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The Truth About Love and Dukes
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,
The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke was every bit as entertaining as I thought it would be. Set in the Victorian period, one can find a heroine who is outspoken, runs her own gossip rag, and is a budding suffragette–I say budding because we never get to read about her protesting. And best of all, she doesn’t care what you think of her.
Okay, so the men of Irene’s era haven’t come around to women speaking for themselves, voting or running newspapers yet. But that’s where it gets interesting. Irene only wants to save her family business and if that means writing about the ton then she’s going to do it. However, it gets even more interesting. Irene is Lady Truelove! An advice column where those who seek romantic advice write to her. Well, it’s because of this column where she meets Henry, a disgruntled son of the first water whose mother will be causing scandal thanks to Irene.
One can almost call Henry’s and Irene’s romance similar to that of Elizabeth and Darcy of Pride and Prejudice. Their witty repartee, their judgements towards each other, and the social class divide.
A lot of their conversations made me chuckle, especially this one:
“Better to be a newspaper hawker than a lily of the field like you.”
“A lily of the field?” Henry thought of the duties that filled his days and worried his nights, and he almost wanted to laugh. “Is that what I am?”
“You toil not, neither do you spin, yet you believe you are entitled to wield power over the lives of those around you.”
Oh snap Henry!
Now Henry, stuffy shirt that he is, is a Mr. Darcy character through and through; albeit a little more sexy. Yes, I said more sexy than Mr. Darcy!
“I have had, from the moment we met, an ardent desire for you.”
Desire which equals tons of sex. It happens a little ways into the story and it might even have dragged the story down a bit, because a good chunk was dedicated to Irene’s and Henry’s sexual “agreement.” It takes them forever to find out their love for each other, Henry’s super pigheadedness was enough to make me really annoyed with him.
Irene could have easily have become redundant but her character was written in such a way that remained constant. Her character growth made sense. Henry’s too, if I were to admit that.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Laura Lee Guhrke is a new author for me and I loved her writing style; it easily flowed. Not a bad start to a series and am eager to know whose story is next.