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One evening in Regency London, Adam Ridgeway, Duke of Raybourne, unhappy in his marriage, decides to pay for the services of a prostitute. After engaging in sex, he discovers that she is or was a virgin. She tells him her name is Fleur.

Fleur ran to London after being unjustly accused of murder by her aristocratic cousin. She had decided to prostitute herself rather than starve, but when she gets a job as a governess to a young girl, she gladly leaves to work at a grand estate in the country. She is horrified to discover that her employer is the one and only customer she had while working as a prostitute. While she has nightmares about that one sexual encounter, she feels an unwilling attraction as Adam comforts her and protects her when she encounters her accusing cousin. Adam meanwhile suffers with his disfiguring injuries from the war, his difficult wife, his spoiled daughter, his dissolute brother and the forbidden attraction to Fleur.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   19th century Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving a prostitute! Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   a criminal (possibly) Disability or addiction?    -   physical disability/sickness/injury

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   prostitute Effect of sexing    -   scared Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy

Setting

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?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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