The Courtesan Duchess

Title:  The Courtesan Duchess
Series:  Wicked Deceptions (Book 1)
Author:  Joanna Shupe
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 31, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Publishing Corp.
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley


Cover Blurb:

How to seduce an estranged husband—and banish debt!—in four wickedly improper, shockingly pleasurable steps…

1. Learn the most intimate secrets of London’s leading courtesan.
2. Pretend to be a courtesan yourself, using the name Juliet Leighton.
3. Travel to Venice and locate said husband.
4. Seduce husband, conceive an heir, and voilà, your future is secure!

For Julia, the Duchess of Colton, such a ruse promises to be foolproof. After all, her husband has not bothered to lay eyes on her in eight years, since their hasty wedding day when she was only sixteen. But what begins as a tempestuous flirtation escalates into full-blown passion—and the feeling is mutual. Could the man the Courtesan Duchess married actually turn out to be the love of her life?

Read on for my thoughts on The Courtesan Duchess.  No true spoilers, promise.

Desperate wives take even more desperate actions.   Especially if the wife had been left moments after her groom said a very unwilling “I do.”.  Julia had been only 16 when her life was bound to  Nicholas, Duke of Colton.  He left her and everything to do with his life in England behind without a backward glance.  Nick has no intention of setting foot on his property or claiming his wife.  Ever.

Now, eight years later, Julia has devised a plan.   One in which she seduces her husband, becomes pregnant quickly and gains access to the funds necessary to pay off their debtors.  An impossible task for a young woman who has never enjoyed her marriage bed.  But with some specific instructions from an impeccable source, if a scandalous one, she will take on the role of a lifetime.

This novel is such a joy to read that I really don’t want to give much away.  Honest, I don’t.  Julia is such a charming young lady and Nick is such an ass.  Sorry but he really is.  How one man can be such an idiot and still have a good woman love him is, well, I guess it happens every day, everywhere.  But I just wanted to smack him upside his head through the majority of this novel.  He has a good wife, stop being a baby and man up.

The Courtesan Duchess gets a 4 outta 5 rating from me.  I enjoyed it, and if you love Historical Romance you’d most likely enjoy this one.

*I received an e-ARC of The Courtesan Duchess from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*