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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Once a Courtesan by Liana LeFey - Book Review

Book review
By Suze

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Jacqueline had to overcome many obstacles in her past. She was born in France and after a terrible start in London she's now leading a happier life as the headmistress of a school for girls with troubled histories. The school has rich benefactors who wish to remain anonymous. Jacqueline knows how to keep a secret and she will do anything for her girls. She offers them a safe haven and a decent education. Will is her newest teacher. He's working for the police and after a tip about Jacqueline he's trying to find out if she's the head of a human trafficking network, which is the exact opposite of what her school is all about. Who has put him on Jacqueline's trail and with what purpose?

Will is used to going undercover. He's effortlessly pretending to be the math teacher, and only man, at a school for girls. Jacqueline fascinates him and Will is instantly attracted to her. She's hiding something though and he needs to find out what it is. While Jacqueline and her school are under threat Will is falling for the headmistress. Fortunately he's at the right place at the right time, so he can help Jacqueline defend her innocent pupils. Will there be room for romance or are their lives so complicated that Will and Jacqueline don't have a chance together?

Once a Courtesan is an action-packed love story. Jacqueline is incredibly strong. She can defend herself, she's standing up for others, she's fought her way out of a bad life and she's determined to give many abused girls a good and hopeful future. I admired her courage, her fierceness and her beautiful spirit. Will is just as protective and noble as Jacqueline and they do everything they can to keep others safe. They are an amazing match, they are both brave and have wonderful personalities. I loved their deep and real connection. I'm a big fan of stories about true love and Once a Courtesan is a great one.

Liana LeFey knows how to build tension. Her story is gripping, fascinating and intriguing. She kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Once a Courtesan is a romantic adrenaline rush and I loved that combination. There are many surprising twists and turns and I found the story both thrilling and compelling. I was hooked from the start because of the intricate plot combined with a multilayered emotional background. What happened to Jacqueline moved me to tears and Liana LeFey writes about it in a sympathetic, but raw and honest way. She skillfully combines attraction with battles and does that with plenty of control and energy, which I found really fabulous. I absolutely loved Once a Courtesan and highly recommend this terrific story.


If you love action-packed historical romance you should definitely read Once a Courtesan.

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.

Author links

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon Author Profile

US only Giveaway

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  1. A great review. I love how you said it kept you on the edge of your seat. My kind of book. I love when the female heroin is strong and tough. I'm definitely going to read it. Especially since I love historical romance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  2. I need to get back into this genre. I used to spend my summers devouring these, and always loved the glorious covers. Wonderful review and captivating story:)

  3. Sounds nice. Its been a while that I read a new HR. Thank you

  4. Damn! This sounds so good. I have to read it.

  5. Beautiful cover, intriguing plot

  6. Jacqueline sounds like an incredible woman.

  7. sounds like a good read, love a good romance. I also love the artwork!

  8. Amazing review! It sounds amazing!

  9. I love the review . I can't wait to read this book !

  10. Wow this sounds very good. I like that the characters and story are multilayered and it showcases a strong female character.

  11. Great review! This book sounds intriguing.

  12. Oh, that dress on the cover is so beautiful but must have been so uncomfortable and impractical!

  13. i love courageous heroine and the fact she want to help other makes her even more admirable because at the time it must not have been easy at all so definitively on my list, thanks for the review