Title: How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Laura Lee Guhrke
Publisher: Avon, April, 2014
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
They had a deal . . . From the moment she met the devil-may-care Duke of Margrave, Edie knew he could change her life. And when he agreed to her outrageous proposal of a marriage of convenience, she was transformed from ruined American heiress to English duchess. Five years later, she’s delighted with their arrangement, especially since her husband is living on another continent.
But deals are made to be broken . . . By marrying an heiress, Stuart was able to pay his family’s enormous debts, and Edie’s terms that he leave England forever seemed a small price to pay. But when a brush with death impels him home, he decides it’s time for a real marriage with his luscious American bride, and he proposes a bold new bargain: ten days to win her willing kiss. But is ten days enough to win her heart?
The description makes this book sound like a typical frothy historical romance but it really deals with the emotional issues of a rape victim in Victorian times. Though it is a dark subject, the author brings hope and love to the heroine even though she resists it almost to the end of the book. The hero is a man with enough sympathy for the heroine to help her overcome her traumatic past. He is to be admired for his protectiveness of Edie. Ms. Guhrke’s dialog is believable and her characterization is period accurate. I recommend this book to Historical Romance readers.