A scandalous secret…
Hannah Bartlett was tossed out of her home at the tender age of 15, when a man of the cloth stole her innocence. To survive the streets, Hannah entered into a life that she never imagined. Now, known as Madam Genevieve - the owner of London’s most infamous bordello - she dedicates her life to rescuing young girls from the streets and protecting them from a shameful fate.
An unexpected attraction…
Vicar Rafe Waterford meets Hannah at one of his sister-in-law’s country gatherings…and immediately falls for the mysterious beauty. Despite his declarations of love, Hannah insists they cannot be together. But Rafe is like no other man…and he refuses to forget a love so passionate and consuming.
©2013 Laura Landon (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Do yourself a favor and skip this book. Hanna was raped when she was 15 years old. Her circumstances gave her no other choice but to become a prostitute. Apparently a very good prostitute because in a few years she had saved enough money to buy the bordello and become a Madame. And this is when the story starts to get ridiculous. This experienced prostitute could give Mother Theresa a run for her money. The only reason she kept the bordello is to earn money to keep up an orphanage. She is such a good prostitute/person that her best friends are duchess. The whole story has only one very mild sex scene almost at the end. Hanna and Rafe fall in "love" at first sight yet they spend months sharing a few kisses now and then. At age 30? Oh please!! Yes our hero Rafe is a vicar but towards the end after all the morality talk he still has sex with her before marriage. Only once. The dialogue, the plot, the characters were all unrealistic, ridiculous and predictable.
The narration was ok and it's the only reason why I actually listened to the whole book but if I had know the story would be so implausible I would have saved my time and money.
Somewhat worth it. The story was good but the narrator had way too much drama and breathlessness in her voice. Sarah Cooms needs to tone down the drama in her voice.
I would have given an overall 4-start rating if not for the narrators voice
A better narrator
To read this book and to understand the characters you most read Intimate Deception where there is much explain about Hannah and her friends. This book gives a closer to her story and a happy ending for the horrid beginning she had to go through . Even though they did not group these books as series, they should so that you could get the background of the characters. The book is a story that shows that even when it seems bad, it can turn around to become good if we look for it and not to our own circumstance.
I've read so many romance novels from this period that it was hard to believe that there isn't a story line that I haven't read before but this was an entirely different take on "two potential lovers who meet and the challenges they encounter"... who would have thought that a prostitute and a victor would manage to get together.
The plight of women; however, continues to anger me.
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