Virtuoso

Virtuoso

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by Grace Burrowes
     
 

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A genius with a terrible loss...

Gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland, has little interest in his father's obsession to see his sons married, and instead pours passion into his music. But when Val loses his music, he flees to the country, alone and tormented by what has been robbed from him.

A widow

Overview

A genius with a terrible loss...

Gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland, has little interest in his father's obsession to see his sons married, and instead pours passion into his music. But when Val loses his music, he flees to the country, alone and tormented by what has been robbed from him.

A widow with a heartbreaking secret...

Grieving Ellen Markham has hidden herself away, looking for safety in solitude. Her curious new neighbor offers a kindred lonely soul whose desperation is matched only by his desire, but Ellen's devastating secret could be the one thing that destroys them both.

Together they'll find there's no rescue from the past, but sometimes losing everything can help you find what you need most.

Windham series:
The Heir (Book 1)
The Soldier (Book 2)
The Virtuoso (Book 3)
Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish (Book 4)
Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal (Book 5)
Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (Book 6)
Lady Eve's Indiscretion (Book 7)
Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait (Book 8)

Praise for The Soldier:

"Captivating...Burrowes' sensual love story is intelligent and tender." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

Praise for The Heir:

"Sweet, sexy, tender romance between two characters so vibrant they seem to leap off the page." — Meredith Duran, author of Wicked Becomes You

"Burrowes' enchanting romance charms from the beginning!" — RT Book Reviews, 4 starts

"Refreshing...a luminous and graceful erotic Regency." — Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Burrowes continues her top-notch Regency-era family saga (The Heir; The Soldier) by healing a duke’s youngest son with love. Ellen FitzEngle’s livelihood has depended on her abundant herb gardens, but the young widow faces possible homelessness when the callow and ruthless Baron Roxbury threatens to sell the estate where she lives. After being told he must quit his beloved piano and let his hand heal, Lord Valentine Windham decides that restoring the crumbling estate he recently won from Roxbury in a game of cards is just the distraction he needs. Friendship and romance blossom while Ellen helps Val rehabilitate his hand and psyche, but things begin to go dangerously wrong with the restoration, sabotage tied to Ellen’s greatest secret. Though the chemistry isn’t volcanic and the mystery’s solution is overly foreshadowed, Burrowes’s exceptional writing and originality catch the reader and keep the story moving. (Nov.)
Booklist
Reminiscent of the heroines in Amanda Quick's romances... Another outstanding entry in a strong series.
RT Book Reviews
Burrowes creates memorable heroes... intelligent, sensual love stories show us this author knows what romance readers adore.
Night Owl Reviews
Filled with wonderfully touching relationships, interesting and intriguing characters, witty and delightful humor, and steamy and romantic seduction... Outstanding. 5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick
The Romance Reviews
Perfection, enchanting and stunningly sensual...
Fresh Fiction
A charming tale...
Yankee Romance Reviewers
Grace Burrowes writing is comfort food for the romantic soul... A sweet savory story with just the right amount of spice in the ultimately perfect moments.
The Long and Short of It Reviews
A splendid, sparkling, sensual love story--a keeper.
Ladies of Leisure Love Books
Burrowes has become a auto buy author for me...
Historical Hilarity
An intensely romantic and emotional story...
USA Today Happy Ever After
Quite sensual.
— Mandi Schriener
Dear Author
The tone of the story is gentle; the physical relationship graphic and sensual; the unwinding langorous... Engaging.
Anna's Book Blog
A charming read... Elegant, witty and deliciously sexy.
BookLoons.com
Sensual, passionate, and sweet...
Romance Reader at Heart
[Burrowes] never fails to astound me by giving her characters real life crises; real life emotions; real life passions; and with that, bring them so vividly to life!
Romance Fiction on Suite101.com
With these vibrant and lovable characters, the book is unforgettable.
Romance Book Junkies
[Burrowes] wrote some of the most vivid descriptions.
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
A sweet romance with a hero you will fall for at once.
In the Hammock Book Reviews
Definitely going on my keeper shelf.
From the Publisher
"Another outstanding entry in a strong series." —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402245701
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Series:
The Duke's Obsession
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
352,989
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes hit the bestseller lists with her debut, The Heir, followed by The Soldier and Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal. The Heir was also named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was named a Publishers Weekly Best Spring Romance of 2011, and Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish was named Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 by RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. All of 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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Virtuoso 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
LauraO More than 1 year ago
I was so surprised when I saw this in print version - I have no idea why they wouldn't have released it as a nookbook at the same time! This book was great If you liked the first two, you will love this one. Without the addition of a third person to the relationship (Anna's sister in Gayle's story, and Winnie in St. Just's story) there is more time for just Val and Ellen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another beautiful story about the power of familial love and the bonds of friendship. This author does a great job portraying strong male relationships that either leave you laughing or teary eyed. I really enjoyed the romance of Val and Ellen, although the ending seemed rushed to me. It would be great if we could get a story about the romance of Percy and Esther, the Duke and Duchess.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The Virtuoso bears out the saying that "When one door closes, fortune will usually open another". Bereft at being denied his music, Valentine (Val) Windham plans to bury himself in the refurbishing of a rundown manor. However, the gentle, unassuming Ellen FitzEngle, once the mistress of the old manor, opens new feelings, hopes, and purpose for Val. Deciding how to do justice to a story so revealing of emotions that range from the depth of misery to ecstasy while it entertains with subtle humor, understatements that sparkle, descriptions that bring places and people to life in one's imagination, plus a tension building undercurrent of downright meanness, takes some thinking about. This book stands alone in its completeness. However, it is the third book of the trilogy about the sons of the Duke of Moreland. If you read The Heir and The Soldier, The Virtuoso will catch you up on the Windhams you already know and will bring into bright focus the youngest of the sons, Valentine, who has always felt like a misfit that his father did not understand. With his music Valentine gave one of his brothers a lifeline when war and traumatic stress had dragged him to his own personal hell. His music soothed the misery of another brother, allowing him to rest when pain wracked his body, and little Winnie's nightmares abated with help from her Uncle Val's music. Valentine had enchanted great audiences with his amazing music. Now, he must give up his music for an undetermined length of time, maybe forever. Music is his muse, his mistress, his soul's home. How will he fill his days? His lucrative businesses function well without him, so he and his friend Darius Lindsey go to a dilapidated manor Val won from Fredrick Markham, the new Baron Roxbury, a devious wastrel young Lord who was known to sell his vote in Parliament to the highest bidder-along with other mean, reprehensible doings that furnish him with money. "She's waited for me" is Val's first thought when he sees the neglected yet elegant, graceful, serene manor; all at once he has purpose in life. But oh, my, that which is just a short distance through woods brings even more purpose to his life. Ellen FitzEngle, widow of the former Baron of Roxbury lives in a cottage there among her flowers, herbs, fruit trees and vegetable garden along with Marmalade, her cat. Even with the beauty and bounty she creates, Ellen cannot dispel the guilt, grief, and fear that dogs her tracks in the day and haunts her nights. On the outside, she has a graceful serenity about her, yet on the inside she feels inconsequential and unworthy of love and the station in life that should be hers. As new neighbors and acquaintances from time past, Val and Ellen forge a unique connection. They soothe each other's deepest wounds while standing together against a common adversary. Their love that grows and the gentle erotic love scenes are breathtaking. The many truly interesting secondary characters help propel the plot along and create sub-plots as they fill in needed back story and actions-some humorous, some intriguing, and others dangerous and devious. The interactions of all the characters reveal life in and around a small village in the Regency time of English history. Read the Full Review at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
AnnieMayB More than 1 year ago
Ohh and did I mention that list includes a tall, darkly handsome man with enchanting green eyes and a big, strong, loving heart. I have read almost all of Grace Burrowes' books and finished each with a sappy smile plastered to my face and a warm place in my heart for the hero and heroine. She does excellent historical research, using her information to develop situations, dialogue, and characters that exactly suit her story. I read a lot of books from almost every category and there are only a few romantic writers who I buy simply based on their name. Grace Burrowes has become one of those writers' for me. I will happly return again and again to the Duke's family and descendents to see what remarkable and interesting stories they are willing to share with me. And to anyone who scoffs at this family's honor and says it is not keeping with history, I can only say perhaps not, but isn't this the way it should have been?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third in the series, they just keep getting better. Can't wait to start reading about the sisters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her books have all hit it out of the ball park. The heir, the soldier and this book have not let me down.
Kameosis More than 1 year ago
I love Ms. Burrowes books because while they are written in the Victorian error, they depict that people are real even thought they lived in a time of oppressive expression they still had lives of love and standards of morality. Ms. Burrowes also improve the vocabulary with her lively and interesting vernacular of the time. She also writes family life and love between siblings in an interesting and delightful way. I love the Windhams, their friends and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different than most romance novels, I found Valentine and Ellen to have a very touching and sensitive love relationship in addition to their passion. He is more of an artistic hero which I found delightful. I thoroughly enjoy Grace Burrows' books. LORRAINE.
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Val and Ellen's story was entertaining and enjoyable. I did find it slow in parts but I like how this one ended much better than The Soldier, less abrupt and more conclusive to their happy ending.
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A truly feel good story. A change from the London scene written about debutantes.
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Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Having read the others in this series, it was time to fill in the gap. Valentine Windham is a virtuoso of a pianist and composer, with a swollen and aching hand from overuse, and has now been temporarily forbidden by his doctor to play, or else... he could lose the ability, forever. Luckily, he has the distraction of his new, horribly rundown estate to occupy his time, along with lovely widow Ellen FitzEngle. I liked that Ellen was NOT a surprise virgin widow, but her sexual experience was limited, and not particularly overwhelming. Val was maybe a little TOO perfect, and they both hung onto their secrets a little longer than I would've liked, but it was still sweet and satisfying, and love the involvement of the Windham family in helping bring about the HEA. Fun, satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite author has come through again.. excellent, endearing storytelling
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Love this series, another winner!
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