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Wonderful, original story of Marian Langley, an impoverished woman seeking to become a mistress to save her family. She seeks out Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, to be her teacher and hopefully help her find her first client. Nathaniel agrees but ends up being taught much more by Marian. Loved these characters and the story was unique. Highly recommend.
The first thing that I think I should say is that this isn't a historical romance; it's an erotic historical romance/historical erotica. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, and some of my favorite books are HRER. However, when you pick up a chocolate thinking it's going to have raspberry inside, only to bite in and discover coconut, it could be the best coconut candy in the world and you'll still be disappointed that it wasn't raspberry. I was desperate for more emotional, intellectual, and spiritual connection between these two. As it stood, I couldn't buy into their HEA because it felt so driven by sex. I agreed with the heroine's assessment that the hero would probably get bored of her once the lust died out.
All in all, the writing was lovely, but I don't think that this one was for me. However, I do strongly advise anyone in the mood for a hot and heavy Historical Erotic Romance should pick this up!
The author started with a implausible plot, the heroine decided to become a courtesan to save her siblings from poverty. The hero was to teach her the necessary skills. At that point in the story, the read became nothing but explicit sex scenes. Not worth reading.
It’s not just that this book is forgettable, it’s that I keep forgetting I’m reading it. And I’m a card carrying member of the bad decisions book club. I never put down a book. I either DNF or don’t put it down until I’m done.
So I’m not sure what to make of this. I’m at 55% and I keep setting it aside and leaving it for a few days before I remember to pick it up again, but there isn’t any real reason I can come up with for this, and it isn’t as if I don’t like it. Usually I actively hate a book to DNF.
Sure, there’s an odd jarringly non-historical phrase here and there. Pretty sure “no worries there” wasn’t used in the early 1800s.
The writing’s fine. The characters have enough going on to be mildly compelling. The plot isn’t too ridiculous. I guess the emphasis is on mildly and not compelling.
The one thing to note is this is one of those books where the hero and heroine don’t seem to know the difference between love and lust. Once they start lusting for each other, that seems to be the extent of their feelings, which I always find disappointing. It’s such a juvenile way to write a romance.
Several reviews note this is an erotic historical, so one might chalk this up to that, but I’ve read plenty of erotic novels where the characters know the difference, and it adds needed depth and maturity to the story.
So maybe that’s my issue. I need more emotional growth to the characters’ arc rather than nothing but physical desire, and this book just doesn’t have it.
How a woman breaking all the rules will be able to find her happily ever after.
I do have read the entire series less one book, lost somewhere on my shelves, but will read it too. When I closed the previous book THIS SCOT OF MINE, I was so eager to read Marian’s story, I preordered it as soon as it was announced.
My first remark is the blurb tells too much about the story, it nearly sums up the whole story, so where are the surprises while reading this book? I confess I felt like robbed of a part of my fun.
Marian had her up and down with me, she is a caring woman, ready to sacrifice her future for her family, but she was also very judgmental at the beginning about the duke, when he has the perfect profil as a future employer if she really did decide to engage in the world oldest profession business. Hopefully from haughty and picky, she revised her opinion of him, when she realized he was the best option she has. Also I found her rather puerile at the beginning, for a 24 years old woman, her reactions to her environment and situation lacked of thoughts, and some were very childish moves, as if she had procrastinated until she was faced with an unmovable wall. I suppose it was probably the case of many women during these times, still for all her daring and cleverness, she was quite slow on the uptake.
I loved Nate, despite everything he thinks about himself, he is a good man. After the upbringing he had, and the loss of his late wife and their still-born child, it does not offend me, he prefers to not engage his heart and engages in sexual Congress with professionals. He was more the Broken or Hollow Duke to me than the Depraved Duke. After a life of pain and loss, he could have turned worse. Still, he let himself be entranced by the lively and determined Marian.
Even if it is not my favorite read in this series, part of my pleasure stolen by the few twists in the plot left to discover while reading it, I devoured it in few hours, turning the pages avidly. I would have liked to see them married a bit longer, for them to get to know really the other, to try to heal each other wounds until their reached their epiphany. So do not deny yourself an entertaining read, Mrs Jordan mixed the perfect components for a page-turning sensual tale of second chances. 4.5 stars And now I am curious about Marian’s sister, Charlotte.
I was granted through Edelweiss an advance copy by the publisher Avon. I previously preordered my own copy. Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
I ripped through The Duke's Stolen Bride in less than 24 hours after watching a really not satisfying ending to Sanditon on PBS. So.... In some ways, The Duke's Stolen Bride is very old school: virgin heroine is put in an untenable position, and the local Duke ends up being a hottie who can help her out. Marian decides to become a courtesan to get her family out of debt after her father's death. She meets Nate, the dashing, if emotionally remote Duke and would-be tutor; and finally there's the villainous and kind of gross Mr. Lawrence. It all adds up to a sexy bit of melodrama that's an enjoyable read.
For Marian, it’s all about choice and control and later, pleasure, something women didn’t have much of in her time. Do I wish there was more focus on the witty, intelligent conversation aspect of being a courtesan? Sure. But that would make this a different book. I enjoyed the one Sophie Jordan gave us.