Pure Textuality Blog Tour: The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke

The Story:
Dear Lady Truelove, I am a girl of noble family, but I am painfully shy, especially in my encounters with those of the opposite sex . . .

For Clara Deverill, standing in for the real Lady Truelove means dispensing advice on problems she herself has never managed to overcome. There’s nothing for it but to retreat to a tearoom and hope inspiration strikes between scones. It doesn’t—until Clara overhears a rake waxing eloquent on the art of “honorable” jilting. The cad may look like an Adonis, but he’s about to find himself on the wrong side of Lady Truelove.

Rex Galbraith is an heir with no plans to produce a spare. He flirts with the minimum number of eligible young ladies to humor his matchmaking aunt, but Clara is the first to ever catch his roving eye. When he realizes that Clara—as Lady Truelove—has used his advice as newspaper fodder, he’s infuriated. But when he’s forced into a secret alliance with her, he realizes he’s got a much bigger problem—because Clara is upending everything Rex thought he knew about women—and about himself. . .

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My Thoughts:
Clara is shy and awkward when it comes to conversing with the opposite sex. It's a bit of a problem when one's dream is to some day be happily married with a family of one's own. While heading her newlywed sister's newspaper, Clara is reluctant to take on the most important role--penning the advice column for the mysterious Lady Truelove. Thinking she's averted a crisis for one of her column's readers, she just wants her sister to come home and take back the helm. Little does Clara know that one article will forever changer her life. The roguish Rex Galbraith just wants to clear the air with his best friend and the only way to do that is to find the author of the advice column who ruined his friend's love life.

The Trouble with True Love promised to be a book that was right up my alley. I adore a shy, awkward heroine, probably because it's easiest for me to relate to the struggles and things that go along with being an introvert and I really did end up liking Clara. Even though her journey to a HEA was mostly awkward and the hero wasn't quite as amenable as those in some of my favorite love stories, I really enjoyed my first read by Laura Lee Guhrke.

As a shy person, I was a little frustrated when Clara morphed into an outgoing, confident character seemingly within a few chapters. I would have loved for her to have kept some of shyness and anxiety for the entire story.  After all, these things just don't go away when you meet someone!

Rex was definitely the foil to Clara's naive, upstanding character. He was the rogue, the cad, and someone who doesn't really give a fig for society gossip. He's a bit of a bugger (for lack of a proper American insult) too. He's arrogant and full of himself when we first encountered him and that put me off him....for a bit. Thankfully, by the middle of the book, he redeemed himself, especially when we learn of his past.

All in all The Trouble with True Love is a sweet, romantic story. If you can overlook some anachronisms and a somewhat rushed ending, it is well worth reading. I'll definitely be looking at more books by Laura Lee Guhrke and the other books in this series.

~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

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