Sunday, December 4, 2011

Review: Trouble at the Wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke

Trouble at the Wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke
(a full length historical romance published by Harper Collins)

Annabel is about to marry the perfect man . . .

The last thing Miss Annabel Wheaton desires is true love. She learned the hard way that love makes a woman foolish and leads only to heartache. That’s why she agreed to marry an earl who needs her money. He’s got a pedigree and a country estate, and he won’t ever break her heart. There’s only one problem . . .

Christian isn’t about to let her marry that pompous prig . . .

Christian Du Quesne, Duke of Scarborough, thinks the stubborn heiress is about to make the biggest mistake of her life, and he’s determined to stop her. Tempting beautiful women is Christian’s forte, after all. When her family offers him a nice sum of money to stop the wedding, he’s happy to accept.

Falling in love with Annabel was never supposed to be part of the bargain . . .

I started reading Trouble at the Wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke expecting it to be just another historical romance – a genre a love, but one that can be occasionally predictable. Boy, was I wrong! It stands on its own unique merits, and had me hooked from the very beginning.

I really enjoyed it, and couldn’t put it down once I started it. I only found out it was part of a series after I finished it, so can definitely attest that it stands alone quite nicely.

When I met the heroine, I really liked her, and enjoyed finding out what type of person she was. The author introduced me to her seamlessly, with a well written description of her past, her plans for the future, etc., all neatly integrated into the story.

Then I met the hero, and loved him from the start. He was a well defined character, completely three dimensional and perfect for the heroine – if only they both realized that!

As the plot unfolded, I kept thinking I knew what would happen, but each time I was pleasantly surprised. The story line was extremely clever and there were lots of unexpected occurrences as it went on.

The story showed a lot of the good in human nature, but also the bad. This was important to the story and really made the plot deeper than many romances.

There are a couple of erotic scenes that were not just thrown in for impact or to titilate, but were extremely important to the plot and were very tastefully written.

I have to say that I really loved this story, far more than I was expecting to. It was interesting, exciting, and fun reading from the beginning to the end.

FTC Disclaimer: This book is from my personal library.

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