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Mistaken for a courtesan, orphaned and friendless Regina Berryman is pursued by two noblemen, who wager on who will win her favors. When the dissolute Duke of Torquay sets a trap for her to become his mistress, Regina turns to her late uncle's business partner, the Marquis of Bessacar,to save her. He offers her his protection, all the while plotting to make her his mistress. She is left with no choice but to flee them both.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich    -   old guy loving young gal Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes How seduced/forced?    -   threat of economic ruinment Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one woman-two men Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   struggle to escape poverty Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Captor, in love with    -   Yes If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her Who seduces whom?    -   man seducing woman

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   indifferent    -   unhappy with the sex

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   unemployed Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin    -   Very shy


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

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   90% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Focus of story    -   equally on 3 in a l-triangle How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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