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Preview — Guilty Pleasures by Laura Lee Guhrke
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 excavatio...more
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
Both main characters in Guilty Pleasures were wrote well!
Anthony Courtland, the Duke of Tremore is the typical overbearing, conceited and cynical Duke. He doesn’t want to marry for love due to what happened to his parents’ marriage.
Daphne Wade is a smart, orphaned and independent young lady who has a huge infatuation in the beginning of the book for ...more
This is a case of 'It's me, not you.' I hate DNF'ing a book, and this is a particularly painful one, knowing how much my friends loved it.
I'd been enjoying this book up until this:
Daphne, accustomed all her life to desperately thin, ragged Arabs who looked far older than their years, had never seen anything quite like the Duke of Tremore.It was made clear that she and her father had spent their winter months in Rome, thus she must have met other men from a different culture ...more
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 ...more
Daphne is conten ...more
(Tropes: Boss and Employee, Wallflower/Spinster, Unrequited Love, Enemies to Lovers, Starched (hero) gets Unstarched)
This is how my 13th re-read held up.
- “With that horrible bun she wears and those dreary clothes, the girl’s as noticeable as a stick insect on a twig. She is so much a part of the background, I doubt any man would even see her unless she were standing a foot in front of him, ...more
She decides to leave his employment but he tells her she cannot. He is a Duke, for goodness sake and always gets his own way!! Well, now, Miss Wade will make sure that this time you might just not get your own way ...more
I adore Daphne because it is easier to relate to someone who is plain, wears spectacles and, by the standards of the time, is firmly on the shelf at the age of twenty-four. She had an unconventional upbringing, h ...more
I enjoyed very, very much this book and this story!
I was cheering for the heroine like crazy!
She took a bad situation and turned it against the hero, who, in the beginning, was a real ass!
And she didn't change her mind even when the hero started changing! WOW! Talk about the ugly duckling! LOL
The hero, an arrogant man as only a duke can be (as we all know from our deep knowledge of these behaviours ;-) ), is bewildered but such an incredibly daring and irrespectable ...more
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
So this was just..OK.
Our h is Daphne Wade- sweet, prim, bespectacled, plain, shy and a superb antiquarian. She works for Anthony Courtland, the Duke of Tremore, and spends her leisure time ogling his abs, and Greek god like hot-bod. Anthony on the other hand is a pompous peacock. He does not acknowledge his staff, makes his butler wash his hair, preens in good clothes and heavily believes in social segregation.
When his sister Lady Viola Cour ...more
Maybe because I read it years ago and in Turkish...
It started well but not a five stars for me. It was a very common plot, one plain looking heroine, fall in love with a handsome duke, hero.
After half of the book, it started to become more charming and more intruguing. I loved the flowers language part. Although I couldn't compherend how and where our hero fall in love with heroine, - I tried to didn't stu ...more
Although he barely notes her existence, she cannot help but get hopelessly infatuated and as a result, she can hardly talk in his presence and she works like a dog trying to please him.
One day she overhears a conversation between him and his sister in which he compares her to a stick bug and says she is so unremarkable that ...more
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
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
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 ...more
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
That last 25%!
3.5 Daphne odora stars
All I have to say is, Anthony.
It's 2 am and I'm wide awake
Cause I can't stop thinking about the stuff you were saying to Daphne
and I can't let it slide.
The paper's not here yet, the suns not up
and I'm not afraid to tell you what I feel inside.
It's been one of those dreams that make also clear to me now
I got a whole new perspective
It's so Clear to me now
You can't treat me that way.
^Sing to the tones of, Clear by Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus
Oh, you ...more
When Daphne overhears what Antony thinks of her, she is utterly devastated, especially when she hears him say that no man woul ...more
What I want to add is, maybe Anthony's feelings toward Daphne could be explained more elaborately, because I wasn't quite convin ...more
He looks only for secret and privacy, abhors the concept of love and never ask but only order.
She wants to be acknowledged, can’t stand the idea of a life deprived of love and could never command without asking before.
Daphne has lived such a life, so full of adventures and destinations, she does not see it anymore as an exotic existence but as a dull life only ...more