How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days

Laura Lee Guhrke
How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days
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Publisher
Avon
Release Date
April 2014
ISBN
9780062118196
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
From USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke comes the story of a bargain, a marriage of convenience . . . and the chance for love to last a lifetime

They had a deal . . .

From the moment she met the devil-may-care Duke of Margrave, Edie knew he could change her life. And when he agreed to her outrageous proposal of a marriage of convenience, she was transformed from ruined American heiress to English duchess. Five years later, she's delighted with their arrangement, especially since her husband is living on another continent.

But deals are made to be broken . . .

By marrying an heiress, Stuart was able to pay his family's enormous debts, and Edie's terms that he leave England forever seemed a small price to pay. But when a brush with death impels him home, he decides it's time for a real marriage with his luscious American bride, and he proposes a bold new bargain: ten days to win her willing kiss. But is ten days enough to win her heart?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Apr 09, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
95 people found the following review helpful
HOW TO LOSE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS is a different kind of Regency romance, unique and fresh and more of a character study than a plot-driven story.

Five years ago, Edie made a bargain with Stuart, Duke of Margrave, that she would pour money into the ducal coffers and restore his estates, if he would only take himself off back to Africa and never come back. However, one fateful accident later, Stuart had a new grasp of what he wanted from life, and he wondered if his wife would be amenable to the change in plans, like a seduction, for example.

What he didn't know was that Edie was hiding a great secret and betrayal from her past, and she determined to win their bargain and lose this duke in ten days...

We began this book with the aftermath of Stuart's accident in Africa, and moved on to the first chapter with Edie back in England, where she was attempting to put her sister Joanna on a train to school. While I can see that this scene with Joanna is necessary, it got to be a bit boring and tedious for me and I was ready to give up on the book. Well, I did give it up, but something made me pick it up once again and gave it another chance. And I'm glad I did.

What ensued were tender yet hot scenes of Stuart's seduction of Edie. Stuart was not such a terrible rake (compared to others in the genre) and he had a passion which took him to Africa, but now that that part of his life was over, he was ready to turn his attention and efforts back to managing his estates, preferably with Edie at his side.

The person who exhibited the most growth in this story is Edie, and I like the way the author portrayed her plight, her reactions to it and to Stuart's seduction. I thought they were realistically done, and I like the message here that with love, one can triumph over everything.

Like I said in the first paragraph, there wasn't much of a plot here, even Stuart's revenge was conveyed to the reader via telling rather than showing, and that's fine, coz that wasn't the main point of this story. Rather, this is a study in character, especially that of Edie, and how she changed and blossomed under Stuart's care. Some feminists might not like it, might say that a woman ought to overcome such adversity by herself, but truly, some obstacles are best won when there's a person by your side, especially when that person loves you.
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