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THE COURTESAN'S SECRET
by Claudia Dain

Genre: Historical Romance, England, Georgian Period
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 1802 London

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Dain's clever tale of love and mayhem is a bit convoluted and repetitive, but her talent for writing humor remains. That, plus her wickedly suggestive dialogue and a diverse set of characters, comes together in an enjoyable story.

Lady Louisa Kirkland sets her cap for a marquess, to no avail. She turns for help to ex-courtesan Lady Sophia Dalby, who knows that the marquess isn't right for her, but Lord Henry Blakesly, who loves her, is.

Louisa treats Henry as a friend to be used in her pursuit of the marquess. But when she kisses him, all thoughts of the marquess disappear. Underneath that upright cynical demeanor is a passionate man who knows what he wants--Louisa. (Berkley, May, 336 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed By: Joan Hammond

Publisher: Berkley

Published: May 2008

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