Published by Avon on March 28, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Narrator: Carolyn Morris
Length: 10 Hours and 14 Mins
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 . . .
The Truth About Love and Dukes was a wonderful book and I have always enjoyed reading this author however, this book was a bit different than I was expecting. I think what Laura Lee Guhrke has NEVER lost is sexy bantering and I am not sure if it was due to the talent of the narrator or if it was the story itself, but I found myself amused by the angst the develops between these two here. The Truth About Love and Duke is Gurhke’s first book in her “Dear Lady Truelove”. If you love journalistic set ups, than this book is much for you. Now many have compared this book as a copy cat for one of my favorite books from her “And Then He Kissed Her” DONT LISTEN, I definitely don’t agree with that evaluation. There are so many differences in this book from her backlisted novel.
The Truth About Love and Dukes begins with our hero, who is the Duke of Torquil, and when he and his siblings see a newspaper article about a woman writing to “Lady Truelove” about a certain set of circumstances and too many details of those circumstances come too close to their mother’s situation who has become romantically involved with a Italian painter. Even though he knows that she was never happy with his father, who could be a hard man before he passed away, he knows she is only thinking of herself when they find some of her things gone, with a note implying she is going off to be with her painter. Henry is determined to find his mother’s location through this “Lady Truelove” but what he finds is an independent woman who is more than willing to battle him verbally. But the situation takes a turn for the worse when Irene realizes the mistake of poking the angry bear when its hurting, and they find themselves battle with each other and the love they find. But can a newspaper woman and a Duke find a happy ending?
I simply adored this story so much here, it was so enchanting and boy the angst between these two is some of the best I have seen in a long while from this author and I had a blast with their interactions with each other but most especially in the beginning. Their first meeting was so hilarious and I was so highly entertained by this one here. I really loved how strong both of their personalities are in this book. They are both fighting for what they believe in and even though they are on opposite sides of the situation, they do learn to appreciate each other. I really liked both the hero and heroine so much in this book. The heroine is feisty and yeah she is a bit arrogant and proud and she can be self righteous at times, but the hero definitely knows when to fight her on things and when to back down. I like that they can argue and battle with their wills of each other, but also I love the passion between them. Seeing them journey together in their desire for each other, and find a way past what is forbidden was truly fun and there is such a depth of emotion that comes into play in this story. Even though they love each other, both Irene and Henry have to fight themselves in different ways to come to terms with their own shortcomings before they can really embrace what they have together and there is such growth that we see from both of them here.
Overall I found The Truth About Love and Dukes to be a sexy, humor filled romance that will give its readers delights, smiles and swoony moments to satisfy!!