Mar 24, 2017

The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke Review

The Truth About Love and Dukes
Dear Lady Truelove #1
By Laura Lee Guhrke
Releasing: March 28th, 2017

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 . . .

I'm a huge lover of historical romances, as my kindle and book cases can attest to, But I will admit, it had been a long time since I had read a "modern" historical romance, but as I had read Laura Lee Guhrke before, I had no problem jumping in to a book set in 1892, even if I did have to get used to the references to steam trains and the suffragette movement.

This is the story of Henry, Duke of Torquil and his way word mother, who decides to write to the advice columnist "Lady Truelove" about marrying a fortune hunter, elopement,  and possibly sparking a scandal of epic proportion!

Irene Deverill has not had an easy life, being the daughter of a weak man, who squandered his father's publisher legacy and disinherited his son and if that is not enough! She is also the granddaughter of Viscount Ellesmere, a man who disinherited her mother and one whom she has never met!

But now she has bigger issues, in the shape of the Duke of Torquil, who is demanding that she stop giving advice, before she hurt another  family. But with her refusal, the stakes get raised and now she finds her sister Clara and herself "guests" of Henry's, in order to convince his mother, not to marry someone who is holy unsuitable...but not everything goes as planned.

My goodness this book is scrumptious and I don't think I have been so determined to finish a book in this one setting, as I did with this one. The excellent of this author shines through in the amazing writing and plot that she produces! And you honestly can't help but love the characters! Even if you want to shake them at times. But by the end of the book, you are left wanting the next book something quite desperately.

I give The Truth about Love and Dukes 5 stars.

 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:

1 comment :

  1. It's really refreshing to see new settings for historical romances! I actually like this more modern setting of course, the suffragette movement! Maybe that's why I also like Gilded age romances?

    Anyway, I have been waiting for this book since I read the blurb! So happy that you gave it 5 stars! I'm super excited now!