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Guilty Pleasures [Mass Market Paperback]

Laura L Guhrke
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Jan. 8 2004 Avon Romantic Treasure

Every woman has her Guilty Pleasures ...

For prim and shy Daphne Wade, the sweetest guiltypleasure of all is secretly watching her employer, the Duke of Tremore, as he works the excavation site on his English estate. Anthony hired Daphne to restore the priceless treasures he has been digging up, but it's hard for a woman to keep her mind on her work when her devastatingly handsome employer keeps taking his shirt off. He doesn't know she's alive, but who could blame her for falling hopelessly in love with him anyway?

Anthony thinks that his capable employee knows all there is to know about antiquities, but when his sister decides to turn the plain young woman in gold-rimmed glasses into an enticing beauty, he declares the task to be impossible. Daphne is devastated when she overhears ... and determined to prove him wrong. Now a vibrant and delectable Daphne has emerged from her shell, and the tables are turned. Will Anthony see that the woman of his dreams has been right there all along?

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Laura Lee Guhrke graduated from Boise State University with a business degree. After seven years in advertising, a stint as a caterer, and several years managing the offices of her parents' construction and development companies, she decided writing was more fun. She has written eight historical romances and has been honored with the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. Laura lives in Idaho with a golden retriever named Sam, wholoves chasing tennis balls and digging up her garden.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Fairy Tale Satisfies the Hopeless Romantic April 13 2004
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Prim and plain, Daphne Wade has spent her life traveling with her father around the world, assisting him in the work he was renowned for, restoring ancient antiquities. After her father's death, she was able to secure a position in England with Anthony Courtland, Duke of Tremore, restoring the priceless Roman mosaics and antiquities excavated from a site on his estate. Anthony is quite passionate about the artifacts they are recovering, and works daily at the site himself. The heat often forces him to remove his shirt during his labor. Daphne finds she can't help but spy on him during these times, because he looks like a Greek statue come to life. It's her one guilty pleasure.
She's secretly in love with him, and he doesn't know she's alive beyond her consummate skill at restoration. In his presence, she becomes shy and tongue-tied. Anthony's sister, Viola, comes to visit and befriends Daphne. It doesn't take long for her to realize Daphne's in love with her brother, and she decides to do a little matchmaking. Viola discusses with Anthony her plan to sponsor Daphne for a London season, so she can make social contacts, and meet eligible young men. Anthony claims it's a lost cause, because Daphne has no feminine appeal. Little does he know, she's on the other side of the door during this conversation, and hears his comments. Daphne's pain and anger causes her to emerge from her shell, and Anthony is shocked by the woman he's now beginning to take notice of. He doesn't want to lose her skills for his project, but he comes to realize in trying to keep her employed with him, his thoughts of her go way beyond what he hired her for. In the end, he'll openly pursue, and do anything to convince her to stay with him in an entirely different capacity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly romantic story April 5 2004
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Daphne Wade has been left virtually destitute after her father's untimely death. Luckily, the knowledge she gained by living and working alongside her father, who was a famous and respected antiquarian,has gained her a position working to unearth a Roman villa at the Duke of Tremore's estate. Daphne is immediately dazzled by the Duke's good looks and falls in love with him agaisnt her better judgment. Daphne knows nothing could come out of her hopeless fixation with Anthony but heartbreak but how can she resist him especially when he insists on taking off his shirt and exposing his gorgeous chest. To make matters worse, she is either struck mute or starts stammering wildly whenever he comes near her. The inevitable eventually happens when she overhears the Duke conversing with his sister and comparing her to, among other things, a machine and a stick insect. Daphne is devastated but her spirit is unbroken. She finally regains her senses and hardens her heart agaisnt Anthony and vows to leave her post and start life anew with the help of Anthony's sister Viola, who can see the strong, vivrant woman beneath Daphne's plain exterior. On the other hand, Anthony is flabbergasted when Daphne presents her resignation. He cannot afford to lose her valuable skills when he is so close to realizing his dream of opening a museum displaying his impressive collection of Roman artifacts. Furthermore,Anthony is unused to hearing the word no and refuses to accept the fact that for once in his life he is not getting his way. He begins a concerted campaign to keep Daphne from leaving him. Anthony brings out the heavy artillery and begins to charm and disarm Daphne. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Story!! March 19 2004
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I found this book to be a real sweet read. The main characters Anthony and Daphne had a great chemistry that Ms. Guhrke was able to create through a different type of storyline that we seldom see in historical romances without it being to clichéd. That storyline is "the handsome Duke, and the not obvious beauty that tames his heart."
Anthony is not sure that he believes in love and does not plan to marry "the love of his life" since he does not think she exists. He is more interested in opening his museum on Roman artifacts then finding his "true love". Everything is going according to plan until Daphne his restorer decides that she would rather go off with his sister (read the book!!) and enjoy polite society, then finish what she started. Of course this is not a decision that she makes lightly. She has overheard Anthony what he thinks of her (she's a machine that he needs to fulfill his dream)and now the tender feelings that she had for Tony are now gone....or are they. What follows is a sweet story of how what you think you want is not exactly how you imagine it, and that the challenge is deciding you may have been wrong.
Ms. Guhrke has penned a very sweet read that fans of historical romance will not want to miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable Regency Cinderella Feb. 5 2004
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Handsome Anthony Courtland is excavating Romance ruins on his estate. He pays little attention to Daphne Wade, the woman he has hired to restore the precious artifacts he unearths from the ancient villa. He may pay her little notice, outside of the work, but Daphne is having a hard time keeping her eyes in her head as he strips to the waist, laboring on the dig.
Only, Anthony's sister is itching to play faery godmother to the wide-eyed Daphne. Much to Anthony's annoyance, not only does his sister create a swan from the ugly duckling, but she is determined to see Daphne married.
This begins to upset Anthony because he does not want to lose his valued worker. In order to keep her on, he begins to help polished Daphne's edges, such as dancing lessons, to keep her from slipping away completely. Slowly, a vivacious Daphne is really becoming "Cinderella" before Anthony's eyes, and he is determined not to lose her - and not only for the expert work she does. Sparks fly as Daphne comes into her own, with the repartee between the two wittily crafted. Anthony and Daphane create sexual tension that sizzles.
So, a Guilty Pleasure??? No, just Pure Pleasure from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A duke and this employee falling in love
It took me a long time to decided if I wanted to read the book or not. Reading reviews didn't help, so I gave the book a chance with the result that I absolutely loved it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katherina
3.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning, boring ending
What a wonderful set-up for a romance: Daphne, a plain bluestocking has an incredible crush on Anthony, the Duke, who doesn't even know she's alive. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by AislinnMcE
1.0 out of 5 stars Eh?
Guess I was a little disappointed in the book. Read the description on the back, thought to take a chance. Read more
Published on May 30 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Romance
Daphe is a 24 year old woman who had spent her life working with her archeologist father. When he dies, she is left with almost nothing. Read more
Published on May 30 2004 by Meesha77
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book!!
I ordered off the recomendation on the Julia Quinn website and am so glad I did. Guhrke writes an excellent romance that is about a relationship that grows into love. Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by Sarah Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful love story
Guhrke's prose are as usual flawless in this ugly duckling turned swan tale. Beneath the watchful eyes of the cynical Duke of Tremore, Dahpne Wade blossoms into a beautiful young... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasurable Regency romance
In 1830 Hampshire, when her father, a renowned antiquarian dies, Daphne Wade replaces him at the Roman excavation of Trimoire, England. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by Harriet Klausner
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