Review: The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke

Posted February 17th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke

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The Trouble with True Love

Review: The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: Dear Lady Truelove #2
Publisher: Avon
Release date: January 30th 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Pure Textuality PR

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Star rating:
Heat rating: three-flames

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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The Faerie Queen’s review

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but contemporary romances have typically been my thing. You see, I adore Jane Austen, and though her books are very tame by today’s standards, they nevertheless have a power over me, one that brings me back time and again for more Darcy. (I love other classics, too, but I am an Austen fangirl.) I had an unfortunate experience with the first historical romance I read, back when I first became a blogger three years ago, and it has coloured my view of the genre. I have, for the most part, avoided it since then.

This book was completely unputdownable. I haven’t eaten in 16 hours, aside from a couple pieces of dark chocolate. I managed to pull myself away long enough to get 5 hours of sleep and go to the bathroom when I couldn’t hold it in any longer. I was completely and utterly transfixed by The Trouble with True Love. Laura wrote this with not a single dull moment. In fact, her execution in terms of pacing, plot, and chemistry were flawless. I am sitting sitting at my desk now, trying to put all these feelings into words. It’s tough, as all I want to do is daydream and sigh and wish the book had an extended epilogue. I think I will be sighing all weekend at this rate.

I loved both characters. I saw myself in Clara, especially younger me. Her lack of confidence in herself and her shyness was relatable, and the traditional future she wanted for herself was understandable. It made sense for her as a character. During the course of the book, she gained confidence, not just from her interactions with Rex, but through the challenges thrown at her that she was able to concur. I was completely on the same page as her regarding Rex, thinking he was gorgeous but despicable at first in his advice for his friend. But, like her, Rex surprised me, and over time, I learned that there was more to him than his devilish ways, and that his ideas of relationships and sexuality were actually very modern. I could also understand his aversion to marriage, given his history.

Both characters were able to grow and compromise without completely sacrificing their own beliefs, and it was all done in a natural and endearing manner. And that chemistry? OH BOY. I almost combusted during their first kiss, and that was just the first course. The banter was also A++, with me laughing out loud several times, and then returning to holding my breath…

If she was the rose, he was the sun and spring rain that had lifted her out of a lifetime of winter.

I experienced a moment of personal growth, myself, as I am willing to concede that maybe I was a bit harsh on historical romances. Maybe I need a more varied romance diet. What I’ve learned is from The Trouble with True Love is that historical romances can be just as delicious as contemporaries, and I should endeavour to seek out more, particularly ones that refer to women’s rights movements like this one did!

I never give a book 5 stars unless I am certain that I could quite happily pick the book up and read it again. A lot of fantastic books end up getting 4.5 stars from me, but it’s the only way I can make sure that my 5-star recommendations are the best of the best. And you know what? I could read this book again.

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I would recommend this book to…

Readers who want a historical romance with a feminist slant.

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About Laura Lee Guhrke

From the publication of her very first historical romance, Laura Lee Guhrke has received numerous honors and critical acclaim for her novels and her writing style. She has been honored with the most prestigious award of romance fiction, the Romance Writers of America Rita Award, and she has received additional awards from Romantic Times and All About Romance. Romantic Times has proclaimed her, “One of the most natural voices in historical romance to be found today”. Her books routinely hit the USA Today Bestseller List, and Guilty Pleasures has been honored with the Romantic Times Award for Best European Historical Romance of 2004. Among her publishing credits are twelve historical romances, including her latest, And Then He Kissed Her, now available from Avon Books.

Laura is currently hard at work on her thirteenth historical romance for Avon Books. She has also written articles for various publications, including the Romance Writers Report, The British Weekly , and the Irish-American Press.

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