Review: The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke

Review: The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee GuhrkeThe Truth About Love and Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove, #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: Dear Lady Truelove #1
Published by Avon on March 28th 2017
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss

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 advice causes his mother to embark on a scandalous elopement, an outraged Henry decides the author of this tripe must be stopped before she can ruin any more lives. Though Lady Truelove’s identity is a closely guarded secret, Henry has reason to suspect the publisher of the notorious column, beautiful and provoking Irene Deverill, is also its author.
For Irene, it’s easy to advise others to surrender to passion, but when she meets the Duke of Torquil, she soon learns that passion comes at a price. When one impulsive, spur-of-the-moment kiss pulls her into a scorching affair with Henry, it could destroy her beloved newspaper, her career, and her independence. But in the duke’s arms, surrender is so, so sweet . . .


The epic cover grabbed my attention. The social class different between Henry (the Duke of Torquil) and Irene (Newspaper owner) had me intrigued. And the potential for delicious banter and hate-to-love romance had me all ready to fall in love. Unfortunately The Truth About Love and Dukes was a storm of ups and downs that left me feeling …meh.

“So there you have it, Miss Deverill,” he said, forcing a light note into his voice. “The truth about love and dukes. Terribly unromantic, I grant you, but there it is.”

It wasn’t a bad read. The writing was good and the characters definitely had their high points. Henry was a pretentious duke, though not a bad guy. You can tell he’s just a product of his place and he’s a pretty good duke, son and brother. Also, I always love it when a duke gets put in his place by a sassy heroine so there’s that! Irene is bright and independent and takes no crap from Henry which I quite enjoyed. They have that pride and prejudice flair.

Being with him was hard enough when he was being impossible. When he was being nice, it was devastating.

There’s always a  lot of banter flying between the two. Which was fun…to an extent. I just found a lot of the time, it was just too much. It became less about any underlying tension, and more just of them being mean to each other. At points, I just didn’t see how the heck they could actually fall in love. There was a bit of misogynistic assumptions happening by Henry which was frustrating, but thankfully as he spends time with Irene he becomes a much more likable guy. Irene at times really frustrated me too as she’s also quite set in her ways. I’m glad that they manage to help enlighten each other.

The family members/ secondary characters were pretty good and the ending was pretty darn cute to make up for the slightly draggy story line. Overall, a not bad story with some highs and lows. While I didn’t love it (I think it maybe a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’), I’ll be keeping my eyes out for the next book in the series.

{*Thanks to Avon and Edelweiss for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Laura Lee Guhrke

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned over twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction’s highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave. Laura loves hearing from readers, and you can contact her via her website:


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9 Replies to “Review: The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke”

  1. Booooooo, that cover really is gorgeous and I definitely see why you wanted to read this one! That totally sucks that the banter turned into meanness. No fun! I’m sorry this one didn’t really work for you, Cyn. But great review!

    Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. Banter is a tricky thing with me. Some days I can chuckle and find acrimony amusing while other days, I’m just not in the mood for people to be antagonistic especially if it’s an issue of being clueless that’s its attraction driving their behavior. Oh well, glad it had some solid good things that draw you to wanting to keep going with the series.

  3. Too bad you didn’t love this one, it does sound like it had potential. However, at least it didn’t put you off of further books in the series.

  4. So sorry this title did not work for you. Thankfully, it has not deter you from reading the remainder of the series. i do hope the other books will leave you feeling satisfied.

  5. TOO MUCH BANTER? Say it ain’t so. lol. No, I know what you mean. Banter is my favorite, but there’s a line.

  6. I love a sassy, independent heroine – especially when she takes down a Duke a few pegs! What is it about Dukes always being so high and mighty, anyway? Haha. Normally I quite enjoy banter but it sounds like it was more meanness than verbal sparring in this one.

  7. Yeeeeeah, I know what you mean! I definitely liked this more than you did, but it’s not one that caught my fancy like so many others do. I hadn’t thought about the banter that way, but I can see it. Too much, and it makes you wonder why they like each other. I’d only read Laura Lee Guhrke’s story in Four Weddings and a Sixpence and wasn’t that impressed, so this didn’t really make me a fan either.

  8. aww that makes me a bit sad. I love Hate-to-love and class difference stories. I wish this was a bit better for you. I think this was on my wishlist.

  9. oh so sad to hear that you didn’t enjoy this one. I do love this author, but sometimes I can struggle with her plots at times. I am still planning on reading it because I don’t think I can resist this cover 🙂

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