which causes confusion on who some people are connected to.  There are prequels to this series and perhaps that was cleared up there – but a simple sentence of explanation would have helped… a lot.

In the end, the only person who can decide if a book is good or not is each individual reader.  If you love Regency Romance then give THE HEIR a try, you may love it and that would be awesome.  I wish I could have had that experience but it is a good book that many readers have enjoyed.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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