REVIEW ¾ Ethan: Lord of Scandals

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REVIEW ¾ Ethan: Lord of Scandals Í Ethan Grey's life was shatteredEstranged from his family widowed and weary from fighting his troubled past Ethan Grey now has a chance to replace loneliness with love His sons' beautiful and stubborn governess might help him battle his ghosts but it's been a long time since he let himself get close to anyoneAlice BothAn unforgettable Regency tale of two wounded people who get another chance at love Award winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes's extraordinary writing will immerse you in a Regency world unlike any you've experienc. I'll start by saying I really enjoyed the book I'll also start by saying that I had to suspend my incredulity for some of the plot points I guess I can't tell you those without revealing to many details Anyway there are way too many coincidences in who was wronged by whom and who fathered whom etcI really liked Ethan who is a sweet gentle soul who has been wronged by so many in his life those who should have loved him and cared for himI liked Alice too but well her 'secret' didn't seem all that mind bending to me certainly not enough to have her becoming a governess and changing her name etc So Ethan is the brother of Nick Haddonfield from Book 2 in the series Actually he is a half brother and by blow of his father Ethan and Nick were raised together until the age of 14 when the old Earl made some incorrect assumptions about the relationship between Nick and Ethan The earl sent Ethan away and didn't let them attend any of the same schools etc againAt that very first school at the age of 14 a life altering event happened to Ethan He never recovered from it and it tainted his entire life to this pointEthan meets Alice who is a governess at his brother Nick's house Alice is just leaving her post because her charge has outgrown her Ethan hires her to act as governess for his boysThey each grow to care about the other and to sweetly heal each other They conuer the bad buys and deal with two rambunctious boys at the same time Nick and Ethan's relationship grows and starts to get back to what it once was A good read

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Ethan Grey's life was shatteredEstranged from his family widowed and weary from fighting his troubled past Ethan Grey now has a chance to replace loneliness with love His sons' beautiful and stubborn governess might help him battle his ghosts but it's. Grace Burrowes has upped her game with Ethan giving the reader an intriguing plot with surprising twists populated by fully developed complex characters Actually there are two not so fully developed characters – Ethan’s sons Jeremiah age six and Joshua age five Be warned – if you don’t like children in your historical romance stories this book is not for you Me I like adorable children mixing it up with the adults and for sure these two boys are adorableEthan Grey is the eldest son of the Earl of Bellefonte but he is not the heir as his mother was not married to the earl Nevertheless he grew up in the Bellefonte home with his eight half siblings one of whom Nicholas is the heir and the hero in Burrowes’ previous novel in the Lonely Lords series At age 14 Ethan was sent off to a harsh public school and then to Cambridge He married a woman who was his mistress but she died after giving birth to the two boys Ethan threw himself into his business ventures and his successes have made him uite wealthy He and the boys live uietly at Tydings his Sussex estateAs the story opens Jeremiah and Joshua are visiting at their Uncle Nick’s Kent estate Belle Maison along with various other children and their parents don’t even try to figure out who they all are; this is Grace Burrowes so you can never uite know who all the players are The children are in the charge of governess Alice Portman who looks like every other governess – shapeless grey dress severe bun and spectacles As it turns out Alice is looking for a change in position and Ethan needs to replace the boys’ recently departed tutor so Alice returns to Tydings with Ethan’s familyAlice uickly realizes that although Ethan loves his sons he doesn’t actually show them love He devotes himself to business and lets others tend to the boys Alice insists however that Ethan take interest in his children and he begins to enjoy being a father He also begins to enjoy being in Alice’s companyAlice may be the one who looks wrapped up and closed off but it’s really Ethan who has shut himself off from the world He is somewhat estranged from his siblings even though he and Nick were very close as children Nick who has succeeded to the earldom has been trying to rekindle those feelings but Ethan remains aloof There is a lot going on beneath the surface In addition to suffering from being a bastard son Ethan endured horrific bullying at school a trauma that still haunts him Alice also endured heartache and physical injury in her teenage years; she has dealt with her trauma by leaving the family home and working as a governess even though her family is well off Years later both Ethan and Alice still are grappling with tremendous feelings of unresolved guilt It is rather too neat that both of them were tormented by the same manI won’t go into the details of the plot developments because there are some well done surprises including a story line that I have not seen in historic romance before Of course there is growing affection between Ethan and Alice and between Ethan and his boys Various neighbors and relatives pop in from time to time – some of them from previous books and some from books yet to come – and some play an important role in unfolding events The villain makes his appearance and get his comeuppance The real beauty of this story however is in the exploration of the effects of traumatic experiences on these two people and the exposition of how they begin to heal As I’ve always said Grace Burrowes is a wonderful storyteller and in Ethan she tells a story of abuse escape healing reconciliation and love – both romantic and familial I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it One need not have read any of its predecessors to get pleasure from it

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Ethan Lord of ScandalsBeen a long time since he let himself get close to anyoneAlice Portman has in common with Ethan than she can comfortably admit For now she's satisfied with helping him rebuild his life and family but the dangerous past is about to catch up with them. This one was much better than the second book in the series I liked both Ethan and Alice but the whole feel of the story didn't really translate as historical romance It felt a bit contemporary romance playing dress up on horseback Maybe the language maybe the ease the characters had with each other status sexIt's not bad for sure and it's got a lot of high ratings I've just read other HR that I loved way than this one