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Grace Burrowes is always a solid read for any romance reader, and the latest installment in the Rogues to Riches series is no exception! It was a slow burn romance, which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the whole way through. Sometimes slow burn romance can feel lukewarm and lack the attraction between the main characters that romance readers hope to see. What I loved the most about this one was how natural it all felt. It was sweet, gentle, and calming in a way - like they were two puzzle pieces that clicked into place without any effort at all. It worked, and by the time their romance blossomed, it felt like they had been a couple the whole time.
Eleanora Hatfield is no-nonsense, logical, and above all, completely devoid of any interest in relations with the peerage. Though she makes an exception for her current employer, given that he didn't start out titled, she prefers to sit in the offices at the bank and focus on her career. Her completely legal, crime-free career. She can't say the same for her family, however, and she despairs of them ever finding their way back to becoming law-abiding citizens. When Rex, Duke of Elsmore, needs her help in auditing his finances, suspecting potential foul play, she agrees reluctantly. As they grow closer, things begin to click into place, and her past begins to collide with her future.
I took an immediate liking to Rex - he had so much respect for Eleanora, even before he really got to know here, just from her handling of him and his peers. He recognized a strong, independent woman, and while he still wanted to maintain his traditional chivalry, he understood that he could learn a lot from her. Eleanors was a hard nut to crack, so to speak, because she had such a thick shell around her heart. Her past had taught her to not count on anyone, not to let anyone in, and even though Rex tempted her, she tried so hard to fight it. Their coming together was slow yet satisfying, because it felt so natural. She didn't suddenly fall for him, he didn't proclaim his love for her in some grand fashion - instead, their soft, gentle kisses turned into more, and their friendly affection turned into love. It was truly one of my favorite slow burn romances to date.
Grace never fails to disappoint! If you like slow burn romances with a strong heroine, you'll love this book.
**I received a free copy from the publisher and this is my honest review.**