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Friday, April 25, 2014

Review and Giveaway: How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days (An American Heiress in London, #2)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062118196
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series: An American Heiress in London-1
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Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's

Summary:


From USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke comes the story of a bargain, a marriage of convenience...and the chance for love to last a lifetime.

They had a deal...

From the moment she met the devil-may-care Duke of Margrave, Edie knew he could change her life. And when he agreed to her outrageous proposal of a marriage of convenience, she was transformed from ruined American heiress to English duchess. Five years later, she's delighted with their arrangement, especially since her husband is living on another continent.

But deals are made to be broken...

By marrying an heiress, Stuart was able to pay his family's enormous debts, and Edie's terms that he leave England forever seemed a small price to pay. But when a brush with death impels him home, he decides it's time for a real marriage with his luscious American bride, and he proposes a bold new bargain: ten days to win her willing kiss. But is ten days enough to win her heart?

My Review:

Intro Babble: It's almost like the three books in this tour had a conference and decided that they would be the books to finally break me out of the Epic Reading Slump of 2014. They all hit on something I love. This one hit on the angst that I love to find in my romances. It wasn't overbearing but just enough.

Characters:

Heroine: Edie-Oh Edie. She was such a wonderful character. So complex. She was so very reluctant to reconcile with her husband. For good reason. I loved how cautious she was with Stuart. He was the one in pursuit and I don't know if I prefer that but it was definitely different.

Hero: Stuart-I loved how he approached Edie. He didn't push her but treated her with respect. He didn't try to cajole her into staying married to him but he worked at getting her to open up to him. I love that he was so dedicated to his pursuit of Edie. He never gave up on her. 

Chemistry: I loved them together. They weren't perfect. Edie was stubborn and Stuart had some dunderheaded tendencies but I was rooting for them the whole book. The slight bit of angst was also perfect and quite necessary in a story like this.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: The only problem I have with this book is the title. I walked into this one expecting a light-hearted book because I've seen the move, How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days. And what I got here wasn't light-hearted at all. The title was incongruous with the content of the book. But other than that, there was absolutely nothing to complain about with this book. Lovely writing, lovely story, lovely characters. And Laura Lee Guhrke is just amazing. I also have all of her books. My weekend is filling up rapidly.



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 bestselling author, 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 (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), 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: www.lauraleeguhrke.com.

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2 comments:

  1. Well, I don't have all of Laura's books, but after this review I'm going Amazon shopping for more of her stories! Word of mouth recommendations mean more to me than covers or blurbs or promos. Also, I've learned to trust the Avon name. They publish stories that I love. So, Laura, I'm anxious to read this latest release of yours...but your back list as well! Thanks for this tour and this post in particular. jdh2690@gmail.com

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  2. Thank you for hosting! Love the way you review!

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