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Prazeres Proibidos

(Guilty #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  7,643 ratings  ·  422 reviews
Toda a mulher tem os seus prazeres proibidos…

Para a delicada e tímida Daphne Wade, o mais apetecível prazer proibido é observar discretamente o seu patrão, o duque de Tremore, enquanto este trabalha numa escavação na sua herdade. Daphne foi contratada para restaurar os tesouros de valor incalculável que Anthony tem estado a desenterrar, mas não é fácil para uma mulher conc
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 2009 by Livros d'Hoje (first published January 27th 2004)
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Syeda Noor Samee. I love Lisa Kleypas too. This one is really great. I finished it just now. I loved how the invisible duckling turns into swarn and the duke…moreSamee. I love Lisa Kleypas too. This one is really great. I finished it just now. I loved how the invisible duckling turns into swarn and the duke Anthony can't get over her. It have a lil bit of wit here and there. And there is this amazing chemistry between Daphne and the Duke. You will find it delightful of youove Liza Kleypas "It Happened on Autum and winter devil. (less)

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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
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This was good! This is the first book that I’ve read by Laura Lee Guhrke and it won’t be the last. I really enjoyed her writing and characterization!

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
Apr 04, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018, hr, ocd
DNF @ 24%. No rating

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
Alexis Lee
Sep 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Addie H
I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 60 on my shelf. This is book 13.

(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,
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
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
This book had the honour of being the recipient of the Romantic Times Award for Best European Historical Romance of 2004. It was also the first book I read by Laura Lee Guhrke and it established her as a firm favourite of mine and, over the years, I have read and loved many of her books.

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
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
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
This was an original, funny, and charming book, with likable, if overly stubborn leads and the interesting twist of having a historic working woman being a scholar. Also, I love how seriously Anthony takes his duty and responsibilities, a true gentleman. Light, fun and utterly charming.
Chitra *CJ*
"Guilty Pleasures" is the story of Daphne and Anthony.

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
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
original read: 2006

This is the book that got me into romance and it's as perfect now as it was then.
It was second time reading and honestly, I almost didn't remember one thing about the book.

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
Sweet story of the daughter of an antique specialist that ends up employed by a beautiful and distant Duke to restore some archeological pieces being excavated in his estate.
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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

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
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!!
Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

This book!

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
“I am toying with you because this is a game.
I will not let you win,
but I can teach you how to play.”
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Maureen Feeney
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.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was such a great entertaining read, I smiled at Daphne’s and Anthony banters, they were so great together and so fundamentally opposed.
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
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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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