Dear Lady Truelove,
I am a girl of noble family, but I am painfully shy, especially in my encounters with those of the opposite sex . . .
For Clara Deverill, standing in for the real Lady Truelove means dispensing advice on problems she herself has never managed to overcome. There’s nothing for it but to retreat to a tearoom and hope inspiration strikes between scones. It doesn’t—until Clara overhears a rake waxing eloquent on the art of “honorable” jilting. The cad may look like an Adonis, but he’s about to find himself on the wrong side of Lady Truelove.
Rex Galbraith is an heir with no plans to produce a spare. He flirts with the minimum number of eligible young ladies to humor his matchmaking aunt, but Clara is the first to ever catch his roving eye. When he realizes that Clara—as Lady Truelove—has used his advice as newspaper fodder, he’s infuriated. But when he’s forced into a secret alliance with her, he realizes he’s got a much bigger problem—because Clara is upending everything Rex thought he knew about women—and about himself. . . .
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 Stars- Rounded I enjoyed the first in this series and the introduction of Clara as the younger sister to the headstrong and ebullient Irene. But now, with Irene married and on her honeymoon, Clara is left in charge of The Weekly Gazette, and with Irene’s prolonging of her honeymoon, she is tasked with filling in as “Lady Truelove”: an agony aunt column that is the reason for the paper’s success. Poor Clara isn’t confident, always seeing herself as ‘second’ to her sister: the beautiful, smart, caring and successful (married to a Duke) sister. To make matters worse, she’s a true innocent, prone to shyness and uncomfortable in new situations. Rex had a horrible childhood, alternately ignored and used as a pawn in his parents’ marriage – their infatuation and obsession with one another led to a disastrous marriage: full of infidelity, harsh words, anger and harsher repercussions. Having no other real example of love, Rex has convinced himself to never love, indeed he’s anti-marriage also, as he struggles to make ends meet after his father cut him off from an allowance and he is living on the kindness of his Aunt Petunia. But all is not smooth – when he is introduced to Clara – a debutante who seems to have a very low opinion of him that is challenged only by her own lack of confidence, he realizes where he first saw her, and just who she is. See – Clara used a conversation (nearly verbatim) between Rex and his friend Lionel as a way to ‘warn’ a woman she believed was being ill-used and deceived in her first appearance as Lady Truelove. Oh this was cute and fun: despite Rex’s fury with Clara’s use of his conversation, there is something so refreshing about her. Not being prone to falling into puddles of mush or conniving to capture his attention (unlike others) he’s intrigued by her surety in her often naïve moral stance and her offhanded manner of delivering these proclamations. But, when his friend’s fury lays him low and the secret identity of Lady Truelove is threatened, he goes to Clara to threaten / warn her. Oh their banter (and the tension) is adorable, and Clara’s ability to take charge and make solid decisions all while unaware of her own abilities speaks to him and a bargain is struck. He’ll write the Lady Truelove columns if Clara agrees to a sham courtship. Rex’s intentions aren’t wholly altruistic: his need to find a wife, or show actual intention of the hunt is what he believes he needs to regain the allowance from his father. In addition, he sees the confident, assured and intelligence Clara misses in herself, and finds her lack of confidence frustrating. Slowly as they spend time, and with his knowledge that his interest in Clara (false or not) will increase the interest in her by other men in society – thus increasing her chances of obtaining her dream of marriage and children. But what Rex never quite intended, even as he wants Clara, is that he could find himself jealous of others or missing her company. Easy reading: light and fun with great dialogue, easy banter and a level of tension between Rex and Clara that is measurable: the real star in this story is Rex’s gentle coaxing of Clara’s confidence and awareness of herself in both business and personal dealings. He’s sweet even when he tries not to be, honorable when she doubts it, and totally in love even as neither recognize it. A lovely story that left me wanting more – and I can hope for more with a story about Clara and Irene’s errant brother
A most enjoyable read.
Buy this book! You won't be sorry.
Ohmygoodness, Clara's story! I think I might love it even more than Irene's ( The Truth About Love and Dukes ), and that's saying a lot :) Clara and Rex pretty much have the opposite of a meet cute, and things seem to go steeply downhill from there. But once she gets the slightly blackmail-ish idea to get him to use his...expertise to help her out with a delicate problem, their HEA is practically a foregone conclusion. Except, of course, Ms. Guhrke makes them really work for it. I loved watching Clara come into her own, both in society and at the newspaper office. Even though their black moment broke my heart more than a little, I couldn't help but cheer for her at the same time. And when Rex finally figures out what his true feelings are? Pure HEA gold. Even though both sisters have achieved their HEA, here's hoping Ms Guhrke still has more in store for us from this series. Brother-in-law Jamie needs someone to whip him and his twin terrors into line, and Henry's got two unmarried sisters...and I suppose I'd even show up if Jonathan decided to get his butt back from America, though he'd have some serious explaining to do, leaving his sisters in the lurch like that... ;) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
FUNNY, SEXY, AN OVERALL GREAT STORY! WHAT I HAVE COME TO EXPECT FROM LAURA.
I wanted to go all out and call this an amazing read, but the wallflower and the rake takes its toll on us all at some point. Especially when one happens to read a large number of historical romance throughout the year. But there happens to be something different here. Clara had a little more than just her wallflower existence to rely on. She was in fact and advice giver of sorts. She used the knowledge she learned as a wallflower to dispense advice secretly. Rex on the other hand was indeed a rake but he was one rake that found himself seeing his words in column. Not just any column but one that dispenses advice. I am a read that reads a lot and I have read several of LLG's books. This would be my first in this series. I am much delight to find that I like it and look forward to going back and reading the first book of the series. I find that Clara was just so fun and Rex was more than just the advice he gave. He held my attention. This historical romance has a sweet heat that slowly burns. I loved the secondary characters and past characters from the previous book. Irene seems to be more my speed in heroines. I find there was something intriguing about Clara also but in a different way. I was not slayed by the circumstance of this romance but I was held in place by the whole package.