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Laura Lee Guhrke

Autor(a) de And Then He Kissed Her

31 Works 4,828 Membros 224 Reviews 14 Favorited

About the Author

Séries

Obras de Laura Lee Guhrke

And Then He Kissed Her (2007) 578 cópias, 35 resenhas
Prazeres proibidos (2004) 429 cópias, 19 resenhas
The Wicked Ways of a Duke (2007) 319 cópias, 17 resenhas
A Cama da Paixão (2005) 318 cópias, 7 resenhas
Todos os Teus Beijos (2004) 279 cópias, 8 resenhas
Secret Desires of a Gentleman (2008) 272 cópias, 15 resenhas
Muito Mais Que Uma Princesa (2006) 256 cópias, 4 resenhas
Four Weddings and a Sixpence (2016) — Contribuinte — 209 cópias, 11 resenhas
Scandal of the Year (2011) 198 cópias, 10 resenhas
With Seduction in Mind (2009) 193 cópias, 13 resenhas
Wedding of the Season (2011) 193 cópias, 4 resenhas
When the Marquess Met His Match (2013) 177 cópias, 9 resenhas
How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days (2014) 171 cópias, 15 resenhas
Trouble at the Wedding (2011) 154 cópias, 8 resenhas
The Truth About Love and Dukes (2017) 125 cópias, 6 resenhas
Catch a Falling Heiress (2015) 107 cópias, 6 resenhas
Breathless (1999) 103 cópias, 3 resenhas
Governess Gone Rogue (2019) 91 cópias, 4 resenhas
Not So Innocent (2002) 90 cópias, 1 resenha
Conor's Way (1996) 88 cópias, 5 resenhas
The Trouble with True Love (2018) 82 cópias, 6 resenhas
The Charade (2000) 79 cópias
Bookshop Cinderella (2023) 78 cópias, 6 resenhas
No Mistress of Mine (2016) 65 cópias, 3 resenhas
Heiress Gone Wild (2019) 61 cópias, 6 resenhas
The Seduction (1997) 37 cópias, 1 resenha
To Dream Again (1995) 34 cópias
Prelude to Heaven (1994) 34 cópias
Lady Scandal (2024) 6 cópias, 2 resenhas
Guilty Series (2014) 1 exemplar(es)
Un audacieux pari 1 exemplar(es)

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Laura Lee
Data de nascimento
1961
Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
USA
Locais de residência
California, USA
Idaho, USA
Ocupação
advertising
catering
novelist
Premiações
RITA (Best Long Historical 1997)

Membros

Resenhas

Lady Scandal by Laura Lee Guhrke
Scandal at the Savoy series #2. Historical romance. Can be read as a stand-alone.
Viscount Simon Hayden has a business background and is hired under confidentiality to investigate the management of the Savoy. He soon finds fraud and employees that are caught are being fired. Simon is concerned the corruption goes all the way from top to bottom. At the same time, with the family being new to aristocracy, he wants to help his sister gain acceptance, and the hotel event planner may be the person to help.
Delia Stratham works at London’s Savoy Hotel as the event planner and loves the job and being a modern working woman. Yes, the events and flowers and decorations cost money, but she is bringing in the aristocracy with her success, all of them clamoring for her expertise. Having her expenses questioned and her secretary fired makes no sense to her. Her first few meetings with Simon don’t go well but they both realize that working together will get them further towards their goals. The first step towards acceptance is hosting Simon and his sister at the opera where they can be seen. But Simon finds himself watching Delia rather than the opera.

Compensation or kickbacks? On account to be paid later or to be later forgiven or written off? Two very different intents. How much is incentive vs. gifting or embezzlement?
As an accountant, I found the story fascinating. Over and above the wonderful romance, of course. And to read the novel is based on historical documents including the anonymous letter makes me want to go back and read it all over again. Yes, I love romance and fiction in my historical reveals. It’s a fun way to learn. Just like this novel.

I received a copy of this from NetGalley.
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Madison_Fairbanks | 1 outra resenha | Jul 4, 2024 |
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review. Also my tags may have spoilers in them so be forewarned before checking out full review.

Book Evaluation:
Plot: 🎞️🎞️🎞️🎞️🎞️
World Building:🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎
Cover:📔📔📔📔📔
Hero: 🦸🏻🦸🏻🦸🏻🦸🏻🦸🏻
Heroine:🦸🏻‍♀️🦸🏻‍♀️🦸🏻‍♀️🦸🏻‍♀️🦸🏻‍♀️
Intimacy Level: 🔥🔥🔥
Relationship Building: 💒💒💒💒💒
Heart & Feels:💞💞💞💞💞
Witty/Banter/Reaction of Laughter: 😂😂😂😂😂
Page Turner Level:📖📖📖📖📖
Narration:🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧
Ending:🧧🧧🧧🧧🧧
Overall View: ✨✨✨✨✨

First Impressions
Lady Scandal is the second book in the "Scandal at Savoy" series. After enjoying Bookshop Cinderella, I was looking forward to this one here. But what really convinced me to read this one was Plottrysts on Instagram who convinced me how good this book was and after realizing it had some vibes that were similar to "Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas" type of connection I just knew that I had to pick this one up. I am very grateful that my buddy reader "Brianna" decided to explore this beautiful story with me. I just couldn't get enough of this story. It had delicious banter, a great forced proximity and loved their connection.

First Line
I cannot Madame Contesse. You ask the impossible.

The Main Protagonists
The Hero: Simon Hayden
The Heroine: Delia Stratham

Summary
Lady Scandal brings in the unconventional heroine, Delia Stratham, who helps run a prestigious hotel in London and helps organize many of the events and handles the decor and levels of quality for those of upper level class that use the hotel. But when some of the investors in the hotel, start losing money, the bring in a financial shark...Simon Hayden who is a hotel magnate and will be able to discover what is seeping from the hotel. Delia is furious that she will now have to answer to Simon when she doesn't understand the issues that is very problematic to Simon's eyes. He does see that there are many issues, but despite their attraction, he is determined to keep it professional and handle Delia despite how much she disagrees with his methods. But there is a connection that is forming between Simon and Delia, but Simon may not be able to protect Delia from the fallout of his investigation no matter how much he is fond of her.

What I Loved
Lady Scandal was such a phenomenal read and I had such a blast in the reading of this one. I am very picky about historical romance, and this story just completely worked for me. I couldn't put it down and I especially adored the setup for this couple and what we see them handle and go through together. The hero was a true delight. I just wanted to gobble him up, I just love a starchy, solid in goodness type of hero. You don't always see them at this level as much as I would like to see, so if you love a green flag hero, look no further than Simon. The way he interacts with Delia was perfection, she really needed a firm hand and he balances that firmness just right. I could really see where Simon was coming from and he was firm but also gentle in how he handled Delia. The romance that builds between them was quite enchanting. Its more slow building, but Delia really goes after what she wants and it was quite fun to see her go after Simon. I understood why Simon was so reluctant and I admired the way he handled the situation and how well he was trying to be fair and true to her. Such a white knight of a hero that I couldn't get enough of.

What I Struggled With
The heroine is the only negative aspect to this story. She was self absorbed, flighty and too consumed into buying expensive things. So at first I wasn't sure what I thought about her character but she ended up really working for me because I think Simon had a firm hand that allowed her to calm down and think through things a little bit better.

Narration
I actually did this in Audio mostly and the audio was actually SUPERB. I just didn't want to put this one down at all. And yes I give ALL the credit to the narration. While I did have to slow it down a bit, it really kept me interested in the story and that is more rare in historical's these days.

Overall View
I found Lady Scandal to be a read of tantalizing characters, sexy banter that will leave you consumed by for days, a fun set of circumstances to keep you invested and a romance to cheer this couple on towards!

Favorite Quote(s)
“By the way,” she said, glancing over her shoulder at him as she paused with her hand on the knob, “since I am to be working for you for the foreseeable future, there’s something you should know about me, something you might not yet have observed.” “What’s that?” Steel glinted in her eyes, like a duelist’s sword in the sun. “I don’t respond well to being lectured. I’m a woman, you autocratic bastard, not a naughty child.” Before he could reply, she had walked out, slamming the door behind her with enough force to rattle the painting on the wall. “Woman?” he muttered in the wake of her departure. “Tornado is more like it.”

Book Details (also in my shelves)
Sub Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian Era-England
Character Types: Working Heroine, Aristocracy, Alpha Male, Strong and Sassy Heroine
Themes: laughs and giggles, angst, Witty Banter
Tropes: Boss and Employee, Enemies to Lovers, Office Romance

Book Perspective
3rd POV

Relationship Conflict vs Plot Conflict
A blend of both

If you like these authors, I recommend This Book
Lisa Kleypas
Lorraine Heath
Julie Anne Long

Song This Book Inspires
Labyrinth by Taylor Swift

Recommendation For Reading Order
No, you can read these books as standalone

Steam/Spice Explanations

Warmin' by the fire- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Narrators:
Marisa Calin
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addictofromance | 1 outra resenha | Jun 29, 2024 |
A wonderful story. Really enjoyed both MCs. Great innocence and passion without an overdose of spice (just enough of the latter!).
 
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mimji | outras 5 resenhas | Apr 20, 2024 |
I liked some ideas in this book however I skimmed often because I just wasn't into the writing, but ymmv!
 
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s_carr | outras 34 resenhas | Feb 25, 2024 |

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Associated Authors

Stefanie Sloane Contributor
Elizabeth Boyle Contributor
James Griffin Cover artist
Nellie d' Arvor Traduction
Florence Bellot Translator
Anne Flosnik Narrator
-HarperAudio- Publisher

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Obras
31
Membros
4,828
Popularidade
#5,203
Avaliação
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Resenhas
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ISBNs
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Idiomas
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Favorito
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