The Courtesan's Secret

The Courtesan's Secret

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by Claudia Dain
     
 

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An unrequited love who is in possession of her family's pearls leaves Lady Louisa Kirkland no choice. She must call on Lady Sophia, an ex-courtesan cleverer than all the other ton matrons combined.

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An unrequited love who is in possession of her family's pearls leaves Lady Louisa Kirkland no choice. She must call on Lady Sophia, an ex-courtesan cleverer than all the other ton matrons combined.

Editorial Reviews

Liz Carlyle
A witty Regency that sparkles and sizzles! (New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle)
Sabrina Jeffries
Claudia Dain's emotionally charged writing...will take your breath away. (New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries)
Connie Brockway
Claudia Dain writes with intelligence, sensuality, and heart...extraordinary! (New York Times bestselling author Connie Brockway)
Publishers Weekly

The latest entertaining Edwardian from Dain (The Courtesan's Daughter) aims from the start at putting fiery and beautiful Lady Louisa Kirkland into the right beau's arms. Whether Louisa knows it or not, her companion in friendship since her coming out, Lord Henry Blakesley, is the one for her-not the more delectable marquis of Dutton. Luckily, former courtesan and current countess Lady Sophia Dalby has the perspicacity to perceive that fact. When Lady Louisa comes to Lady Sophia and asks for help landing the marquis, the latter knows just what to do. With some help from a sinful cast of seconds and a few carefully placed red herrings, Sophia arranges all. Frank sexual content, highly amusing repartee and some wickedly attractive open ends round things out. (May)

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Library Journal

Once again the infamous (and former courtesan) Lady Sophia Dalby puts her considerable matchmaking talents to work when she comes to the aid of young Louisa Kirkland, who wants to retrieve her family's pearls and win the heart of the man who has them. But the man of her dreams is not the one for her, as Sophia has a much more suitable match in mind. All it takes is a wager to set things in motion-and let the fun begin. Clever, smart, fresh, and passionate, this lively romp is the latest addition to Dain's courtesan series (The Courtesan's Daughter); readers will find it as delightfully entertaining as the last. Dain lives in North Carolina.


—Kristin Ramsdell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440636691
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Series:
Courtesan Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
656,506
File size:
316 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Courtesan's Secret 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1800 during her first season, Lady Louisa Kirkland fell in love with the Marquess of Dutton but two years later he shows no indication of returning her feelings. Desperate to seduce Dutton, Louisa asks retired courtesan Lady Sophia Dalby for help as the woman proved a wizard when she manipulated her daughter¿s love match (see THE COURTESAN'S DAUGHTER). --- Somewhat amused that her Machiavellian matchmaking skills are admired the Countess agrees to help Louisa wins her heart¿s desire. However, she knows that Dutton would not look twice at Louisa, but Lord Henry Blakesly would look eternally at her though he tries to hide his regard behind a cynical demeanor. Although Louisa sees Henry as a friend, Sophia persuades her to kiss him in order allegedly to make Dutton jealous. --- Humor abounds in this engaging Regency romance as the former courtesan steals the show from the lead couple. Louisa is a fascinating protagonist as her desperation takes her to her new hero, Sophia whose exploits with Caro and Ash are Regency legend. Henry is also an interesting character who hides his deep feelings for Louisa behind a mask of sarcasm, but Sophia sees through to the heart of the matter. Fans will enjoy the return of the matchmaking courtesan. --- Harriet Klausner
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Pat76 More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd in a series that now numbers five. See my review on book 1 The Courtesan's Daughter. You will see why.
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Saami More than 1 year ago
This book is leagues better than it's predecessor. I would reccomend reading The Courtesan's Daughter only because all the characters from The Courtesan's Secret are more fully introduced. Much better character development and writing style in this sequel.
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