Friday, January 12, 2018 2018 Releases, 4.5 helms, Historical, Reviews, Series

The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke

The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee GuhrkeThe Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove, #2) by Laura Lee Guhrke
Published by Avon on January 30th 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Ebook
Source: Edelweiss ARC
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4.5 Stars

Dear Lady Truelove,

I am a girl of noble family, but I am painfully shy, especially in my encounters with those of the opposite sex . . .

For Clara Deverill, standing in for the real Lady Truelove means dispensing advice on problems she herself has never managed to overcome. There’s nothing for it but to retreat to a tearoom and hope inspiration strikes between scones. It doesn’t—until Clara overhears a rake waxing eloquent on the art of “honorable” jilting. The cad may look like an Adonis, but he’s about to find himself on the wrong side of Lady Truelove.

Rex Galbraith is an heir with no plans to produce a spare. He flirts with the minimum number of eligible young ladies to humor his matchmaking aunt, but Clara is the first to ever catch his roving eye. When he realizes that Clara—as Lady Truelove—has used his advice as newspaper fodder, he’s infuriated. But when he’s forced into a secret alliance with her, he realizes he’s got a much bigger problem—because Clara is upending everything Rex thought he knew about women—and about himself. . . .

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Oh myyyyy…….did you hear that? That’s my heart sighing over this book…Laura Lee Guhrke has mighty fine penmanship when it comes to relatable heroines and heroes and this new novel is no different. She is rapidly carving a place on my keeper shelf with her well-written historicals and memorable protagonists. If you loved “And Then He Kissed Her” “The Trouble with TrueLove” has a very similar style of storyline and involves a heroine who works for a newspaper :)

The responsibility of the Lady TrueLove column has been passed on to Miss Clara Deverill while her sister honeymoons in Europe. Clara, unlike her sister, does not possess much experience with running a newspaper business or writing an advice column for the lovelorn and finds herself in a pickle. She ambles down to Mr’s Pott’s tea emporium seeking inspiration and accidentally eavesdrops on a private conversation between two gentlemen.
Rex Galbraith is the heir to a title but doesn’t care a whit about marrying or believe in love thanks to the toxic relationship of his parents. He doesn’t live the rakehell lifestyle anymore but still provides the illusion of his reputation as a rake to keep the gossippers satisfied. When sought out for advice on matters of the heart by his friend Lionel, he provides advice that he deems sensible.
Unknown to him, his advice and actions were overheard by Miss Deverill who was outraged and considered it rakish and ungentlemanly. She uses her column to directly counteract his advice and firmly confirms his reputation as a rake in her mind. Fate being fickle, throws the two together as it is also Clara’s coming out Season and Rex is amongst the Ton. Eventually putting the clues together, Rex realises his advice was overheard and had been published in the newspapers with some serious repercussions to his friendship with Lionel. Clara and Rex’s confrontation creates a surprise alliance with mutual benefits but even more surprising is the passion and admiration they start feeling for each other, turning their opinions of one another upside down.

Rex and Clara are sooo cute and good for each other! I loved the way Rex’s personality coaxed Clara’s to blossom and brought her out of her shell. The underlying simmer of passion and constant playful banter between them was perfectly combined with their friendship, creating a strong and believable bond. The pace of the story was really good and there was low-level drama, with the majority of the story, focused on the relationship between the couple. Unfortunately for those of us who are picky and notice Americanisms, there are many sprinkled throughout this book which might set your teeth on edge…..I did loose some enamel reading this but it was worth it….Laura Lee Guhrke does put effort into her research and it shows in other portions of the story so it’s not all bad…Just editing issues maybe? Despite these minor flaws, the story itself was amazing and this is definite keeper material!

*Thank-you Laura Lee Guhrke, Edelweiss & Avon for the ARC.

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