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Title: How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days
Written by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: An American Heiress in London #2
Published by Avon
Publication Date: April 29th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
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From USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke comes the story of a bargain, a marriage of convenience...and the chance for love to last a lifetime.
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?
“A tale of second chances”
How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days is Laura Lee Guhrke’s second book in the An American Heiress in London series. I thought a story focusing on the arranged marriage that was never consummated and the matchmaking failure Belinda (When the Marquess Met His Match, An American Heiress in London #1) made would be a delicious story. However, I was disappointed…again despite Guhrke being a favorite author.
I love the premise: arranged marriage, the husband comes back to claim his bride, and hero and heroine discover love. But that was about it. The story didn’t wow me at all and I felt that this had been done before.
I did not like that Edie was just playing hard to get. I felt that Edie’s reasons for not having a real marriage was too overdone. I understand the trauma but it was too much.
I am giving this book 3-3.5 stars. This is a good read but I have read better from Laura Lee Guhrke. Here’s hoping the third book in the series would blow me away.
Read the full review at Night Owl Reviews.