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The Illicit Love of a Courtesan: A steamy historical romance in racy regency london (The Marlow Family Secrets, Book 1) (Marlow Intrigues) Kindle Edition
"Romantic, sensual and heartbreaking." - bookworm2bookworm
"What a brilliant read!! Jane Lark has an incredible talent to draw the reader in from the first page, Illicit Love captured me immediately. This book has a Romeo and Juliet (which I love) type of feel It's a display of raw emotion drama and intimacy." Cosmo Chicklitan
"Beautifully descriptive, emotional and can I say, just plain delicious reading? I defy anyone to NOT love Edward... 5 Glittering Stars" My devastating Reads
"I am NOT a big fan of historical romances but Illicit Love is so beautifully written it was a rare jewel... that just warmed my heart and reeled me in." - Gimme The Scoop
"Bravo to Jane Lark for this wonderful debut novel." Brook Cottage Books
"Pure, unadulterated romance." Best Chick Lit.com
In the eyes of the ton, Ellen Harding lives a charmed life - she is the beautiful, exquisitely adorned mistress of Lord Gainsborough.
But on the inside, behind her glamorous façade, she is empty - a vessel - deaf to the voice of morality and blind to shame. Unable to escape the gilded cage she has been trapped within.
Kind, gentle Edward Marlow could prove to be her salvation... With one look he gives her hope. With one touch he sets her senses alight.
Lose yourself in the passionate intensity of this stunning debut from exciting new talent Jane Lark.
From the Author
About the Author
She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of difficulty 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.'
- ASIN : B00F240EKU
- Publisher : One More Chapter (October 3, 2013)
- Publication date : October 3, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2054 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #490,948 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sounds amazing, right?! Well, IT IS! But there is another reason this book is oh so special to me. If you've read some of my other reviews, or my first blog post ever, you might know that I hold a special place in my heart for books about characters who are able to overcoming abuse...who are survivors. Well, I felt an extreme kinship with Ellen Harding. I realize her 'keeper' was not someone she was married to, and the abuse I personally have gone through was not so much physical as it was mental and emotional, but I thoroughly and completely understand her. Ellen feels that somehow she got herself into the situation she is in, and that no one and nothing can get her out of it. She must deserve what she's gotten out of life. But when she meets Edward, she starts to wonder if not only there is a possibility of someone saving her, but if maybe she deserves better, despite everything she's done...if only she didn't have such a sordid past. When Edward helps Ellen to flee her captor, they both discover they have a lot to learn about each other...
Alright, I would LOVE to tell you oh so much more about this fabulous novel, but I don't want to give the story away before you read it!
The Forths were very likable and I was annoyed with Ellen on Julia’s behalf at their meeting. I understood Ellen’s issues but it was tiring how she constantly fell back on that to presume on others. Then again, everyone in the story understands and practically apologize to her no matter what so why shouldn’t she? Don’t misunderstand, I liked Ellen but I really wanted her to work a bit more when it was clear she’d slighted people or judged them harshly or unfairly. She was so sensitive of herself but she’s never taken to task beyond a mere mention.
I enjoyed both Richard’s and Rupert’s evolution and in both of them it seems the stage is set for their own stories. I missed John when he was gone. Pembroke was a thorough jerk and Gainsborough a complete pig (his comeuppance was particularly enjoyable, btw). I didn’t understand why Gainsborough reappears at the Forths after his previous interaction with Richard (which by Richard’s account was pretty clear about what sort of end Gainsborough would meet should he cross the Marlow’s again) but excepting that, it made for good drama. So as not to spoil a relevant plot, I will just say that I enjoyed the rest of the characters as well. For all Ellen had gone through, she really was met with overwhelming kindness and love by all but two and to be fair, she needed it.
This was angsty, fun, frustrating and never dull, culminating in a gilt framed HEA. This was a good weekend read & I’d even say it’s a good one to have on vacation.
Top reviews from other countries
I am obviously just a M&B Modern sorta gal as I found this very grim and a dark, dark story line.
I do admit, the backbone of the story was compelling but I just SO love a happy ending without all that harrowing badness before it.
I have tried to read 3 of J Lark's books but they are too grim and gritty for me.
Life is grim enough without reading it as well. Sorry, I know this author has a massive following - just not for me.
Jane Lark took me back in time eloquently as I followed Ellen's fairytale story. Ellen's past is hard, and she feels there isn't light at the end of the tunnel, until Edward comes to her rescue. And as Ellen's secret's are revealed, one by one, he proves he really is her hero...
This historical is packed with plenty of drama and lots of romance.