26 March 2017

The Truth About Love and Dukes - Review

The Truth About Love and Dukes - Dear Lady Truelove #1
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...

On sale March 28th 2017 - ISBN 9780062469854

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: For a historical story set in 1890, Irene is a thoroughly modern lady. She runs the family newspaper and writes her own problem solving column - readers write in seeking advise and very much like a modern advise column she offers them suggestions. All is going well until her advise as Lady Truelove starts a series of unexpected events.

Henry, Duke of Torquil is very formal and straight laced. He takes the responsibility of his station extremely seriously and doesn't like gossip or demanding women - except it seems he kinda does...

When Lady Truelove's advise leads to Torquil's mother following her heart and deciding to elope with an artist, Torquil isn't happy and is determined Irene should help him fix the problem and stop the scandalous marriage.

It took me a while to warm to Torquil because he's very standoffish and I wasn't enamoured by his often misogynistic assumptions but once he started to open up to Irene more, I find myself slowly warming to his bossy, arrogant charm.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:

LAURA LEE GUHRKE spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestsellingauthor, Laura has penned over twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction’s highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband, along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave. Laura loves hearing from readers, and you can contact her via her website.


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