How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days (American Heiress in London Series #2)

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days (American Heiress in London Series #2)

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by Laura Lee Guhrke
     
 

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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

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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?

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times BOOKclub
This marriage-of-convenience love story has all the hallmarks of a delightful read!
Julia Quinn
“Laura Lee Guhrke can steam up the pages with nothing more than a kiss on the hand.”
Booklist
“RITA Award-winning Guhrke crafts a sparkling and deliciously fun romantic battle of wits in the first in a new Victorian series, and it is an irresistible, laughter-laced treat.”
Romantic Times
“With her trademark sense of humor, lively pace and smart, sassy characters, Guhrke pens a sparkling battle of wills between a thoroughly modern miss and cantankerous writer with a dark past.”
Christina Dodd
“Passionate and exciting, Laura Lee Guhrke is always a delight to read.”
Jane Feather
“SHE’S NO PRINCESS is a passionate battle of wits and wills. Laura Lee Guhrke has a lively style that sizzles...a delightful read!”
Library Journal
05/15/2015
Five years after her in-name-only marriage to the Duke of Margrave, Edie, now a strong and confident woman, finds herself and her marriage at a crossroads. VERDICT The heroine's traumatic backstory informs but doesn't eclipse the charms of this well-developed romance. (LJ 4/15/14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062118196
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Series:
American Heiress in London Series , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
261,359
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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 more than 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.

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How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days (American Heiress in London Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story, with lovable multifaceted characters. You can't help but feel for them as they slowly let down they're guards and show they're vulnerabilities. I definitely want to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, never wanted to put the book down. Now I am reading her first of the the series, just as good.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Nice Story How to lose a duke in a 10 days is the story of a ruined American heiress and a duke desperately in need of money.It is a nice and sweet story although at the beginning of the book I did not like Edie, She was stubborn , cold and keep running away from her problems but by the end of the book I liked her. Stuart was such a patient, sweet, kind and charming Hero who treated his wife and her sister perfectly. Edie and Stuart is an enjoyable read. Thank you Mrs. Laura Lee Guhrke
Anonymous 12 months ago
Loved the chemistry between H/h and the subtle ways author dealt with sensitive body issues. The sexual tension was hot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Obnoxious  Heroine................ Queen of controlling women marries desperate Duke.  He promises to go away after the wedding but when an injury sends him home she is outraged.  If I were him I would have taken off in 48 hours and took her money with me.  What a witch.  
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birdie80 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book, Excellent plot. Great cast of characters.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
The lighthearted and frivolous title of this second novel in Laura Lee Guhrke's An American Heiress in London series does not capture the rather serious tone of this romance.  New Money American Edie Jewell holds a terrible secret and the only way she can take back her life is to make a marriage of convenience with a man who will leave her alone.  As an American pariah in London, though obscenely rich, Edie proposes to Stuart, the handsome Duke of Margrave, when she learns he wants to return to his travels and is only home to save his struggling finances. She will take care of all his impoverished estates, demanding family, and ducal responsibilities if he agrees to leave and never come back.  “She was a duchess with no duke, a mistress with no master, and much to the bafflement of society, she liked it that way.” (p12) “Being a duchess meant a certain degree of freedom. It meant security. If the duke was absent, it could even mean paradise.” (p46) Though Stuart is intrigued and attracted to Edie, he agrees and returns to East Africa and his adventure dreams. But when a near-death experience leaves him re-evaluating his life, he decides to return home, five years later. He wants to become a proper husband to Edie and to have children. And that’s when Edie’s troubles begin.  ””…the idea of marriage was as unbearable as that of going back home, for marriage gave her husband the legal right to her body whenever he wanted it.” (p32) She has been content to manage her life without a spouse and happily lives in the English countryside with her younger sister, Joanna. She does not want any affection or love. When Stuart finds out the true reason for her feelings, he is shocked, but he does not walk away. She wants a legal separation; instead he proposes that she give him ten days to earn a kiss that she must give him. “'You are, I can safely say, the most fascinating girl I've ever met. You have this cool, touch-me-not air about you that rather makes a chap want to try.'” (p49) Joanna, Edie’s sister, is charming in her resolve to reunite Stuart and Edie. She loves both of them and this comes through very well in the novel. She also brings some comic elements to this tension-filled story.  The way Stuart wins Edie’s heart is a joy to read. He’s very patient and kind to her. “There was fear, of course. That was always with her, something she’d accepted and learned to live with a long time ago. But, right beside it, other emotions were pushing up, fighting for space and light and air. Things like excitement and desire, longing and hope. Agony and uncertainty.” (p273) A tender, poignant, and lovely second chance love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
?..yes.
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jeannie-cow More than 1 year ago
i have read all of Laura Lee Guhrke's books. I loved this one too. It's worth reading. Couldn't put it down.
R1reader More than 1 year ago
Not quite what I expected based on the teaser information.  
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kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Edie made a deal with the Duke of Margrave years ago. She would pay off all his debts if he agreed to leave and never come back. She gets a title and he gets money. It has worked out perfect so far. She has lived with the title and helped rebuild everything the duke has. After five years Staurt has returned from Africa. He doesn't get a welcome like he thought he would. He has had a hard time in Africa and now is home to stay. This throws Edie off as she never expected to live with her husband. She liked things as they were. Now Stuart a new bargain. He has ten days to get her to want to kiss him. If she doesn't he will give her what she wants. Edie seems like the type who has it all together. She has did things the way she wants and everything is on her schedule. She has her sister to look after and she is trying to do the best for her as well. She has a secret in her past and she keeps it buried deep down. She really has one fear and she doesn't want anyone to know about it. Stuart almost lost his life in Africa and he did lose a friend. He found out what is important in life and he is ready to join his wife even if she doesn't want him she thinks. He can be hard at times but it is at good times so no worries.He does have a fun side that Edie seems to bring out at times. These two clearly belong together and while they may not have had time to have a good start they do now if Edie can get over her fear. I was surprised a little by her secret and what she had been through and it made me see she wasn't just a title hunter but just scared. She has to learn to trust Stuart and see the man he really is. Stuart has his work cut out for him as she doesn't want a husband. I like how these two really heal each other and help each other move on. Stuart really won my heart when he does something to get payback for Edie. It shows how much he does care for her. For a fantastic read about two wonderful characters try this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be warned that this story deals with some difficult subjects and is not for all readers. This is a historical novel set in Victorian England near 1896. There are some inconsistencies in the story for the time period but, they do not detract from the tale. The protagonists in the tale have flaws both emotional and physical that help draw the reader into the story but, those flaws can also be emotionally challenging for the reader. Edie is dealing with the emotional and physical scars from rape as a debutante in wealthy New England. Stuart, has emotional scars from neglect by his family as well as being mauled by a lion while on safari in Africa. This story involves a lot of discussion between the two characters about building walls for emotional defenses and then trying to remove those walls to build bridges of trust. Had I known what this story was about from the beginning I might not have read it. Having met women who suffered similarly to Edith I found myself comparing their reactions to Edith's. They are similar but, it made reading this story that much harder. I think I would have felt better about going into the story had the teaser been much more explicit about the content. I did feel the ending was emotionally satisfying. It did pull me all of the way to the end very quickly. I will probably read something from this author again.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, this author, reminds me how to be happy in a marriage. Sometimes you loose faith, and sometimesyou have to remember to try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is a great read, as always, not so crazy the ending, loved the hrro
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with fully developed characters that you feel and take this journey along with them. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I've read a few of this author's books and liked them. This is a good one. Likable characters,  good chemistry, good storyline.
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars – Oh, Such Sweet Serendipity!  Kindness, Respect, and Love...Loved the Hero! Ruined American heiress Edie Jewell flees to England hoping to find a suitable aristocratic husband. She knows exactly what she wants or - to be more precise - what she doesn’t want in a marriage. Edie’s almost out of time. She’s desperate. Returning to New York would be unbearable. Her matchmaker has been unsuccessful. What Edie wants in a husband seems impossible to find. Then, across a crowded ballroom, she sees her way out of hell. Adventure-seeking Stuart is a duke. He’s penniless too. (It’s kismet!) The Duke of Margrave possesses reckless good looks and charm aplenty. Weighted down by debt and spendthrift relatives - desperately longing to continue his travels in Africa - he responsibly carries out his role as duke. Stuart dutifully attends a ball; unfortunately, it’s a dull event. Until,across a crowded ballroom, he sees the most intriguing girl he’s ever met. Then, Stuart and Edie marry. They go their separate ways. He goes to Africa. Edie becomes the perfect duchess, lonely and safe. Five years and a lion attack later is where fate reunites them and their love story begins. If you’ve ever felt that zing, lightning strike, or spark when meeting someone special – if you can remember what the clothes that person wore or the music that was playing in the background or the specific thoughts and feelings they invoked in you - you’ll adore the way this story’s hero engages his heroine. Stuart sees Edie’s beauty. He needs her love. He shares himself willingly. Don’t assume the title ”How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days” indicates a light romantic historical. Developing a memorable romantic couple is primary. The ‘ten days’ is not the timeframe of the book, so be at ease that nothing is forced in the characters or plot.  From across a crowded ballroom, Stuart sees Edie and she’s imprinted on his soul. Oh, Stuart! That all men should have a way with words. The fortress around Edie’s heart never stood a chance against him. Stuart is sensitive, but he also possesses a quick wit, keen intellect, strong will, and steadfast heart. Edie’s issues stemming from events of the oft-mentioned 'Saratoga' resolves in a very rewarding manner. Stuart helps her move forward. Edie gets her power back. Vulnerable revelations and sensual imagery mark the beginning of Stuart’s bid to win his wife’s love and respect. Happenstance leads two good people to find something valuable they deeply needed when they were not looking for it. Their meeting of the eyes was definitely a serendipitous moment.  ”How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days” is a poignant historical romance and another beautifully crafted book by Laura Lee Guhrke. It’s a delicious seduction of the senses and an endearing love story. (Keep some tissues handy!) It was such a rewarding read that one can only hope that Ms. Guhrke continues the American Heiress in London series; perhaps, matchmaking other ‘Eton men.’ ARC courtesy of Avon (HarperCollins) via Edelweiss