No Mistress of Mine (American Heiress in London Series #4)

No Mistress of Mine (American Heiress in London Series #4)

by Laura Lee Guhrke

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Overview

2017 RITA® Award Winner for Historical Romance Long!

USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke is back with the latest in her dazzling An American Heiress in London series, in which a reformed rogue finds all his honorable resolutions tested by the only woman who ever broke his heart . . .

After spending his youth as one of the wildest rakes in the ton, Lord Denys Somerton has devoted the past six years to putting his past behind him. He is determined to fulfill his duties, find a suitable wife, and start a family, but that plan changes when Lola Valentine—the red-haired temptress from his past—returns to London, sparking the same irresistible desires that almost ruined his life once before.

Lola is a woman with no romantic illusions. She knew love would never be enough for a British lord and an American girl from the wrong side of the tracks. For Denys’s sake, she walked away from him and the glittering life he offered. But when an unexpected inheritance brings her back to London, Lola discovers the passion between them is as hot as ever. Can they vanquish it, or will it burn out of control again and destroy them both?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062334688
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Series: American Heiress in London Series , #4
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 48,093
File size: 2 MB

About 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 over twenty-five historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is a two-time recipient of romance fiction’s highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband and two diva cats. Laura loves hearing from readers, and you can contact her via her website: www.lauraleeguhrke.com.

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No Mistress of Mine 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Having read the first two in this series, I was excited to get back to the American women and their chances at love in London. Lola is an American from the wrong side of the tracks, and while years ago she met, fell in love with and left Denys she’s now back in the city with skills and a theatre to manage. Denys never paid much attention to his parent’s wishes for his marriage, but when Lola pushed him aside and ran from him, he never quite reconciled himself to the loss. Now with the title firmly in hand, Denys can make the decisions for the theatre that he always wanted to without his father’s input. But Lola, having inherited half a theatre from her best friend and protector Henry, she’s anxious to take the reins and make her mark. Never did she expect to see Denys again, to remember the feelings they shared and how cruelly she pushed him off to a better life with an appropriate woman. There is a need to suspend disbelief here, as some of the choices these characters make completely fly against convention and societal norms. Guess what? The story is still fun and enjoyable, as it is the characters and their development as they work to overcome conflicts first with the theatre’s direction and later with their relationship. Lola is more grounded and logical, perhaps because of her upbringing and experiences than Denys, and while he does avail himself of his title and he can be thoughtless because of it, being with Lola makes him a much better man, and a happier one too. A wonderful installment in the series, sure to please fans of Guhrke’s writing, and stands alone as it is the nebulous connection of American that ties these stories together. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure why this only got one star. It is a romance novel not some influential literary piece. I read these to be entertained. And...I was. It kept my interest, was well written, and of course, ended happily. It also had a bit of a different story line.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Lord Denys Somerton has sown his wild oats and is ready to settle down. Then he learns his partner in their successful theatre venture in London has died and his new partner is his former love Lola Valentine. He tries to buy her out but she isn’t budging. This is her chance to prove that she is a talented actress rather than a tawdry dancer and she is going to take it. Denys realizes there is still attraction between them and wonders how they can ever work together. Lola realizes it too but knows she will never be accepted by society. Denys wants to marry her whether he is disinherited or not. He has to make her see how much he loves her and agree to marry him. At first, I did not like the character of Lola but her honesty and integrity come through. At their betrothal dinner, his father was glacial but changed to accepting the fact of his son marrying a former dancer. For someone who was adamantly against the relationship, this reversal doesn’t ring true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1892 Earl Conyers is reading a letter at breakfast which proves to be shocking to him, the news of which he chooses to keep to himself. The Earl and his wife have a son, Denys, age 32, and a daughter, Susan. Denys mother is trying to match him up with Georgiana Prescott, age 28. The Earl has just learned that Henry Latham has died. Now that Latham has died, Denys is considering buying his half of The Imperial Theater but his father tries to talk him out of it as he thinks they should sell their half of it. However, his father bows to Deny’s decision. Denys was once in love with Lola Valentine. She was a cabaret dancer he met years ago in Paris. He was in love with her but she dumped him and left with Henry Latham for a career in New York. Denys has put all of this behind him now and is a very successful businessman and head of the Conyers Investment Group. Upon entering his office, he is shocked to be greeted by Lola Valentine. Seeing her again brings back many memories, but his reaction at seeing her is cold and he wants nothing to do with her. However, Henry’s will made her his partner in the Imperial. Denys is not happy about this and Lola does feel bad knowing she hurt him in the past. Henry Latham was an American who became good friends with the Conyers family. He was a very popular man with many English citizens. Denys had counted him as a very good friend at one time. This is until Lola left Denys for Latham. But the relationship between Latham and Lola was very different and special. He saw the talent potential in her and wanted her to pursue it. She was not his mistress. But to Denys, she is a faithless harlot. Thus, their partnership is destined to be filled with bickering and disagreements. No matter how much they argue, they are drawn to one another. When Lola auditions for a small role in a play at the theater, she wins it plus the understudy part to the lead. From there, she proves her talent and Denys is drawn to her. Can they put aside the hurts of the past and reignite their love for one another? This story was interesting but there was way too much Shakespeare thrown into it. If you are a fan of it and are familiar with the plays and the characters, I’m sure this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somtime and I am Sorry to say that this book is one of her worst! The story was off, the hero was off, she protested and renigged too much. Denys was beyond her in being morose and yet everyone loved them and accepted, I did not like it.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
No Mistress of Mine is book four in the An American Heiress in London series. This book is a second chances trope and I haven't read one of those in quite awhile so I was glad to get the chance to. This is actually my first Laura Lee Guhrke book and I enjoyed seeing that I could read these out of order since I'm a rebel and started on book four. We start off with our leading lady, Lola Valentine. She's a showgirl that is an aspiring actress that is heading back to London because a friend of hers passed away and left her his share in a business there. The only catch is that the other co-owner of the business is none other than her old lover. They didn't exactly end on the best terms so I knew it would be a very rocky encounter. I normally enjoy the ones where one character is dead set against the other, but this one made me not like the hero's character at all in the beginning. I had issues with both characters to be quite honest. Our hero, Lord Denys Somerton was not ready for Lola to re-enter his life and is quite nasty with her on more than on occasion. I only started to like him and Lola quite a bit later in the book. Does that mean this book is horrible? Heck no! It just wasn't quite the perfect fit for me character-wise. The end half more than made up for the beginning in my opinion but I just wanted to love it earlier than that. I'd recommend this book if you're a fan of second chances trope in historical romance.