Posted by: Jennifer | May 31, 2008

The Wicked Ways of a Duke – Laura Lee Guhrke

Guhrke, Laura Lee. The Wicked Ways of a Duke. (New York: Avon, 2008). ISBN – 9780061143618.

Main Characters: Prudence Bosworth and Rhys de Winter, Duke of St. Cyres

Description from book:

She thought she was the luckiest woman in London . . .

Surviving on a seamstress’ income and a steady stream of fantasies, Prudence Bosworth has always longed for love and romance. Then she inherits a fortune from the father she’s never seen, with the stipulation that she wed in one year. Prudence is determined to marry for true love, and after seeing first hand the splendid chivalry of a certain duke, only one man will do . . .

Rhys de Winter, the Duke of St. Cyres, hides his cynicism behind a quick wit and an even quicker smile. He must marry an heiress, and as luck would have it, the pretty little seamstress-turned-heiress is exactly what he needs. But he never expected to fall for Prudence, and when his shocking deception is revealed, he will stop at nothing to win her back . . . even if it means renouncing every last one of his wicked ways.

My Thoughts:

I finally decided to give up on this book. I started it in January when it first came out. However, I could not get through it. This isn’t because the book is bad, but because I have an aversion to those plots where one of the main characters pretends to be be poor so that the other character (who usually is desperate for money to save their family, etc) can prove their love. In this case, Prudence Bosworth is girl that works for a living as a seamstress. Unexpectedly, she inherits a great fortune. The man that she is enamored of is Rhys de Winter, the Duke of St. Cyres. He, of course, is poor. I did read the end of the book, but skipped roughly pages 150 through 340.

Unfinished, but started in January 2008

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