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Guilty Pleasures Mass Market Paperback – Jan 27 2004
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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. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Katherina
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 morePublished on June 22 2004 by AislinnMcE
Guess I was a little disappointed in the book. Read the description on the back, thought to take a chance. Read morePublished on May 30 2004
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 morePublished on May 30 2004 by Meesha77
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 morePublished on March 27 2004 by Sarah Stewart
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 morePublished on Feb. 5 2004