Grace Burrowes stepped off the safe troupe train to write this one, and I respect the hell out of her for doing it. She took a very broad stand, using a man whore and a married woman. It is an incredible story, and if you can handle it, read it.
Darius Lindsey is the last hope for his family. His widowed brother is a shattered mess, and his sister is tainted by scandal. Their funds have been cut off. He, being the spare, finds himself responsible for his family. He takes the only road he feels is open to him. He starts selling himself.
Now, looking back.. I wonder, why couldn’t he just go work at McDonald’s for the summer? Maybe because people of certain classes are looked down upon for doing peasant work. Considering the time period, it is true. What if Sir Reginald went to buy himself a Big Mac and saw Darius behind the counter?
Darius: May I take your order, sir?
Sir Reginald: Darius? Darius Lindsey?! You sir, are not working here are you?
Darius: Yes. (He holds his head up high.) Yes, sir I am. I feel my sister and my brother require it.
Sir Reginald: But Sir, this is highly irregular! Highly! I must inform the Ton of this injustice. Tell you what. If you get on your knees and suck my little thingy, I will give you a hundred pounds. We can go right out there in the alley. I know that would be far better than the coin you will receive working at this establishment.
Darius: But Sir, I beg of you, what about benefits? I will need them when I get Syphilis!
Sir Reginald: Nonsense, boy. McDonald’s doesn’t give you real benefits! Be real! They would require you buy the package option that takes your entire paycheck for that kind of treatment. Be sensible, man! Now come. Don’t you want to help your family?
Darius bows his head in shame. “Sir, I love them. I would do anything for them.”
Sir Reginald: Well, Then, (unzips his trousers) get to work! Wait, he adds. Please, take my order first.
I literally truly,deeply, love this story. I love Darius. I think Grace Burrows made a fan for life outta me the moment she thought him up. Darius Lindsey is in a bind. He has no means to support his family and his brother is of no help whatsoever. He turns to the one thing he knows women like. Him. Many widowers and even married ladies like a little tickle under their skirts from a handsome man. Darius is the one they chose. He gives them that ever so illusive multiple orgasm and they pay him handsomely for it. To be like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, he never kisses any of them and he refuses to actually stick his pecker in the glory hole, or the other hole either. He gets them off, and plays horse and pony, beat the dog and everything but hide the salami with every single one of them. Everyone is happy. Darius is content knowing he has not actually screwed any of these creatures he spends time with. But a few times, he does hint that other things happen. But, we won’t go there, ’cause Darius is my boy.
Some people are uncomfortable with a troupe involving a man whore, but mostly they are uncomfortable with the married status of Vivian. I like to see the underbelly of the rich and famous now and again. People and their free will. It is a wild world out there. And Grace, bless her, only gave us mild details.
The story is this, Lady Vivian Longstreet is the wife of a very sweet, very old man. She was a companion to William Longstreet’s wife, who died. Because he did not want to turn her out onto the streets, and because he promised his wife that he would look after her, William married Vivian. Now, at first glance you think, dirty old bastard! But that is not the story at all. He is just a very sweet man, who wishes to take his deceased wife’s last request to heart and give the lady maid a title and money to protect her the rest of her life.
Lady Vivian has also made the promise to Longstreet’s wife. She had promised to always look after her husband, and to make sure he was never lonely. His wife dearly loved her husband and William dearly loved his wife. (It was a longstreet to walk down..)
Lady Vivian was caught in the middle, and was happy to be there. She loved both of them, and felt that she owed it to them both to do this for them. Living with Longstreet was easy. She fell into the old woman routine easily and moved through life as she was the same age as he was. Longstreet’s two sons had died. And now, he worried for the welfare of his lady wife when he died. The only thing that would save her was to bare a child. Something he was unable to help with. He was old and incapable or unwilling to do the deed. Instead he hired a stud. Enter… Darius Lindsey, stud extraordinaire, man of the hour, and the kind of get r’ done kind of slut that could impregnate Lady Vivian almost immediately. If.. that is.. If he slept with his clients, of which he did not.
William Longstreet pleads his case, with money. Lots of it. He also explains the circumstances of his wife’s demise if a heir has not been made. Darius, does not fold right away, he is uncomfortable with the idea that a child will come of this, and being the man he is, he worries that the boy or girl will not be taken care of, or looked after. He, after all sees the man William as a sickly old man who may not live to even see the child born. He ends up folding, because he sees the plight that the man is in, and the money would bring his creditors to rest and his sister would have a chance to go into society and find a good match. Darius has the bloodline and the fortitude that William Longstreet wants.
Lady Longstreet chose Darius out of a slew of eligible studs that her husband had brought to her attention. She does not want to do this, but she is willing only for William’s sake. She loves him, even if it is more like “friend love”. She wants him to stop worrying about what will happen once he dies. She agrees to the plan, and then frets till she is at a full panic when it starts to come about.
Darius has a month to get Vivian with child. Neither of the two are happy about the situation and things are sweetly awkward when they begin.
William has let Vivian go off to Darius’s estate in the country. William secretly wants them to fall in love. He wants Vivian to have the love that he had shared with his wife and he plays matchmaker in the most unique of ways.
I personally think William is a very sweet man, and I found the story to be endearing. It is the true ability to help two people find what they are missing. There is a lot of heart wrenching parts, of which I absolutely love. If a book can hurt me, make me cry, make me laugh, and make me smile, then the writer has done a great job. This book has done all of those things. I am going to not only keep this one, but I will not lend it to anyone. I don’t know if I have ever found more likable characters and more despicable human beings as the ones that are in this tale. Excellent book. So good.
Grace wrote this for the dedication : “This book is dedicated to anybody who has ever made a poor choice and felt overwhelmed by the consequences. Maybe you can’t overcome all the consequences today, but never give up hope. Someday, things will be better,and positive change may come from the direction you least expect it.”
I love her, man! That’s it, She is awesome.
This book was copyrighted in 2013 and is part of a larger series. here is what I found:
If you go to her website,http://graceburrowes.com/ , you will be able to see all the awesome books she has available. If you have never read a GB book, and you love romance, I suggest them. Strongly. I would use cuss words to make it seem even more real, but then , that, my friends would be going overboard, and I do Not do that kind of thing.