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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (Dec 31 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060541741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060541743
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #747,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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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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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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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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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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