Thursday, March 9, 2017

ARC Review of The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke

I absolutely Loved this book.  Laura Lee Guhrke is one of my all time favorite writers.

Henry Cavanaugh is the Duke of Torquil.  He is responsible, loyal, an outstanding landlord, a staunch member of the Tory party in the Lords and an all around perfect Gentleman who will do anything to protect his family..  Until the day his widowed mother's letter to a lovelorn advice columnist in a gossip rag is published and reveals that his mother is planning on marrying an Italian artist 17 years her junior.  Henry is determined to stop her and also he wants to get his hands around the neck of the mysterious Lady Truelove for encouraging his mother to this reckless decision.

When he arrives at the office of Society Snippets he encounters the owner and editor of the gossip rag, Miss Irene Deverill.  He has never met any woman who immediately puts him on the defensive and is not afraid of what he could do to her and her little gossip paper.  She is opinionated, rude, dismissive and to his dismay, beautiful.  Even though he doesn't like her he hasn't been this attracted to a woman since he was young and made the biggest mistake of his life.

Irene Deverill has no use for the Aristocracy.  Her mother was the daughter of a Viscount who was disowned when she married her father.  After her mother died her father fell apart and almost lost their only source of income, the newspaper that her grandfather had built.  She took over the business and made a success by changing the format from a regular paper to a paper that appealed to the rich by printing all the scandalous goings on of the Ton.  She has no intention of stopping or changing the format of her paper. Henry the Duke of Torquil immediately rubs her the wrong way and she has no intention of letting him boss her around.

This is the start of a tumultuous relationship that will prove life alternating for both Henry and Irene.  Irene is completely baffled by the way Henry conducts himself and his views on everything from  how he protects his mother and sisters to the right of woman to vote.  Henry has never met a woman like Irene and has no clue on how to reason with her.

Laura Lee writes a witty, fiery story of two people who have nothing in common but can't seem to stay away from each other.  The situations that they get into with each other are explosive, surprising each other with the feelings that they bring out in each other.  Henry tries everything he can think of to stay away from Irene, but he cannot seem to stop thinking about her and how much he has grown to want her.  The struggle that he goes through is deeply moving  and Laura Lee's writing captures the frustration and conflict that he experiences.   The social conventions of the time period that are so important to Henry mean almost nothing to Irene.  Will she be able to convince him that her way of thinking is the key to happiness or will Henry stick to his principles and never see her again.

This is a must read if you love an intelligent, powerful love story that will have you cheering until the end.  I have read everything Laura Lee has written and have saved them to all to read again and again.  She really knows how to keep you reading late into the night.  Do not miss this the first book in The Dear Lady Truelove Series!

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I love Laura Lee's books and will definitely be adding this series to my must-read list.