Seven Nights to Forever

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The author of Her Ladyship's Companion once again pushes the erotic boundaries of Regency romance.

Destitute after her father's death, Rose Marlowe has debts to settle and a younger brother to support. But she also possesses a matchless beauty-one that could command quite a price. Now, every month, Rose spends one week at a decadent London brothel, where she's become a sought-after prize.

Then one night she meets a wealthy merchant. Handsome, ...

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Overview

The author of Her Ladyship's Companion once again pushes the erotic boundaries of Regency romance.

Destitute after her father's death, Rose Marlowe has debts to settle and a younger brother to support. But she also possesses a matchless beauty-one that could command quite a price. Now, every month, Rose spends one week at a decadent London brothel, where she's become a sought-after prize.

Then one night she meets a wealthy merchant. Handsome, kind and compassionate, with a lonely soul that matches her own, James Archer is not her typical client. Falling in love with a client, never mind a married one, is unthinkable. Yet Rose can't help but lose herself as one night becomes seven-and seven nights leads to a chance at forever.

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A scorned husband finds love in the arms of an elegant courtesan in this passionate and touching Regency. Respectable country gentlewoman Rose Marlowe supports her brother and repays her dead father's substantial debts by working seven sensual nights a month in an exclusive brothel. Wealthy merchant James Archer, locked into a terrible marriage as the price of his younger sister's entry into high society, seeks satisfaction in her arms. As their seven nights speed by, Collins (Her Ladyship's Companion) builds a skillful and sensitive portrait of their journey to passion and love. James's villainous wife is shallowly portrayed, but his surprisingly mature sister, Rebecca, and, especially, the bisexual prostitute Timothy Ashton, Rose's close friend, deserve their own turns in the spotlight. Though the setting is not particularly specific or rich in period detail, the sizzling central romance is exceptionally good and will entirely satisfy fans of sensual historicals. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425236833
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,429,558
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Evangeline Collins resides in Michigan with her husband and daughter. She holds a BS in engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated with honors.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

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    A LUCH PASSIONATE READ!!

    A lush, sensual, passionate story with a devastating pair of lovers who come together in the most unlikely of ways to find true love in romance author, Evangeline Collins's SEVEN NIGHT TO HEAVEN released by Berkley Sensations on November 2010.

    Wealthy gentleman merchant, James arch was forced into a love les marriage to a woman who cannot stand the sight of him.


    "He let out another heavy sigh. He'd been reduced to knocking on the back door of a brothel.


    But the loneliness had become too much to bear. It had long since eaten its way into his chest, leaving a hollow ache he knew well. He thought himself well reconciled to his fate. Duty to one's family came before all else, after all. Yet tonight the prospect of returning home to her seemed next to impossible."


    "One night. That is all he needed. One night with a woman who did not despise him, or at the very least would keep such thoughts to herself."



    I could not help but fall for James Archer in SEVEN NIGHT TO HEAVEN. The unique prose of a married man in the Victorian time who married for the good of his family to a woman who despised him but feel deeply and passionately in love the courtesan intrigued me. I was curious as to him Ms. Collin's would pull this off without it come across tripe; since we read the prose in the reverse. I loved it; plain, simple and easy-peasy answer. I was completely submerged in the story that I felt I was standing side by side James and going through and feeling every emotion he did. His presence alone was strong enough to jump off the three hundred and thirty-six pages. What drew me was James Archer's clear, crisp and concise voice that wrung out. He was a quiet presence that family did not notice. He was a true alpha male in ever sense of the word as he fought an uphill battle to be with the one woman who accepted and loved him for who he was. He fought for a chance to be happy and to have a life that he wanted, away fro London, the ton and nonsensical parties. All he ever wanted was a wife, him, hearth and children and Rose was the only woman that could give him all those things. God, I love a man that knows what he wants and fights to the bitter end to get it.


    I admit it. I adore Rose Marlowe. A true beauty inside and out. A woman that had your back when you need her too. Thrown into the world of high priced prostitution five years ago after her father dies leaving her to care for her twelve year old brother; Rose did the only thing she could do. I give her credit. Here she was stuck .literally .between a rock and a hard place. It's the Victorian era and women aren't supposed to work. You either married for money, your family supported you or you found other unsavory offers of unemployment. Thankfully for her beauty Rose was able to set her price and limitation of working at the brothel seven days a month. If I were in her shoes I have no idea what I would do.

    Ms. Collin's gave us a group of interesting characters in SEVEN NIGHT TO HEAVEN with a band of misfits, her ostentatious eighteen-year-old brother, Dashel and throw in the girls and boys at Madame Rubicon's brothel and you are going to have one intense erotic pleasure of a read.

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

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    Seven Nights that I wanted to last Forever!

    James Archer is an honorable man trapped in a loveless marriage. A marriage of convenience (that has turned more into an inadvertent quest for sainthood) that was selflessly agreed upon to further the social status of his younger sister in his family's attempt to climb the social ranks. Despite a wife that despises everything about him, he remains steadfast and true to his vows even though his wife flaunts her adulterous affairs. After years of rejection, humility, and tireless selflessness, the loneliness of his existence becomes more than he can bear so he turns to a prostitute named Rose, someone that is paid, that has no connection to his wife, and consequently couldn't potentially ruin his sister's debut in society. A simple exchange of money for affection...not necessarily sex, as you would imagine, but a mutual need that quickly turns into a relationship between them, though neither of them desire such a connection...two similarly selfless people living to survive each and every day.

    Though Rose and James's story takes place over a period of just a few days, the way their love story is told makes it feel as though the intimacy and bond that forms between the two of them is a natural progression in their relationship. It feels sumptuous, unhurried...a languorous love affair that I loved. However, I do wish that one of the love scenes towards the end would have better illustrated the intimacy that evolved in their relationship, i.e. from lust to love that encompassed the feelings that they developed for each other. This may seem like a request for just another love scene, but since their relationship was first based on sex, it would have been nice for one of the love scenes to hold more meaning to each of them....even if they weren't willing to admit it to themselves or each other at the time.

    The only other thing that I wish would have been explored further in the book was how Rose came to be a prostitute. How does a gently bred woman come to the realization that this is her best option? Did she become a mistress in order to settle one of her father's debts, which then eventually led to her decision to be a prostitute instead? I felt that this was important to her character because it definitely influenced Rose and the choices that she made...especially the one in which she decided not to be one man's mistress, as well as why she felt so strongly about not having a patron that was married. I would have liked to have more insight into her history...not that it would have made a tremendous difference to her character and the story. I just would have understood some of her reasoning better.

    Despite my criticisms, I loved this story. I loved James and Rose. I loved that the story was all about them and their struggles internally, with each other, and with their families without getting distracted by perilous plots, hard to believe adventures, and numerous villains. It was just James and Rose and how they came to find love with each other. It's not very often that I feel as passionate about both the hero and the heroine, but I loved them both equally. They are some of my favorite characters I have had the pleasure of reading about this year, and since this story is all about the characters, it made the story that much better in my opinion. If I could sing the praises of Seven Nights to Forever it would almost be an opera! No doubt it will end up on my list of best historical romances for 2010.

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

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    a provocative, passionate and compassionate Regency romance

    In 1819 London, the deaths of their parents left the two Marlowe children without money. The older Rose knows of one way a woman can earn a living so that she can support her younger brother and pay back her late father's creditors. Thus one week in every month Rose works at Rubicon, London's most infamous brothel.

    Wealthy merchant James Archer turns to Rubicon to escape his horrific marriage to a shrew Lady Amelia who has used her sponsorship amongst the Ton of his beloved sibling Rebecca as a means to keep him in line. When he and Rose meet, karma occurs as each knows they have found a soul mate as lonely as they are. He returns several times and finally asks her to spend a week with him, but not at Rubicon. Each expects the passion, but neither anticipated falling in love, a forbidden feeling.

    Seven Nights to Forever is a provocative, passionate and compassionate Regency romance. The lead couple is a delightful pairing of two lonely people with no future together falling in love during a one week tryst; while the support cast is three dimensional except for his shrewish spouse. Reversing the genders of the heated Her Ladyship's Companion, Evangeline Collins provides a wonderful historical that should include a sequel starring Rebecca and supported by the lead couple and fascinating "mentor" bisexual prostitute Timothy.

    Harriet Klausner

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