Courtesan

Courtesan

by Susan Carroll
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Courtesan by Susan Carroll

Skilled in passion, artful in deception, and driven by betrayal, she is the glittering center of the royal court–but the most desired woman of Renaissance France will draw the wrath of a dangerous adversary.

Paris, 1575. The consort of some of Europe’s most influential men, Gabrielle Cheney is determined to secure her future by winning the heart of Henry, the Huguenot king of Navarre. As his mistress, Gabrielle hopes she might one day become the power behind the French throne. But her plans are jeopardized by Captain Nicolas Rémy, a devoted warrior whose love Gabrielle desires–and fears–above all. She will also incur the malevolence of the Dark Queen, Catherine de’ Medici, whose spies and witch-hunters are legion, and who will summon the black arts to maintain her authority. With the lives of those she loves in peril, Gabrielle must rebel against her queen to fulfill a glorious destiny she has sacrificed everything to gain.

Alive with vivid period detail and characters as vibrant as they are memorable, The Courtesan is a sweeping historical tale of dangerous intrigues, deep treachery, and one woman’s unshakable resolve to honor her heart.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345484642
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/26/2005
Series: Dark Queen Saga , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 205,545
File size: 670 KB

About the Author

Susan Carroll is an award-winning romance author whose books include The Bride Finder and its two sequels, The Night Drifter and Midnight Bride, as well as The Painted Veil, Winterbourne, The Dark Queen, The Courtesan, The Silver Rose, The Huntress, Twilight of a Queen, and The Lady of Secrets. She lives in Rock Island, Illinois.

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Courtesan 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book (500+ pages) in less than 48 hrs, while still managing to be a full time mommy, student, and work too! it was impossible to put down! i cant wait until the next book, i'm counting the days! you must read it!
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
This book was good! Gabrielle is by far the most exciting sister to read about! I loved the intrigue in the court and how beneath everyone's plans there's always a hidden agenda of what they really want. This is a great mix of historical fiction mixed with paranormal and fantasy. The plot was interesting, the romance was there but I was able to tolerate it, and the ending was great and I'm really looking forward to the next book. There is also a helpful author's note at the end of the novel to explain what's fact and fiction - very helpful and a nice explanation done by Susan Carroll. I really liked how each Cheney sister has her own unique personality and characteristics. Ariane the oldest, is very calm, a healer, and strong. Gabrielle is quite the opposite, she's reckless, ambitious, outspoken, and stubborn. Miri, the youngest, has an affinity with animals, but tries to see the good in everybody. Each of them has a love interest and although I liked Ariane and Renard, Gabrielle and Remy were much more passionate and "heated". There were more explicit scenes in this one - I suppose it makes sense as Gabrielle is a courtesan but I let that slide, her and Remy had a nice chemistry and they just seemed to be great for each other. (I actually think Martin and Miri are rather cute together, I suppose we'll see what happens next with her in the following book). There is a good element of plot twisting and surprises, which keeps the plot interesting and keeps you turning the pages. I have to admit, some parts were a little eye rolling; especially when one is in danger and suddenly the rescue team arrives just on time. However I enjoyed this book too much to let that bother me. My favorite part, would be when Remy surprises Gabrielle at the masquerade party. It had great descriptions and you can vividly picture Gabrielle's gown, and the party sounded like something I just wanted to jump into. It was a perfect scene to develop a lot of intrigue and mystery into the plot! Overall I recommend this book to those that love a good historical fiction, mixed with magic and passionate romance, with a very passionate couple.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a battle to read because there were some parts that made me feel that the characters were very stubborn but that just added to all the excitement. I LOVED the novel and have been recommending it to anyone who would be interested. It had so many twists and turns that even when I stopped reading I was still thinking about the book. Normally when I find a great author they only have one or two books but luckily Carroll has a whole bunch of them. I can't get enough of Carroll's novels!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely could not put this book down! the first two or three chapters seemed to drag by, but after that, the amount of intrigue and various schemes really keep you wondering what's going to happen. I didn't read the first book in the series, but i didn't feel like i was missing anything. truly a great read.
Kate2666 More than 1 year ago
Second book was way more interesting then the first one. Gabrielle is a more interesting character to read about and her relationship with Ramy was intense and passionate. It's a romance book it was a bit cheesy at times but it's was a pretty entertaining read with all the drama with the Dark Queen, witches and witch hunters the plot was twisted and keeps you going.
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A bit sappy and corny but overall was a good read
Woodsever More than 1 year ago
This book was mis-titled and poorly written. If it werent for the adult content it read more like a children's book than an adult one. I was sadly mislead to believe it had some historical content. I was bored throughout and the storyline was predictable at best. Ill not waste my money on thid suthor again.
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