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I am tired, I haven’t had a day off in two weeks and I will admit that I had every intention to speed read this because I really should be sleeping instead of writing reviews for romance novels. And I really did try to speed read How To Lose A Duke in Ten Days but it seems like books with marriage themes as well as numbers in their titles will always be a book I will love.
Laura Lee Guhrke has always been one of my favourite authors because of her ability to write really vividly without having to excruciatingly describe every single thing. And this isn’t only for describing the settings of the book, but you can also see it with the emotions portrayed by her characters. I admit, this is a much heavier book than I was expecting because the last I read from her was on the fluffier side. (This isn’t an angsty book, it just deals with issues that are never fluffy.)
Writing about what the heroine has gone through is probably not easy and it certainly wasn’t easy to read, but I liked how her attraction for her husband was the panacea to her problems. I encounter this a lot in romance novels, and while I know this is supposed to be fictional, it tends to weird me out because I wouldn’t think it’d be that easy to get over? I can’t say personally and this all just supposition but still. Yes, I was annoyed with her in the beginning because why won’t she just explain it to him… and really, even though that’s what happens in most romance novels, that’s probably not how it normally occurs in real life. It took me a while to remember this but I’m glad I did because Edie is a wonderful person. She’s smart, loving and resilient. What happened to her is never one of my favourite themes in TV or books but I thought Ms. Guhrke handled it with sensitivity and grace.
I admit, I was a bit iffy with Stuart’s persistence in the beginning because the readers know what happened but not him. That’s always a frustrating scenario, but I really am thankful that it wasn’t blown up to be a Big Misunderstanding. And I felt for Stuart. He’s mainly the reason why Edie annoyed me slightly in the beginning. The prologue is from his perspective and it was a really compelling epilogue. And coming from that, I guess I was bit biased regarding Stuart. I just wanted him to have all the nice things okay. I don’t know, I’m just really happy that he got his happy ending (I’m happy for them both, but I really liked Stuart a lot). I guess that prologue really stuck with me, huh? 😛
To sum it up though, I really enjoyed How To Lose a Duke in Ten Days. It’s definitely heavier on the character development and if you’re a fan of that, I think you’d enjoy this one.
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 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: www.lauraleeguhrke.com.
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