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Publisher's Summary

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 voila, 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 16. 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?
Contains mature themes.
©2015 Joanna Shupe (P)2015 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"This original and alluring novel is a very promising beginning to Shupe's career." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Susynne on 07-29-15

Wickedly Delightful !

Fantastic! I know nothing about Joanna Shupe except that she wrote THIS book ... and what a great job she did at that! From depth of character and plot to fabulous emotional trials and enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes. All of this wrapped expertly into a enchanting, enthrailingand stimulating novel.

NARRATOR: Excellent as well. Her performance is spot on as she delivers individual personalities with voices all their own.


HEAT FACTOR: steamy, sizzling and constantly boiling over!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Cam on 08-23-15

A joy to listen to

I was in the hunt for a good historical romance when I came across this book. Yes I did LOVE the first half but as a whole a VERY enjoyable story. The plot was intriguing and I found myself wanting to get back home so I could listen to the rest. I agree with the Amazon reviewer saying, "I don't know what it was ... the writing style, the characters, the whole premise" was what drew me to the Audible app at every free turn in my day. The best scenes are in the first half when Julia pretends to be a famous courtesan and tries to seduce Nick. Tender moments and passionate love scenes. You can't go wrong with this book.

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