4 stars · Duke · Kensington Books · Regency · Romance

The Courtesan Duchess (Wicked Deceptions, #1)


22494733[1]By Joanna Shupe

How to seduce an estranged husband—and banish debt!—in four wickedly improper, shockingly pleasurable steps…

1. Learn the most intimate secrets of London’s leading courtesan.
2. Pretend to be a courtesan yourself, using the name Juliet Leighton.
3. Travel to Venice and locate said husband.
4. Seduce husband, conceive an heir, and voilà, your future is secure!

For Julia, the Duchess of Colton, such a ruse promises to be foolproof. After all, her husband has not bothered to lay eyes on her in eight years, since their hasty wedding day when she was only sixteen. But what begins as a tempestuous flirtation escalates into full-blown passion—and the feeling is mutual. Could the man the Courtesan Duchess married actually turn out to be the love of her life?

My review

While reading I enjoyed this book very much, Julia/Juliet was such an engaging character, trying to find a solution to her problems, determined to reach her goals, but still always conscious of other peoples feelings. I had a harder time to like Nick. The book was a real page turner and I flew through it. While reflecting on what to write in my review, I kind of got annoyed with Julia for being so naive, her plan to get her pregnant with Nick’s heir had some major flaws, like why would he believe the baby to be his??And Nick didn’t do anything to redeem him in my eyes. These factors dimmed my enjoyment of the book a bit until I realized that Julia probably herself would see in hindsight that it was maybe not the smartest way to act and only her desperation made her come up with this ridiculous plan. The verdict: definitely worth reading!



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