This was an excellent book. The characters were extremely well developed; you really understood their motivations, particularly Daphne the heroine.
Some have criticized this book because they felt that Anthony, the hero, was just using Daphne for her skills as an antiquarian. I completely disagree with that. Anthony's growing affection and respect for Daphne is evident throughout the book. When Anthony bargains with Daphne for more of her time, there is a playfulness to the exchanges that is delightful and that says this is not about business.
I thought this book was charming and the romantic tension was palpable. This was my first book by Laura Lee Guhrke, but I will definitely pick up the sequel, The Marriage Bed.
This is the 2nd book I've read from this author and so far I am enjoying them. At this time am looking forward to receiving His Every Kiss and The Marriage Bed to complete the Seduction's series. The heroins are strong, and liberated (no shrinking violets), as well as the Heroes, for that time period that is.
(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 comes to anything other than business (and even then, the heroines have kind of just been ... there, seen more as diligent worker bees than actual human beings).
One of the things that Guhrke does so well in both these books is that she doesn't have an "ugly duckling" heroine who is dressed in pretty clothes, gets a haircut, and turns into a beautiful swan, at whose feet the hero then falls. In this aspect, both women remain throughout the book the women they essentially were at the beginning, but how the men view them changes. The heroes are "awakened" - basically jolted into realizing that what they assumed was wrong and that they had dismissed/overlooked them when they shouldn't have.
Of course, through Daphne's relationship with Anthony and Emma's relationship with Harry, both women also have their own set of changes. They idealized/worshiped and generalized/stereotyped (respectively) their bosses, and through their respective relationships they begin to actually see the man beneath the facade, very human and having both virtues and vices. As Anthony and Harry's views change, Daphne and Emma also gain more confidence and learn to demand from others their due.
(1) AND THEN HE KISSED HER (Girl-Bachelor Series, Book 1) by Laura Lee Guhrke - 5 stars
(2) DREAMING OF YOU (Gamblers of Craven's, Book 2) by Lisa Kleypas - 5 stars
(3) ONE KISS FROM YOU (Switching Places, Book 2) by Christina Dodd - 5 stars
(4) BOUND BY YOUR TOUCH by Meredith Duran - 5 stars
(5) LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (The Hathaways, Book 5) by Lisa Kleypas - 5 stars
(6) THE PROPOSITION by Judith Ivory - 5 stars
(7) ROMANCING MISTER BRIDGERTON (Bridgerton Series, Book 4) by Julia Quinn - 5 stars
(8) SEVEN SECRETS OF SEDUCTION by Anne Mallory - 4.5 stars
(9) NINE RULES TO BREAK WHEN ROMANCING A RAKE (?, Book 1) by Sarah Maclean - 4.5 stars
Great easy read (read in a day) wonderful plot loved it!!!
A delightful, wonderfully written story!
Some of the reviews turned down my interest in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between the H & H. Once she found her tongue, she was very spunky.
I liked the flower language.
This is the first in a romance trilogy. Very good read.
2nd: His Every Kiss
3rd: The Marriage Bed
I enjoyed all three.
This is the first Laura Guhrke book I have read and I really enjoyed it. Very good developement of the characters. I did not want it to end and am looking forward to the next two books in the series. I just hope that Daphne and Anthony are mentioned in those also, as I have fallen in love with them!
Loved this book. I loved watching the story unfold between Grace and Tremore.
I thought this book was a very enjoyable read and I did not want to put it down once I started reading it. The characters were and their interaction was fun to read about. Very flirtatious and excitable. I was disappointed with the ending. I felt it was brought on abruptly and not at all like the rest of the dialogue in the book. All in all, a great book!!
The Duke of Tremore is about to discover that the most precious teasures sometimes are hidden in plain sight.
For prim and shy Daphne Wade, the sweetest guiltypleasure 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 off. He doesn't know she's alive, but who could blame her for falling hopelessly in love with him anyway?
Anthony thinks that his capable employee knows all there is to know about antiquities, but when his sister decides to turn the plain young woman in gold-rimmed glasses into an enticing beauty, he declares the task to be impossible. Daphne is devastated when she overhears ... and determined to prove him wrong. Now a vibrant and delectable Daphne has emerged from her shell, and the tables are turned. Will Anthony see that the woman of his dreams has been right there all along?
Every woman has her Guilty Pleasures...
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 devastingly handsom employer keeps taking his shirt off. He doesn't know she's alive, but who could blame her for falling hopelessly in love with him anyway?
Anthony things that his capable employee knows all there is to know about antiquities, but when his sister decides to turn the plain young woman in gold-rimmed glasses into an enticing beauty, he declares the task to be impossible. Daphne is devastated when he overhears...and determined to prove him wrong. Now a vibrant and delectable Daphne emerged from her shell, and the tables are turned. Will Anthony see that the woman of his deams has been right all along?