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The latest installment in Guhrke's Girl-Bachelor Chronicles (after And Then He Kissed Her) is a capable Victorian that finds an unlikely heiress and a penniless duke headed for the altar. Prudence Bosworth is working as a lowly seamstress when she discovers that her absentee father has died a wealthy man in America and named her his sole beneficiary. But in order to inherit his vast fortune, the will stipulates that she must marry within the year. Prudence is pleasantly surprised when Rhys De Winter, the duke of St. Cyres, showers her with attention and affection. Naturally, he's hoping to restore his family's coffers, but is caught off guard when a very real attraction builds between them. Though Prudence's reverent, unsuspecting attitude toward St. Cyres might strike readers as unrealistically naïve, they should enjoy the transformation it inspires in selfish St. Cyres, and the distinctive conclusion is satisfying. (Jan.)
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About the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Edition edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061143618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061143618
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times Bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. The author of many historical romances, Laura has received many literary awards, including romance fiction's highest honor, the Rita Award. When she's not writing, Laura spends her time skiing down the slopes and wakeboarding across the lakes of her beautiful home state of Idaho. She loves hearing from readers, and you may write to her by visiting her website: www.lauraleeguhrke.com.

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Customer Reviews

I loved Rhys, and I liked imperfect Prudence.
Suzanne in GA
He is *unbelievably* manipulative and even though we sometimes have heroes who are the bad-boys-we-love-to-love, this went way beyond that.
J. P.
Very nice for a light read and entertaining option.
Debra J Campbell

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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 30, 2007
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Laura Lee Guhrke is one of my favorite authors of historical romance. Why then did I give this book only three stars? It didn't give me any of those exciting, breathless moments I enjoy so much in a romance novel.

Prudence Bosworth is a 28 year old "girl bachelor" who has been on her own in London since the age of 17. Her aunt and uncle took her in after her mother died but Prudence and her aunt and cousin always had problems. She saw herself as a burden for the financially strapped family and after one too many disagreements took herself off to London to make her way in the world. She works as a seamstress at Madam Marceau's and has managed to work herself into the position of head seamstress after eleven years of hard work. Prudence knows that she is not considered to be a beauty and that the only way for her to have a 29" waist is for her to be laced into her corset so tightly she can just barely breath. She is the type person who always sees the best in people and makes the best of any situation she is in. I liked Prudence. She reminded me of a perfectly normal woman and I actually could not find any fault with her for believing what she was told. Rhys de Winter, the Duke of St.Cyres comes to her rescue at a time when she needs a little outside help. But Prudence is a very practical woman, she knows there will never be another meeting between the Duke and the seamstress.

The Duke of St. Cyres (pronounced sincere - thanks, Ms Guhrke!)is a rogue from his head to his toes. Very early on we get the full force of his character when he rescues a serving girl from the unwanted attentions of another member of the peerage (with Prudence looking on) and then later winds up with the serving girl in his bed. And believe me, he was NOT thinking about Prudence!
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Prudence Bosworth is the illegitimate daughter of a man who ran off to America before she was even born. At 28 she is living in a respectable boarding house for girls and making her living as a seamstress to London's more well-to-do ladies. While fixing the skirt of the ton's most eligible heiress she has a chance meeting the Duke of St. Cyres, Rhys De Winter.

Rhys does a few things that evening that captures Prudence's attention and respect and endears him to her. Knowing her place in society, she admires the Duke from a far, knowing nothing will ever come of it.

Rhys De Winter is the heir to a crumbling estate and enormous debt. His one goal is to marry quickly and marry rich. When the seamstress he fancied for a tryst turns out to have a change in luck and status, his plans start evolving.

This is a Cinderella story; a girl goes from rags to riches overnight all the while falling in love with someone who was once out of her reach and yet now, is attainable. Though I pretty much knew every twist and turn the author was going to take, I still found myself enjoying the read and the characters within.

I love the historical romances when the author can truly transport her reader to the time period; and this one did. I could almost hear the swish of layered fabrics on the women's gowns, hear the echoes in the empty castle, and smell the lavender in the lavender house. There weren't too many surprises along the way, but it didn't take away from the pleasure of reading. Enjoy!

Cherise Everhard, March 2008
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. DETWILER on December 25, 2007
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The Wicked Ways of a Duke is good news for fans of Laura Lee Guhrke's bachelor girl series. It continues the high level of writing begun in the first book of the series, And Then He Kissed Her.
I liked this book, but I only gave it 4 stars because, while it was very good and I heartily recommend it, it didn't quite have the emotional punch of other LLG books. I loved the premise--poor seamstress inherits pots and pots of money from her father. Naturally, this then puts her in the path of money hungry noblemen. Enter our hero--Rhys. We know right away he needs Prudence's money, but I enjoyed the path to true love with all the bumps we know are along the way. Rhys made no pretense of what he was after, but of course he didn't tell Prudence.
Laura Lee Guhrke is an excellent author, an autobuy for me, and one whose books I anxiously await. Her writing is outstanding in this one, but it didn't quite have the gripping quality I was hoping for. Prudence was a female who was right up there with the great female heroines in books today, so I guess it was Rhys who let me down. I liked him, but he left me a little cold. Maybe it was subconsciously because I don't care all that much for blond heroes.
Anyway, this is a book far above the level of a lot of romance novels I have slogged through, but it just didn't quite grab me. On the whole, though, I am still anxiously awaiting the next bachelor girl story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. P. VINE VOICE on January 4, 2010
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As you can see from my rating, I did NOT enjoy Laura Lee Guhrke's second "Girl-Bachelor" book, THE WICKED WAYS OF A DUKE. Had it been written by another author, it may have gained a 2.5, but I have so enjoyed other books by Guhrke --- Guilty Pleasures, And Then He Kissed Her --- that I was all the more disappointed by this one. I had it up and posted on PaperbackSwap before I'd even completely finished.

So where do I start?!

THE HEROINE:
Prudence was sympathetic, but after awhile the urge to slap her grew a little too strong. I liked her when the book started: she's independent, works hard, is kind and generous, smart (or so we thought), and she doesn't have the beautiful face and figure (she's supposed to be a little plump --- don't let the cover drawings fool you) that heroines often do.

My opinion changed pretty quickly as I became increasingly frustrated with her. Prudence is supposed to be 28 years old and have lived in London *by herself* for 11 years . . . yet she's still so naive and gullible?!?! I didn't view this as sweet and innocent --- which is Rhys' interpretation --- but just plain annoying and dumb. She acts childish, is overly romantic, and is basically a lovesick puppy who acts far too desperate for a man who doesn't seem to have many redeemable qualities --- if any. I *love* reformed rake stories, don't get me wrong, but usually there is some underlying goodness that can be accessed; Rhys is by no means cruel or mean and at least he has that going for him, however my overwhelming feeling towards him was definitely one of contempt.
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