- File Size: 820 KB
- Print Length: 286 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (April 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 4, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I85NPZ0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With all her family dead, Violet voluntarily goes to the House of Pleasure to sell her body to men for pleasure. Since she is a virgin, her first should bring significant money. Fortunately, her customer realizes who she is and insists upon rescuing her and finding her proper work instead.
Which brings me to a hard reality of the era, be it Regency or Victorian. There was little women could do to bring in money, and what proper work there was available was poorly paid. In addition, just because the work might be considered ‘proper’ often the working situation was not. Owners and men of importance could do much harm to a pretty young woman without repercussions. And if the lady protested or fought him off, it was likely she would be fired without references.
Thus, the situation Jenna created for Violet is completely credible. As is that the man Violet had fallen for was sadly already promised to another young lady that he barely knew. Normally, in such a situation, the author writes the young bride to be a dreadful person, so you won’t feel bad for her, when surely, somehow the two lovers will run off and marry.
Yet Jena created a more honorable and probable character, which made me wonder how she was going to resolve matters when I liked both young women vying for a single man.
And I’ll stop sharing at this point, except to say Jenna Jaxon has outdone herself and I believe this is my new favorite of this series. And I love her positive and strong portrayal of women.
Violet Carlton is a nice girl with a proper upbringing. She had the same hopes as every young woman in London society. But a dishon9orable deed by a family member, and the tragedy that follows leaves her disgraced and in less than a year, penniless and starving. In utter shame, she goes to the only place she can to earn a living. The house of pleasure. There, the proprietor accepts her and then sets about, selling her innocence to a high-paying gentleman.
When he arrives for his evening of pleasure with her, though she doesn't know him, he knows of her. And he rescues her. He must be careful not to bring about her ruin, and sets about finding her a position of employment or a husband. The problem is--he falls in love with her. That is an enormous problem.
He's promised to another. And there is another problem, a deep, dark secret that has eaten at him since the day the dastardly deed was done. <-- This is a perfect plot twist!
The book grabbed me in the first pages and held my attention. I made the mistake of picking it up around midnight, and --unable to put it down--then read all night. I had to know what happened.
Good read. Historical romance at its finest.
I find Jaxon’s stories consistently well-written and thoroughly researched for the time period she chooses to portray. She manages to get around the barriers of the times in a believable way, creating a satisfying—and happy—ending for the reader. I highly recommend this book to readers of historical romance.
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