Laura Robinson has always been dazzled by the glamour of the stage. But perhaps acting and selling one's favors are not so different—for Laura must feign pleasure with the men she beds to survive. Now, with her only friend at death's door and a ruthless pimp at her heels, escaping her occupation seems impossible. Hoping to attract a gentleman, she attends the theater. Yet the man Laura captivates is no customer, but a rising star and playwright. . .
Adam Lacey has been driven to distraction since the moment he saw Laura. She is his ideal leading lady come to irresistible life—and so much more. Certain they can make the perfect team on and off stage, he is determined to win her heart—and discover her story. But that is precisely what Laura fears. And she has no idea that Adam harbors shameful secrets of his own. Will the truth free them to love—or destroy all their dreams. . .?
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I appreciated the depth o f this book.
I liked Laura; she was a strong character. Adam was a total loser. The ending was awful. When Laura fell back into the same old habit as Adam, what did he do? Acted like a total creep and loser, didn't confess what he did, and lost any of my respect he may have still had.
4 star romance with dark elements I received an advance reader edition of this book from Kensington Books and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. I give this book a solid 4 stars. This is one of those books that will work for some readers but not for others. I liked this book and found that it did work for me but many romance readers will not feel the same. This is not a hearts and flowers feel good romance. This romance is rather dark in my mind with characters who have had a tough life. Laura is a whore and has been one since she was 15 years old. She lives with her friend, Bette, and the pair have taken care of each other. Bette is sick and Laura is doing her best to provide for the both of them. She has always been drawn to the theater and decides to see if she can find work there. She is able to find an honest job selling treats at the theater where she meets Adam. Adam is an actor and aspiring playwright who knows that the key to the play that he has written is Laura. Adam pursues Laura and convinces her to be in his play. The pair become close and eventually Laura and Bette both move into Adam's home for protection from the neighborhood pimp. Adam knows about Laura's past but is able to look beyond that and they both start having feeling for each other. This book is darker than most historical romances, at least those that I have encountered. Laura has been a prostitute in order to take care of herself and has a hard time believing that anyone will ever see her as anything but a whore. Adam has been at the mercy of wealthy widows in order to find work. They both have a hard time learning to be together without falling back on past behaviors. This is not simply the story of two people falling in love. It is really the story of two people who are hurting learning to love each other while learning to change their life. It was a bit different and I liked that about the book. I found the characters to be somewhat believable. Not all of their actions were believable but for the most part it felt authentic. I thought the writing was well done. I really like that the author chose to let the characters mess up since it was really unexpected for me. I would recommend this book to any romance reader willing to try something a little darker. I plan to check out other works by this author.