Series: An American Heiress in London, Book 2
Published by Avon on 29 April 2014
Genres: Adult, Emotions & Feelings, Historical, Historical Romance, Love & Romance
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Place(s) Traveled To: Kenya, East Africa // Clyddeton, England // London, England
First Line(s): The chanting woke him, a primitive melody that brought him slowly to consciousness.
How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke is the first book that I’ve read by this author and so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the synopsis sounded interesting and I thought why not give it a shot. I almost didn’t read it when I later learned that it was the second book in a series but I though I would just chance it as most romances aren’t dependent on the first book to read the others. Which was the case with How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days.
This book was different than most historical romances that I have read as the hero isn’t a jackass alpha male who is so super broken that he’s almost beyond saving until the right girl comes along to touch his soul. Instead, Stuart is a genuinely nice guy who makes a deal with an heiress that he later comes to regret after a near death experience and so he tries to convince her to make their marriage a true one. In, this book is Edie, the heroine, who is more the gruff persona and who isn’t always easy to like.
How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days is a quick read and I enjoyed it immensely. It was a refreshing change from other books I was reading and its nice to read books where the male romantic lead isn’t an ass. I liked Stuart and his interactions with not just Edie but her younger sister as well. This isn’t a complex story, not in the slightest, but its filled with feeling and sometimes you just need those brain candy type reads.
The pacing of the story is believable as is the romance between Stuart and Edie. All these characters feel real and it was easy to get invested in their story (even if you didn’t always agree with their choices.) There were some things that I wish had been edited out but over all I think that most people will enjoy this story. While I am not sure if I will go back and read the first book, When the Marquess Met His Match, as I’m not a fan of Widow stories but I will be keeping an eye out for a third book as I have enjoyed this world that Guhrke has created.