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The Truth About Love and Dukes

Dear Lady Truelove
Narrated by: Carolyn Morris
Series: Dear Lady Truelove, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (313 ratings)

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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

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One of the very best...EVER!

I've been reading and listening to historical romance books for years. I'm a bit hard to please these days...very picky! This was so unexpected, so well written, so well narrated and so satisfying! Thank you:)

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 04-01-17

OMG! 10 STAR STORY AND 10 STAR NARRATION!

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!

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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WORTH. YOUR. CREDIT.

This is my first Gurkhe novel and I am SWOONING. My favorites authors are Kinsale, Riley, and Kleypas — women who are excellent writers, honor the historical context of their chosen time period and use the conventions of the historical romance in really engaging ways. When you add a fantastic narrator to this ... well Houston, we have take off. Other reviewers
will give you a synopsis, I’ll give you the unvarnished truth: you will not regret this. There is actual, sustained conversation between the heroine and hero! The physical intimacy is interesting, funny and sweet (and HAWT!!!). There is sustained discussion of women’s roles in this time period, without being a lecture, and actually supporting the unfolding romance. The phrase: ‘a breath she didn’t know she was holding’ NEVER occurs in the novel! The narrator is OUTSTANDING. You’ll probably binge listen. It’s that good. Viva la romance!

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The 1890's

Loved the narrator (Carolyn morris)
The story was very entertaining and. Informatived about the. beliefs of
England in the 1890's.
It is about the rights. of. Women.
Most of all. I loved the hero and heorine and their
love story.

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Great one

Awesome listen. Fresh ideas in the genre. Funny. Complex characters. Best book in the genre I've listened to in a long time.

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  • bebe
  • from SC
  • 07-07-17

Starts with a letter - ends with a letter

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Lady Truelove is the Dear Abby of the late 1890s in England. Her advice to a Duchess has far reaching ramifications to the widow Duchess's family and her son, the Duke, believes Lady Truelove should put things right, or he will get revenge. Lady Truelove is a liberated woman who wants women to have the right to vote. She publishes a paper and she never intends to marry. She does not like the nobility, even though her mother was a Lady. She and the Duke have electricity shooting between them - some is outrage and some is passion. Oil and water. Maybe they will mix if things get hot enough.

Entertaining book - i enjoyed it and hated to have to stop.

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Very Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book. The heroine, Irene, is very strong minded and forward thinking. The hero, Henry, is also a very strong minded and serious Duke. The narration by Carolyn Morris was excellent.

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" I want to love you Henry, but you make it impossible"

Beautifully written book. Very little is written about each character thoughts however the conversations ran very long. I was surprised as I am not used to these long scenes filled with back and forth conversations. As a result the number of scenes where anything happened were reduced drastically. I love less mind babble and more conversations in my books but I feel there needs to be more scenes and maybe a bit less conversation so that the story does not feel like a play. Overall however it was a wonderful book.

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Love the narrator, wish I could get my credit back

The narrator was great, loved her! The story not so much. I am so bummed I wasted a credit. I am all for a strong female lead. Usually its my favorite. Not this time. The heroine was the absolute worst. She was so arrogant and rude. Never apologetic and such a hypocrite. Worst of all she was so selfish and cared nothing for what her actions and words effected those around her. It was hard to finish and the only reason I did was because I was hoping she would be severely humbled by the end of the book and I would be satisfied with it. Did it ever happen? Nope. Never humbled. She occasionally feels guilt and then justifies herself and refuses to think about it a second time. Her attitude is the worst, and it completely ruins her modern and feminist ideals for me. For me, the author confused strong, empowered female lead with self-centered, proud female with a superiority complex. The Hero was better but not by much. He starts off as an arrogant male lead. With believable male ideas for the time it is set in. But he goes quickly from strong, male lead to kind of a wimp. He literally does everything the female lead says. She chews him out and says unfair things and he just takes it and then gives into whatever she wants in the end. All because he wants her so bad that he apparently can't control himself or think for himself anymore? His character arc was really going well at first and then by the end he was basically this big push over! He had so many valid points when he argued with the female lead (based solely on the time period of the book) and he just rolls over and lets her walk all over him after getting put down and we are supposed to take that as a strong female lead ahead of her time? Nope. Not buying it. She was unbearable to me. Relationships work both ways, but it was like he was trying to be noble and think of her the whole time and she is like yeah nope sorry you dont have a heart so go away. Then he give professes his love and gives into her demands and she plays the victim (after being super rude and unfair) and then gets upset cause he took too long. Ugh. I enjoy books wherr the strong female lead lifts the strong male lead up and makes him a better man. Not ones where the "strong" female lead gains her power by belittling the male lead.

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Wonderful love story

Absolutely LOVED this book. No major catastrophes, just two people falling in love and growing with it. Could not put it down. And the narrator was fantastic!

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  • Annie A
  • 05-30-17

Super!!

Great characters well worth putting this one in your library!

Narrator was superb! Will be trying another book by this author!