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A wonderful, uplifting Regency-set historical romance. Well crafted, richly textured.
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Bel Hamilton becomes a high-priced courtesan when she loses her innocence in a brutal rape. The wealthy and powerful Duke of Hawkscliffe becomes her 'protector', intent on using her as the bait to snare his enemy, Sir Dolph Breckinridge. Straitlaced Hawkscliffe is a paragon of honor totally unaccustomed to dealing with a lady of the night. Cool-nerved, secretive Bel is terrified of the prospect of giving herself to him, but it's her only way to make a living and get her father out of debtor's prison. Slowly they form an alliance; Hawkscliffe gradually earns her trust and avenges her honor, but by restoring her sense of self, he frees her from the wound that forced her into prostitution in the first place. No longer willing to be his paid mistress, Bel makes him choose either to marry her or let her go. She can no longer respect herself if she goes on as his whore. Hawk must then face a crisis decision of either losing her or causing a huge scandal by making his mistress his wife. Great, engrossing read!

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving servant Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   obedient    -   sensitive Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Effect of sexing    -   a better lover    -   blissful Unusual characteristics:    -   Frigid - would not even feel a jackhammer down there


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   70% How explicit is the sex?    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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