The Truth About Love and Dukes: Dear Lady Truelove

The Truth About Love and Dukes: Dear Lady Truelove

by Laura Lee Guhrke

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Dear Lady Truelove . . . I have fallen in love, truly and completely in love, for the first time. The man whom I hold in such passionate regard, however, is not of my station. He is a painter, a brilliant artist. Needless to say, my family would not approve . . .

Henry, Duke of Torquil, wouldn’t be caught reading the wildly popular “Dear Lady Truelove” column, but when its advice causes his mother to embark on a scandalous elopement, an outraged Henry decides the author of this tripe must be stopped before she can ruin any more lives. Though Lady Truelove’s identity is a closely guarded secret, Henry has reason to suspect the publisher of the notorious column, beautiful and provoking Irene Deverill, is also its author.

For Irene, it’s easy to advise others to surrender to passion, but when she meets the Duke of Torquil, she soon learns that passion comes at a price. When one impulsive, spur-of-the-moment kiss pulls her into a scorching affair with Henry, it could destroy her beloved newspaper, her career, and her independence. But in the duke’s arms, surrender is so, so sweet . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062469854
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: Dear Lady Truelove Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 266,543
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(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 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:

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The Truth About Love and Dukes: Dear Lady Truelove 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was kept interested through out the books.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I love the quick pacing and realignment of long-standing social norms that came repeatedly in the Victorian era, and Guhrke brings us one such heroine in Irene, granddaughter of a Viscount, although her mother’s disinheritance as a result of her marriage leaves Irene title-less, and less than enthusiastic about the aristos. Her father, after her mother’s death nearly ran the family business (a newspaper) into the ground, and only Irene was there to pick up the pieces. She did so by moving from conventional news of the day to cater to the scandalous: printing scandals and other tidbits sure to amuse the tonne. She is opinionated, often angry, intelligent and wholly driven, with little time for social niceties, secure in her own sense both business and personal. Henry is the Duke of Torquil, and one who takes his every responsibility seriously. From his allegiance to the Tory party, his estates and tenants, his sisters and even his own widowed mother’s happiness and social standing, he’s got his life ticking along according to plan. Eventually he’ll find a ‘suitable’ woman to marry, one that won’t overtax his emotions, for he wants simplicity at home. But a letter,written by his mother to Dear Lady Truelove is printed, and he learns of his mother’s plans (and the Agony Aunt’s concurrence) to remarry, an Italian artist some 17 years her junior. Harry is incensed, and intends to have the paper rescind the advice, remove the stain, and leave his family in peace. Where he then, hopefully, can repair some of the damage and move onto his own interests. And nothing, absolutely nothing, goes according to his plan. Irene is rude, infuriatingly undaunted by his position or power, wholly uninterested in hearing his points, and the first woman to completely excite him in years. While Henry wants nothing more than to live an orderly and ordered life, neatly set out in ways that dismiss personal preferences in favor of ‘how it has always been done by people like us’. Those are things he’s comfortable with. Not these messy emotions, devil-may care attitude, and choices made because the mood strikes and desire is there, no matter what others may think. Irene lives in that world, doing what is necessary to survive, acting on desire and need rather than because of the rules. It’s a great juxtaposition between these two, as neither really understands the other or their seemingly stubborn adherence to rules (or scoffing at them). Henry is so stuck in how things have always been, and rather pedantic about it all, that his realization that personal happiness can be a goal, not a byproduct, and it doesn’t have to mean you have shunned your position almost comes too late, even though he does realize it, fully, in a heartfelt letter sent to Irene. Wonderfully rich and clever: from the complete opposites in personality and life approaches to the palpable electric attraction and fascination between them, the story moves quickly and keeps you wondering if the stick will ever come out of Henry’s butt, with or without Irene’s help. I received an eArc copy of the title from Avon Addicts via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Irene Deverill has brought her family’s newspaper business back into prosperity mainly by her Society Snippets and her Lady Truelove column. When advice given a countess angers her son, Irene is faced with his wrath across her desk. As he meets Irene, he is strongly attracted by her beauty. He knows that nothing can come of it because they come from different stations in life. She is middle class while Henry is the Duke of Torquil. The more they are around each other, he is determined to have her but she refuses him when he asks her to marry him. He tells her a duke marries for duty and not love while she argues that marriage should be based on love. What is a Duke to do? I love the writing of Laura Lee Guhrke. I was so glad that Irene talked some sense into Henry and that he finally realized he had to change his stance and did not want to end up a forbidding duke like his father had been.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally enjoy reading Gurhke's books but this one was lacking her normal writing style. I will continue to add her stories to my library but this one has made it to the bottom of my list of rereads
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the dialog between Henry and Irene.
JosephinesLibrary More than 1 year ago
The Truth About Love And Dukes was spellbinding fun! I simply adored Henry and Irene and found their journey to love mesmerizing. It's scandalous and breathtaking and I loved every minute of it. Laura Lee Guhrke dazzles in her latest release and I simply cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!