The Illicit Love of a Courtesan

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"Pure, unadulterated romance." Best Chick Lit.com

In the eyes of the ton, Ellen Harding lives a charmed life – she is the beautiful, exquisitely adorned mistress of Lord Gainsborough.

But on the inside, behind her glamorous façade, she is empty – a vessel – deaf to the voice of morality and blind to shame. Unable to escape the gilded cage she has been trapped within.

Kind, gentle Edward Marlow could prove to be her salvation... With one look he gives her hope. With one touch he sets her senses alight.

Lose yourself in the passionate intensity of this stunning debut from exciting new talent Jane Lark.

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About the author

Jane is qualified to the equivalent of a Masters Degree in People Management and is fascinated by the things which craft people’s personalities, so she has great fun exploring these through characters. She lives in the United Kingdom near the Regency City of Bath and has just bought her 400 year old dream home. History has always tempted her imagination and she loves researching and also exploring ruins and houses to get ideas. She equally loves a love story.
Jane has always aspired to writing a historical novel so when she was thirty she put it on her ‘to do before I am forty’ list. She completed her first novel ten years ago, never sent it anywhere then started the next. She’s not stopped writing since, and escaping into a mental world of fiction is a great painkiller to help fight off her Ankylosing Spondylitis.

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Publisher
HarperCollins UK
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Published on
Oct 3, 2013
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Pages
338
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ISBN
9780007553990
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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A Top 10 Google Play Bestseller from a New York Times Bestselling Author!

London, 1816: Lady Juliana Chase wants nothing more than to see everyone around her happy. That's why she takes such pleasure in playing matchmaker. Her latest efforts involve Dr. James Trevor, the Earl of Stafford, and her good friend Amanda, who are absolutely perfect for each other. So why on earth is the handsome physician ignoring Juliana's good intentions and ruining her carefully laid plans?

After losing his wife, James buried himself in his work, opening a clinic to vaccinate London's poor against smallpox. The last thing he wants is to fall for another woman. So when Juliana meddles with his love life, he's surprised to find himself smitten—but not with Amanda. Now he must turn the tables and beat Juliana at her own game, or risk losing the determined beauty who has reawakened his desires and captured his heart...

BOOK DETAILS

A complete, standalone story—no cliffhangers!

Series: Chase Family Series: The Regency, Book 2
Style: Humorous historical romance
Length: 106,000 words (about 424 standard pages)
Bonus Material: Author’s Note, preview of next book, link to giveaway
R-rated Content: Steamy love scenes!*

* If you’d prefer to read a Sweet & Clean (kisses-only) version of this story, look for “Juliana” by Lauren Royal & Devon Royal.

AWARDS

• Top 10 Bestseller on Google Play, Kindle, Nook, and iBooks 
• Winner of the Book Buyers Best Award (judged by the head merchandise buyer for Borders Books), the Booksellers' Best Award, and the Beacon Award
• Nominated for the Reviewer's Choice Award and finalist for the Golden Quill Award 

REVIEWS

"A captivating historical romance. Fans of Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare will love Lauren Royal!"
—Glynnis Campbell, USA Today Bestselling Author

"…a light, adorable Emma-style romance destined to delight anyone looking for a witty, engaging plotline and utterly delightful characters who get caught in meddling, madness, and mayhem on the way to a happy ending."
—Romantic Times

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CONNECTING BOOKS

While TEMPTING JULIANA can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren's books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

Chase Family Series: The Jewels
1666 - AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)
1667 - EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)
1667 - FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 - AMBER (Trick & Kendra)

Chase Family Series: The Flowers
1673 - VIOLET (Ford & Violet)
1677 - LILY (Rand & Lily)
1677 - ROSE (Kit & Rose)
1651 - A SECRET CHRISTMAS (Joseph & Chrystabel)

Chase Family Series: The Regency
1815 - LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 - TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 - THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

Specially Priced Boxed Sets
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE JEWELS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE FLOWERS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE REGENCY COLLECTION

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Themes: steamy love stories, lords and ladies, noblemen and aristocrats, castles and stately homes, England and English history, 19th century and 1800s, Jane Austen era, brothers and sisters, family life, weddings and marriage, matchmakers and matchmaking, romantic comedy, scandal and intrigue, the London season, debutantes, doctors and public health, orphans and foundling children, sweets and desserts, baking and cooking recipes
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Francine Larrabee is headed to a presentation that she’s sure will change her life when she’s in a car accident. When she awakens she’s a woman with no name and no home in Northern England, near the Scottish border, the year of Our Lord… 1880.

 

Catapulted into a world that threatens her life, she’s controlled by a man who may destroy her heart. Isolated without so much as a glimmer of the world she’s familiar with  she must survive amidst the sudden danger, violence, and passion. 


Francine learns her only chance of safety lies in Gideon Trumbull, a lionhearted—but evasive—duke. What begins as a compulsion to learn anything about him becomes an urgent need to know everything about him, and Francine finds herself in an inescapable new reality, a world in which she doesn’t belong but feel more like home than anything ever has. 

 


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Gideon's brother Perry has likewise been caught up in an incident, finding a runaway housemaid in his carriage as he's bound for London. His brother will kill him if something happens to one of his staff—the something being the rakish brother Perry, of course. 


But his stowaway, Lilly, has another idea. She plans on seducing this rake who refuses to touch her. It seems like just the right challenge to sooth her damaged soul.


Two complete love stories in one beautiful book. 


THE BOOKS IN THE LORDS OF TIME SERIES: 


THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE : BOOK ONE in the Lords of Time Series

THE DUKE AND THE BARON : BOOK TWO in the Lords of Time Series

THE DUKE AND THE DOMINA : BOOK THREE in the Lords of Time Series

THE TROUBLE WITH GRACE : BOOK FOUR in the Lords of Time Series

THE SPARE AND THE HEIR : BOOK FIVE in the Lords of Time Series

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