Her only hope for survival….
Handsome, wealthy, and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London—and he's known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check… until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he’s waited for all his life.
But Jessica is a courtesan, not the genteel lady Sir Mark believes. Desperate to be free of a life she despises, she seizes her chance when Mark's enemies make her an offer she can’t refuse: seduce Mark and tarnish his good name, and a princely sum will be hers. Yet as she comes to know the man she’s sworn to destroy, Jessica will be forced to choose between the future she needs… and the love she knows is impossible.
©2011 Courtney Milan (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
Live, love, laugh...
A nice love story about how love redeems you, changes you and ultimately conquers any obstacle. It slowly develops a relationship out of friendship and the sexual tension was Amazing! For being a courtesan story it was quite vanilla! I enjoyed the story a lot specially the conclusion.
Narration: I feel that the only problem in this story was the narrator. Polly Lee sounded too old, on the verge of crying several times and her male characters sounded badly. I will avoid books narrated by her in the future.
Haven't read the print version.
Regency romance junkies give Courtney Milan high marks; for good reason! As with Unveiled, multi-layered story, fresh storytelling, nothing predictable. Nice balance of light humor and seductive moments.
The fact that it is Rebecca De Leeuw narrating and NOT Polly Lee is likely why this was an enjoyable listen. De Leeuw knows how to read a historical romance with the right timing and intonation.
This was my first Courtney Milan novel, and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I like historical romances, but I just didn't know what to expect from this author. Like all genres, there's a mixture of offerings out there. And all are not to my liking. But this story was believable, romantic without scenes that make me roll my eyes while I think "As if," and sexual, though not erotic--meaning the, maybe, 2.5 or 3 complete sex scenes were very tamed. Though, I should add, I have no problem with samplings from the erotic genre as well. I don't want to leave the wrong impression. Continuing, some of the sex scenes were alluded to without giving the full picture, but it didn't detract from the story at all, but added to it appropriately. I absolutely loved the heroes full support of the heroine and how she came into her own. I loved the view of women in relation to men's sexuality and women not being too blame. As a result of this book, I'm going to read Ash's story. And I look forward to the other brother's story too. I actually wanted that one first, but it's not available. So I wait with baited breath! This book is well worth the expense IMO.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
This second novel of the series did not meet up to my expectation. I couldn't connect with the characters. Mainly the heroine ! She was unlikable ! The hero as well was not that exciting ! I didn't enjoy this novel as I did the first one in the series. Yet Courtney's style in writing is elegant and artistic. But the dialoge was not as good as her previous work.
But I am looking forward for the third brother's book. He was introduced in the first two books and he sounds really exciting . Can't wait :)
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when a book makes me cry, I know it was a GREAT story, I cried and it felt wonderful and it's a great romance story. good job
Jessica- I can relate to her to some point. To fight and make it- and at the end to find love and someone to love you JUST THE WAY we are.
I think it's the narrator she did a great job. very emotional and could tell the differance in all the characters
Yes, even took it to bed, and then in the morning went back and relistened to it again.
I don't understand why the author got so repetitive ...
Whilst the story centers around the life-style of Jessica . Found myself cursing at the author for repeating the word "whore" so much. It was a turn off.
I won't keep the book as I will not re-read it
I choose this book to start with rather than the first book in this series because of the unusual plot line and it was great until the last few chapters...the sub-plot became repetitious, when I thought they've solved the main problem, it popped up again a second time then I thought ok that should solve it, the author again repeated it a third time and I finally said enough is enough..I would've thought the author should know when a story line becomes irritating and should stop when the going gets good not when it pales and makes the whole book redundant. I'm having second thoughts about keeping this one.,what's the point in listening to it again when I have to stop the book before the last few chapters because it got irritating and you suddenly don't feel like listening to it until the very end?
I have no idea.
It was an awkward story and I couldn't get interested in it. It was actually painful to finish.
The Queen. Her appearance was unnecessary.
I was surprised this was a Milan book.
A voracious reader from the age of five, I'm quite new to audiobooks, but looking forward to hearing some great stories. I loathe vampires.
Courtney Milan's books are always richly detailed, thoroughly thought out, and full of the visual and auditory texture that brings the story off the printed page. This book is no exception. The narration is good, too; Rebecca de Leeuw sounds remarkably like Joanna Lumley at times, and her plummy tones shift to West Country, from female to male, and from one class to another, distinctly and easily. I would definitely listen to more by this narrator. I'd love it if she could do the recording for the third book in the series, because the narrator on that one is terrible.
Although he is in the public eye a lot due to the popularity of his book, Mark is not comfortable with his fame. He ventures to the town of his youth to get away from the public eye. Unbeknownst to him, there is bounty on his chastity.
Jessica is a desperate woman. She wants out of the position dealt to her by poor past decisions and so she willingly strikes a bargain to ruin the author of the manual on chastity. As prepared as she is in the art of seduction and ruination, she has not a clue in protecting her heart.
Mark and Jessica are a match so perfect yet without the cliche of opposites attract. They have become one of my favorite fictional couples. However, more than just the clever banter and heartbreaking to later heart-soothing circumstances depicted, Milan addresses some strong points in this book. Although it may have teetered, at times, on lecture, I found a lot of good qualities in the morals of the characters as well as their complexity in their stances and values. this was entertaining and thoughtful, romantic and heartbreaking all at once. I enjoyed this installment very much and look forward to listening to the next one with the mysterious Smite Turner.
Narrator: Polly Lee
To be quite honest, I couldn't tell the difference between this new narrator and the one who read for the first book. Both did a superb job with narration, pace, tone, and differentiation of the characters. Accents were done well and I didn't have trouble with volume levels
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