Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Courtesan's Scandal (The Scandalous Series #3) by Julia London

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A Courtesan's Scandal (The Scandalous Series #3)

3 stars   3.71 of 5 stars 

Kate Bergeron is the beautiful and mysterious former mistress of a cloth merchant...and the latest beauty to capture the interest of the Prince of Wales. Mired in a disastrous divorce, the Prince attempts to distract attention from his next amorous pursuit by ordering Grayson Christopher, the eligible Duke of Darlington, to pretend to London society that he is having an affair with Kate. When Grayson reluctantly agrees to his Prince's demand, he finds the lady no more willing than he is. Kate will grudgingly act the part in public, but her favors are not for sale to any man. As Grayson and Kate mimic ardor for the world to see, they find what started as a deception becoming all too real. And when passion flames into love, their predicament becomes extreme. For while marriage between a duke and a courtesan could never happen, Kate knows in her heart that she is willing to accept nothing less...
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Pocket
1416547126 (ISBN13: 9781416547129)
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original title
A Courtesan's Scandal
My Thoughts and Review

A Courtesan's Scandal by Julia London is the tale set during London's period of drama between Princess Caroline and and crown Prince. The Prince has his eye set on stunning courtesan Kate Bergeron, but he can't touch her so long as the authorities in England are investigating into alleged "treasonous" adultery between the prince and princess. The prince enlists the help of the Duke of Darlington, Grayson Robert Henry Christopher to lure society into believing Kate is his mistress. Grayson the Duke of Darlington reluctantly agrees, and upon first meeting Kate he treats her with contempt of her lowly station as a whore but finds that Kate is no simpering miss she has a back bone and will have no trouble fencing with the Duke and his snide comments she just gives it right back no matter that he is a Duke!

What starts out as only a ruse turns to passion for both once Grayson lets down his guard and revises his opinion of Kate.But, once the sparks fly they are doomed form the beginning as she is promised to the Prince of Wales and both know it.But, the two can't help falling for each other and before you know it they are head over heals in love.Not only is the Prince a problem so is the Dukes ex-mistress she will not let go without a fight and does everything she can't to sabotage there relationship.

I like the story it had many things I liked and did not like about this story.This story reminded me of the story The Duke by Gaelen Foley which I totally loved.One of the things that I loved about this story was that he truly got to know Kate for truly who she was an not her title as a Courtesan. Kate being forced when she was a child is how she came about being one.Grayson after learning Kate's tale was appalled at what happened and has turned around in his way of thinking become somewhat her champion.I found that this story was missing something for me anyway.This is suppose to be somewhat like a tragic love story were two opposites should not mix classes and find one another and fall in love.Where was the romance ?or the great passions ? between these two that would WOW you and make your heart wretch with sorrow at the same time.They had a affair and some brief in encounters but not enough passion came from the pages for me for the Duke of the Darlington to risk all he is and has for this one women and cause a scandal that one would never live down in ones lifetime. I just felt something lacking and missing.I wanted more I guess.I do applaud Grayson for stepping up to the plate and taking responsibilities for Kate and his child to be there where so many others would have walked away , I admired that in him.Kate's character grew throughout this book which made her stronger and stronger although experiencing heart break she will just make herself even stronger from it and in the end stand her ground for what she truly deserves in life and will not settle until she gets it.

A nice easy read from one of my favorite authors.Always looking forward to Julia's next book....