MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of
Once a Courtesan
by Liana LeFey
Publication Date: March 27, 2017
Adult, Entangled Select, Historical Romance
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Constable Will Danbury has infiltrated a school to investigate an alleged crime. What he finds is a deeper, darker mystery—and a potent attraction to the alluring headmistress, Jacqueline Trouvère. But a constable can’t get romantically involved with a suspect; even one he thinks is innocent, without committing career suicide.
As headmistress of a school devoted to saving the innocent daughters of London’s soiled doves, Jacqueline’s life is complicated. Will tempts her in ways she never thought to experience, but she believes no respectable gentleman could love a former courtesan.
Despite their best efforts to fight it, a romance blossoms. When danger jeopardizes the school, however, his deceptions and her omissions come to light, threatening to destroy their love. They must look beyond the past to save both their future together and the lives of those they’ve sworn to protect.
This is the first Liana LeFey book I have read. I will be certain to be on the lookout for more.
Jacqueline is a complicated character. She once lived the life of a courtesan out of desperation. Her parents had died and her only surviving family, her sister refused to help her. She traveled to London in hopes of finding employment but it seemed there was none to be found. Now, years later she has started a school to help girls who may, through no fault of their own, find themselves in similar circumstances.
Will Danbury is a constable who has infiltrated the school because it is suspected that something nefarious is going on. He finds himself very much attracted to the headmistress who is at the time a suspect in the murders he is investigating. When Jacqueline becomes a target herself along with the children of the school it becomes apparent to Will that she has nothing to do with the murders.
Will these two find love under these circumstances?
I loved this book that is full of mystery and an unusual beginning to a love story.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5 flames.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the publisher to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which is my own and I am voluntarily leaving this review.
About Liana LaFey:
Liana loves to weave incendiary tales that capture the heart and the imagination, taking the reader out of the now and into another world. The glory and splendor of the 18th Century provides a lush, glittering backdrop for her fairy tale romances. It’s a time of sensuous lovers, passionate music, lavish royal courts and deadly intrigues.
Liana lives in Texas with her own dashing hero of nearly twenty years, their delightful progeny, one spoiled-rotten feline overlord, and several tanks of tropical fish. She’s been devouring historical romances since her early teens and is now delighted to be writing them for fellow enthusiasts.
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