The Courtesan Duchess : Wicked Deceptions

  • by Joanna Shupe
  • Narrated by Carmen Rose
  • Series: Wicked Deceptions
  • 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"This original and alluring novel is a very promising beginning to Shupe's career." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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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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- Cam

WOW Hot and steamy. Never a dull moment. Enjoyed!

I really enjoyed this book. It was hot and steamy for sure. But not over the top. I really really enjoyed the heroine Julia, she was beautiful, smart, witty, sassy, and very daring. Nothing like learning from the best courtesan how to seduce your husband when your a virgin. LOL I liked Nick too, he was so sexy and very charming in the beginning you had to like him, so when he got a bit mean in the middle of the story you still couldn't hate him. The chemistry between these two was great. Not forced at all. It felt very real. The sex was seriously hot and steamy, and very well written.

I loved the story line and plot. It was great, and different in a good way. It flowed very nicely, the characters were well developed. There was a little mystery and villian woven in as well. It was a very easy read and follow along without getting lost.

There was lots of dialogue throughout the entire book. I love lots of dialogue, (its so much better than inner thoughts). The dialogue was very good too. This book was not full of misunderstanding, communication or the dreaded- assuming that look meant something completely opposite of what it really meant. I despise that kind of writing. So this was a real treat. Not full of angst either.

As for the narration, 3.5 stars. Carmen Rose did a much better job with this book than the last book I recently listened to by her. She was less robotic sounding in this book. Glad for that. She still needs to work on her robotic reading voice. She does do her best to make the men sound like men, she could work on that a little too. But she does try and she does give everyone their own distinct voice. She is not the best or the worst narrator. I will listen to her again since I am totally going to read/listen to the next book in this series.

This was totally worth the credit for sure. I really enjoyed this story and the listen.
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- Tracy T "Audible Addict!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio