The truth about love and dukes
The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee GuhrkeDear 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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Thank you! In Victorian London, a businesswoman and a duke may disagree about everything and still find each other irresistible. Henry Cavanaugh, Duke of Torquil takes his responsibilities to his family very seriously. So when his widowed mother runs off with an Italian painter, he does what he thinks he must—tries to block their marriage. But first, he has a score to settle with Lady Truelove, the author of the pseudonymous advice column published by a scandal sheet, who advised his mother to follow her heart. Henry quickly identifies her as the columnist who led his mother astray and demands that she convince his mother not to marry her lover after all. Every interaction between them is challenging.
Laura Lee Guhrke. There has been a subtle shift in female characterisation in Historical Romances. Laura Lee Guhrke does her best to find some balance between both in her latest release The Truth about Love and Dukes. The advice was titillating for anyone reading between the lines. Lady Truelove, a columnist for the popular newspaper Society Snippets, has just encouraged a Lady to elope with a roguish foreigner! The whispered gossip in every ballroom already linked the dowager Duchess Torquil with the handsome Italian painter Signore Foscarelli; however seeing it printed clearly in black and white is scandalous.
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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. 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. Henry had once been afforded the dubious honor of meeting a lady novelist, and in the vague recesses of his mind, he had assumed Lady Truelove to be cut of a similar cloth—a plump figure swathed in rubbed velvet and lashings of jet, middle-aged, with frizzy, henna-dyed hair, and a simpering mouth.
These two should be complete opposites, but instead is an unveiling of the true nature of the selves. When he goes to confront the writer at the paper, he meets Irene Deverill, the publisher and secretly Lady Truelove herself. When he demands that Irene fix the problem that she caused, the two are put into close contact. An attraction turns into an affair that threatens the lives each is seeking to lead. Henry starts out the book being pretty much an arse about everything. Determined that his life go smoothly, he is arrogant, self-absorbed and a definite snob. Jerk is another name for him.