The Virtuoso by Grace Burrowes
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.
I received this as a freebie in a giveaway by Shana Galen. (I read her book Lord and Lady Spy before I started the blog. I really should post a review for it. I liked it.) I have a weakness for Regency era romances. This one is part of a series, but can easily be read without reading the others. It does give you a peek at the other brothers, though. I would be interested to read their stories.
The Virtuoso is about Valentine, whose life had previously been all about his music. Now that he is unable to play, he doesn't know who he is anymore. He finds Ellen, but only wants her as a mistress since he doesn't think he is worthy of marriage. Ellen, who has been a widow for several years, doesn't think she is worthy of marriage again either, due to a secret in her past. They are both likable people and their story is very sweet and full of emotion. I found myself captivated by the writing. I recommend if you like sweet and steamy Recency romance with likable characters.
My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !!!!