David Worthington- Viscount Fairly has inherited a brothel of all things. While he really doesn’t want a brothel he is afraid for the welfare of the women. He would be able to make sure they were cared for and if he sells the brothel the next owner might mistreat the women. A solution to some of his troubles falls into his lap when his man of business tells him about Letty Banks.
Letty has been reduced to the role of being a mistress. A vicar's daughter, she left home in disgrace and now she is without a protector. She should have some money left to her, but it appears the lady is starving to death. As a doctor, David is very concerned about Letty's health. He then has an epiphany. Letty could be the madam at his brothel. She could take care of issues that the ladies have and keep the men from getting into fights over the women and so on. She would no longer be forced to live as a mistress and there would be a steady income. In Letty's current predicament, this is a very generous offer and one she is in no position to refuse.
The one thing David hadn't counted on was falling in love with Letty. David is such an honorable man, a very sensitive person that has suffered some loss in his life. He wants to make Letty his wife and has no concerns whatsoever about her life before they met. However, Letty has no choice but to keep their relationship as is. So, for a while they embark on a comfortable life together, but eventually it becomes obvious that things cannot continue this way. David longs for legitimate children and Letty just will not budge. The infuriating thing for David is that Letty will not explain why she refuses to marry him. My heart broke for both of them. Poor Letty's back was against a wall and there was no solution other than to cope with it. Her secrets are dark and explosive and must remain hidden at all cost. So, we must watch helplessly as two wonderful, well suited and obviously in love, people decide they must part ways.
This is the last book in the Lonely Lords series and I think it ended on a strong note.
The last quarter of the book was very emotional as the truth began to seep out and Letty is at last free of the poisonous grip she was held in. The secondary characters that were also victims will discover a type of freedom as well and for one really special person a whole new world will open up and only the very best of things will come of it.
The story has a very realistic feel to it that takes us out of the usual regency period fluff and shows us the darker side of the era. David is a doctor, a titled and wealthy man that should have a great deal of confidence, but we see his human frailties when he is asked to perform his duties as a doctor with his own family. He has hopes and fears and goals that make him human to the reader and not some arrogant aristocrat that only worries about the polite rules of society and his looks. There are issues raised involving birth control, abortion, out of wedlock children, the real dangers of childbirth, the limited resources women had, and the abuse they often suffered as a result of having little or no rights. Women were often left uneducated about the minds and impulses of men leaving them vulnerable and at their mercy, yet they bore the shame of any indiscretion. It is often good to remember the struggles women endured even if we would rather not think about it. Many would rather we simply ignore that part of history or better yet just rewrite it. Thankfully, the author addresses these issues as facts of life in this time period and doesn't dwell on them. So, the story is a bit darker than the typical regency type romance that focuses on the peerage, society rules, and marriage marts and so on.
Grace Burrowes has quickly become one of my favorite historical romance authors. I love her style of writing and the stories she tells have depth and emotion that will capture your heart and mind. This has been a very good series and I am looking forward to the next thing Ms. Burrowes dreams up for us. I rate this one a 4.5.
David, Viscount Fairly, has imperiled his honor...
Letty Banks is a reluctant courtesan, keeping a terrible secret that brought her, a vicar's daughter, to a life of vice. While becoming madam of Viscount Fairly's high-class brothel is an absolute financial necessity, Letty refuses to become David's mistress-though their attraction becomes harder to resist the more she learns about the man...
Perhaps a fallen woman can redeem it.
David is smitten not only with Letty's beauty, but also with her calm, her kindness, her quiet. David is determined to put respectability back in her grasp, even if that means uncovering the secrets Letty works so hard to keep hidden-secrets that could take her away from him forever...
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 experienced.