Sunday, January 20, 2013

DEJA-VU REVIEW (2): Food-Themed Book


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Secret Desires of a Gentleman (Girl Bachelors, #3)The Secret Desires of a Gentleman
(Girl Bachelors #3)
by Laura Lee Guhrke

Once Upon a Time...

Maria Martingale was going to elope. But Phillip Hawthorne, Marquess of Kayne, put a stop to those plans when he learned his younger brother intended to marry a cook's daughter. Now, twelve years later, Maria discovers that the man who holds her fate in his hands is none other than the haughty gentleman who sent her packing—and he's as handsome and arrogant as ever.

Happily Ever After?

Always the proper gentleman, Phillip will do anything to protect his family from scandal, and when Maria dares to move in right next door, he knows scandal will surely follow. She is as tempting as he remembered . . . and the more he sees her, the harder it is for Phillip to keep his own secret desire for her a secret.

My Review: This is the third in Guhrke's fascinating historical series which takes place in the late-Victorian era, but can easily be read as a stand-alone romance.  The heroine is a pastry chef who is trying to own a shop while the hero is a starchy lord with a long-held secret.  I adore stories with the opposites attract theme and this one of my favorites.  Maria is an intelligent, determined woman who knows exactly what she wants and is willing to do anything to reach her dreams.  Phillip, on the other hand, takes some getting used to with his upper-class manners and his quiet nature.  But, I quickly fell in love with him and was rooting for him to reveal the truth about his feelings to the oblivious Maria.  Plus there's a great scene that pays homage the an infamous moment in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

The setting is unusual in this era of Regency-set historicals and is one of my favorite aspects of the book.  I love reading about the changes to English society and culture during the late nineteenth century like the rise of the middle class and all the new technologies.  I highly recommend this historical romance for anyone wanting an intelligent and character-driven love story.  

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


  1. I _always_ want an intelligent and character-driven love story!!! Totally adding to the TBR pile!

    1. It is sooo good! You just have to get over the stoic hero, but I found that pretty easy. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Oooh very interesting! I haven't found a lot of character-driven books lately and that sounds really great! As always, thanks for participating in the Deja Vu Review!

  3. This one sounds really fun! *adding to tbr pile* Thanks! :)

  4. A character driven love story does sound great, but I don't do much HF.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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