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The Wicked Ways Of A Duke [Mass Market Paperback]

Laura Lee Guhrke

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Book Description

Dec 6 2007

She thought she was the luckiest woman in London . . .

Surviving on a seamstress' income and a steady stream of fantasies, Prudence Bosworth has always longed for love and romance. Then she inherits a fortune from the father she's never seen, with the stipulation that she wed in one year. Prudence is determined to marry for true love, and after seeing firsthand the splendid chivalry of a certain duke, only one man will do . . .

Rhys de Winter, the Duke of St. Cyres, hides his cynicism behind a quick wit and an even quicker smile. He must marry an heiress, and as luck would have it, the pretty little seamstress-turned-heiress is exactly what he needs. But he never expected to fall for Prudence, and when his shocking deception is revealed, he will stop at nothing to win her back . . . even if it means renouncing every last one of his wicked ways.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (Dec 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061143618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061143618
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.7 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #374,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The latest installment in Guhrke's Girl-Bachelor Chronicles (after And Then He Kissed Her) is a capable Victorian that finds an unlikely heiress and a penniless duke headed for the altar. Prudence Bosworth is working as a lowly seamstress when she discovers that her absentee father has died a wealthy man in America and named her his sole beneficiary. But in order to inherit his vast fortune, the will stipulates that she must marry within the year. Prudence is pleasantly surprised when Rhys De Winter, the duke of St. Cyres, showers her with attention and affection. Naturally, he's hoping to restore his family's coffers, but is caught off guard when a very real attraction builds between them. Though Prudence's reverent, unsuspecting attitude toward St. Cyres might strike readers as unrealistically naïve, they should enjoy the transformation it inspires in selfish St. Cyres, and the distinctive conclusion is satisfying. (Jan.)
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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. When she's not tapping away at her keyboard, Laura spends time relearning how to ski, mastering the wakeboard grab, and trying to actually hit a golf ball.


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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  38 reviews
50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It isn't a bad book, it just isn't as good as I expect from this author. Dec 30 2007
By J. Lesley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Laura Lee Guhrke is one of my favorite authors of historical romance. Why then did I give this book only three stars? It didn't give me any of those exciting, breathless moments I enjoy so much in a romance novel.

Prudence Bosworth is a 28 year old "girl bachelor" who has been on her own in London since the age of 17. Her aunt and uncle took her in after her mother died but Prudence and her aunt and cousin always had problems. She saw herself as a burden for the financially strapped family and after one too many disagreements took herself off to London to make her way in the world. She works as a seamstress at Madam Marceau's and has managed to work herself into the position of head seamstress after eleven years of hard work. Prudence knows that she is not considered to be a beauty and that the only way for her to have a 29" waist is for her to be laced into her corset so tightly she can just barely breath. She is the type person who always sees the best in people and makes the best of any situation she is in. I liked Prudence. She reminded me of a perfectly normal woman and I actually could not find any fault with her for believing what she was told. Rhys de Winter, the Duke of St.Cyres comes to her rescue at a time when she needs a little outside help. But Prudence is a very practical woman, she knows there will never be another meeting between the Duke and the seamstress.

The Duke of St. Cyres (pronounced sincere - thanks, Ms Guhrke!)is a rogue from his head to his toes. Very early on we get the full force of his character when he rescues a serving girl from the unwanted attentions of another member of the peerage (with Prudence looking on) and then later winds up with the serving girl in his bed. And believe me, he was NOT thinking about Prudence! As you will know from reading the description of this book, St. Cyres (at 33) has just become Duke after the death of his uncle. He is totally awash in debt. He has spent the last ten years living in Italy and spending every penny he had. Suddenly all the responsibility for the title and lands with all that implies falls into the lap of one who doesn't want it but must find a way to save it. Let's all hear it for the idea of 'rake marries an heiress for her money'!

Several things were different about this book. It is an historical novel but is set in 1894 so there are some modern conveniences most of us are not used to finding when we read novels set in the Regency Period (which is much more prevelant in my experience). We therefore have things such as electric lighting at the Opera House and railroad travel. These things are mentioned in a very nonchalant way and don't really play much of a part in the story, with the exception of St.Cyres buying Prudence a train of her own (with HER expectation of money, of course). Basically, this reads just like a Regency.

Something I really spent some time wondering about is why Ms Guhrke made the inheritance for Prudence so incredibly HUGE. It was so big that it was unbelievable. Just a niggle in my consciousness, but it did niggle. Also, why did Prudence do what she did at the end of the book? I know Rhys had lied to her over and over but I found that to be out of character for her and I didn't like it. I had actually hoped the author would be able to withstand any pressure put on her and leave the ending the way she led us to believe it would end. I, for one, would have been much happier (and I think Rhys would have too, deep down!). Another bothersome factor were the excerpts from the daily London papers which began each chapter. They actually told what WAS GOING to happen in the chapter. Why? I didn't like that at all. Another irritant was that Henry Bosworth changed his name to Henry Abernathy when he went to America. Why did people in London begin to call Prudence by the name of Abernathy but Rhys called her Prudence Bosworth? Awkward and not explained as far as I can find. Also, why was there only one suitor for an heiress with such a large inheritance? You will not often hear me say that a book needed to be longer but this one needed some fierce competition. Cousin Robert might as well have not even been mentioned and it was obvious that Rhys was a sweetie. Where was the competition, if not for Prudence at least for the money? Just some information for those of you who want to be warned, there are two episodes of a sexual nature in the book, not counting the serving girl because it is not explicit. Quite honestly, they do happen before Prudence and Rhys marry but they are very well done and unless you just don't want to read about that at all, they probably won't offend your sensibilities.

My overall opinion: I gave this book three stars because a)I didn't find it very exciting, b)the family secret St.Cyres was hiding was ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY OBVIOUS, c)I didn't like what Prudence did in the ending, d)I doubt very seriously that I will ever want to read this book again, and e) too many niggly bits make for a three star rating. It isn't a bad book, it just isn't as good as every other book I've ever read by this author. Way too many opportunities missed for making this a super, good book!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can't buy. -Proverbs March 11 2008
By Cherise Everhard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Prudence Bosworth is the illegitimate daughter of a man who ran off to America before she was even born. At 28 she is living in a respectable boarding house for girls and making her living as a seamstress to London's more well-to-do ladies. While fixing the skirt of the ton's most eligible heiress she has a chance meeting the Duke of St. Cyres, Rhys De Winter.

Rhys does a few things that evening that captures Prudence's attention and respect and endears him to her. Knowing her place in society, she admires the Duke from a far, knowing nothing will ever come of it.

Rhys De Winter is the heir to a crumbling estate and enormous debt. His one goal is to marry quickly and marry rich. When the seamstress he fancied for a tryst turns out to have a change in luck and status, his plans start evolving.

This is a Cinderella story; a girl goes from rags to riches overnight all the while falling in love with someone who was once out of her reach and yet now, is attainable. Though I pretty much knew every twist and turn the author was going to take, I still found myself enjoying the read and the characters within.

I love the historical romances when the author can truly transport her reader to the time period; and this one did. I could almost hear the swish of layered fabrics on the women's gowns, hear the echoes in the empty castle, and smell the lavender in the lavender house. There weren't too many surprises along the way, but it didn't take away from the pleasure of reading. Enjoy!

Cherise Everhard, March 2008
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good news for this series Dec 25 2007
By M. DETWILER - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Wicked Ways of a Duke is good news for fans of Laura Lee Guhrke's bachelor girl series. It continues the high level of writing begun in the first book of the series, And Then He Kissed Her.
I liked this book, but I only gave it 4 stars because, while it was very good and I heartily recommend it, it didn't quite have the emotional punch of other LLG books. I loved the premise--poor seamstress inherits pots and pots of money from her father. Naturally, this then puts her in the path of money hungry noblemen. Enter our hero--Rhys. We know right away he needs Prudence's money, but I enjoyed the path to true love with all the bumps we know are along the way. Rhys made no pretense of what he was after, but of course he didn't tell Prudence.
Laura Lee Guhrke is an excellent author, an autobuy for me, and one whose books I anxiously await. Her writing is outstanding in this one, but it didn't quite have the gripping quality I was hoping for. Prudence was a female who was right up there with the great female heroines in books today, so I guess it was Rhys who let me down. I liked him, but he left me a little cold. Maybe it was subconsciously because I don't care all that much for blond heroes.
Anyway, this is a book far above the level of a lot of romance novels I have slogged through, but it just didn't quite grab me. On the whole, though, I am still anxiously awaiting the next bachelor girl story.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It lacked substance Jan. 7 2008
By R. Glenn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was ok, but I've definitely read better. The author doesn't fully develop the characters, and a lot of the sub-plots she tries to bring in either don't get resolved, or they get tied up in one page or less. The main character kept being described as "innocent" which is fine, but at the same time the author wrote her as sounding like a child, even though she's supposed to be 27. Prudence Bosworth is the illegitimate daughter of a department store owner, who dies and leaves her millions. She goes from a seamstress to heiress overnight. The Duke of St. Cyres, Rhys de Winter, is a rake and scoundrel who rescues a maid from being raped, only to take her to bed for two full days himself. He's rude and arrogant and continually plays on Prudence's innocence the whole time without feeling bad until he's called on it and then he has an epiphany that he's in love. He finds out about her money and then twists things so he pretends he doesn't know and tries to make her jealous and feel sorry for him about his desolate circumstances of falling into debtors ruin. Then the author tries to paint him as a tortured soul, haunted by his past and his horrible mother. I don't know, it just wasn't a very well-written book and I expected more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit disappointed, but still good Dec 31 2007
By J. Enyeart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was so excited to get this book since I love Laura Lee Guhrke. Compared to most of the books I read it was good, but I was a bit disappointed in a way. Our heroine in the beginning is a seamstress and the hero is a wicked rake. She inherits gobs of money and now the rake wants her for his wife since he is in debt. I would have loved it if that whole part was taken out and she could have remained a seamstress and he could have fought his feelings for her against needing to wed an heiress. That would have been a great story I think. I didn't feel the two characters had a lot of speaking scenes together even though the book is 372 pages. This book is not her greatest but it will not deter me from eagerly buying her books when they come out.

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