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  • Excellent Start to New Steamy Historical Series

    I love the historical romances written by Victoria Vale! I have read the entire Villain series and totally loved the last two books, writing some of my longest reviews--nearly a thousand words each--for those books. I will try not to go on so long in this one! What I like about Ms. Vale's novels is that she is able to pull me right into the story with a great setup and complex characters, making me not want to put the book down. This book starts with a scene of drunken debauchery of five down-and-out friends. One of them comes up with a brilliant idea that they should become male courtesans so that they could live a life of more ease, as some have debts, have been disowned by their family, or want nothing to do with their family. Gentlemen of the era, of course, didn't work proper jobs! In this scene, the author sets up the entire series about the gentleman courtesans… and hinted that the ringleader might have some secrets that will probably only be revealed in his book. The central part of the book starts two years later, discussing the life of one of these courtesans who is hoping for his last keeper (as they call the women) before he breaks into the art scene. I loved the hero and heroine. I felt sorry for the poor girl; she was so meek and timid that she could barely request the services to initiate the relationship, and even after she did, she vacillated between wanting to go forward with her scheme and wanting to back out. As always in this author's books, the sensual scenes range from steamy to erotica. I thought the author did an excellent job showing the world as it would have been at the time. I felt I was in Vauxhall Gardens at the masquerade (where the first meeting between the hero and heroine took place) myself; I can picture it that vividly from the author's words. A thoroughly enjoyable first book of what I believe will be another fantastic series by the author.

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  • Sexy and steamy

    Evelyn was off the marriage mart. She no longer wanted it, just someone to show her how much pleasure  a physical relationship can bring. There are men of the ton, many  who have no money to live on. Men who know how to please the ladies and they form a group of male courtesans who give the ladies what they need in return for a sum of money. Women have been doing this for years, why not men? Hugh is a handsome artist who has banned from his family. When Hugh and Evelyn meet , there is more to this arrangement than money. There is great chemistry. When Hugh paints a picture for a contest, he has doubts about it. When he paints Evelyn, everything comes together. Will Hugh and Evelyn find happiness together or will outside forces keep them apart? I love the beginning of this series. Can't wait until the next one. I received this book from the author for a honest review and read it voluntarily.

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  • A Keeper

    A steamy read to be sure but also entertaining and sweet (which surprised me).. I was so pleased to find this had a excellent story line and the steamy bits fitted beautifully...Starting with Hugh was a fabulous choice as the other Gentleman Courtesans seemed very business like...Evelyn and Hugh's story was a genuine treat, now I Have to read the series 😊😊

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  • Not as dark as the villain series, but just as int

    Ever since I was introduced to Ms. Vale’s work in the villain books I have been a fan and this one did not disappoint. I love how I can become so drawn into a book that I lose time! This idea was a super twist on how gentlemen may figure a way to support themselves. Evelyn and Hugh are outstanding characters. I am looking forward to the additional books in this series I am rooting for all the gentlemen! This one I highly recommend, you should pick it. I did receive a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

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  • What a great concept for a book/serie

    What a great concept this writer has used to make this story, the start of a series! In an era where values ​​and norms are different than today, 5 men decide to start earning their money by selling their time and body. The story revolves around 1 of these men and how he falls in love. The story is beautifully put down. The female character is a very shy 25-year-old woman who, in the company of men, does not dare to express herself and therefore has not had a chance on the wedding market. She doesn't want to die like a virgin and decides to use the service of the Gentlemen Courtisan and that's how she gets to know Hugh. He is a 4th son of an earl and his passion is painting with which he was expelled by his family. The story is described from both POV and that gave this story an extra dimension for me. The love scenes are a part of the book but not the main theme. I think this book is highly recommended and I am very curious about the other parts in this series !! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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