29 April 2014

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke (An American Heiress in London #2)

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?

Edie Jewell - an American heiress - has made the ultimate marriage of convenience: she'll pay her husband's debts and competently manage the duchy as long as he returns to Africa and never asks her to consummate the marriage.  Margrave, unfortunately, returns five years later haunted by a near-fatal lion attack determined to become a responsible duke with a wife by his side.  Their agreement is broken and Edie prepares to return to New York but Margrave persuades her to give him ten days to change her mind.

What makes this convenience-to-love romance so good is the time Guhrke takes to build trust between Edie and Margrave.  Edie exhibits PTSD symptoms (we are not left in the dark long before we understand why) and the care Margrave takes to ask her about triggers, what makes her more comfortable versus less comfortable, etc. makes the resolution of their love story so much sweeter.  A very lovely story.  I look forward to future installments in this series.

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