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The King's Courtesan

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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 situations...it 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

    TOP PICK 4 1/2 STARS - ROMANTIC TIMES

    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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