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text 2017-10-07 16:50
The Truth about Love and Dukes By Laura Lee Guhrke $1.99
The Truth About Love and Dukes - Laura Lee Guhrke

Dear Lady Truelove . . . I have fallen in love, truly and completely in love, for the first time. The man whom I hold in such passionate regard, however, is not of my station. He is a painter, a brilliant artist. Needless to say, my family would not approve . . .

 

Henry, Duke of Torquil, wouldn’t be caught reading the wildly popular “Dear Lady Truelove” column, but when its advice causes his mother to embark on a scandalous elopement, an outraged Henry decides the author of this tripe must be stopped before she can ruin any more lives. Though Lady Truelove’s identity is a closely guarded secret, Henry has reason to suspect the publisher of the notorious column, beautiful and provoking Irene Deverill, is also its author.

 

For Irene, it’s easy to advise others to surrender to passion, but when she meets the Duke of Torquil, she soon learns that passion comes at a price. When one impulsive, spur-of-the-moment kiss pulls her into a scorching affair with Henry, it could destroy her beloved newspaper, her career, and her independence. But in the duke’s arms, surrender is so, so sweet . . .

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text 2017-10-05 19:00
The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke $1.99
The Truth About Love and Dukes - Laura Lee Guhrke

Dear Lady Truelove . . . I have fallen in love, truly and completely in love, for the first time. The man whom I hold in such passionate regard, however, is not of my station. He is a painter, a brilliant artist. Needless to say, my family would not approve . . .

 

Henry, Duke of Torquil, wouldn’t be caught reading the wildly popular “Dear Lady Truelove” column, but when its advice causes his mother to embark on a scandalous elopement, an outraged Henry decides the author of this tripe must be stopped before she can ruin any more lives. Though Lady Truelove’s identity is a closely guarded secret, Henry has reason to suspect the publisher of the notorious column, beautiful and provoking Irene Deverill, is also its author.

 

For Irene, it’s easy to advise others to surrender to passion, but when she meets the Duke of Torquil, she soon learns that passion comes at a price. When one impulsive, spur-of-the-moment kiss pulls her into a scorching affair with Henry, it could destroy her beloved newspaper, her career, and her independence. But in the duke’s arms, surrender is so, so sweet . . .

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text 2017-04-24 16:45
Well so far...
The Truth About Love and Dukes - Laura Lee Guhrke

... the truth about love and dukes is boring as hell...

I don't know why these two are smitten with one another, besides insta lust.

There was a part in the plot that definitely needed more time to develop, but instead got dealt with in a blink of an eye: weird.

I think I've read about half of it, and I'm more than ready to be done with it.

Sad.

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review 2016-04-29 01:42
Review for Catch A Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke
Catch a Falling Heiress: An American Heiress in London - Laura Lee Guhrke

This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

 

Linnet Holland's life has finally worked out the way she wanted. The man she has always fancied has finally taken notice. He takes her to the gardens to propose and that magical moment is interrupted by Jack Featherstone. The infernal man not only ruins the proposal and strikes her beloved, but he then has the audacity to kiss her right in front of her mother and as well as the biggest gossip in town. Her reputation is thoroughly ruined but she refuses to marry this man. She cannot marry a fortune hunter, she won't and nothing her family can say will change her mind. Jack knows he messed up by kissing her. He knows that it was the wrong move. He also knows that her Frederick Van Hausen, her "beloved" is not the man she believes him to be. He is the villain in all stories and he refuses to let another women fall victim to him. Now, he's determined to make it right. He will change Linnet's opinion of him and make her agree to the marriage if it is the last thing he does. Can Linnet let go of her first impressions enough to realize that Jack might just be the right person for her or is she doomed to suffer the effects of a ruined reputation?

 

I both loved and hated Linnet. I love her and her strength and determination, but how she adamantly refuses Jack when the audience knows that Jack is actually a good guy was infuriating. I like Jack and I want her to like him. Her reasons are solid and you cannot fault her logic. She wants to marry someone American. She doesn't want a English fortune hunter who will look down on her for the rest of her life and she has finally escaped that future only to be dragged back at the last possible second. She's angry and frustrated and I wanted to hug her and give her her heart's desire. But, at the same time, what she wants isn't what's best for her. What she wants would be incredibly bad and would not turn out as she imagines. And Jack's refusal to explain himself just makes everything worse. Even when she finds herself liking him against her will, she jumps back to the "he just wants me for my money" argument and all is lost once again.

 

Speaking of Jack, I just love him. I think I have a thing for historical romance heroes in general because they all make me feel rather swoon-worthy, but Jack was perfect. He's in a tough situation, as all romance heroes are. He has a high sense of honor and integrity and he's fiercely loyal. Then there is the whole his a handsome gentleman and behaves as such. I also think part of my love for him stems from his loyalty to his friends. He's that guy that you'd run to at 3 AM with a dead body and he'd come no questions asked with a tarp and tons of colorox to clean the mess (or the Regency equivalent of that). Watching him try to win Linnet over despite her determination to hate him just and me falling for him more. Guhrke really knows how to write a swoon-worthy male. I seriously can't think of a single novel she's written where I didn't love the hero.

 

Speaking of Guhrke's writing, she has me spoiled. Between her and Julia Quinn, I'm pretty much ruined for all other historical romances. I'm so used to their level of awesome that I just can't tolerate any less. In fact, I've gotten where they are the only ones I read from this genre! I think I'm scared that I'll come across another bad one or be disappointed by an author that normally does a great job. Laura, though, is a master of her craft and I'm always anxious to grab her latest book. She manages to give you exactly what you want when you want it. Or better yet, exactly what you didn't realize you wanted when you wanted it. The whole house-party set up in this novel is perfect. It's riveting, how Jack is going to make his case and get Linnet to fall for him. There is no if. This is romance, after all, and we know it's going to happen, we just don't know how. That's the beauty of romance. You are guaranteed a happily ever after, so you don't have to stress over that, just over how the hell these two are going to work out their problems. And it's a magical thing to watch. If only real life was that awesome. Le Sigh.

 

Anyway, what is there really to say here? Laura Lee Guhrke never fails to impress me. You'd think that after so many books, it would become more difficult to write an original feeling story, but she awesome has a tale that feels brand new. It's always written with heart and charm and wit. It always leaves me smiling. This is no exception to that rule. It's funny and sweet and heart-warming and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait for the next one!

 

****Thank you to Avon for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

 

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review 2016-04-20 10:49
The Wicked Ways of a Duke
The Wicked Ways of a Duke - Laura Lee Guhrke

 

 

 

 

 

Prudence is just getting by as a seamstress in London, so when the absent father she's never met leaves her a fortune with the condition that she need to marry to receive it, Prudence knows that she will only marry for love. Rhys de Winter, the Duke of St. Cyres, on the other hand needs to marry for money since he is flat broke, as Prudence is the richest heiress she fits the bill perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 



I couldn't really connect with either character, Rhys was such an ass for most of the book (until he unrealistically redeemed himself because this is a romance book) and it was so fucking obvious to anyone with half a brain that he was a manipulative fortune hunter.

getting Miss Abernathy to the altar was going to be easy. He settled back against the seat, smiling to himself. Like taking candy from a baby.


I didn’t like him and didn’t care enough about him to root for him or to care if he redeemed himself either. He’s the kind of person who blames everyone else for their problems, and who when they screw up, instead of putting the blame on themselves where it belongs, think the universe or whatever is against them.

How ironic that the times in his life when the truth had mattered the most, he hadn’t been believed


So you had a bitch of a mother, but the rest is on you! If you completely deceive a person and build a whole relationships on lies and deceits, they will not believe you anymore. That is not irony! That’s what happens if you lie to someone and betray them.


And Prudence, well, Prudence is like that sweet but dimwitted relation everyone has, you know who I‘m talking about. That person where you constantly think “Aww, sweetie, that’s not how life works” every time they open their mouths, that person who was probably dropped on their head a lot as a baby…Prudence is that person. She’s so fucking – unbelievably – naïve! The story wants us to believe that she’s survived on her own in London for over ten fucking years, that she has survived for 28 years without being murdered. How is it fucking possible for her to grow up with no fucking instincts and now idea how the world works?

I’m surprised you haven’t heard about me already. The news has been in all the papers, and I’m sure people have been talking about it


Yes sweetie, everyone has been fucking talking about you, you just inherited a fucking fortune and are one of the riches people in the world, chances are that he’s heard about it, especially since he is not a recluse, he is most likely LYING to you. *sigh*


So maybe the two deserve each other. But I just can’t care enough for the story, it took me a while to read this book because I was bored out of my fucking mind and just didn’t care how it ended.

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