[Free eBook] Guilty PleasuresAuthor Laura Lee Guhrke – Gsagency.co

For Prim And Shy Daphne Wade, The Sweetest Guilty Pleasure Of All Is Secretly Watching Her Employer, The Duke Of Tre, 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 Devasted When She Overhearsand 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 There All Along


10 thoughts on “Guilty Pleasures

  1. says:

    5 stars Historical RomanceThis is a delightful, entertaining, feel good romance about a Plain Jane antiquities restorer who secretly lusts loves her boss Anthony, the dashing Duke of Tre, and finally manages to turn his cynical, conceited head her way and twist his emotions in the process when she up and quits after overhearing his crushing, unpleasant personal appraisal It s a charming, fun, and uplifting read that will have you cheering when Anthony finally begins to see Daphne for the swan and treasure that she truly is 5 stars


  2. says:

    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 , 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 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 confidence and learn to demand from others their due.RECOMMENDATIONS 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


  3. says:

    This was good This is the first book that I ve read by Laura Lee Guhrke and it won t be the last I really enjoyed her writing and characterization Both main characters in Guilty Pleasures were wrote well Anthony Courtland, the Duke of Tre is the typical overbearing, conceited and cynical Duke He doesn t want to marry for love due to what happened to his parents marriage.Daphne Wade is a smart, orphaned and independent young lady who has a huge infatuation in the beginning of the book for the Duke of Tre due to working on his excavation site She knows excavation and archaeology information from her Dad and she s one of the best in the business Both of her parents have passed away and she s alone in the world.I really loved this character Daphne made this book for me And I loved it when she was no longer infatuated with the conceited and charming Duke of Tre.The witty dialogue between Anthony and Daphne was wonderful I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen when I was a young girl, and since then, historical romance has always been a guilty love of mine.I love great dialogue between smart characters, steamy love scenes and a great overall plot to the story.If a story has at least those three things, I m going to love it and Guilty Pleasures had it in spades.4 stars


  4. says:

    DNF 24% No ratingThis is a case of It s me, not you I hate DNF ing a book, and this is a particularly painful one, knowing how much my friends loved it.I d been enjoying this book up until this Daphne, accustomed all her life to desperately thin, ragged Arabs who looked far older than their years, had never seen anything quite like the Duke of Tre It was made clear that she and her father had spent their winter months in Rome, thus she must have met other men from a different culture Besides, I simply can t believe that in the 24 years of her life, she hasn t come across at least one Arab who didn t look desperately thin and ragged And here we have the handsome, dashing English duke as a direct comparison.Had I read this book when it was published in 2004, I would have probably simply rolled my eyes and moved on If only we didn t live in the crazy times we do I have become older, aware, cynical or maybe simply sensitive, maybe even overly sensitive But as it stands now, as the person that I am now, I know I can t overlook that Some things are simply too raw at the moment.But, and I mean it, this is me Up until that part, I was thoroughly enjoying this book, especially Daphne So many of my GR friends enjoyed it and I trust them enough to know that the problem is me I don t want to deter anyone from reading this book.I may very well come back to this and pick it up again, when certain aspects inside me have calmed down, take into account when it was written, and simply enjoy a very well crafted story.


  5. says:

    Really now, this has to stop I sense a pattern in Guhrke s books that I don t quite like it doesn t matter which book I read first, because it s bad in any book, and fact is she repeats these things in most her books First of all Girl only gets noticed when she refuses guy for some reason and or gets pretty like she was totally ugly in the first place Really It s the most cliche of cliches Don t get me wrong I like cliches I even like Cinderella prettified cliches, and I have no qualms about heroines who stand up for themselves Problem is, they have to be fantastically and believably written, otherwise they just fall flat and I hate em Sorry, Guhrke, you re flat perhaps not flat as a pancake flat, but you re pushing it pretty hard It was dreadful to peel back the characters and find that all there was between them was physical beauty and lust not much Oh, it sells itself as love and all that deeper stuff, and maybe it passes, for a bit, but there s nothing much there afterwards.Second point of contention The main guy candy always just toes the line between jackass and not jackass Not like not jackass is even a compliment, it simply means the guy isn t a jackass rather than the guy is a dreamboat While doing this, the guy has the nerve to act as if he isn t in the wrong isn t a jackass is the top of the world the woman s gotta love him, really, who wouldn t It s like the guys start off blind to their faults and end up even so, because at the end of the book he always comes off as justifiably getting the girl Not sure how to describe this better, but Dear LLG heroes, piss off I m finding that I don t like any of you.Third thing that I m slightly uncomfortable with the heroines.they certainly have a facade of resistance But it s just that a facade, and it s flimsy, horrible, and degrading Look, they even admit it they can t resist him and blah blah blah, even though he s a mean bastard and blah blah blah And then they pretend to argue with the hero, and blah blah blah, and then they fall in his arms and it s all beautifulblah blah blah Why Why do I even bother If this trope is to be used, it is to be milked properly for all its angsty dramatic romantic worth Oh, certainly I understand not being able to resist TallDarkandHandsome, but write it convincingly, please Ultimately resistance may be futile and we know it to be so but must it be so dreadfully weak resistance Make that man work for it, I say It s not good enough until he begs, because he s been a dreadful jackass Worse, because he doesn t think he s a jackass Oy, it s just a circle of annoyances all around Look I finished the book I read every page I m usually a nice reviewer, I usually give what a book is worth, I love my smutty regencies as well as anyone, and I certainly LOVE Kleypas Wallflowers Sebastian so I feel very cheated by this read, which has been touted as for people who love Lord Sebastian and Evie No Urgh, I don t even know why I m so worked up by it, because it s pretty much the standard of regencysmut these days, but after I put it down I felt a very niggling feeling to write a scathing review instead of an average one Perhaps you might want to give this book a try, and if it doesn t work for you, like it didn t for me, then skip the rest of the Guhrke novels, and move on.


  6. says:

    Daphne Wade has a guilty pleasureshe can t keep herself from lusting after her super sexy boss She fell in love with Anthony Courtland at first sight, but although they have worked together for five months, he doesn t know she exists Anthony pays little attention to the homely woman who does restoration work on the artifacts at his excavation site He does appreciate her work, but as far as the woman under the unattractive clothes and eyeglasses, Anthony couldn t care less Daphne is content to worship him from afar, until one day she overhears Anthony discussing her with his sister Viola Her world is turned upside down when she hears what Anthony really thinks of her He doesn t see her as a woman at allshe s nothing than a mousy, unattractive, subservient person that Anthony refers to as a unfeeling machine and a bug on a stick Daphne is crushed She decides right then and there that she can t work for him any longer, so she turns in her resignation Daphne s resignation makes Anthony stand up and take notice He needs her to complete the restoration in time for his museum opening And besides, he s a duke He said she can t quit, and what he says goesor does it As Anthony tries to convince Daphne to stay, everything he believed to be true about this meek little woman is turned upside down The characters in Guilty Pleasures bring this story to life Although Anthony was arrogant and self important, his difficult childhood gave him a touch of vulnerability that made him a sympathetic hero As far as Daphne is concerned, who doesn t root for the plain Jane heroine who turns things around and captures the hero s heart I know I do


  7. says:

    I am re reading all my 5 star rated romance novels There are 60 on my shelf This is book 13 Tropes Boss and Employee, Wallflower Spinster, Unrequited Love, Enemies to Lovers, Starched hero gets Unstarched This is how my 13th re read held up With that horrible bun she wears and those dreary clothes, the girl s as noticeable as a stick insect on a twig She is so much a part of the background, I doubt any man would even see her unless she were standing a foot in front of him, and even then, he would forget her the moment she was out of his line of vision I know I do No matter how painful overhearing those unflattering words fall from her employer s unrequited crush lips, I love how they gave Daphne the backbone to take a hard look at her life, and decide enough is enough I am leaving She reached into the pocket of her heavy work apron and pulled out afolded sheet of paper I have here my letter of resignation He stared at the folded sheet of paper she held out, but he did not take it from her hand Instead, hefolded his arms across his chest, and said the only thing he could think of I refuse to acceptit A flicker of consternation crossed her face, a hint of emotion from the machine He was even taken aback But you can t refuse, she said, frowning You can t Unless the king tells me no, I can do anything I want, he said, hoping he sounded quitesmug I am a duke, after all That reply only disconcerted her for a moment Is your lofty rank supposed to intimidate me,your grace she asked in her quiet voice, a surprising hint of anger in it he had never heardbefore She slapped the letter against his chest, and when he did not take it, she pulled her hand backand let the paper float to the floor I am resigning my position I will be leaving one month from now And once she has her backbone, she keeps it ok he manages to talk her into 3 months notice Rightly putting Anthony in his place, at any opportunity that presents itself Miss Wade, can you and I not make peace When she did not reply, he added, After all, you are here for at least the next three months Therefore Two months, three weeks, and three days, she could not resist correcting him And there is no at least about it What a convenient way to prevent anyone from getting close to you, she murmured, and resumed her sketching You can always pull rank I do not think how I treat my servants is your concern No, she shot back without looking up It is yours Are we quarreling again, Miss Wade He drew a deep breath and raked a hand through his hair How is it that you and I seem to be doing that so much of late Because I no longer allow you to treat me like a nameless servant, perhaps Have I been doing that She looked over at him, her face as unreadable as those of the marble statues behind them Yes While he scrambles not only to keep her for his important work, he is also forced to notice her.And notice her he does Daphne gasped as his fingertips brushed against her skin, too startled to continue arguing with him Now what are you doing She reached up to pull his hands away, but her efforts werefutile That bun is almost as hideous as the apron, he answered as he began removing pinsfrom her hair, the pads of his thumbs brushing against the sides of her neck Since we are alone and there is no one here to stop me, I am ridding you of it I have wanted to do this for days He shoved the last hairpin in place and lowered his arms As he stepped back to survey his handiwork, Daphne felt that horrid ache of vulnerability Fading into the wallpaper was so much safer than being noticed.His lips tightened If he said one horrid thing, just one, their bargain was off His museum and her future could both go to the devil Much better, Miss Wade He broke off and took a deep breath You look .very pretty There was something in those words, or perhaps in the almost unsteady note of his voice as he said them, that caught at her heart, that made her want to believe he meant by it than he really did, but she would not delude herself ever again to think he set any store by her.I loved while Anthony over several weeks tries different approaches to get her to stay, they are forced not only to get to know each other, but also realize they like each other I also have a picnic Would you care to join me She moved her hat out of the way for him to sit down beside her Your cook is generous with your larder, and I have far too much for one person He remained standing Are you certain you want me to do so After all, he added softly, you do not like me Remember If you are still waiting for that apology, you can just go away, she answered with spirit If you are prepared to be nice, you may stay Thank you He bowed to her I shall endeavor to be as charming as my nature will allow She looked at him with doubt I do not know if that is enough, your grace Anthony gave a shout of laughter He let her go, took a step back from her and bowed She suspected an answering bow was required of her, and she crossed one ankle behind the other and dipped a short curtsy No, no, Miss Wade, he said, smiling You must give a deeper bow than that to me I am a duke, after all A knee almost to the floor is expected She dropped down again in a deeper curtsy You are just loving this, aren t you Well, yes, he admitted, as she straightened again Of course, all that time together leads to where we all want it to go What do you want His gaze moved to her mouth, lingered there What are you offering Daphne licked her lips, and she heard his sharp intake of breath Three days, she whispered You may have three days Three days You are a miser, Miss Wade She had to stick to her guns She had to be strong Three days No A week Three days No, then What else do you have to offer He bent his head, moving closer, just a little bit closer If a kiss from me is what you desire, Miss Wade, all you need do is make your wishes clear It wasn t as if she were in love with him any She no longer cared what he thought She hadno doubt he d kissed dozens of women, and he would know how to do it properly She would sohate her very first kiss to be disappointing.She knew this was a game between them now, and he was giving her an opening Daphne took it.She drew in a deep breath and turned around to face him She curled her fingers around the edge of the shelf behind her, raised her chin and looked him in the eye I should like it very much if youwould kiss me Still touching her face, he bent his head to rest his forehead close to hers You see, he said, his breathing ragged as he looked into her eyes, how much power you have when you choose to wield it Doubting Anthony s motives, Daphne sticks to her plan of leaving for London to enjoy a season before finding a post as a governess What, no temptations to make me stay, your grace No talk of our friendship and my beautifuleyes Her voice cracked No farewell and good wishes for a faithful member of your staff He shoved away from the door and started toward her, a shadow of black and gray God, Daphne, what do you think he demanded as he circled the table to stand behind her That I am made of stone Is that not what you think I am made of she countered and tried to step around the table, but he would not let her He pulled the pieces of her apron away and tossed them over her head onto the table behind her.She heard a rocking sound, followed by a shattering crash, and she knew he had just smashed thatpriceless ancient vase to smithereens Her last day s work wasted She began to laugh against his mouth You broke it What was it he asked, tearing away from her kiss to bury his face against the side of her neck Samarian vase, she gasped, made at Trier Priceless He jerked at the ribbon of his cloak, and the heavy garment slid from his shoulders to land on the floor I shall mourn the loss tomorrow Unfortunately, a clumsy gesture deepens Daphne s resolve, and she goes to London, forcing Anthony to think outside the box She makes it quite clear what she thinks of his ideas He lifted a potted plant from its tissue paper wrappings, a pathetic looking thing to be sure, its succulent leaves wrinkled and blackened The plain clay pot in which it was contained was ice cold in his hands Anthony burst out laughing Words cannot express how happy I was to receive a dead, frozen ice plant It shows me how much you care 4.5


  8. says:

    Overall, an enjoyable read Miss Daphne Wade works for the Duke of Tre, restoring antiquities from a Roman site She fancies herself in love with Anthony the Duke He, of course, barely sees her She overhears him talking about her to his sister and is horrified by what she hears.She decides to leave his employment but he tells her she cannot He is a Duke, for goodness sake and always gets his own way Well, now, Miss Wade will make sure that this time you might just not get your own way.I enjoyed their story and how Anthony came to realise that he did need love in his life and he did need Miss Daphne Wade.I also liked how Daphne s appearance didn t alter She didn t suddenly become beautiful She was pretty, in her own way, but not outrageously beautiful.


  9. says:

    This book had the honour of being the recipient of the Romantic Times Award for Best European Historical Romance of 2004 It was also the first book I read by Laura Lee Guhrke and it established her as a firm favourite of mine and, over the years, I have read and loved many of her books.I adore Daphne because it is easier to relate to someone who is plain, wears spectacles and, by the standards of the time, is firmly on the shelf at the age of twenty four She had an unconventional upbringing, having lived and worked abroad all her life assisting her father Sir Henry Wade, one of the foremost Roman antiquarians in the world, on his excavations After her father dies suddenly, she is left all alone, unwanted by her mother s family in England, and virtually penniless Her decision to travel to England and take her father s place shows real courage and I also love her response when Anthony questions her suitability for the position I am the daughter of Sir Henry Wade, and he was the best I was trained by him, and now that he is gone, there is no one qualified for this post than I Anthony is arrogant inconsiderate, selfish and, in typical ducal fashion, expects to be obeyed without question, and whenever he wants anything particularly difficult or unreasonable done, he can be persuasively charming His cynical attitude to love and marriage does not sit well with his sister, Viola, but Anthony is adamant that he intends to marry someone who will make no emotional demands on himI did admire him for the sympathetic way he treats his estate workers who are unable to pay their rent, and for his determination that the museum should be for everyone, not just the wealthy.It wasn t hard to believe that a quiet, shy young woman like Daphne, who had spent all her life around excavations, without any social interactions, would develop an infatuation for someone like Anthony I really felt her heartbreak when she hears his derogatory comments, but I admired the way she refuses to wallow in self pity She has always tried to please other people, first her father and then Anthony, but now she is determined to decide her own future and enjoy life, with encouragement from Anthony s sister, Viola, who has offered to introduce Daphne into society.Expecting everyone to cow tow to his every command, I enjoyed seeing Anthony s outraged reaction when Daphne tells him she is resigning and his usual coolness and self possession totally deserts him And I love the way she stands up to him and is not afraid to speak her mind You may be a duke, but you are not the sun around which the world revolves In fact, you are quite the opposite, for you are the most selfish man I have I have ever known Now Anthony must find a way to persuade Daphne to stay long enough to finish his project It was fun watching the various bargains Anthony contrives to gain extra time from Daphne verbal duels, midnight dances, kisses and the camaraderie that develops between them as they dance, flirt and laugh together seems so believable Their witty repartee was enjoyable too Contrary to certain reports, I have been known to be kind on occasion Laugh lines appeared at the corners of his eyes, though he did not smile But I confess I am not being kind just now Yes, I know, and it is not going to work He tried to look innocent What is not going to work This blatant attempt to trick me into staying with charm and and other such tactics I know you are far too intelligent to be fooled by charm or trickery, Miss Wade Can we not just say I am using the only weapon I have Persuasion Temptation If I can tempt you with the fruits of my garden of Eden, you might stay I applaud Ms Guhrke for not transforming Daphne into some ravishing beauty She remains the same person she always was, but Anthony begins to see the real Daphne beneath the drab clothes, tight bun and spectacles a woman who is intelligent, funny, tender hearted and passionate.It is clear that the circumstances surrounding Anthony s father s death and having to shoulder the burden of ducal duties at such a tender age have had a profound effect on him, and have clearly shaped him into the man he has become Having seen first hand the tragic consequences of love, he has always been master of his emotions, never letting his heart rule his head until Daphne comes into his life I love how he uses the language of flowers to court her, his determination not to give up and how he finally opens up his heart to Daphne.There is such a charmimg ending which left me with a lovely warm glow What does a duchess do, exactly He took a step toward her Love the duke Love him with all the passion she hides within her, love him each and every day of her life MY VERDICT I still love this book as much as I did the first time of reading it A delightful, entertaining and romantic love story which I can highly recommend Guilty series click on the book covers for details This review was first posted on the Rakes and Rascals blog


  10. says:

    What a delightful and entertaining book 5 Stars Daphne Wade fell in love with her employer the minute she laid eyes on him She came to work for Anthony, the Duke of Tre, to restore priceless ruins found under ground on his property Daphne is a wallflower, one that blends in with her surroundings She wears spectacles and always has on a hideous apron to protect her clothing Her clothing is nothing special either, all of her dresses are some shade of brown Whenever the Duke comes around, Daphne never knows what to say to him She gets nervous and tongue tied and usually cannot get out than two words to him I think we can all relate to that Can t you remember having a crush on someone and getting so nervous your thoughts and your mouth did not work together Unfortunately Daphne overhears the Duke having a conversation with his sister about Daphne His sister, Viola, is trying to convince Anthony to allow Daphne to go to London with her and give Daphne the chance to go to some balls and possibly meet some gentlemen in hopes of finding a husband Only Anthony cannot imagine any gentleman taking notice of her and he cannot imagine why she would want to marry anyways, he doesn t think she has a romantic bone in her body with that horrible bun she wears and those dreary clothes, the girl s as noticeable as a stick insect on a twig She is so much a part of the background, I doubt any man would even see her unless she were standing a foot in front of him, and even then, he would forget her the moment she was out of his line of vision I know I do He also pointed out that unless she is talking about artifacts, the girl cannot even carry on a conversation But Viola knew this to not be true because she and Daphne had formed a friendship and liked her quite well So she set out to help Daphne.After hearing the man she had fallen in love with talk about her so harshly, Daphne was furious How dare the man talk about her in this way, a stick insect on a twig So she gave her resignation to the Duke, telling him she would be joining his sister so she could have a season in London Her anger towards him helped her to overcome her nervousness and was no longer the quiet and shy girl that he was used to Daphne turned into someone very intriguing and mysterious to Anthony.She had given him one month to find a replacement for her and in this one month Anthony vowed to convince her to stay He would use whatever means to convince her, money, his charm, whatever it took to not lose her It is in these exchanges of him trying to convince her that they start to really fall in love with each other There are also a lot of very funny and very steamy scenes throughout also One of my favorite parts of the book is when Daphne has left for London and Anthony gives her a gift a book called Le Langage des Fleurs or The Language of Flowers And he courts by sending her different gifts of flowers and plants She then is able to look up that secret meaning in the book he gave her It is so romantic and I wish that men and women still did this today It really was very sweet So, this was an excellent book and I recommend it to all historical romance lovers It is terribly romantic and sweet and filled with sensual tension Wonderful