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Guilty Pleasures (Guilty #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  7,012 Ratings  ·  350 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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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
Juliana Philippa
(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
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Alexis Lee
Sep 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 it's 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? 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
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, an enjoyable read. Miss Daphne Wade works for the Duke of Tremore, restoring antiquities from a Roman site. She fancies herself in love with Anthony (the Duke). He, of course, barely sees her. She overhears him talking about her to his sister and is horrified by what she hears.

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
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
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
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
qué delicia de enaguas. El lenguaje de las flores ainssss.
Me ha encantado, me falta epílogo pero....
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another fun romance that I read in a couple of hours. Like the other romance I have read over the last couple of days it wasn’t a five star read just an average one that was enjoyable while I was reading it but didn’t stand out in any way, which was exactly what I wanted. I read these books as a cleanser between heavier books and I don’t want to find myself with a book that I absolutely love and becomes unforgettable. Maybe that makes me a bit strange but I don’t want these taking up ro ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Thank God for the older HR!!!

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
Ana Rînceanu
original read: 2006

This is the book that got me into romance and it's as perfect now as it was then.
Océano de libros
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daphne Wade es una joven y tímida arqueóloga cuyo dulce placer prohibido es observar en secreto a su patrón, Anthony Courtland, duque de Tremore. Pero cierta situación la hará cambiar y no ser ese ratoncito asustado que era.
Por una vez empiezo desde el principio una serie, jajaja y debo decir que este libro me ha gustado y entretenido, la autora ha sabido captarme con esta historia. Aquí tenemos a una protagonista independiente y trabajadora, Daphne es una buena arqueóloga que cumple con su trab
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
Lina Hunger
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Fangirl Musings
Feb 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: It was enjoyable, so anyone.
Recommended to Fangirl Musings 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
:) *-*

Gostei e muito!
Apesar de no inicio a história estar assim meio morna, conseguiu a autora dar uma reviravolta e captar a atenção do leitor.

De uma protagonista meio apagada e sem grandes atractivos Daphne, literalmente passou do patinho feio para cisne, com uma atitude forte, garantia de que sabe o que quer.

Anthony por seu lado, apesar de todas as sombras da sua infancia, consegue acreditar que o Amor é de facto o caminho para felicidade.

Um final super romântico e para quem goste do genero é
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing

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
Inshirah Kamal
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
“I am toying with you because this is a game.
I will not let you win,
but I can teach you how to play.”
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, hr, buku-eng

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
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wallflowers
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
Dec 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Very disappointing.

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
Maureen Feeney
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
I actually loved this book, I have enjoyed reading it
I highly recommend it for anyone wanting an intelligent regency read.
Do not miss this one!!
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Laura Lee Guhrke is one of my favorite writers for many reasons. She rarely delves into typical historical romance cliches and loves to expand into unique settings like late Victorian or Edwardian England. Guilty Pleasures is a perfect example of her writing style!

Daphne Wade is a skilled archaeologist who is working with an English duke, Anthony, on the excavation of ruins on his land. Anthony's ultimate goal is to start a
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
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Le doy tres estrellas justitas porque no ha llegado a convencerme. Si bien es cierto que la romántica histórica no es lo mío, (soy mas de contemporánea) creo que la historia entre los protagonistas no es creíble.
A ver, tienen escenas buenas en las que te ríes por ciertas contestaciones que Daphne le suelta a Anthony pero qué queréis que os diga, después de haber leído "Un lugar para Conor" de la misma autora éste se me queda corto. No es un libro que esté mal si te encanta esta temática pero par
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“A woman could be as beautiful as she felt herself to be.” 97 likes
“How much time do I get in exchange for that rose?”
For the rose, a short engagement. For the speech, you get a lifetime.”
I can live with that,” he said, and kissed her.”
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