Secret Desires of a Gentleman (Girl-Bachelor Series #3)

Secret Desires of a Gentleman (Girl-Bachelor Series #3)

by Laura Lee Guhrke
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Secret Desires of a Gentleman (Girl-Bachelor Series #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke

Once Upon a Time . . .

Maria Martingale was going to elope. But Phillip Hawthorne, Marquess of Kayne, put a stop to those plans when he learned his younger brother intended to marry a cook's daughter. Now, twelve years later, Maria discovers that the man who holds her fate in his hands is none other than the haughty gentleman who sent her packing—and he's as handsome and arrogant as ever.

Happily Ever After?

Always the proper gentleman, Phillip will do anything to protect his family from scandal, and when Maria dares to move in right next door, he knows scandal will surely follow. She is as tempting as he remembered . . . and the more he sees her, the harder it is for Phillip to keep his own secret desire for her a secret . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061456824
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Series: Girl-Bachelor Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 568,157
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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 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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Secret Desires of a Gentleman (Girl-Bachelor Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1883 Lawrence Hawthorne and Maria Martingale were attracted to one another although she was the daughter of the cook and he was the second son of the lord. She especially dreamed of marrying him one day and Lawrence wanted that as much as she did. However, Lawrence¿s older brother Phillip the Marquess ended this fantasy. Maria went into exile in France where she became a famous pastry chef while Lawrence behaved like an aristocrat (in the image of his dominating sibling).---------- In 1895, Maria comes home to open a shop near Phillip's home. He fears she has returned to win Lawrence¿s hand in marriage although his younger brother is engaged to a wealthy American. He will not allow her to cause a scandal there is only one problem with his intervention, he is falling love with the stubborn Maria----------- Victorian romance fans will appreciate this fun Girl-Bachelor Chronicles saga starring a wonderful working class heroine and the haughty aristocrat who kicked her across the Channel a dozen years earlier and still has strong control of her life except this time she fights back. Filled with lighthearted humor, SECRET DESIRES OF A GENTLEMAN is an entertaining late nineteenth century historical as Laura Lee Guhrke bakes a fun tale of love and class warfare.----------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have given it 5 stars. 4 because of the following: 1. Keeps going back to the times they grew up and when it started. Philip and Maria are kind of childhood pseudo sweethearts that got nipped in the bud. This was already conveyed effectively but kept referring to it repeatedly. 2. Hero kept a token from heroine since they were young unbeknowns to her. Creepy when he tried to get her essence from it after so many years. 3. Awkward marriage proposal 4. Hero did a 180 on his views of social status and then story abruptly ends. Author developed the characters well They only slept once but still the book managed to keep me on my toes. That is a sign of a good plot and good phasing.
jpf More than 1 year ago
Unlike a lot of the people who previously reviewed this book the best part was the fact that he didn't do a total turnabout in the first few chapters. In my opinion that would have totally ruined the book. I love the conflict between the characters and the personal conflict that the main characters have within themselves. I won't reveal the ending but I felt it was an appropriate end for Philip being who he is and all inner turmoil he went through to arrive at that moment. This was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't require instant gratification in order for a romance novel to considered good.
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