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I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Review: Secret Desires of a Gentleman by Laura Lee Guhrke

Secret Desires of a Gentleman by Laura Lee Guhrke

My rating:
Frigging Amazing! Why did it have to end?!


Once Upon a Time . . .
Maria Martingale was going to elope. But Phillip Hawthorne, Marquess of Kayne, put a stop to those plans when he learned his younger brother intended to marry a cook's daughter. Now, twelve years later, Maria discovers that the man who holds her fate in his hands is none other than the haughty gentleman who sent her packing—and he's as handsome and arrogant as ever.
Happily Ever After?
Always the proper gentleman, Phillip will do anything to protect his family from scandal, and when Maria dares to move in right next door, he knows scandal will surely follow. She is as tempting as he remembered . . . and the more he sees her, the harder it is for Phillip to keep his own secret desire for her a secret . . .

"Secret Desires of a Gentleman" is the first Laura Lee Guhrke novel I've read. I was looking for new historical romance authors and I'm glad I stumbled across Laura! What would we do without goodreads, right?

Anyways, this novel was fantastic. I have a thing for couples who start out with a bit of hostility or weariness. Is that weird? I find when they start to grow or admit their feelings towards each other, it's like a flower blossoming. It was nice enough at first, but when it blossoms, it's beautiful.

The characters were excellent. Especially, Phillip- The Marquess of Kayne. Yes, he was a snob most of the novel, but I knew it was just because that's all he knew. He was forced to become Marquess at an early age and had to shoulder all the responsibility. Sure, I wanted to set him straight a few times with his "manners", but it all made him what he was. Towards the end of the novel he was the man of many dreams. Declaring love and tossing aside the looks of his "ungentlemanly behaviors". He was fantastic.

I also loved Maria. She was smart, independent, beautiful and knew how to have fun. She has a way with her that makes men, especially the Hawthorne brothers want to be near her.

Lawrence was a fun character as well. He didn't play as big a role as I thought he would, but I didn't mind. He played the role he was meant to and it fit perfect.

This novel was a excellent way to spend a few hours. I was engrossed in the novel so much that I didn't get to sleep until three thirty am. I want more, so I think go I'll pick some up!

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