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Guilty Pleasures (Guilty #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,641 Ratings  ·  281 Reviews
One of Daphne Wade's guilty pleasures is to watch the Duke of Tremore as he works, shirtless, on the excavation site of his ducal estate. Anthony Courtland is by far the most exciting and handsome man she has ever known, and she dreams of one day being able to speak with him without getting tongue tied.

Anthony, meanwhile, only sees Daphne as a hard worker on his excavation
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ebook, 384 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 27th 2004)
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Shawna
5 stars – Historical Romance

This is a delightful, entertaining, feel-good romance about a Plain Jane antiquities restorer who secretly lusts/loves her boss Anthony, the dashing Duke of Tremore, and finally manages to turn his cynical, conceited head her way (and twist his emotions in the process) when she up and quits after overhearing his crushing, unpleasant personal appraisal. It’s a charming, fun, and uplifting read that will have you cheering when Anthony finally begins to see Daphne for th
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Karen
Aug 19, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daphne Wade has a guilty pleasure...she can't keep herself from lusting after her super sexy boss. She fell in love with Anthony Courtland at first sight, but although they have worked together for five months, he doesn't know she exists. Anthony pays little attention to the homely woman who does restoration work on the artifacts at his excavation site. He does appreciate her work, but as far as the woman under the unattractive clothes and eyeglasses, Anthony couldn't care less.

Daphne is conten
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Juliana Philippa
(4.5 stars) Guilty Pleasures was an absolutely delightful read, just like all the other times I've read it. Having reread And Then He Kissed Her recently - one of my all-time favorite historical romances - I noticed much more, this time around, the similarities between the two books. They both feature often-overlooked heroines, who are always very much in control of themselves and their desires, and who work in unusual female employment under male bosses who have heretofore ignored them when it ...more
Alexis Lee
Jul 27, 2014 Alexis Lee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really now, this has to stop. I sense a pattern in Guhrke's books that I don't quite like - it doesn't matter which book I read first, because it's bad in any book, and fact is - she repeats these things in most her books.

First of all: Girl only gets noticed when she refuses guy (for some reason) and/or gets pretty (like she was totally ugly in the first place)? Really? It's the most cliche of cliches. Don't get me wrong. I like cliches; I even like Cinderella prettified cliches, and I have no
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Cheryl
What a delightful and entertaining book! 5 Stars!!

Daphne Wade fell in love with her employer the minute she laid eyes on him. She came to work for Anthony, the Duke of Tremore, to restore priceless ruins found under ground on his property. Daphne is a wallflower, one that blends in with her surroundings. She wears spectacles and always has on a hideous apron to protect her clothing. Her clothing is nothing special either, all of her dresses are some shade of brown. Whenever the Duke comes around
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Nisha
I already knew that I was going to like this book when I read the first few pages. Come on, how often do you get a working women heroine in HR? Not only that, but she was in love with her sexy, arrogant Duke employer and spent a good while staring at him while he works shirtless.

Daphne, daughter of a renowned restorer, is in love with her employer, the Duke of Tremore, or Anthony, as she is wont to call him in the privacy of her mind. That is, until he disparaged her womanhood and likened her to
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Lina Hunger
Sep 21, 2012 Lina Hunger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg... I'am so tired. I read this in one night. Seriously. From 8 in the night to 5 in the morning.. And I had to go to school at 7. So goddd I was so freaking tired. Every cell in my body was regretting reading all night. I always tell myself that I won't read past midnight again but somehow I do it again and then wake up regretting it. Don't get me wrong.! The book was really good. I loved it. Loved Anthony and Daphne together. The duke was really hot and charming. Loved all bitses of him. An ...more
Lisa Kay
I have read this book twice over the years and what I like most about it is that, after overhearing what the hero says about her, the heroine truly lets go of her infatuation, reassesses her priorities in life, and sets about changing it. This is so much more realistic than if she would have just felt ‘unrequited love’ and continued to wallow in self-pity…or even retaliated. Nope. She gets on with the business of living. The hero is not a bad guy; he has just compartmentalized her as his employe ...more
Fernanda
:) *-*

Gostei e muito!
Apesar de no inicio a história estar assim meio morna, conseguiu a autora dar uma reviravolta e captar a atenção do leitor.

De uma protagonista meio apagada e sem grandes atractivos Daphne, literalmente passou do patinho feio para cisne, com uma atitude forte, garantia de que sabe o que quer.

Anthony por seu lado, apesar de todas as sombras da sua infancia, consegue acreditar que o Amor é de facto o caminho para felicidade.

Um final super romântico e para quem goste do genero é
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Jacqueline
Oct 21, 2010 Jacqueline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: It was enjoyable, so anyone.
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Impulse buy
I cannot say for certain one way or another, but I think I've read this story before many, many years ago - long before I kept track of my books. Still, as it was then so it is now. Guilty Pleasures is a likable story, brimming with likable characters told in a likable way.

Simply put, it's likable. Redundant, I know, but descriptive all the same. The book was simply good, not great. The characters, for instance, I liked. Daphne, our heroine, was a cute character. She was fun, entertaining, and y
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Sarita
A..MAZ...ING!

I picked this up at 8am this morning...and it is now 3:30pm. I put it down for laundry folding only! OMG!!! This is going on my favorite book read list right now!

I'm so giddy! lol
Emily
When Antony, Duke of Tremore, hired antiquirian Daphne West to restore the mosaics found on his estate he prided himself in finding the hard diligent worker who kept out of his way and stayed focused on the task before her. Antony doesn't know that all her hardwork and quiet demeanor is because she harbors a crush on him, and it is her way of showing her feelings for him.

When Daphne overhears what Antony thinks of her, she is utterly devastated, especially when she hears him say that no man woul
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Hannah
Very disappointing.

I'd been surprised before by how much I enjoyed And Then He Kissed Her, so I was expecting a similar reaction to this book. However, I didn't think the story here had any real substance and I didn't really enjoy the main characters.

For instance, it felt like it took a million years to get through this book even though it wasn't that long. Yet it simultaneously felt like nothing happened (because nothing really did happen). And there was nothing particularly wrong with the ma
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Deniz
I actually loved this book, I have enjoyed reading it
I highly recommend it for anyone wanting an intelligent regency read.
Do not miss this one!!
Maureen Feeney
Cheryl's review is spot on so will just agree that this is an enchanting read full of romance. Loved the fact that the cold uppity duke was melted by love and a plain Heroine. Im going to read the sequel "His Every Kiss" straight away.
Xiki71
Jan 24, 2015 Xiki71 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Le doy tres estrellas justitas porque no ha llegado a convencerme. Si bien es cierto que la romántica histórica no es lo mío, (soy mas de contemporánea) creo que la historia entre los protagonistas no es creíble.
A ver, tienen escenas buenas en las que te ríes por ciertas contestaciones que Daphne le suelta a Anthony pero qué queréis que os diga, después de haber leído "Un lugar para Conor" de la misma autora éste se me queda corto. No es un libro que esté mal si te encanta esta temática pero par
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Zumbagirl
So what is love? How is love defined by our experiences with our parents and those around us? Anthony and Daphne come from totally different backgrounds: He is a duke and raised in an opulent yet oppressive society. She was raised by her father, a famous antiquarian who traveled all over the world with his work. Both of them have a love for ancient artifacts and she winds up in his employ, as he wants to set up a museum in London.

Daphne falls in love at first sight with Anthony. Not so much wit
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Nina
Apr 26, 2010 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so curious about this book by the praises it gets and I must say it really is a sweet and romantic story. The story flowed so wonderfully it was hard for me to put it down. Have no doubts, I absolutely loved the characters and Daphne's transition from being an invisible employee to a spirited woman. And the banter and the sexual tension between them was delicious!

What I want to add is, maybe Anthony's feelings toward Daphne could be explained more elaborately, because I wasn't quite convin
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Rita
Aug 24, 2013 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Lee Guhrke nasceu em Los Angeles e formou-se em Administração de Empresas na Boise State University. Trabalhou durante sete anos em publicidade, foi durante algum tempo fornecedora de comida e dirigiu durante alguns anos os escritórios das empresas dos seus pais, contudo um dia percebeu que aquilo que lhe dava mais prazer era escrever. Com a sua segunda obra, “Conor Way”, venceu o prémio RITA, conferido pela associação Romance Writers of America a romances históricos. A série Guilty teve o ...more
Joanne
Feb 26, 2013 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses.....or do they? Really enjoyed this Regency romance story of plain-Jane Daphne who comes to work at the site of an archaeological dig at the English estate of the Duke of Tremore. The shy and unassuming Daphne, who harbors a secret attraction for the handsome duke, is crushed after hearing him make disparaging remarks about her. She gathers her courage and gives the duke her resignation, but he refuses to accept it. Her expertise is essential to t ...more
Ermione Pickwick
Sooo good! Perfect storyline and adorable characters!
Sammy
Apr 20, 2014 Sammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have given 3 stars , if it didn't got boring in the middle ...


Okay lets start with what I really liked , & what kept me going , even when I was bored..

-> I really liked how author transformed the unnoticeable female lead into a well bred woman , without making it superficial ... The woman transformed , but in a better way , & that had nothing to do with the dressing style or make up & all such stuff

-> I liked the hero , an arrogant duke , but kind at heart , & trul
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Melissa
Dec 28, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
A great historical romance. Although the story isn't really all that unique in this crowded genre, I was pulled into the story by Laura Lee Guhrke's engaging writing. The characters, although maybe a bit cliche, were delightful. I love it when the female lead of these stories is a highly intelligent and witty woman who can stand up against powerful nobility. The ending of this story was absolutely wonderful, but I almost wished that it was a bit longer. Still, I couldn't help but finish this sto ...more
Barbara
Apr 13, 2010 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars...I LOVED it!!!

First off...Thank you Sara S. for letting me borrow this book!

OMG ladies, I haven't read a book this good in a long looonnnnggg time. This is the first I've read from Guhrke, and it for sure will not be the last.
Snigdha Prakash
Guilty Pleasures was like most of the historical romances that you'll come across.
It was sweet and it was simple.
Daphne and Anthony were great characters as the main lead an complemented eacg other well.
I really liked Daphne, I really did. She is just the kind of a female protagonist I admire. She was her own person and had her own mind. She had the spine to say her own opinions and she did not sway easily. And she wasn't so stubborn that she would go on denying what she really felt. I loved her
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ChloeLeeNH
Jan 19, 2009 ChloeLeeNH rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
This is on my keeper shelf... I love reading about the not so beautiful heroine that becomes beautiful in the hero's eyes... a total favorite!
Natalia
Aug 22, 2014 Natalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer
Originally posted on my blog: http://feministfairytalereviews.blogs...

Laura Lee Guhrke is one of my favorite writers for many reasons. She rarely delves into typical historical romance cliches and loves to expand into unique settings like late Victorian or Edwardian England. Guilty Pleasures is a perfect example of her writing style!

Daphne Wade is a skilled archaeologist who is working with an English duke, Anthony, on the excavation of ruins on his land. Anthony's ultimate goal is to start a
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Arzoo Sy
I read Bk3- The Marriage Bed first, which I bought at a second hand book sale and was very impressed by LLG's writing skills and storyline. I like authors who know how to write well and weave a great story. LLG has that great skill. I became a fan of her after reading after Bk3 and was very much curious to know about her protective and caring older brother Anthony and his Duchess Daphne, a close confidante to Viola. I really liked that Viola had them to depend upon for support and love.

Imagine b
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From the publication of her very first historical romance, Laura Lee Guhrke has received numerous honors and critical acclaim for her novels and her writing style. She has been honored with the most prestigious award of romance fiction, the Romance Writers of America Rita Award, and she has received additional awards from Romantic Times and All About Romance. Romantic Times has proclaimed her, “On ...more
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