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The Truth About Love and Dukes

(Dear Lady Truelove #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,900 ratings  ·  280 reviews
Dear Lady Truelove . . . I have fallen in love, truly and completely in love, for the first time. The man whom I hold in such passionate regard, however, is not of my station. He is a painter, a brilliant artist. Needless to say, my family would not approve . . .

Henry, Duke of Torquil, wouldn’t be caught reading the wildly popular “Dear Lady Truelove” column, but when its
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Avon
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Christina ~ Brunette Reader
Are you suffering the pain of unrequited love? Are you baffled by the unaccountable behavior of the opposite sex? Are you tormented by an affair of the heart and feel there is no one to whom you can turn for understanding and advice? Fear not. Lady Truelove can help.

And help she did! Why, oh why, besides being allowed no peace at the breakfast table, can't he lead a well-ordered and uneventful life like any other respectable peer of the realm? Is what Henry thinks brooding over the latest is
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: victorian
I assume it’s difficult to invent a reason for two people who travel in different socio-economic circles, who have nothing in common, whose slim chance of communication would be through a lawyer or a personal secretary to meet, to spend enough time together, to overcome initial disdain and to fall in love. Enemies-to-lovers is my favorite trope and I was excited to dive into the story. Ever since I read And Then He Kissed Her and Conor's Way, I became a fan of the author. Unfortunately, the stor ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
First let me say that I enjoyed this book!

At the same time I alternated in cheering and hating both the hero and the heroine! Call me inconsistent! LOL

The story is quite unsual, but at the same time... not!

Heroine, Irene
what I liked:
- her independence,
- her hard work
- her strong character
- her desire not to compromise
- her willingness to desregard the society's preconceptions and do what she wanted
what i didn't like:
- her stubborness
- her desregard of other people feelings while stating the con
Elizabeth Boyle
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! In fact there were a couple of points in the story where I had to put the book down and just breathe--I mean it was that good. The story has all these great things going for it--a very Downton Abbey vibe, a cool and aloof duke, a wonderful bright and headstrong suffragette heroine who runs her own paper and writes an advice column, and all the clashes that could come of these two meeting and crossing wits. Don't miss this book if you love historical romance. ...more
I've given this a B for content and an A- for narration at AudioGals, which I suppose is technically 4.25 stars

The first book in Laura Lee Guhrke’s new Dear Lady Truelove series, The Truth About Love and Dukes is an enjoyable opposites-attract story that sees a very proper and oh, so correct duke finding love with a most unlikely young woman. The “uptight lord gets the stuffing knocked out of him by unconventional young lady” is a familiar trope, but it works quite well here; the central cou
Lady Wesley
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Enjoyable, but I have mixed feelings. Guhrke has always been one of my favorites, but in her last few books, I'm just not feeling it. ...more
I barely made it through this. Nothing really happened. There was plenty of bickering and I mean plenty. It was ridiculous in the beginning with Henry’s mother, a duchess, writing to a gossip newspaper to get love advice. Of course Henry goes to the newspaper office where he met Irene, the love advice columnist. They get off to a rough start with each of them thinking the other insufferable. They truly were insufferable, and that’s what made this story hard to bear.

Irene was a feminist in an era
Joanna Loves Reading
Not going to do much of a review here, but I enjoyed this listen. Carolyn Morris is a narrator worth seeking out. I liked the slow build, but I did think it a bit too calculated at times. I thought that the romance needed just a bit more development. Great characters. I liked how deserving love at 50 was a theme here.

Note to Hoopla users: Hoopla has the author's last name spelled wrong as Gujrke for this audiobook only, so this does not come up under the author's name, unfortunately.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There has been a subtle shift in female characterisation in Historical Romances. No longer is a feisty, independent spirit enough for the ideal heroine of the past – now she must be purposeful and liberated enough that she doesn’t need a man in her life if she so chooses. These thoroughly modern women are very easy to relate to intellectually but they aren’t the most believable when it comes to finding their romantic side. Laura Lee Guhrke does her best to find some balance between both in her l ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
THIS ONE MOVED SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO slowly. It followed more the duke's mother's romance more than the main romance. It focused a lot of female rights, feminism, and strong female characters but it lacked romance. It lacked chemistry. And therefore, as a romance, it bored me. ...more
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Solid work with engaging characters. Definitely had the emotional impact needed for a good story. Characters were well fleshed out and I enjoyed scenes at the newspaper.

I'm glad too much time wasn't spent on the whole "lamenting different social status" plot point. When honestly it was barely an actual barrier to the main characters being together.

It did not have as much of a unique plot as Guhrke's first few wonderful works and the start was awkward and highly unlikely, but things gelled late
Lover of Romance
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

The Truth About Love and Dukes was a wonderful book and I have always enjoyed reading this author however, this book was a bit different than I was expecting. I think what Laura Lee Guhrke has NEVER lost is sexy bantering and I am not sure if it was due to the talent of the narrator or if it was the story itself, but I found myself amused by the angst the develops between these two here. The Truth About Love and Duke is Gurhke's first book
Saby Westcliff Bedwyn
Aug 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
This one took me back to Evie Dunmore's Bringing Down the Duke and And Then He Kissed her by Laura herself, two books I thoroughly enjoyed.
I love suffragist heroines, and although Irene isn't in the same league as Dunmore's fiesty suffragist ladies, she's still quite likeable. I didnt care much for the earlier marriage side story - it didn't add anything to the book nor Henry's character.
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
It seems this author isn't for me. Still, I'm not giving up since some of my friends really like her books. Who knows, I might stumble upon one I enjoy.

God, where to start? First, I hated the heroine with a passion. I hated her speeches. I don't mind ideas presented in the book, but when those ideas end up being crammed down my throat every couple of pages, it stops being enjoyable. I don't appreciate being preached by anyone.
I didn't like how selfish and prejudiced she was at first. Selfish wh
This book is really hard to review. First of all, this is my 6th read for Laura Lee Guhrke, so yes I am a fan of her writing.
This book started really good then it became boring with so many details and information , for a while I felt as if I am reading in circles. Also, if you read And Then He Kissed Her (Girl Bachelors, #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke you will find many similarities with it . So it seemed to me a repeated plot.
Susan (susayq ~)
Not your typical historical romance. This one takes place in the 1890.

Our heroine, Irene, runs a gossip newspaper and writes a Dear Abby type column. She gave some love advice to a Duchess and her family figured out it was her writing the letter. Her son, Henry, the Duke, goes to the paper to find out where his mother has gone and to pitch a fit to the paper.

Honestly, I didn't care for Henry. He was very arrogant and narrow minded. Several times in here Irene pointed out that just when he seem
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
While this story had some outlandish instances that probably would have never happened in the 1800's high society, it was still very fun to read. I love to read HR not for historical correctness, but more so the romance and fairy tale happy fall-in-love moments. And this hero did it for me. He fell hard for his heroine and some of his romantic confessions were so heartfelt and moving, that I actually felt my heart hurt for a second. That's what I look for, those moving moments :)

The heroine was

This was a fabulous read. Henry is the Duke of Torquil, a man committed to his duties to his family and dukedom above all others, all too aware of his lofty position in society and how any misstep of his can adversely affect those under his responsibility. So His Grace ensures each step is precise and sure, not deviated from the path of righteousness and propriety. Irene Deverill is the publisher of a popular gossip tabloid and the voice behind the influential Dear Lady Truelove column, w
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laura Lee Guhrke is an HR author who I deeply respect. I've read just a few of her books and among them, ''And Then He Kissed Her'' is her brand work. It is one of the best books I have read from this genre and I have judged her a bit because she had never succeeded in creating another equally similar magic. The Truth About Love and Dukes will prove itself with time, but the reason why it is necessary to write this review is to accent how spectacular is to observe and read an HR writer who obvio ...more
Hart's Reader Group
This was the first Laura Lee Guhrke DNF for me.

While I appreciate all the suffrage and work women went through to become acknowledge contributors to society, I don't understand why every Suffragist is a flaming harpy bitch! Holy hell, Irene tried to come off as this woman who didn't want to live her life as a spectacle, she wanted to do whatever she felt like without recriminations from a society she cared nothing for. It was almost as if she couldn't grasp the simple fact that society wasn't go
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans

Not only is the dialogue witty, it's meaningful too. Feminist heroines are, sometimes, written as 'feisty.' Irene is a credible, intelligent, passionate, and effective heroine. Henry, the hero, is a layered stuffed-shirt. A perfect pairing!

Buddy Read with Christina
Addie H
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The main characters spend a frustrating large amount of time apart - talking and talking with everyone else. BUT, the time spent together is LLG super quality

It's been about two weeks since I've finished reading this, and already I couldn't remember how it had ended... that's how interesting this was.
Irene, the main character is a suffragist who owns a newspaper, so I was hoping for something more interesting than this...
I liked seeing how women of such different social spheres interacted... and that was about all.
The romance was lacking. The characters were boring. I couldn't care less if the couple stayed together.
I found Henry's mother to be
A nearly flawless enemies to lovers romance featuring a stuffy cinnamon roll of a hero and the spitfire heroine who challenged every aspect of his well ordered existence with gumption and flair. This was such a fun book! I won’t call it a slow burner as the story took place a little over two weeks and there was a lot of lust involved BUT, by the end I was wholly convinced that the leads were absolutely made for each other. Speaking of endings, OH MY GOD HENRY’S LETTER WAS EVERYTHING. I’m still c ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely Loved this book. Laura Lee Guhrke is one of my all time favorite writers.

Henry Cavanaugh is the Duke of Torquil. He is responsible, loyal, an outstanding landlord, a staunch member of the Tory party in the Lords and an all around perfect Gentleman who will do anything to protect his family.. Until the day his widowed mother's letter to a lovelorn advice columnist in a gossip rag is published and reveals that his mother is planning on marrying an Italian artist 17 years her junior. H
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-read, romance
It took a while for this to catch my interest and it wasn't until the last 25% that it really started working for me. The writing was lovely and I enjoyed the setting more than I anticipated. Of course there was drama and a "come to Jesus" moment because there always is in this genre. That being said that drama was minimal and not melo- in the slightest. Overall, an enjoyable experience and I'm glad to put a dent in the backlog I have for this author. ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A career woman heroine. A brusque but soft duke. Oh yes. Much drama, lots of humor. So good.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Dear Lady Truelove,

I'm wondering if you can help me. I used to have a very good relationship with Laura Lee Guhrke books, but lately the thrill is gone. I'm wondering if you could advise me about this: Should I continue to read her new books as they are released or is it time for me to move on and look for a better, more stimulating relationship with another author?

Thank you, Lady Truelove.. I await your valuable assistance with my problem.

Signed: A Disappointed Reader

While I await Lady Truelove
Tracy T.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where to begin. I absolutely loved this story! It was amazing. And the narration by Carolyn Morris is amazing! (audible review)

These two main characters were fantastic together. Irene was smart, strong, witty and beautiful. No shy simpering female here! Loved her! She was honest and stood her ground. OH and Henry the Duke of Torquil was amazing! I loved his character. He needed those walls knocked down a bit but he was truly a wonderful man. The chemistry between these two was so fa
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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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