David, Viscount Fairly, has imperiled his honor…
Letty Banks is a reluctant courtesan, keeping a terrible secret that brought her, a vicar’s daughter, to a life of vice. While becoming madam of Viscount Fairly’s high-class brothel is an absolute financial necessity, Letty refuses to become David’s mistress-though their attraction becomes harder to resist the more she learns about the man…
Perhaps a fallen woman can redeem it.
David is smitten not only with Letty’s beauty, but also with her calm, her kindness, her quiet. David is determined to put respectability back in her grasp, even if that means uncovering the secrets Letty works so hard to keep hidden-secrets that could take her away from him forever…
Award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’s extraordinary writing will immerse you in a Regency world unlike any you’ve experienced.
Judging A Book By Its Cover:
I’ll be honest — the cover just didn’t do it for me. The model they used worked well for my mental image of our hero, but I admit I tend to prefer more elaborate covers, especially for my historical reads.
All About That Blurb:
I admit, it was Letty that drew my interest. A woman who finds herself as the madam of a brothel because the world has pretty much beaten her down just so happened to be what I was in the mood for when I stumbled across this one on Amazon.
Getting To The Meat And Potatoes:
As any of my readers know, it’s been a rough year for me, and I’ve often had trouble even finishing a book, let alone enjoying it enough to review it. However, I honestly and truly couldn’t put this one down. So much so that my Kindle actually died while I was reading it, because I was so absorbed in the story that I didn’t notice the battery warning. Waiting for my device to charge enough to turn back on was torturous, because I had to know what was going to happen next.
I thoroughly enjoyed not only Letty’s strength, but also the day-to-day happenings of a brothel that she never intended to be associated with. David himself exceeded my expectations. Not being familiar with this series, I wasn’t initially aware that he was not happy about being the owner/manager of a brothel, and instead I assumed he was a jaded rake. While he certainly had a bit of a cynical, worldly side, when it came down to it he was a good man.
I loved how respectful David was of Letty, and I have to say that one of my favorite subplots was the gradual change in his opinion of “fallen women” and of prostitution in general, after becoming close to Letty.
Don’t get me wrong — this wasn’t a perfect read. It had a major pet peeve of mine — that of the hero “accidentally” seeing the heroine naked without her knowledge or intent, which saddened me greatly. It felt… cheap, for lack of a better term, which did a disservice to a couple who deserved a little better.
There was also a bit of turmoil simply for the sake of turmoil. It wasn’t so much the dreaded Big Misunderstanding as it was a rather painful estrangement that felt like it was dragging on the drama rather than actually accomplishing anything plot-wise. In fact, what I wanted, was to shake both of our protagonists until they stopped being so damned noble and simply talked to one another.
In The End:
Even though I wanted to scream in frustration, I was still glued to the pages and thoroughly enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more from this series, though I don’t think I’ll go backwards, and will instead read the books that came after this one.
Overall, a very enjoyable (if a bit too emotionally overwrought) way to spend a day reading.