Good book, a little wordy
Almost hate to give this one up... great story from a real pro... mom's a courtesan, sends beautiful dtr off to be polished into " the perfect mistress", and dtr rebels. She wants to marry a dull husband so she doesn't have to be bothered with all the stress of being a mistress. Funny cast of characters,class lines drawn, even a little politics thrown in as dtr decides her future.
The daughter of an exquisite London courtesan, beautiful and candid Gabrielle Le Coeur is determined to make a different life for herself-staid, respectable...married. But her mother plans to see Gabrielle linked to a suitable protector, a wealthy and powerful man who can provide her with a lush and indulgent-though illicit-way of life.
Pierce St. James is an openly libertine viscount who intends to stay single and free of the hypocrisy of Victorian society. For Gabrielle, he is the perfect man to help her with her own plans to outwit her mother. They will create the appearance of sin and scandal, as the virginal Gabrielle plays the mistress of London's most notorious rake. But love proves a disastrous complication to their perfect scheme...
A historical romance. This copy is signed by the author.