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The Wicked Ways of a Duke (Girl Bachelors #2)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  1,980 ratings  ·  141 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published December 26th 2007)
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As you can see from my rating, I did NOT enjoy Laura Lee Guhrke's second "Girl-Bachelor" book, The Wicked Ways of a Duke. Had it been written by another author, it may have gained a 2.5, but I have so enjoyed other books by Guhrke --- Guilty Pleasures , And Then He Kissed Her --- that I was all the more disappointed by this one. I had it up and posted on PaperbackSwap before I'd even completely finished.

So where do I start?!

THE HEROINE --- Prudence was sympathetic, but after awhile the urge
Tammy Walton Grant

The more I think about this book, the less I can figure out what the hell I thought of it.

On the one hand, it's a Laura Lee Guhrke. She has become one of my "go-to" authors. The Guilty series was outstanding, Abandoned at the Altar is shaping up to be even better, and the first book in this series, And Then He Kissed Her, is one of my absolute favourites.

The writing is great, the H/h are well drawn, and the cast of supporting characters (especially the ladies at the boarding house) are
This is the second in the "Girl Bachelor" series and it is my favorite! I have now read the three that have been written and am anxiously awaiting the next one to come out in August. Prudence and the duke of St. Cyres have wonderful chemistry in the story. I love Prudence because she was a very sweet and independent heroine. The Duke was a rake for pretty much most the book, but I still liked him. The story was resolved well and it just reinforced to me why the "Girl Bachelor" series is one of m ...more
Maureen Feeney
This book is getting a lot of mixed reviews, and I actually changed my rating after giving this further thought.

Prudence Bosworth is a seamstress who dreams of prince charming.She meets Rhys de Winter Duke of St Cyres (pronounced sincere)and see's him as a brave hero after he performs one kindness. But St Cyres is a selfish rake and on the hunt for a wealthy heiress as his fortunes have dwindled. Guess what? Prudence inherits millions from her estranged dead father in America.

Rhys has noticed P
The Wicked Ways of a Duke is the second book in Laura Lee Guhrke's Girl Bachelor series. After reading And Then He Kissed Her, I expected much more from this book than the author delivered. The book was well written, but the plot was lacking and the characters weren't engaging.

Rhys de Winter was an impoverished duke who needed to marry an heiress in order to pay debts. Although the situation was common during the time, the way Rhys manipulated Prudence into marrying him was a bit distasteful. T
I got to around 150 pages and couldn't bring myself to go any further. It wasn't bad, but I found it rather boring. The characters to me felt flat other than a scene where Prudence is walking in the rain that I thought was kind of funny. The one other book I've read by Laura Lee Guhrke took a while to pick up but the set up and the characters kept me reading. Here I wasn't as impressed. Maybe I'll find better luck with the next book.
I had some issues - namely that the heroine had major self-image issues and the author kept referring to her as "plump" when she was described as anything but, and also the hero was a complete ass for the first 1/2-3/4 of the book.

However, the author really turned it around for me. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed both characters at the end, and how glad I was to see them fall in love. I almost put the book down because of my frustrations, but I'm glad I finished it.
Linda Sims

Prudence Bosworth is a lowly seamstress. While working at a ball repairing the ladies gowns she comes into contact with Rhys de Winter Duke of St. Cyres, Prudence is captivated by this tall blond green eyed man. When going home later that evening she witnesses him saving a female servant from the attentions of another man, Rhys becomes her hero. What Prudence doesn't see is Rhys bedding the maidservant himself later that night.

Prudence is later shocked that day aft
This was another enjoyable book by Laura Lee Guhrke in the Girl Bachelors series. The heroine, Prudence, was such a romantic and a bit naive when it came to gentlemen of the aristocracy. She was a seamstress that suddenly became one of the wealthiest women in the world due to an inheritance she received from her father, a father whom she had never known or had a relationship with. But in order to have the money she must marry within one year. Suddenly because of her new found wealth, Prudence ha ...more
There were quite a few things about this book that I liked. The heroine, Prudence Bosworth, has a sweet and likeable personality. She is a seamstress who unexpectedly inherits a huge fortune. When she becomes wealthy, she continues to care about her friends and wants to help them. She is very kind to family members who suddenly appear when she has money but have never cared about her before. Although the hero, Rhys DeWinter, was a wastrel who lies in order to secure Prudence's interest, he came ...more
Kaycee Sapinoso
The Wicked Ways of a Duke is another classic example of from Rags-to-Riches story.

Prudence Bosworth is a seamstress who comes into a totally unexpected and vast fortune, but is wary of all her new admirers because she wants to marry for love.

Rhys de Winter, the Duke of St. Cyres had money problem, the only way for him to pay the debts was to marry an heiress. Seducing Prudence has been easy because she believed that he’s a good man, some kind of a hero; what she doesn’t know the's a cynical ro
Nadine Jones
I LOVED the first book I read by Ms Guhrke (And Then He Kissed Her), but I was sorely disappointed in this one. Basic plot: "girl bachelor" Prudence is working as a seamstress when she discovers that the father who abandoned her before she was born had moved to America, made scads of money opening department stores, and then died, leaving his entire estate to her. One catch: she must marry within one year or forfeit her inheritance. Now ... what kind of stipulation is that??? Here! have millions ...more
I really enjoyed this one. It was a superb next book in the Bachelor-Girls series, although quite different in context. The bachelor-girls are still there, but they don't dominate the story in any way, and the focus is purely on the hero and heroine. The hero really is a completely self-centered, lying, manipulative s.o.b., completely undeserving of the sweet, hard-working, and independent heroine, and, even at the end with their HEA, I was never really convinced he actually deserved her, even t ...more
This appears to be one of those romances that tries to convince us that it's okay to be a lying bastard and to use people, because as soon as the truth inevitably comes out and you crush the puny heart of your love interest, they'll just set you tests and make you crawl through broken glass to "prove your love" anyway. I don't think I really have to say that basing a relationship on deceit, mistrust, and abject grovelling is not going to be healthy in the long run.

I should have given up on this
I didn't even finish it. My taste developed and I can't waste time on books like this. What was it wrong? Awfully naive, rushed, predictable and so average with no depth at all.
Rhys really was quite a scoundrel, but he met my personal requirement for groveling to make up for it!
If the author really didn't want us liking her hero, she did a GREAT job. When the Duke of St Cyers first meets Prudence Bosworth, she is a seamstress. He takes an interest in her because he's hoping she's "easy" as he is so poor, he can't even keep a mistress. He's got to marry money and F A S T!!!

When Prudence learns her father whom she never knew died and is willing to leave her his entire extremely wealthy fortune, she believes her life is changed for the better. Unfortunately, there are re
I give up. I could not finish this one. The "hero" is a total ass and I cannot see how he can possibly be redeemed... he literally sleeps with the girl he "rescues" from being raped the same night of the rescue! Seriously... no... and if that wasn't enough every other interaction with him (aside from some cute dialogue with the heroine in the art gallery) just make me hate him more... and since he only wants her for her money it makes it even harder to swallow... plus she needs to smack someone ...more
Nice addition to the Girl Bachelors series. Prudence Bosworth had her entire life changed overnight. She went from a poor seamstress to an heiress. A few days later she went from a spinster to engagement to the man of her dreams.
Rhys de Winter is a Duke who is penniless and carrying a lot of emotional family baggage. He met Prudence at a ball when she was working as a seamstress repairing gowns. He was a hero to her that night and he was very attracted to her. Unfortunately he may be a rake, bu
Mary Kathryn
I almost gave this book 3 stars because I really did HATE Rhys up until about the last 50 pages of the book. There were times when he would be sweet or say nice things to Prudence but I wasn't as stupid as her and could see past him. I really hate my hero to be a rake but most of the time I get over that fact however Rhys really had me mad from the begining. Prudence thought that Rhys was so nice because he saved her friend from being raped so did I until the next morning and he is waking up nex ...more
I almost threw this book away because I dislike the hero so much. St. Cyres was a selfish bastard. However, with her charming and amusing style, Laura Lee Gurhke manage to glued me to every pages and I couldn't put it down.
Unfortunately the ending rather disappointing, and very abrupt. I wished that St. Cyres did more groveling. And I felt that St. Cyres' childhood nightmare didn't get more exploration that it deserve.
However I give it 3,5 stars, for despite it's flaws, I still find it quite e
Biscotte Cynique

Je n'ai rien ressenti de spéciale par rapport à cette lecture. Ni déception ni coup de cœur juste un livre de plus de lu.

Nous faisons la rencontre de Prudence Bosworth,jeune couturière dans le besoin. Innocente, naïve, douce qualifierai très bien ce personnage. Je l'ai bien aimé mais elle ne m'a rien fait ressentir de plus.

Elle fera la rencontre du Duc de St-Cyres. Un personnage que j'ai apprécié dés qu'il a fait son apparition mais quand j'ai découvert
I read the first book of this series long ago. It's been a while. I almost give up reading the whole series but I'm glad I didn't. It kind of reminds me of Viola and John in The Marriage Bed.
He needs money as soon as possible and she has it. It's a bonus that he wants her the first time he laid his eyes on her. She thinks he's a hero,a prince-or rather a duke-who would fall inlove to an ordinary girl like her and he used that to let her fall on the trap. She said yes when he asked her to marry h
Mandy Glover
Prudence is a hard worked seamstress longing for a better way of life. Rhys is a penniless Duke in need of an heiress.

So as not to give anything away, we'll leave it at that.

Prudence-I like her. I really, really did. She was strong, she was loyal and she knew what she wanted from life.

Rhys-at first, I liked him. But then he became really underhanded in his dealings with Pru and that totally turned me off. I couldn't forget his deception after he was forgiven.

Three stars.
Jade Coulter
Ini buku pertama yang gw betah baca dari HP ampe abis, biasanya males gara2 pegel mencetnya.

yaaa.... seperti seri yang pertamanya ini buku bagus bgt.
awalnya ga ngeh kalo ini sambungannya And then he kissed her.
soalnya pas awal2 ga gitu diceitain kainnya ama tokoh2 di buku 1
eh, pas akhir2, loh kok, nongol emma ama harry? pas diinget2 ooo iya ya, dulu kan emma tinggal di flat yang sama ama prudence.

Sayang bgt tokohnya di sini SBM :(
Wendy Tavenner
I loved, loved this book!! From the beginning when Rhys sees Prudence on her knees fixing a gown at a ball he feels something!!! He realizes looking into her eyes that she is a virgin. Circumstances change for Purdence when she becomes a heiress of over 1 million pounds a year from a father she never met who died recently in America!! Rhys finds out and needs her inheritance to pay his debts. He then goes out of his way to woo her and her insecurities!!! In reality he was falling in love with he ...more
Macarena Albendiz
Portada horrible para un libro precioso que habla sobre las prioridades y el amor desinteresado. Esta serie de "las chicas de Little Russell" es mi favorita de esta autora, y en esta, su segunda entrega; me ha enamorado con el canalla de Rhys y la inocente Pru.
Sophie Renwick
Still going strong with this series!!!! In my opinion, she's an extraordinary author who isn't getting enough notice! This author REALLY knows how to create sexual tension.
Hace poco leí “Y entonces él la besó” de esta misma autora y me gustó tanto que quise incursionar en otra de sus novelas, así que continué con su serie dedicada a las Chicas de Little Russell.
La historia de “Amor con condiciones” es poco original y muy previsible, pero definitivamente el encanto viene de la mano del estilo de la autora que, a pesar de lo anterior, te retiene en sus páginas y no puedes soltar el libro hasta terminarlo. Sin embargo y como es inevitable hacer comparaciones, hay que

Basically i wish Prudence had kicked Rhys sorry ass to Mars....
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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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