Thursday, May 8, 2014

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days (An American Heiress in London #2) by Laura Lee Guhrke - Two Dukes & A Scandal Book Tour

"I realized it was time for me to come home, take care of my estates, and you." - Stuart, Duke of Margrave

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days
An American Heiress in London #2

Author: Laura Lee Guhrke
Publisher: Avon Books
Published: April 29, 2014
Source: publisher for review (via Edelweiss)

Purchase Links: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iTunes

From USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke comes the story of a bargain, a marriage of convenience…and the chance for love to last a lifetime. 

They had a deal…

From the moment she met the devil-may-care Duke of Margrave, Edie knew he could change her life. And when he agreed to her outrageous proposal of a marriage of convenience, she was transformed from ruined American heiress to English duchess. Five years later, she’s delighted with their arrangement, especially since her husband is living on another continent.

But deals are made to be broken…

By marrying an heiress, Stuart was able to pay his family’s enormous debts, and Edie’s terms that he leave England forever seemed a small price to pay. But when a brush with death impels him home, he decides it’s time for a real marriage with his luscious American bride, and he proposes a bold new bargain: ten days to win her willing kiss. But is ten days enough to win her heart?

Welcome to the 2nd of three tour posts I have for the Two Dukes and a Scandal blog tour. I hope you're not tired of me yet. *grin*

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days was such a romantic book, I swooned in just about every chapter. For Stuart, love at first sight is real. Imagine his surprise when this beautiful woman approaches him out of the blue and proposes marriage. A marriage of convenience that'll give him money to pay off his debts and explore Africa. Sounds good, right? It is until Stuart almost loses his life and comes home determined to win his wife back. Edie is happy. She's married in name only so she doesn't have to return to New York to face her ruined past. Her life is thrown for a loop when Stuart comes home. He's determined to make her love him and she's determined to hold him at arm's length. Stuart and Edie broke my heart. Stuart comes home a broken man. His leg is badly damaged and he watched his valet be killed by a lion. He loves Edie and wants to finally be with her and have a family so he starts courting her like he should have five years ago. Edie had something horrible happen to her in the past and she believes that she's ugly and not worthy of love. The poor thing doesn't know how to be loved by Stuart. He slowly works his way into her heart before she is reminded of the event that broke her spirit and he is devastated. I loved watching Stuart and Edie together. I loved the little things they did together. The way he watches her when she smiles. The walks they take in the moonlight. They needed each other more than they realized and it was so much fun to watch them stumble along the way. How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days is a combination of an adorably sweet romance and giggle-worthy moments. I could not put it down and I can't wait to continue with the series. 

And hopefully, we'll get Joanna's story in the future. Please? *grin*

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 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. Laura loves hearing from readers, and you can contact her via her website:

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1 comment:

  1. Hello, Laura! And hello again, Crystal. I love this review as well as the first one. A wounded hero and a wounded heroine. Wow. That's like today's divorcé and divorcée coming together with lots of baggage and trying to find a new footing together. Or a widower and widow coming together to get over their pasts. I am enticed more than ever now to read about Stuart and Edie's building bridges to each other. Thanks so much for this post!