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Always the Courtesan (Never the Bride #3) by Emily E.K. Murdoch. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Always the courtesan and never the bride - it's a life she never chose and cannot escape...

Lady Honora Lennox hasn't gone by that name in three years - not since she was abducted and forced to work in a brothel. She's but nineteen and has given up on the world offering her anything of kindness. Until he walks through her door.

Josiah Stanhope, Earl of Chester, is exhausted with politics and games, deceit and lies - it's time for simplicity, and there's nothing simpler than the clear cut exchange of coin for pleasure. And yet there's something different about this girl. She knows how to please a man, certainly, but there's more to her. Something refined.

He's determined to find out the truth. She's terrified of destroying her family name. Tensions mount as wills clash, and there can only be one victor.

Can Josiah ever prove himself as trustworthy, or will he fall back to old habits? Can Honora ever return to society after her fall from grace - or is his bed far more inviting?

This full-length novel is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series that can be read in any order.


Josiah Stanhope, the Earl of Chester is frustrated by the lies and deceit he sees from the marriage minded women of society.  Why can't female company be easy and honest.
"Hannah", Lady Honora Lennox was abducted three years ago and has been forced to work in a brothel ever since. She's given up all hope.  Even if her family still loved her she would bring too much shame to them.  
Our hero is a genuinely good man who has a family to think of.  He can't think of a way to solve his problems.  
Our down to earth heroine knows how to face facts and put dreams behind her.  
A very unusual historical romance that looks impossible to have a happy ending.  It's part of a series of books that can all be read alone.  I have read and thoroughly enjoyed each one.  
Great fun.


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