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No Mistress of Mine: An American Heiress in London Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2016
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“The fourth installment in Guhrke’s An American Heiress in London series has a strong plot that centers on more than just romance... Lola and Denys have hurt each other terribly, and their reconciliation has all the fireworks a reader could wish for. A spellbinding, sizzling romance.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
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USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke is back with the latest in her dazzling An American Heiress in London series, in which a reformed rogue finds all his honorable resolutions tested by the only woman who ever broke his heart . . .
After spending his youth as one of the wildest rakes in the ton, Lord Denys Somerton has devoted the past six years to putting his past behind him. He is determined to fulfill his duties, find a suitable wife, and start a family, but that plan changes when Lola Valentine—the red-haired temptress from his past—returns to London, sparking the same irresistible desires that almost ruined his life once before.
Lola is a woman with no romantic illusions. She knew love would never be enough for a British lord and an American girl from the wrong side of the tracks. For Denys’s sake, she walked away from him and the glittering life he offered. But when an unexpected inheritance brings her back to London, Lola discovers the passion between them is as hot as ever. Can they vanquish it, or will it burn out of control again and destroy them both?
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FINAL DECISION: This is my favorite book of the series. I loved just about everything about this book. The characters were good people, intelligent and demonstrated growth in the story. The romance was difficult and there was no magic solution for these two but rather a mature acceptance of the painful things that can go with love.
THE STORY: Lord Denys Somerton has finally regained the respect of his family after a wild period where he fell for a cancan dancer and thought to make her his future countess until she abandoned him for another man. Now Denys is considering marrying his childhood friend while managing his family businesses. Then Lola Valentine walks back into his life. Having inherited half a theater from the man she left Denys for, Lola has returned to London to fulfill her dream of being an actress. Denys finds himself an unwilling business partner of Lola. Denys knows that Lola is bad for him but he has never been able to resist her.
OPINION: I don't if I can express how much I loved this book. A fallen woman. Class differences. Hero is a genuine nice guy. Heroine is smart. Setting someplace other than the ton balls. Second chance at love. Accepting love requires sacrifice. This hit so many of the points that make my heart soft and gooey.
I loved Lola. This woman is a survivor. Intelligent and self made. She has taken risks and brought herself so far. And yet she is haunted by the choices she has made to get where she needs to be. Being with Denys challenges her because she feels unworthy because of her past and because of their class differences. She let Denys before in order to protect him from the sting of their relationship, but she also wanted to save herself. She has returned, older and stronger and perhaps willing to try harder.
Denys is adorable. I love that he acknowledges his mistakes and tries to remedies them. He is also completely devoted to Lola. Even when he is hurt from her actions, he still treats her with more respect than other people. I like that he attempts to understand her. When he realizes that he did not know Lola as well as he assumed, he takes actions to remedy that. It takes a brave man to toss everything he loves away for a woman and an even stronger one to try and convince those he loves to support her.
The romance between Denys and Lola begins in this book with them being equals in a way that they were not in their prior relationship. Lola, especially, feels the inequality between them so it means something for the two of them to be equal business partners. Their equality in business which Denys accepts become a proxy or a more equal personal relationship. Their equality also refreshingly comes into their acceptance of their sexual history. Denys realizes that he cannot condemn Lola for her sexual experience in light of his own. He cannot judge Lola and that allows him to see her in way that is personal and meaningful.
I adored that this book is about two people recognizing their mistakes, learning to trust and talk to one another and then just jumping into love with all it's complications and pitfalls. At the end of this book, Denys and Lola know that not everyone will accept their love but the important ones will.
WORTH MENTIONING: I hope Pongo eventually gets his own story.
CONNECTED BOOKS: NO MISTRESS OF MINE is the fourth book in the An American Heiress in London series. While characters from the other books make appearances, it is not necessary to have read those books to enjoy this one. This book can be read as a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.
Denys and Lola were likable, their romance reignited and the story moved along. It wasn't a world beater, still I enjoyed it.....until the ending. The ending was an amateur production if ever I saw one. And the proposal! Reminded me of the cutesy proposals shown on the big screen at baseball games. The overall ending plus the proposal left me flat as a flitter.
With a professionally written ending, the novel would have earned 3.5 stars. As it is, nah, can't do it. The ending ruined the story for me.
I always like second chance theme and this one quite a tickle. Ms. LLG makes the story quite interesting not just okay I love u even though you are a commoner or the h would settled bebome his mistress because shes desperate and destitute. Thank goodness this book none of this, the story more believable, complicated, and my kind of heroine. She is not weak or looking for easy way out settling for a second best no self-respect becomes a mistress. I couldn't stand nor want to read the books with a female protagonist either like that, a mistress nor as a courtesan.
This story about Lord Denys Somerton who reunited with his ex betrayed lover, Lola Valentine. She is a cancan dancer from America, he met her in Paris but walked away 6 years ago with another man. He didn't know the reason she did it to protect him, knowing the love they have not enough since their from two different worlds.
However faith brings them back together, Lola returned to London to claim her half partnership of the theater that Denys manage despite his resentment against her.
The first two chapters were awkward and not well written. I used to always give books at least 50 pages to become interesting. Lately I began to lose patience with books much faster, especially if the writing is poor or awkward. But the third chapter redeemed the book. From there on the book flowed, characters developed, and it was sweet and engaging, if pretty predictable story ( I know, romance novels are always predictable, but some more than others.)
Certainly worth the money and time invested. A nice escape.