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....
©2017 Laura Lee Borio (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
I don't know where to begin. I absolutely loved this story! It was amazing.
These two main characters were fantastic together. Irene was smart, strong, witty and beautiful. No shy simpering female here! Loved her! She was honest and stood her ground. OH and Henry the Duke of Torquil was amazing! I loved his character. He needed those walls knocked down a bit but he was truly a wonderful man. The chemistry between these two was so fantastic and the sex scenes were so well written. Loved these two!
This story was so good. It has to be one of my favorite love stories I have read in a long long time. It was just great!
As for the narration. OMG IT WAS PERFECT! I think Carolyn Morris made this book even better with her voices and characterizations of Irene and Henry. Honestly one of the best narrators and I wish she narrated more and more books. I have listened to almost every book Carolyn Morris narrates and she just gets better and better. The men sound like men, every gets their own voice, the accents are great, she reads with emotion and her reading voice is a joy to listen too.
I know, I know, I am a huge fan of this narrator and I say this every time but every time I listen to her it just makes me happy to be an audible fan!
There are some narrators that shouldn't even be narrating and some narrators that should narrate all the books LOL and @carolyn_voice can narrate all the books!
This is a must listen!
I really enjoyed this book, for the most part. I thought Irene was pretty obstinate when it came to seeing how her actions would hurt so many people, including her own sister, and she just took an “I don’t care attitude.” That was the only thing I didn’t like about her. One reviewer on Amazon said she didn’t like Irene’s “free love” attitude, regarding having an affair with Henry, but I didn’t have a problem with that because Irene’s thoughts and feelings and attitudes about everything else was ahead of the times, so why not that, too? I mean, she was a newspaper publisher. She was bound to be ahead of her time. It was a letter to Lady Truelove that started the whole book, after all.
As for Henry? I absolutely loved his admission to Irene that he “was a man with deep carnal appetites,” and then how he did his best to stay away from her, since they were in same house for two weeks. And I loved that Irene wasn’t the least bit afraid to admit that she had carnal feelings for him, too, even if she didn’t know a thing about those feelings. There was a lot of sexual suffering going on until about 75%, and then a lot of heartfelt sadness happening when it was time for Henry to go to his other estate and he’d be gone all summer. Yeah, I didn’t see that working out for him. LOL.. He only needed to realize that it was not lust he felt for Irene but love. He could be such a stickler about not marrying “beneath” his station.
I love Henry’s family, well except for Carlotta, she was a jerk all the time, but David, Sarah, Angela and Jamie were sweet. As was Clara, Irene’s sister, but their father was just an alcoholic, plain and simple. Loved Henry’s mother, the Duchess, too. She was quite a character.
There was explicit sex in this book but no swearing.
As to the narrator: Carolyn Morris does great women’s voices with lots of emotion but her men’s voices still need some work, still a little too feminine for me. She is getting better, though.
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