Laura Lee Gurkhe pens a perfectly fascinating historical romance. Henry, the Duke of Torquil and Irene Deverill are so wrong for one another that they couldn't be more right. Both of them are so set on being in control of their lives and that of their family that it was fascinating to watch them give and take with one another. I would have to say my favourite thing about this story is how important Torquil's mother is to the entire storyline. Her love and her life are what brings the story alive it is where the trouble starts but it is also how these two become connected. In truth I believe that on their own individually I would have rather disliked them both for I found something off putting in their characters and yet when they come together it is almost as if being with the other softens their rough edges and makes them more of the person they are meant to be. I loved how both held such affection for their family and yet also pragmatism for their loved ones. I enjoyed the time period immensely as it gave a few opportunities to mention things such as education and options for women in a much more realistic way than other historical eras. The setting was lovely and was brought to life with skill and subtly. Overall I found this to be a very pleasurable read and I believe you would find it so as well.
When Lady Truelove, a scandal sheet advice columnist advises the Duke of Torquil's mother to follow her heart and run off with an unsuitable man, it throws publisher Irene Deverill straight into the path of the powerful Duke. Now she must change the lady's mind or lose the paper she has built from nothing.
Dear Lady Truelove . . . I have fallen in love, truly and completely in love, for the first time. The man whom I hold in such passionate regard, however, is not of my station. He is a painter, a brilliant artist. Needless to say, my family would not approve . . .
Henry, Duke of Torquil, wouldn’t be caught reading the wildly popular “Dear Lady Truelove” column, but when its advice causes his mother to embark on a scandalous elopement, an outraged Henry decides the author of this tripe must be stopped before she can ruin any more lives. Though Lady Truelove’s identity is a closely guarded secret, Henry has reason to suspect the publisher of the notorious column, beautiful and provoking Irene Deverill, is also its author.
For Irene, it’s easy to advise others to surrender to passion, but when she meets the Duke of Torquil, she soon learns that passion comes at a price. When one impulsive, spur-of-the-moment kiss pulls her into a scorching affair with Henry, it could destroy her beloved newspaper, her career, and her independence. But in the duke’s arms, surrender is so, so sweet . . .