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The King's Courtesan

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  • Posted September 20, 2014

    Soldier of Fortune is the thrilling second book in the Rakes and

    Soldier of Fortune is the thrilling second book in the Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration series. Author Judith James transports her readers to 17th century London and takes them on an exciting, adventurous, and emotional tale.

    King Charles has an attachment to his young mistress Hope. Living under immense pressure and formalities the King finds Hope enchanting, idealistic, and she is his breath of fresh air is his otherwise demanding life. 

    However his Queen will not approve of such an affair and with her arrival looming King Charles has to act fast. He must manipulate and outwit both the Queen and Hope in order to have everything that he wants. This is where we meet Captain Robert Nichols. 

    King Charles confiscated Captain Nichols’ land. When Elizabeth returns to as King Charles to return the land to her friend, King Charles sees an opportunity to make a trade with Captain Nichols. King Charles will arrange for Captain Nichols to marry Hope in exchange for his land back and an appointment to Baron Nichols. Anticipating that Hope’s marriage will give her an appearance of respectability in the Queen’s eye, King Charles sees this as a way that Hope can stay in his life, be available to him, protected in a loveless and manufactured marriage, and not pose a threat to his Queen. However, the King never envisioned Hope falling in love with her Captain Robert Nichols.

    James has a solid grasp of her world and brings it fully to life. She will captivate you with this story and the unforgettable characters that inhabit it. The passion and heat between Robert and Hope is inspiring, sensual and endearing. The intertwining of the characters and their lives brings a full embodiment of the era. While you can read this book standalone in the series I was pleasantly surprised to see some of the same characters from Libertine’s Kiss and what they were up to. I highly recommend this book and this author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    True love...

    This is not a romance novel. The man is neither the gentleman or the rogue; the woman is not a virginal beauty. This, is a love story. A woman born into prostitution chooses to make a better life for herself. A man, troubled from his past, finds that his wife is everything he needs in life. From the dialogue to the is all so realistic which proved to be far more romantic than the typical romance novel. You feel what the characters feel and it puts love into z new perspective.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    This is an entertaining Restoration romance

    Her mother always reminded Hope Matthews that she was a whore just like she was. Still Hope has ambition to use her body to socially climb the ladder rather than just allow her clients to climb on her. She has had a pair of protectors, but by 1662 she has become mistress to recently returned to the throne King Charles Stuart as her lover. However with the Queen coming to Whitehall, King Charles must decide what to do with his favorite lover as she understands she is the sacrifice to the monarch's wife.

    The Civil War resulting in Charles being back on the throne has left Captain Robert Nichol landless as he fought on the losing side. He is angry at his misfortune. However, his friend recently married Elizabeth de Veres and her husband Will (see Libertine's Kiss) get Charles to agree to give Robert back his land if he marries his mistress as a front to the royal affair. He accepts the term though he loathes the concept of his wife sleeping with anyone; made even more unbearable when he falls in love with his spouse.

    This is an entertaining Restoration romance that if loaded with a rich historical background interwoven with an endearing romance. The lead couple is an engaging pairing of independent flawed souls who fall in love while fearing the day the King demands his favorite lover serendipitously rendezvous with him. Historical romance readers will relish this exciting late seventeenth century tale.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011


    THE KING'S COURTESAN by Judith James Genre:
    Historical Romance, Historical Fiction,
    England Sensuality: HOT Setting:
    Restoration England
    RT Rating 4.5 Stars.

    James' fully realized version of naughty, bawdy Restoration England is the ideal setting for her marvelous characters to play out their sensual and romantic love story. Through the pages readers come to believe in hope, true love, trust and the great gift of passion lovers share. The quick pace, strong dialogue and high degree of sensuality added to the lush backdrop will have readers enthralled.

    A bawd's daughter, Hope Matthews, has had two protectors before King Charles chooses her as his favorite mistress. With Charles' queen arriving at court, Hope realizes her days are numbered. The recent Civil War and Charles' return to the throne have altered Captain Robert Nichol's fortunes for the worse. He has lost his lands. But a dear friend and fate intervene with the king presenting Robert with a new dilemma; all he need do to reclaim his land is wed the king's mistress; providing a cover for Hope and Charles' affair to continue.

    Robert has no desire to be the cuckold, but he does want his home. Each agrees to the king's scheme, but neither expects passion to flare between them. Both Hope and Robert desire independence and their clash of wills can be heard from the countryside to London. Eventually they realize only the other can heal their past. But what will happen when Charles calls Hope back to court?

    (HQN, Sep., 372 pp., $7.99) Reviewed By: Kathe Robin Publisher: HQN Published: September 2011

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