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A Pregnant Courtesan for the Rake (The Society of Wicked Gentlemen) Mass Market Paperback – October 17, 2017
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Diane Gaston's dream job had always been to write romance novels. One day she dared to pursue that dream and has never looked back. Her books have won Romance's highest honours: the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award, Holt Medallion, Golden Quill, and Golden Heart. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends. Visit her website at: http://dianegaston.com
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Paris. Oliver returns to London to run his private club and Claire goes back to her job pretending to be a courtesan. Oliver is the illegitimate son of a duke and his Indian mistress. Claire has survived an abusive marriage and has been abandoned by her family. Both of them need to work through their hurtful past and fears. There were a few coincidences in the storyline that rang false. This is the third book in a series. Not having read the first two books, I found the two other couples unbelievable (a duchess who was a maid?).
Since Oliver Gregory is part owner of a club in London which caters to gentlemen, he has traveled to Paris in order to check out similar establishments in that city and get some new ideas. He and three other men started the club as a way to give people a place where various pleasures could be enjoyed with anonymity. During his trip, Oliver meets an Englishwoman, Cecilia Lockhart, and the two have a wonderful chat plus spend an even more gratifying night together.
When Oliver leaves Paris the next day, he never expected to see the enticing Cecilia again. But after she shows up in London, he is completely stunned, especially upon learning her news about carrying his child. Though being a father and having a wife were not something Oliver thought would happen to him, he comes to realize after spending time with her that there is no way he will let Cecilia go through this situation alone.
There is a clever concept behind the Society of Wicked Gentlemen miniseries, and the installment by Diane Gaston adds many new aspects to the storyline. With the author putting in relevant information about the previous connected books, this story can be thoroughly enjoyed on its own. There are numerous references to actual people, places, and events, and these facts cause any happenings to come across as more convincing. Ms. Gaston makes her Regency story very colorful, and I particularly liked reading about all the delicious foods and drinks of the era. The author has also included several much-loved activities from that time.
A PREGNANT COURTESAN FOR THE RAKE has emotional heartrending moments. Although the backgrounds of Cecilia and Oliver are vastly different, both have been treated unfairly and now feel dejected. I really got a sense of how much the past affected these two, and their journey to possible happiness has lots of obstacles. Whether it was doubts about their relationship or interference from outside forces, I quickly became caught up in not only what was occurring but also what would be the consequences. The choices Oliver and Cecilia must sometimes make are extremely hard, and it was often nerve-wracking to wait on their decisions because of the effect it would have on their relationship. Ms. Gaston definitely kept me entertained the whole time I was reading.
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Historical Romance -Oct. 17th, 2017
Cecilia married for loved and against her father's wishes. As a result, they disowned her. Unfortunately, her marriage to her dashing solider has lost its luster. For as soon as her husband realized he would not be receiving her dowry he started to become abusive. Silently suffering, she is relieved to hear of his death. But now penniless in Paris she has no choice but to work for one of their notorious clubs. It is on a chance encounter that she meets Oliver Gregory and they share a magical day (and night!). Both go on their separate ways until Cecilia discovers she is pregnant. With no on else to turn to she shows up at Oliver's doorstep in England. Neither has forgotten the other, but misunderstandings and hidden secrets make their life together difficult. Oliver seems to be everything her husband wasn't, but can she trust her instincts and take another chance?
Cecilia is a smart, independent woman who does not want to surrender her freedom ever again. She has been in a terrible marriage and feels she can't open herself to a man again. Cecilia was an interesting character, she has to delve deep to create a persona that could protect her. She keeps the 'real' her hidden and safe. With Oliver she finds she can be herself but a part of her can't seem to trust him completely and let go of the past. Oliver has everything materialistic that he could want. Except for the inability to find a woman that truly loves him for himself. Because of his mixed blood and the fact that his parents never married. He has been labeled a bastard and not 'good enough' company by mean spirited snobs. Faced with prejudice and the hypocrisy of the ton he prefers his club and the company of his close friends. When Cecilia arrives he it as first dubious of the pregnancy but takes her in. He remembers his magical day with Cecilia but that was before he knew her past. He must also learn to trust and open his heart. The author has created a romantic novel with characters who were truly meant to be. This book will warm the heart of readers as the two wounded main character slowly grow to know each other and heal together.
The complexity of the characters and the sweet development of their love make this romance one to savor!
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club