Gabriel: Lord of Regrets (Lonely Lords Series #5)

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Another unforgettable Regency romance from award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes.

A man with a dangerous future
After two years in hiding to protect his family, Gabriel Wendover, Marquess of Hesketh, leaves behind the woman he loves and returns home to untangle the plots against him. When the lady turns up on his doorstep to paint ...

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Overview

Another unforgettable Regency romance from award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes.

A man with a dangerous future
After two years in hiding to protect his family, Gabriel Wendover, Marquess of Hesketh, leaves behind the woman he loves and returns home to untangle the plots against him. When the lady turns up on his doorstep to paint portraits of Gabriel's brother and sister-in-law, he's not sure whether it's by accident or by design. And now she could be in harm's way too...

A lady with a dangerous past
Polonaise Hunt is an accomplished artist who is determined to paint the prestigious Wendover family portraits, but coming upon Gabriel in his new situation changes everything. Despite their mutual passion, trusting Gabriel could cost Polly everything she holds dear...

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"Delightfully different...a deeply moving romance that's sure to be remembered and treasured." -RT Book Reviews, Reviewer Top Pick 4 ½ stars

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"A semi-murder mystery, a hot romance, and a legal battle come together in this book to make it one hell of a read. Gabriel: Lord of Regrets was a fantastic historical romance that kept me hooked. Loved it!" - Imagine a World

"A true super star of the historical romance genre... Exquisite. " - CK2's Kwips and Kritiques

"If you want a story that will make you sigh, smile, tear-up and ultimately feel completely satisfied at the end, then I happily recommend spending some time with GABRIEL." - Novels Alive

"[Grace Burrowes] can write sensual scenes to make you want to take a cold shower!" - Bookworm 2 Bookworm

" With her exquisite writing style, Ms. Burrowes makes Gabriel a riveting historical tale and an amazing love story." - Long and Short Reviews

"You have to love Regency romance, so prim and proper, yet with a naughty side that will leave you blushing for a week. " - BookLoons.com

"I was completely captivated... a delightful experience!" - Eyes.2C Reviews

"Incredibly, Burrowes balances multiple, complex romantic and family dynamics simultaneously, each asserting some kind of influence on another. " - 3 Chicks After Dark

"Burrowes's characters are generous, honest, and kind; even when they make messes, they redress them." - Miss Bates Reads Romance

" Another hit for Ms. Burrowes! Love this series! Well written with interesting and engaging characters. Ms. Burrowes is a masterful storyteller and one not to miss. " - My Book Addiction Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402278754
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: Lonely Lords Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 147,456
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.
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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    There is no end in sight to the wonders of Ms. Burrowes¿s novels

    There is no end in sight to the wonders of Ms. Burrowes’s novels. Each one makes me love her families more and more. There have been those who criticize her but I’m not one of them because her wordcraft pulls me in and doesn’t let me go once I start reading.




    Gabriel, aka Gabriel North from the prior book in the series (Beckman: Lord of Sin), returns home at long last after being in hiding. We finally get to discover why he was hiding (someone had been trying to kill him, he learned) and watch him tentatively step back toward the position of Marquis of Hesketh.




    This book had a bit of a different feel for me, because it’s the first time I’ve read a book where there was active maneuvering going on with regard to a title. Gabriel was declared dead by his brother two years ago, and so his brother was now the Marquis, yet with Gabriel very much alive there were issues to be sorted out legally.




    Polly of course shows up to paint the picture of the Marquis and his wife (though there is definitely question whether the brother is the legitimate Marquis or not), and discovers Gabriel. She’s hurt when he first tries to send her away and then they gradually work through their issues, and she has her feelings of inadequacy because of secrets revealed in Beckman and brought up again here regarding her time abroad touring Europe with her sister while the sister was a violinist.




    Probably the only things that dragged this book down for me were the “woe is me, I’m not worthy because of X” attitude of Polly (which got a little tiresome toward the end of the book) and the resolution to the question of who tried to kill Gabriel. I found the motivation of the ultimate villain, and the villain’s incompetence in carrying out his original intention toward Gabriel, a little eye-rolling. But, then again, I can’t really ask for more when it comes to tugging at the heartstrings with Polly and Gabriel as a couple.




    I’m already champing at the bit to get my hands on the sixth book in the series, Gareth: Lord of Rakes. I can barely keep up with Ms. Burrowes. Hat’s off to her AND Sourcebooks for getting her books lined up the way they have for publication!




    Book provided by netGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    Sweet and enjoyable

    sweet and enjoyable read, just like the previous ones in the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Grace Burrowes just keeps getting better with every book I read.

    Grace Burrowes just keeps getting better with every book I read.  An exceptional series.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

    Book #4 in Grace Burrowes¿ sexy and emotional Lonely Lords serie

    Book #4 in Grace Burrowes’ sexy and emotional Lonely Lords series, featuring many of the secondary men (friends and acquaintances) from her Windham series.
    This book is really a continuation of Beckman, the third book in the series and should be read after that. While I enjoyed that book, I found I liked this one more. We also learn a surprising secret about Gabriel that I hope will be further explored in a later Lonely Lords story.
    Gabriel Wendover, the Marquess of Hesketh, has been in hiding for the last two years and, during that time, he changed, from a frivolous rake to a hardworking and grateful man now determined to take the reins of responsibility seriously. Convinced that someone is trying to kill him, he rusticated in the country posing as a land steward. But now he’s fallen in love and has decided it’s time to face his killer so that he can live the rest of his life in peace and happiness.
    Since Polly and Gabriel have known each other for two years, their relationship feels like that of an old married couple rather than the first blush of new love; they tease, they console and comfort, they do everything but. And yet, when they do finally make love, it’s explosive and exciting, like the very first time that it is.
    “She’d been a lifeline for him, pragmatic but kind, forcing food and rest and dry clothing on him when he’d been more inclined to work and work, and go back out in the rain, wind, cold, and mud, and work some more. She’d made him appreciate the small comforts—a cup of tea, a touch, a fresh, hot muffin slathered with butter, a smile—and made him realize that somewhere along the path to becoming the marquess, he’d missed the need to become Gabriel.” (p48)
    Polly’s social class is beneath Gabriel’s so she feels she cannot marry him; this is merely a dalliance but each secretly feels it’s much more than that. Gabriel is his own man, even if he is a marquess with duties and responsibilities, but Burrowes’ heroes always follow their hearts.
    Polly is an artist, commissioned to paint the portrait of Gabriel’s brother, Aaron and Aaron’s wife, Marjorie. She always saw Gabriel as just a man, not a marquess, until she learns he is a marquess. Then she’s not good enough; she also carries a scandalous secret that causes her great sorrow.
    There is a lot of sex in this story—more than in any Burrowes book that I’ve read—and as always, Burrowes writes with great sensuality, eroticism, and emotion. Polly is very orgasmic; we should all be so lucky!
    There is a great moment when Gabriel, speaking to Polly’s daughter, Allemande, asks her “’What would running away solve?’” (p212). He comes to realize his doing the same thing didn’t accomplish anything.
    The secondary love story here, between Aaron and Marjorie, is sweet and heartwarming. Aaron reluctantly took over the title when Gabriel disappeared, and was coerced (by Marjorie’s harridan of a mother) into marrying Gabriel’s fiancée to fulfill the marriage contracts. Once again, in historical romance, you see the plight and manipulation of women at the hands of men. 
    I almost felt this story could have been a novella and, even though the print version says it’s 386 pages, it didn’t feel that long at all. That’s because Burrowes is a consummate and beautiful writer who weaves lovely words into magical stories.
    I love the little nuances and details in her stories: the meaning of flowers, toast crumbs in the butter, back pains soothed with homemade salves. Her stories feel real. And somehow comforting.
    The book covers for the Lonely Lords series have been spot on and sexy; each depicts the hero just as I picture him. This one reveals Gabriel’s striking green eyes and dark hair. Swoon!
    Polly’s brother-in-law, Tremaine St. Michel, makes another appearance here, as do Sara and Beckman (from Beckman). He’s an interesting character I wouldn’t mind reading more about.
    Though the ending is unexpected (and a bit anticlimactic), the storytelling and the writing are so rich and a joy to read that it doesn’t really matter. Burrowes is a master of her craft. She entertains me, makes me feel for her characters, and that is more than enough.
    Memorable moments:
    “'You work, and then you work some more, and then you work yet still more, with eating and sleeping tucked in somewhere between sheep, goats, cows, horses, crops, and cottages.'” (p34)
    ”’I tell you the truth,’ Gabriel said. ‘It’s a difficult pill, but often has curative powers.’” (p233)
    A passionate and comforting love story.

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  • Posted November 6, 2013

    Fight or Flight

    When wounded the instinct is to flee, then to take the time to heal. Gabriel does just that, plus to gather information on his situation. As he is doing this, Polonaise, the woman he can not forget enters his home. Can he protect her when he doesn’t know the source of danger? Final resolution a little weak.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Just an average read

    This story was beautifully written, but it took me a very long time to read it. I just could not wwrm up to Polly. Not as good as her prior books.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

    You really need to read Beckman first before reading Gabriel's s

    You really need to read Beckman first before reading Gabriel's story. I enjoyed Gabriel and Polly but think the book would have been better suited to have them join forces to find out who wanted Gabriel dead. I would have preferred more action and character development of Aaron and his wife. Still I enjoy Ms. Burrowe's novels and look forward to her next installment of the Lonely Lords series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Great Book - as always

    Love her books

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  • Posted September 19, 2013

    Gabriel's story is very enjoyable. His story really begins in Be

    Gabriel's story is very enjoyable. His story really begins in Beckman's book so it is like you already know the two main characters in the book. 
    Very worthwhile read.  As well writenas the rest of this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    No "regrets" on reading this!

    The story of Gabriel and Polly that began in Beckman finds us with a great story with memorable characters and an intriguing plot. Twists in the storyline show that not is all that it appears and that making the decisions is not always an easy road. The secondary plot with brother Aaron actually gives this story more appeal. Also loved having some recurring characters come back...hoping that there may be stories in the works for Tremaine and Worth.

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  • Posted September 14, 2013

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    GABRIEL: LORD OF REGRETS by Grace Burrowes is an exciting Regenc

    GABRIEL: LORD OF REGRETS by Grace Burrowes is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. #5 in the "Lonely Lords" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See,"Nicholas","Beckman","Darius",and "Ethan"(not in order). Gabriel Wendover,the Marquis of Hesketh is known as the Lord of Regrets,if to no one else but himself.... Regrets, Gabriel, has a lifetime of them. Being stalked half way around the world, wounded,and an danger,or so he believes. He now decides it is time to go home and face whoever is trying to kill him. So he leaves behind the only woman he loves, Ms. Polonaise Hunt, and returns to his ancestral home. After years of hiding, his family believes him dead. His beloved.... Ms. Polonaise Hunt, Polly to her family and friends is not where she is supposed to be with, her sister......when he gets home who does he find? Polly of course, for she has been hired to paint his brother's family portraits. Now the interesting part begins.... Filled with secrets, old hurts, past regrets,a bit of danger(or so they believe),lots of passion,and love. As secrets unfold,past comes to light, love blossoms,passions ignites! Another hit for Ms. Burrowes! Love this series! Well written with interesting and engaging characters. Ms. Burrowes is a masterful storyteller and one not to miss. The "Lonely Lords" series, is truly a fantastic series. A must read for any historical romance readers as well as readers who enjoy a great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: MILD

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Written as a combined review with the previous book Beckman! 4

    Written as a combined review with the previous book Beckman!


    4.5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

    The Lonely Lord series by award winning author (and one of my faves) Grace Burrowes once again did NOT disappoint. This review consists of books number 4 (Beckman) and 5 (Gabriel). These two were just as yummy as Darius, Nicholas and Ethan and totally swept me off my feet once again! If you love a solid historical romance (1800's) where gentlemen were expected to be gentlemen, ladies were ladies and all the rules are thrown out the window then seriously check this series out!

    Let's get on with it shall we .. I have two more men for you to get to know! ;)

    BOOK 4 - BECKMAN Lord of Sins

    REVIEW

    We have never really met Beckman, though he is mentioned several times in the previous books. Beckman is the younger legit brother of Nicholas and Ethan. He is also very complex, spare to the heir, underestimated and misunderstood. He is the baby of the family who is easily brushed aside, and left ignorant to some family matters (although he still caught on regardless of his families intentions).

    Beck has lived a full life for a man his young age. He's been married and widowed, been wild with the ladies and gambling, has fallen so far off the edge of a cliff in the opium house that it was amazing he was able to bounce back. He has also been sent away by his dying father (this is where I should mention that this book is written parallel to Nicholas book) to fix up an old family estate (Three Spring Estates) that belongs to his grandmother (his father doesn't want Beck to see him die). Beck understands why he is sent away (he deeply loves his father and I would like to believe seeing him die would throw him back in his recovery) and decides to tackle the estate with vigor.

    He meets Sara who is a housekeeper at this Three Spings along with her daughter Allie and sister Polly. The man working as the steward (Gabriel) is also there playing the role of grouch, let's get this done, I have no time to waste (he gets his own story ..lol). Beckman finds himself immediately captivated by Sara and realizes that there is so much more to this woman than housecleaner extraordinaire. Sara has secrets, and Beck wants to figure them out but in the process cannot help but fall in love with this complex woman.

    Sara is running from a past that if discovered, can effect her entire future. She just wants to live a simple life in the country, fix up the estate and be left alone. Well all was going well until she admits Beck into her bed. The passion between these two sparks up the pages as does the sensitivity to each other and the budding friendship.

    As Sara's past comes to the forefront we are taken on a ride of suspicion, action, intrigue and ultimately happily ever after (duh .. this is Grace Burrowes we're talking about ..lol) Can Beckman live with what Sara is hiding? Can Beck make it through his father's death unscathed? Will these two put aside their stubborn streaks to be each other's forever?? You know the answer, but reading how they get there is the best part! LOL


    BOOK 5 - GABRIEL Lord of Regrets

    REVIEW

    I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK! LOL

    We first met Gabriel in Beckman's book as the grouchy, no nonsense steward of the estate. It is there that you begin to understand that there is more than meets the eye to this man .. well this book it all comes out!

    Gabriel is really a titled man. Actually he is the Marquis of Hesketh and has been in hiding, assumed dead for the past couple of years. You see someone attempted to kill Gabriel two years ago, and he suspected his brother (who currently is holding the Marquis title). As time has passed, Gabriel has kept his eye on his brother and has come to realize that perhaps he wasn't involved in his attempted murder. He decides to come out of hiding.

    Gabriel reclaims his title (kind of) and happens upon a certain artist that he left behind at Three Springs Estate but has never forgotten! POLLY! Polly has been commissioned to paint portraits of the Hesketh family members. Little does she realize that her beloved Gabriel is not the steward she fell in love with but in fact a titled man. Considering all, she takes it all in quite nicely. The flames still burn hot between these two and before they know it, they are giving into their desires for one another knowing that the future holds nothing for them. Why would a Marquis want a simple artist?

    In the midst of all this romance, there are frequent abnormalities going on that sabotage the functioning of the Hesketh estate. Gabriel is in danger as someone is still trying to kill him. He wants Polly away from all the danger, but begins to realize that he cannot live without her. After he comes to terms with this, he needs to convince her.

    We have a side romance going throughout this story as well! Gabriel's brother and his wife begin to blossom as the pressure of being the Marquis and Marquess is lifted off their shoulders a tad, and answers to questions must be answered. I have to say I enjoyed their story as much as I did Gabriel's.

    Of course there is so much more than what I say in my reviews to these books. I hate spoilers and have to be careful on what I can or cannot reveal here! LOL I really wanted to give 5 out of 5, but I am seeing a repeated formula with this series that is predictable now. We have a powerful man who seems to be the most loving and understanding of men. We have the woman who is not innocent and agrees to the loving physical affair with our main man. We see them really become friends and not just lovers. Don't get me wrong, this formula works for Grace Burrowes books, but I would love a little mix up in there! This is 5 books in now.

    A WONDERFUL historical romance series and one that I am going to remain current with.

    HAPPY READING! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Very Good Story (LVR)

    Ms. Burrowes writes regency romance with such attention to detail and with compelling storylines. Enjoying this new series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Nice

    It was a nice story Polly did seem a little to stuborn and i never warmed up to her Gaberial, Aaron and Marjorie were very easy to like A little more on the romance between Aaron and Marjorie would have been nice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Love her novels.

    All of her books are marvelous. I love her writing style. She makes me feel that I am right there with the characters and part of the story (maybe as the servant who knows everything about her employers). She does not telegraph what is going to happen nor spoon feed you everything about her characters. She keeps you in suspense but since you know it is a romance everything will turn out well. These are not cookie cutter romances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Liked it!

    Liked the main characters, liked the storyline, very entertaining, cant wait for the next one!

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