Friday, March 31, 2017

Book Review And Giveaway : Once A Courtesan by Liana Lefey


Once a Courtesan
by Liana LeFey 
Publication Date: March 27, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Historical Romance


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SYNOPSIS:

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.

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REVIEW

I loved this book and it is one of my favorites in 2017.You know the feeling that you get when you read the blurb and think 'this might be the one'?I had that for this book and I'm super glad it didn't disappoint.
It had the perfect mix of action,mystery,romance and steam in it!the chemistry between Will and Jacqueline was soo good!Jacqueline is completely different from the usual heroines that we see in HR.She has based her life on running a school that saves the daughters of courtesans and other lowly women, trains them in the skills they need for a better future, and improves their lives.
But she has a past that could have made the strongest crumble.And she doesn't want to spoil someone else's chance of a future also, especially someone honorable like Will.
She was strong,feisty,protective and loyal to a fault.Even when she had people fighting for her she remained independent.The way she loved her girls was beautiful!

Will was perfect for her.As an undercover constable he has done a lot, but this is the first time that someone has gotten under his skin.He not only admires and respects Jacqueline's strength, but he is also there for her if she ever needs help.He doesn't force his opinions or help on her.He waits for her to figure things out, but is also there to save the day if things get out of hand.They make a perfect team too!

The suspense along with the brewing romance kept me on the edge of my seat.Though the players were revealed in the second half, I was still turning the pages quickly to find out what would happen next.I was praying for all the characters to remain safe and get a happy ending and let me just say I was very satisfied with it!

If you're looking for something different and want a historical romance-thriller with a gritty story and amazing characters you should definitely get this book!Trust me there's no way you would not love it!

EXCERPT

Will barely stopped himself from exclaiming in shock at the sight of the pale, puckered scar circling Trouvère’s wrist. He looked away before she could catch him staring at it. Now he knew why instead of the tight elbow-length sleeves currently in fashion, hers went all the way to her wrists before ending in a froth of lace.
My God… Had she done it to herself? He risked another glance. No. It wasn’t the sort of mark left by a blade; it was the sort of scarring left by rope rubbing and cutting into flesh. Horror warred with curiosity. How had she come by such a terrible wound? Did she have a matching one on the other wrist? He’d seen such marks before in his line of work, and they usually came in pairs. Those who bore them had almost always been held prisoner at some point and struggled against their bonds. From the layered look of the scar, she’d done so for an extended period of time.
Thoughts tumbled over one another in a melee of suspicion, accusation, and speculation. She was French. Had she fled incarceration in France and settled in England to escape justice? Was Trouvère really her name? What was a woman with scars like that doing running a school?
She has suffered. The thought evoked a queer sensation of heaviness inside him, as if a weight had settled on his chest. Whatever the origin of that scar, she’d endured great pain in the making of it.
Who put it there? He longed to ask, but the way she snatched her hands back and drew them down out of sight behind her desk made him suspect she wouldn’t want to discuss it. One after another, questions popped up in his mind like mushrooms after arain.
Who is she, really?



ABOUT LIANA LEFEY

 
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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