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The Illicit Love of a Courtesan: HarperImpulse Historical Romance (Marlow Intrigues Book 1) Kindle Edition
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She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.
Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others' imaginations at last.
You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane's favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was 'Katherine' a story crafted from reality.
Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots.
'Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it's wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.'
Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.
Top Customer Reviews
Sometimes I enjoy a foray into the gentle romances, with a historical setting, and this one appealed so...
Ellen, what a lovely heroine. She's been through so much, and is stuck in a lifestyle she hates but has no way out. Then, out with her keeper one evening, she meets Lord Edward Marlow. Edward has a fascination for her, with one glance she sees in him everything she'd love to have. He's equally smitten, and when the chance arises they have a brief but torrid affair. Edward wants more and just can't understand why she stays with Lord Gainsborough - it's clear the man abuses her, she has a reputation little better than a whore, she's his mistress and everyone thinks she's with him for what material gains she can get. It's clear to him though that what's on the surface isn't the true story and he's perplexed. Ellen has secrets though and slowly they come out...
After a vicious argument with Lord Gainsborough Ellen escapes and runs to Edward. She can't tell him everything, but pleads with him to help her nevertheless...and loving her he does.
Secrets slowly come out, family relationships are at risk, Edwards's family think she's simply after his money, and believe the story put about over her relationship with Lord Gainsborough. There are huge problems to be overcome if they are to have a chance at happiness and a relationship that lasts.
I liked the way the secrets came out carefully, a bit at a time, in drips and each setting up the next part of the story. Edward was a superb man, strong and loving and willing to abandon everything for love, even though he kept finding out more and more secrets Ellen had kept from him.Read more ›
The idea for this book was different. A lady forced into being a courtesan to a brutal man? That's a new one for me. And I absolutely loved that about it. This book took on a daunted plot and totally pulled it off.
Ellen was remarkably strong. A single mistake in her past created a chain reaction that ruined her life. And, at the end, she was mistress to a cruel man, unable to run away. She was very selfless in her decisions, always putting the welfare of others first. She was a brilliant heroine, one of my favorites in historical romance. If I had one thing to say against her it would be that I don't understand why she didn't go to her family. I know why she didn't go to her father, but why not anyone else? I understand that she didn't want to pull them into the bad situation she was in, but if it were me, I still would have gone to my family. Other than that small issue, I really liked her character.
Edward was equally amazing. He was never one to shirk responsibility. And, when he found a woman in a terrible situation whom he fell in love with, nothing was going to stop him from keeping her safe. He was stalwart in his determination to keep Ellen out of harm's way. He was utterly brilliant, so sweet and determined and protective and just perfect. I adored him!
The romance was intense. The sparks were flying the minute these two caught eyes. And it got HOT. Those intimate scenes, very spicy, though never overdone. But, more than that, their feeling were very deep and I felt that as I read the book. They fell in love quickly, but it never felt rushed to me.Read more ›
For folks who are not usually into historicals I truly think you will love this one and for those who already do enjoy them here is another awesome find for your TBR!
This is a pure, unadulterated romance read that ticks all the required boxes: well-written, great plot, dramatic, believable obstacles, beautiful protagonists and an aristocratic setting. Ellen and Edward are one of the best romance couples (move over Twilight, there's a new Ed in town) I've come across in a long time and it was very refreshing to have a male lead wear his heart so willingly on his sleeve and he is sure to be a hit with the ladies.
The book swings from truly swoon-worthy, tense and heart wrenching, highly erotic and everything else in between. A fantastic read that you won't regret picking up.
Reviewed by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChickLit.com.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ellen is a harlot and even though she isn't living this life by choice there's nothing she can do to escape it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Suze Lavender
I admit I did not care for Ellen for about half of the book. She led a tragic lie but I feel she could have at least tried to get out of it instead of enduring it for 10 years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sandra J. Curry
Ellen Harding is trapped in the life of a courtesan by the loss of her husband and the neglect of her family. A man wins her for two hours as the result of card cheat being caught. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cliff Long
One of the more beautifully written books I've read in a while.The characters and plot are unique and intriguing. Wonderful.Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth King
this was my first jane clark book and i absolutely loved it…….as a reader of many historical romances, this was one of the better ones. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JoAnn Mudgett
I don't read many historical romances, and the ones I have read are really from the classics i.e. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austin. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Teresa
Excellent writing, poignant and insightful, characters are many dimensional, regency period comes to life. I love happy endings and this novel brings some fantasy to one's life.Published 13 months ago by Elisa DiMonda