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A Courtesan's Scandal (Scandalous Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B002PMVQA4
- Publisher : Pocket Books; Reissue edition (September 30, 2009)
- Publication date : September 30, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1259 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #880,624 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I usually don't like JL's heroines. The heroes are always lap dogs to their shrewish behaviors. They are always very unlikeable to me, but in this book I thought the heroine was well drawn out and had a realistic personality. Actually all the characters including the secondary ones were portrayed very well. "Hell has no fury like a woman scorned" comes to mind when thinking of the hero's adulterous mistress. I'm not so sure how I feel about our leads HEA with her and the prince still around, lol.
The ending was not as satisfying as I would have liked though. The stage scene at the end was rather eye rolling material, and there should have been an epilogue. There was just too much loose ends to tie up for there not to be one. Were his family ruined because he married a courtesan? Will the prince try to get revenge on the duke for stealing his mistress? Will the Duke's spurned mistress stab them all in their sleep? I guess we will never know!
On a more general note, I'm not sure why we are constantly being treated to heroes who are dukes -- there were VERY few of them even in the Regency era, yet if you look at the shelves in the romance section you could be persuaded that the aristocracy was just a bunch of dukes with a few counts and countesses thrown in... There are just way way way too many of them in romance fiction!
Kate is a courtesan, not by choice but by the unfortunate circumstances of being born poor but beautiful. The Prince of Wales purchases her from her benefactor but because of scandal within the royal family due to his constant adultery he has to hide this affair from the public. She is forced to pretend to be having a relationship with one of the Prince's subjects, the Duke of Darlington.
Not only do both parties involved dislike each other at first sight but they are both reluctant to pretend to like each other. The Duke feels he is above women such as Kate and she feels that he is too arrogant for her tastes. Being forced to act out this charade in public doesn't help either party in any way, Kate is ostracized from polite society because she is a courtesan and the Duke must fend off the censure of his family for being seen in public with one.
Even though the plot was a bit far-fetched (I find it hard to believe that a Duke would ever fall in love with a courtesan) I still enjoyed this book. The first two books in the series were not unlike a punishment to me; long, boring and just plain crap. In most romances I've read the woman that is supposed to be a courtesan never actually becomes one (she usually just dabbles with the idea), so this plot was a bit different in that Kate actually was one. I found Kate easy to sympathize with and the Duke to be more likable as the book progressed. I just wish she would've gone further in depth at the end of the book. I feel like so many questions were left unanswered. Would the Duke's family ever accept Kate? Would society shun them? Overall I would say this book was worth a read. There are appearances by the characters in her last two books in this series, so if you did actually like those books you can see them once again. I wouldn't go into reading this book thinking it is the best you're ever going to read, but it is a pleasant diversion on a cold fall day.
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Secondly and without giving the ending away too much, it was like watching a low budget American film on Channel 5 during daytime hours - it was unrealistic, and was so cheesy I nearly didn't bother to read the end. It was really disappointing as I had enjoyed the book so much.
I rate books based on whether I enjoy reading them, and this one I enjoyed very much. It was well written and I felt I was in the Historical period. I liked the fact that Kate was a courtesan through no fault of her own and I enjoyed her interaction with her friends and protectors. I liked she was poor (because that is how is was for most people 200 years ago). I loved her romance with Grayson.
I didn't put the book down for days/weeks and struggle to finish it - I read it straight through. Julia has done her job. ENTERTAINED ME ! And that's what I look for in a book. Whether it be a mystery, murder, romance etc.