New Release Review: Tremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes

Tremaine's True LoveTremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes
Book #1 in True Gentlemen
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
ARC provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Tremaine St. Michael is firmly in trade and seeks only to negotiate the sale of some fancy sheep with the Earl of Haddonfield. The earl’s sister, Lady Nita, is pragmatic, hard-working, and selfless, though Tremaine senses she’s also tired of her charitable obligations and envious of her siblings’ marital bliss. Tremaine, having been raised among shepherds, can spot another lonely soul, no matter how easily she fools her own family. Neither Tremaine nor Nita is looking for love, but love comes looking for them.

Angie’s Review – 2.5 Skulls – C

Since reading my very first Grace Burrowes book last year, she has quickly become one of my favorite voices in historical romance. The Captive was on my ‘Best of’ list for 2014 reads, and for this reason, I wonder if my expectations may have been too high for Tremaine’s True Love. I loved Tremaine and Nita, the main characters, but as I was reading the book, I kept waiting for something to happen. It never really did. It was a slow story overall with no build up and no action.

Tremaine was a gentle and kind-hearted hero. He is a perfect example of why I love this author so much – in a genre that’s filled with high-handed alpha men, she manages to make hers fiercely caring without crossing the line into controlling. He had interests other than carousing, and I like how the fact that he fell in love with Nita took him by surprise, but he still stayed practical about things, as was his nature. Nita and the way everyone viewed her threw me for a loop. She was seen to be so selfless and caring, but she never gave a second thought to the fact that her family, and then Tremaine, were worried about her health and safety. I couldn’t help but like her character despite this, because she was such a champion for people who were looked down upon by society and may not have received treatment any other way.

I think one of the things that made it hard for me to get lost in the story was the fact that the secondary characters got a lot of page time in this one. I think they overshadowed Tremaine and Nita, and had we gotten less of them, it may have helped the pacing a bit.

While this book may not have been as good as some others I have read from this author, there were enjoyable and romantic moments in this one. If you’re a fan of Grace Burrowes, I think you’ll find things in the story to appreciate. I’ll be continuing with the series.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  + ½

Series Reading Order
0.5. The Duke’s Disaster
1.0. Tremaine’s True Love
2.0. Daniel’s True Desire (Expected Publication: November 3rd, 2015)
3.0. Will’s True Wish (Expected Publication: February 2nd, 2016)

Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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