Guilty Pleasures (Guilty, #1)
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Guilty Pleasures (Guilty #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  3,742 ratings  ·  194 reviews
For prim and shy Daphne Wade, the sweetest guilty pleasure of all is secretly watching her employer, the Duke of Tremore, as he works the excavation site on his English estate. Anthony hired Daphne to restore the priceless treasures he has been digging up, but it's hard for a woman to keep her mind on her work when her devastatingly handsome employer keeps taking his shirt...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 27th 2004 by Avon
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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...more
Karen
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...more
Juliana
(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
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...more
Lina Hunger
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
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...more
Alexis Lee
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 its 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? Its the most cliche of cliches. Don't get me wrong. I like cliches; I even like Cinderella prettified cliches, and I have no qu...more
Jacqueline
Oct 21, 2010 Jacqueline rated it 3 of 5 stars 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...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
Maureen
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.
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
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...more
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...more
Nina
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...more
Joanne
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
Barbara M.
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.
AzuresHeart
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!
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...more
Trang Nguyen
The first half of this book I found to just be "okay." Guhrke goes over the prelimanaries on both Daphne and Anthony characters while the plot was set and put in motion. I was slightly irritated that there were parts where the past was reiturated more than once (having read it 20 pages are so ago). However, my 4 star rating comes from the second half of the book which I found delightfully good!

Daphne is a "one of a kind" hard worker. She works diligently so that Anthony, the Duke of Tremore mig...more
Rita
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
Whitelady3
Apr 25, 2010 Whitelady3 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Whitelady3 by: slayra
Shelves: not-own, 2010
It's true that all women have a guilty pleasure, for me is this kind of novels. They may not be the 8th wonder of the world, they may not require you to use your brain nor do they feed your intellect, but if there's one great thing about them is that they make me forget my problems and give me a happy ending. Yes, I am easily pleased. :P

This is the first book I read by Laura Lee Gurhke and it came to me, once again, through Slayra. I asked her to borrow some romance novels she particularly enjo...more
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
Four Solid Stars

“I will not be any man’s duty.”

I always have a difficult time picking out a Historical Romance. I’m very particular, hence why I haven’t read as many as I would like. Plus I have to be in the mood for one and at this time, I was determined to read one.

The reason why I picked this out was because I LOVE stories that involve the spinster-type heroines; the wallflowers, if I may. I love rooting for the underdogs. These heroines are the ones that always seem to surprise the Heroes...more
J.D. Stroube
The first half is a bit boring. The characters do not initially have chemistry together. However, once the second half of the book begins...the book is splendid! I thought that including the book "Le Language Des Fleurs" as a way for a suitor to romance a lady was inspired! The ending is the best part, and literally made my heart ache.
Tania Martins
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Ruth
OMG. This is one of my all-time favorites. Beautifully-written, with really strong, interesting characters. The story doesn't plod but doesn't skim over details. It really is a wonderful love story, and relatively believable (it IS a romance after all). Loved it, loved it, loved it.
M'diya
I think it was a good read
Catarina
Foi o primeiro livro que li de Laura Lee Guhrke e mais lerei certamente :)

Nos primeiros capítulos do livro, pensei que este não se fosse destacar grandemente em relação aos outros livros do mesmo género que costumo ler. Contudo, à medida que as fui avançando na história, a curiosidade foi aumentando, e dei por mim com dificuldade em pousar o livro. Evidentemente que acabei por ficar acordada "fora de horas" porque tinha, imperativamente, de terminar o livro.

Quando isto acontece, é sempre uma se...more
nurmawati

daphne wade yang plain dan berkacamata bekerja untuk menghidupi diri nya after ayah nya meninggal karena sakit....
berbekal tiket ke inggris daphne pergi menumui lord anthony tremore untuk berkerja menggantikan ayahnya sebagi ahli arkeologi....
awalnya anthony gak mau menerima daphne bekerja secara saat itu perempuan gak berkerja sebagai arkeologi dan yang mau dipekerjakan oleh nicholas adalah ayah daphne yg ahli arkeologi terkenal...
tapi daphne bersikeras bilang kalo dia lebih dari mampu...akhirn...more
Charlotte
I think this is one of the best examples of 'bluestocking and handsome peer'-type books. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The conflict truly arises from the characters, and the heroine especially has a lot of agency. She remains fairly in control of herself and is not overwhelmed with the sexy seductive sexiness of romance novel hero. Not to say that she doesn't desire him - the sexual tension is great - but when they sleep together, it isn't because she forgets herself and her body succumbs to his adva...more
Ana Luisa
Uma história carregada de amor e diversão. Ao ler a sinopse pela primeira vez não consegui perceber se seria um romance histórico ou se se iria passar nos nossos dias, mas acabei por ser surpreendida com um pouco dos dois. Apesar de se passar em 1830 muitas vezes dei por mim a imaginar que se podia passar também nos nossos dias, foi uma leitura leve que não foi massacrada por dolorosas descrições de ambiente, mas sim por momentos deliciosos de puro riso e paixão. Podemos conhecer Daphne Wade, qu...more
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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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