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

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

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by Grace Burrowes

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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


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...

Praise for Darius:

"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. " -

"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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Lonely Lords Series , #5
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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. Her Regency romances and Scotland-set Victorian romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. 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 and Once Upon a Tartan have both won RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Two of her MacGregor heroes have won KISS awards. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Gabriel: Lord of Regrets 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 32 reviews.
HappyEndings More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miss Burrowes is to be congratulated for this witty, humorous, satisfying tale. Her prose is well done without the excess of description that plague so many novels and short stories. While she does describe in some measure her characters sexual activity it is filled with their love for each other and not simply physical lust. Again, a refreshing change. My one quarrel with the writing is the abuse of the Lord Jesus name in various ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sweet and enjoyable read, just like the previous ones in the series
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Slow start and confusing...but I ended up loving the characters and their devotion. Quite sentimental about it all. Very sweet indeed.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! It gradually unfolds as you read, but eventually all my questions were answered. The book is about 542 pages. The romance will not disappoint. The characters are mostly honest with each other from the beginning of the story which i loved. The story kept me guessing. I would have liked an ending that was longer and more detailed about their future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gabriel and Polly are both sad and tortured souls. Over the past two years, they've come to care for each other deeply but, as they struggle with their pasts, their futures are uncertain and take them in different directions. Without warning, their lives are thrown back together. While their love for each other burns even hotter, they both have secrets and a lot of complications to unravel. Lots of emotions, twists and turns, and sexual tension. Sweet and sexy read. 280 pages
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Gabriel by Grace Burrowes is a well written book, full of suspense, lovable characters, action and sizzle. Gabriel and the sassy Polly's story was a fun read. I enjoyed this book cover to cover and can't wait to read more from the talented Grace Burrowes in the future. Gabriel is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't understand Polly's reluctance to accept Gabrial since she wanted him so bad in the previous book, like I said soap opera.
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Love her books
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lakebemidji13 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Burrowes writes regency romance with such attention to detail and with compelling storylines. Enjoying this new series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the main characters, liked the storyline, very entertaining, cant wait for the next one!
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