Ethan Grey’s life was shattered…
Estranged from his family, widowed after an unhappy marriage, and weary from fighting his troubled past, Ethan Grey now has a chance for redemption. His son’s beautiful and remarkable governess might help him battle his ghosts, but it’s been a long time since he let himself get close to anyone.
Alice Portman has more 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 both.
Heat Rating 2
Rating 5 Stars/ Top Pick
Reviewed by Lady Blue
Ethan is the latest offering from Grace Burrowes in her lonely lords series. If ever a tortured hero deserves a happy ever after, it’s Ethan Grey.
Ethan was the first born son of an earl, but an illegitimate one, meaning he can never inherit the title. He was raised in the earl’s household, and developed a strong bond with his brother, Nicholas (the legitimate heir.) As they grow to become teenagers, their bond grows stronger, and the earl mistakenly believes that they are having a sordid relationship, and sends Ethan away to a different school. Thus begins Ethan’s journey from being part of a family, with a best friend, to an outcast. He is heartbroken, not understanding why. At this school, he is brutalized. As the years go by, Ethan takes a mistress, not for love, but for convenience. When she becomes pregnant, they marry. The marriage is hellacious, and late in the story we learn just how vindictive a woman scorned can be.
Fast forward, and Ethan is now widowed, with two young sons. His brother, Nicholas, is now the earl, and would like nothing better than to regain Ethan’s friendship. Ethan, however, has been taught some bitter life lessons, and is leery of relationships. He is even almost a stranger to his sons.
Alice Portman enters the picture, and is hired as governess to the boys. She carries some baggage of her own from a past scandal. Somehow she manages to reach Ethan, and in turn, he helps her. It is beautiful to see their love story develop. They are two wounded souls, who make each other whole.
Near the end of the book, a twist is revealed, which totally blindsided me. I did not see this one coming, and it is another blow that Ethan has had to endure. He does so, and with grace. His ability to forgive amazed me.
And his happy ever after is sweet, indeed. I highly recommend this book.
Currently available as ebook from Amazon for $4.99, or as print-on-demand.