The Virtuoso by Grace Burrowes
Some days are better than others. We all have that one day each week that’s a little harder to make it through than the rest. My friend Grace Burrowes has a fool-proof method for decompressing after a stressful day. Here’s how it goes:
- Arrange matters so you never have to stop for groceries, put gas in the tank or socialize on your high stress day. Go straight home.
- Make a big pot of decaf Constant Comment or Lemon Lift tea.
- Slip into your play clothes. (Grace’s outfit includes fuzzy socks. Mine requires my “Matrix” sweater–It’s not like the slick, cool clothes they’re styling inside the Matrix, but the holey, worn comfortable stuff they wear on the Nebuchadnezzar.)
- Light a Midnight Jasmine candle or burn a couple sticks of cedar incense.
- Make PBJ for dinner, or whatever you want, but make sure it involves minimal cooking or cleaning up.
- Develop temporary blindness about dust bunnies, sticky counters or gritty floors. (I would add overflowing laundry hampers!)
- Take a “keeper” read to bed with you.
And with that lead in, allow me to recommend Grace’s The Virtuoso. It belongs on your keeper shelf.
Ellen Markham tells herself she’s happy raising flowers and living in near penury in the Oxfordshire countryside, but when Valentine Windham moves in just on the other side of the wood, Ellen’s longing for things she can never have threatens to overcome her good sense.
Valentine’s artistic soul, tender loving, and ducal determination tempt Ellen to trust and confide in a man who can only be endangered, should he learn of her past. For Valentine, regaining his musical skill becomes far less urgent than winning Ellen’s heart.
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I always think the most satisfying romances result when the hero and heroine start as enemies. Since Rika blames Bjorn for her father’s death, it’s hard to imagine how she could ever see him as anything but a bloody raider.
But I’ve always been drawn to stories where the hero and heroine grow and change in a steep character arc. Hope you are, too.
Remember today is Touch of a Rogue‘s release day!
Jacob Preston and Lady Cambourne start as wary allies in the search for the last of six magical Druid daggers. But just because they’re working together, that doesn’t mean they don’t keep secrets from each other.
Secrets that could wreck all…
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