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How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days

(An American Heiress in London #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,305 ratings  ·  378 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4.5 lovely, sexy, joy filled stars!

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
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance fans
4.5 stars – Oh, Such Sweet Serendipity!

Ruined American heiress Edie Jewell flees to England hoping to find a suitable aristocratic husband. She knows exactly what she wants or - to be more precise - what she doesn’t want in a marriage. Edie’s almost out of time. She’s desperate. Returning to New York would be unbearable. Her matchmaker has been unsuccessful. What Edie wants in a husband seems impossible to find. Then, across a crowded ballroom, she sees her way out of hell.

Adventure-seeking Stua
Al George
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread (in this case, I'm listening) for the Historical Romance Book Club. Let's see if I like it better the second time around.

Addie H
On Kindle sale Sep 4th 2019 for USD 1.99

It's a great thing, when you start reading a book and without noticing a few hours later you're at 70% on your Kindle wondering what happened. And the only reason you did not read it all they way through in one sitting is because you have to eat.

Solid writing and story telling, lovely characters, romantic, a little sad and dark, it's a slow burn, but it totally works.

Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
review posted on Got Fiction? book blog


So this review has taken me months to write. This is not a good sign.
First off, the title hints at witty Rom Com fun. There is none. Secondly, this book should include a trigger warning for rape. It doesn’t, but my review does.

TW for rape

I almost DNF’d it because I couldn’t stand the heroine Edie. I feel like even though we know what she went through almost immediately (not in detail, but enough to sympathize), I still couldn’t like her. I found her mea
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I can't believe I read book 2 before 3, but I am trying to read all of
Guhrke' s books, and the library didn't have book 1. This was almost a sad book because Edie, an American heiress who had a bad experience (do not want to give any spoilers) decided to come to England and find an impoverished aristocrat to marry. She saw the Duke of Margrave at a ball, and immediately proposed. She made a deal, knowing he wanted to explore Africa. She would revive his estates with her money, if he would go aw
Lady Wesley
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book as one of the Best of 2014 at Romantic Historical Reviews.

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Laura Lee Guhrke, one of my favorite historical romance authors, cleverly reworks the marriage of convenience trope in this funny, touching romance.

Yes, the Earl of Margrave must marry quickly to stave off bankruptcy, but his American heiress, Edie Jewell, has her own reasons for rushing into marriage. Her father is forcing her to return to New York, where she is a social pariah after being compromised and not
At last I could finish it. And I confess that I skipped some part of it for the sake of not make it DNF.
I should admit that author's writing style is very well and story development was handled very good. Problem is that I couldn't like heroine much. I could completely understand her reluctant to make a real marriage or her fear, insecurities. Yet, there was a man who almost died violently and there was not another solution for him other than to return his home. Her attitude towards hero's situ
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

First things first. Other than in the title, this book bears no relation whatsoever to the movie How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, so please don’t let the title deter you from reading this well-told, poignant and romantic story! This is the second book in Ms Guhrke’s American Heiress in London series, and features one of the secondary characters from book one, Edie, Duchess of Margrave, a lady who is quite happy about the fact that her husband left E
Lover of Romance
Stuart made a arrangement with Edie, to leave England once they married and her fortune paid his family's debts and that he would never return. So its been five years, and Stuart has been in Africa, but when a lioness attacks him and he almost dies, there is one face that kept him alive, his wife Edie. So he has a new purpose in life, to return to England and win her heart. Edie left America to escape a scandal that was forced on her, and when she first saw Stuart she knew he was the way to get ...more
How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days
3.5 Stars

After a brush with death in Africa, Stuart Kendrick, Duke of Margrave, regrets the marriage of convenience he entered into with Edie Jewell and returns home to reclaim him wife. Unfortunately, Edie has enjoyed her five years of freedom from wedded bliss and has no intention of succumbing to her husband's skillful seduction … or so she thinks…

While Edie's fears and reservations regarding marriage are understandable given the circumstances, the fact that she
Lady Wesley
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened

As a fan of Laura Lee Guhrke, I judged this book as her best since the marvelous And Then He Kissed Her. The audio version, narrated by Susan Ericksen, was fine, but I didn't feel that the narrator really added anything to the reading experience. Her voices for the hero and heroine were too similar for my ears.

It still burns me that LLG's most recent books are all coming out simultaneously in print/digital/audio , but there is still no audio of And Then He Kissed Her, which is her m
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars. This was a first for me by this author and I really loved it. What a great find and only because friend, Carol Cork, recommended it; I would normally by-pass a book with such a silly title! But this is a lovely story, with memorable characters, beautifully written and covering serious issues still relevant today.

I listened to the audio version narrated by Susan Ericksen and didn't think I'd enjoy it as I'm a bit stuck in my ways and have my favourites, but she did a f
Jess the Romanceaholic
That was so, SO good.

A hero-in-pursuit, a skittish heroine, and slow seduction -- my favorites!

A very solid 4.5/5 Stars
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Solid 3.5, rounded up to 4 for the nice romance aspect.

This turned out to be lovely story.

What I liked:
-No OW drama
-hero was actually a very sensitive, decent man (despite the African hunter rubbish that I hate)
-heroine was a kind, courageous, intelligent woman who managed estates competently
-The sweet and sexy way the hero went about seducing his wife, helping her to get past the nasty event that happened in America

What I didn't like so much:
-that the hero had hunted elephants etc in Africa (p
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Arc provided by Avon through Edelweiss

TW: mentions of rape

Having read the first book in this series, I was eagerly anticipating Edie and Stuart, the Duke and Duchess of Malgrave's story.

The duchess who had won her freedom by making a pact with her future husband, had definitely caught my interest. The deal: She would save him and his family from bankruptcy with her dowry, she would become a Duchess, and after that, both of them would follow their own paths.

Pretty straightforward,
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Five years ago, Edie Jewell married Stuart (I seriously don't think he has a last time), the Duke of Margrave and they made a deal: in exchange for buckets of money, Stuart would vacate to Africa and never return. Except then he gets half eaten by a lion and decides he'd rather have a real marriage. Except will he be able to melt his cold-as-ice duchess before she leaves him in TEN DAYS??? (See, I tied in the title.)

1. I won't fault Guhrke for the mismatch between the title and the tone: I have
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: authors-g-h
Realized this was a re-read after the 3rd chapter and brought back memories for me.

What worked for me was his persistence in winning his wife back as helping her overcome her bad experience in the States.

Was a lovely story and I enjoyed it the first time via audi. Like Ms Guhrke novels and look forward to finishing the series.

Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: avon, edelweiss
Prosperity for the fortunate few in America brought a new desire: the quest for the creation of, if not literally, a titled class for the privileged. From the Vanderbuilts and Astors down to the lesser-known daughters of industrialists, marrying well became code for setting your sights on a man with a title and grand house in England. These Gilded Age heiresses were commodities in the British marriage mills: their dowries and financial contributions to the estates far outweighed the slight tarni ...more
I've given this a B for narration and B+ for content at AudioGals.

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days, the second book in Laura Lee Guhrke’s An American Heiress in London series, tells the story of a young woman who needs to marry quickly, but who doesn’t want a man in her life. Ever.

Edie Jewell is just nineteen, and is one of a number of immensely rich American heiresses searching the British aristocracy for a suitable husband. Unfortunately, she hasn’t met with success and she has only three mo
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This is a 4.5-star read for me.

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This is the second book that I've read recently where it is the heroine who is calling the shots; the one who is in control of the relationship. Edie Jewell married Stuart because he was a penniless lord who wanted to spend his life exploring Africa -- not the most ideal candidate for marriage, but, for Edie, Stuart suited her purposes perfectly. Edie needed a marriage, but not a husband -- and she strikes a bargain with Stuart. Marry her, then leave her alone
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
A few days ago I finished How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke. If you loved the movie How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days this story isn't like the movie.

Basically, Edie needs to find someone to marry that is willing to comply to her wishes. She finds Duke of Margrave (Stuart) and he's willing to do whatever Edie wishes as long as she fills his coffers. We jump ahead five years, and Stuart returns wanting to make a real marriage with his wife. Edie is upset with his sudden appearance a
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Laura Lee Guhrke what happened!!!!

I usually really enjoy her books but this one left me flat. I was ready for it to be over and almost DNFd it but I have a think about finishing books. The younger sister I think was supposed to be mischievous but just came off as annoying as hell. I was supposed to believe that there was this great affection between the sisters but I didn't see it. The sister seemed like a tool to advance certain areas of the plot.

The MC was OK but I didn't love her. The hero ha
Quirky Omega
The title of the book is highly misleading. The contents are nowhere as comedic as the cover and title may indicate. But it doesn't mean the book doesn't give serious feels.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
It only took five books, but I finally found a Guhrke book I like!

The plot on this one is intriguing: she's an American heiress. He's a penniless duke who wants to live in east Africa (yes, really). She tells him she'll save his penniless hide if he promises to go away and never come back. Why does she want to marry him? She doesn't want to go back to America, where she left behind a scandal. It was so bad that she wants the protection of being married, even if in name only.

Five years into this
Annie ⚜️
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I read these for fun escapism. The heroine was raped (not a spoiler) and is terribly broken. I just had a hard time enjoying it.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. Edie had come to England five years earlier, escaping a bad situation back in New York. Unfortunately, she hadn't found a husband during the season which meant returning to America, something she really didn't want to do. When she discovered that Stuart needed a rich wife, she proposed a marriage of convenience - she would pay the debts, care for his estates, and provide him with the funds he needed to return to Africa, as long as he stayed there.

Stuart is more than happy to tak
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the story of two people who were both damaged-one physically and one more emotionally- coming together and finding happiness in each other. It's an interesting take on a slow burn romance, since the MC's are actually married throughout but hardly know each other at the beginning. Edie proposed to Stuart the night they met at a ball- she wanted independence and control over her life, and she knew that he needed her fortune to save his family's properties from crushing debt. She proposed ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, ebooks, arc
Laura Lee Gurhke has been a hit or miss author for me. While I enjoyed her
last series Abandoned at the Alter, her last book, WHEN THE MARQUESS MET HIS
MATCH, was a miss for me. Luckily, HOW TO LOSE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS, which is
the second book in the An American in London series, hit the mark. The story
features a marriage of convenience, one of my favorite plot devices.

Edie and Stuart agree to marry within minutes of meeting each other because
Stuart's estate is in desperate need of an influx of mon
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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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