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When courtesan Sophia Martin returns to the village she fled as a young woman, she knows it won't be a happy reunion--but she can't refuse her brother's request to attend his expectant wife. Trapped until the baby arrives, she must navigate the social rift she caused when she left to pursue a disreputable life--and keep the true reason for her departure from the man she on When courtesan Sophia Martin returns to the village she fled as a young woman, she knows it won't be a happy reunion--but she can't refuse her brother's request to attend his expectant wife. Trapped until the baby arrives, she must navigate the social rift she caused when she left to pursue a disreputable life--and keep the true reason for her departure from the man she once loved, the bastard son of the Duke who ruined her. Blake Vale has never forgotten Sophia, but he can't accept the decisions she made, the courtesan's life she leads, or the fact she's cast aside her true self. Plain old Sophia has to be inside this hardened woman somewhere, and he's determined to make her see she doesn't need rich men to be happy, and that their future has nothing to do with the past. When the dukedom suddenly falls within his reach, Blake must come to terms with his own past and his birthright, and what that means for his future...and Sophia. 73,000 words


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When courtesan Sophia Martin returns to the village she fled as a young woman, she knows it won't be a happy reunion--but she can't refuse her brother's request to attend his expectant wife. Trapped until the baby arrives, she must navigate the social rift she caused when she left to pursue a disreputable life--and keep the true reason for her departure from the man she on When courtesan Sophia Martin returns to the village she fled as a young woman, she knows it won't be a happy reunion--but she can't refuse her brother's request to attend his expectant wife. Trapped until the baby arrives, she must navigate the social rift she caused when she left to pursue a disreputable life--and keep the true reason for her departure from the man she once loved, the bastard son of the Duke who ruined her. Blake Vale has never forgotten Sophia, but he can't accept the decisions she made, the courtesan's life she leads, or the fact she's cast aside her true self. Plain old Sophia has to be inside this hardened woman somewhere, and he's determined to make her see she doesn't need rich men to be happy, and that their future has nothing to do with the past. When the dukedom suddenly falls within his reach, Blake must come to terms with his own past and his birthright, and what that means for his future...and Sophia. 73,000 words

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Tzippy

    The plot of Behind the Courtesan: a courtesan with a dark past returns to her childhood hometown and her first love, trying to figure out her life. I've never seen a historical romance with this premise, and I really wanted it to be awesome. Which it could have been. The story was never boring, the writing was good and the main character was well-drawn. Most of the flaws I could have overlooked, but what ruined the story was Blake--one of the most vile, misogynistic, hateful, disgusting (I can k The plot of Behind the Courtesan: a courtesan with a dark past returns to her childhood hometown and her first love, trying to figure out her life. I've never seen a historical romance with this premise, and I really wanted it to be awesome. Which it could have been. The story was never boring, the writing was good and the main character was well-drawn. Most of the flaws I could have overlooked, but what ruined the story was Blake--one of the most vile, misogynistic, hateful, disgusting (I can keep this up all day) "love interests" I have ever encountered. Apparently, when she was 14 and he was not much older, they were close friends who had romantic feelings for each other. (This is stated rather than shown, so it wasn't very convincing.) Originally, I was under the impression that they had some kind of romantic understanding, but I don't think so. They liked each other, but they weren't involved. Anyway, she disappeared one day out of the blue, and he later learned that she'd run off to London to become a courtesan. Since Everything Is About Blake, he's never gotten over this, and he hates hates hates her. I'll give him a free pass for like a year or two, but this book takes place over a decade later. Presumably, with the passage of time and with the perspective of an adult, a sensible person will realize that 14-year-old girls generally do not, out of the blue, decide to run off and become a courtesan just to get some necklaces? But Blake is determined to think the worst of Sophia. He starts insulting her the second second she shows up in town and doesn't pause for breath over the course of the book. She tries to explain, tries to gain his favor him by working (without pay) in his inn, and in exchange, he... does not amend his opinion of her. For some reason he's convinced himself that on top of everything else, she's a liar, so he doesn't believe a word she says. (view spoiler)[I bet you just wanted to be a duchess! I really don't want to be a duchess. And he doesn't believe her. How many men have you slept with? Seven. (He refuses to answer the reciprocal question; like, it's ~so~ none of her business.) And he doesn't believe her. Why'd you run away? To escape from your father, who had purchased me for land. And... he doesn't believe her. As if she would make something like that up! (hide spoiler)] Why does she bother? He keeps going on and on about how it destroyed him when he left. Boo-hoo, you own an inn and the entire town loves you. She was a fourteen-year-old courtesan. Maybe it's time to grow up and (again) get some perspective? So... after she's slaved away for two weeks running his entire inn on her own while he was injured, after he's been told the basics of why she ran away, and incidentally also after he's slept with her, he gives her the following speech: (view spoiler)["You flout [sic] the story that your father was going to sell you to cover the fact that even then you were an ambitious slut!... Did you smell the hint of possibility and decide to throw a free bedding my way, just in case?" (hide spoiler)] Only after a man (her brother*) confirms the story, and adds some more details, does he finally accept it as truth. And when he goes to apologize (which, by the way, he never ends up doing) he thinks to himself that he's going to gag her so that he can force her to listen. (view spoiler)[Yeah, gag the girl who was beaten and raped by your father! (hide spoiler)] That is definitely the way to win her trust. The most frustrating thing is that there is another character who would have been great as a love interest! Sophia last protector, Daemon, is Blake's half-brother and her friend. He knows the truth about Sophia's past, he's been a good friend to her all along, he previously proposed marriage to her, and best of all, he beats the crap out of Blake after the speech I quoted above. How does anyone look at the two side by side and say, "Hmm, I think I'll take the emotionally abusive one"?! In conclusion: Grrrrr. Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review. *That's another issue I have: If Sophia's brother knew the whole story the whole time, why did he allow his wife to treat her so crappily? And why does he stop Daemon from murdering Blake? Some brother.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This review also appears at Reading with Analysis. The theme throughout this book is that behind the mask every courtesan wears, there is a woman who made a difficult choice and who has to live with the consequences. Most of the story involves Sophia’s struggle to be seen as a woman rather than as an object created by her life experiences, and I enjoyed Bronwyn Stuart’s depiction of that struggle. Sophia is a well-drawn, complex character who possesses a lovely strength. Her story is heartbreakin This review also appears at Reading with Analysis. The theme throughout this book is that behind the mask every courtesan wears, there is a woman who made a difficult choice and who has to live with the consequences. Most of the story involves Sophia’s struggle to be seen as a woman rather than as an object created by her life experiences, and I enjoyed Bronwyn Stuart’s depiction of that struggle. Sophia is a well-drawn, complex character who possesses a lovely strength. Her story is heartbreaking and all too real, and her journey from grief and shame to a self-acceptance of sorts made for a beautiful, emotional read. To be honest, I pretty much loved all the parts of this book that didn’t relate to the romance between the two main characters. But wait, you say, isn’t this a romance novel? Surely the point of the book is that the love story — the romance — between the two main characters is interesting and compelling. You’re right (and don’t call me Shirley), and that’s the problem with this book. Actually, the hero, Blake, is the problem with this book. He’s way too whiny. Blake spends most of the book whining about how Sophie left him — a decade ago — when she was 14 and he was not much older, about his sucky childhood and his abandonment fantasies, about how awful it is that Sophie chose to life the life of a whore rather than marry him (not that he asked, mind… they were kids…), and on and on… As if the whining weren’t enough to make him a less than sympathetic character, he also takes every opportunity to treat Sophia poorly, to make sure that she knows that she made a bad choice when she was 14. Though Sophia tries to explain a few times that he might not understand all the circumstances surrounding her disappearance all those years ago, Blake doesn’t listen. At the end, once someone else fully explains Sophia’s back story, Blake finally realizes how wrong he was, but it was too little, too late for me as a reader. I found that I wasn’t actually rooting for him, because he was just such a douchebag that I didn’t want him to get a happily ever after with a character as awesome as Sophia. In fact, I wanted to poke him in the eye with a stick. For a romance novel, it’s hard to have a more serious flaw than a bad romance. Behind the Courtesan is well written, well paced, and its heroine is beautifully crafted, but none of that matters when you’re enraged by the main story line. That said, I’ll be keeping an eye out for Bronwyn Stuart’s future books, because I definitely enjoy her writing style. Even though the romance irritated me, I had a hard time putting the book down because I was so captivated by the story. I just hope Blake’s characterization is a one-off.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arlena Dean

    By: Bronwyn Stuart Published By: Carina Press Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Book Blog For: GMTA Review: "Behind the Courtesan" by Bronwyn Stuart was a wonderful historical romance of two people who had been hurt since their childhood days. After Sophia has run away, after fourteen years ago she returns. Will there be any sparks between her and Blake? This seemed as though it was a impossible love with all that had gone one between these two people. Why did Sophie run away i By: Bronwyn Stuart Published By: Carina Press Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Book Blog For: GMTA Review: "Behind the Courtesan" by Bronwyn Stuart was a wonderful historical romance of two people who had been hurt since their childhood days. After Sophia has run away, after fourteen years ago she returns. Will there be any sparks between her and Blake? This seemed as though it was a impossible love with all that had gone one between these two people. Why did Sophie run away in the first place? This had been a secret that Sophie had held on to. However, Sophie was not the only one with secrets. We find from the read that both of these individual had a hard life. I like the way the author made the reader see the life under the Ton and to the life of a courtesan. There will be many twist and turn that you will not see coming and at times both of the two.....well this will be where I will say you must pick up this good read to see for yourself how this author will bring it all out. I found the characters all well developed and very captivating. You will find "Behind the Courtesan" moves at a fast pace that will keep you turning the pages and you will be kept 'enthralled' in Sophie's and Blake's story. Would I recommend? YES!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cinzia

    Nice book historical romance, with a plot and characters that have surprise my self and my expectations in this book. I thought it was like "Pretty Woman" story, set in England in the past and instead, I found a story more believable and nice, especially thanks to Sophia and Blake the two protagonists. When courtesan Sophia Martin returns to the village she fled as a young woman, she knows it won't be a happy reunion--but she can't refuse her brother's request to attend his expectant wife. Trapp Nice book historical romance, with a plot and characters that have surprise my self and my expectations in this book. I thought it was like "Pretty Woman" story, set in England in the past and instead, I found a story more believable and nice, especially thanks to Sophia and Blake the two protagonists. When courtesan Sophia Martin returns to the village she fled as a young woman, she knows it won't be a happy reunion--but she can't refuse her brother's request to attend his expectant wife. Trapped until the baby arrives, she must navigate the social rift she caused when she left to pursue a disreputable life--and keep the true reason for her departure from the man she once loved, the bastard son of the Duke who ruined her. Blake Vale has never forgotten Sophia, but he can't accept the decisions she made, the courtesan's life she leads, or the fact she's cast aside her true self. Plain old Sophia has to be inside this hardened woman somewhere, and he's determined to make her see she doesn't need rich men to be happy, and that their future has nothing to do with the past. When the dukedom suddenly falls within his reach, Blake must come to terms with his own past and his birthright, and what that means for his future...and Sophia. Sophia's life is not easy, it is not a fairy tale, since from she was a young girl she had to face horrific situations because of crudelty of the man, who in theory, was supposed to protect her more than others, she fled away, escape it seem the only solution and she had to come to terms with a hard reality, thanks to which, however, she becomes a courageous and intelligent woman, she didn't cry about her misery, she fought adversity and thanks to friends who she discovers in time of real need and to her protectors she manages to live a dignified life. No false hopes or dreams for a future perfect, she is a realist. At the same time she accepted the fact that she is considered a paria because of her lifestyle, but she is not willing to accept humiliations because of people's prejudice. Blake for his part is not the perfect knight in shining armour, which welcomes her as the sheep back into the fold, even while he feels strong feelings for her, he continues to provoke her and he finds difficult to forgive Sophia's choice, also because he does not know the real reason why she fled. Slowly the nodes come to roost, and this gavette start to a nice story to read, thanks also to the other characters in the book, which surround the two protagonists. Thanks toNetgalley and Carina Press for the book Bel libro historical romance, con una trama e dei personaggi che hanno superato le mie aspettative in questo libro. Mi sarei aspettata una storia un po' alla "Pretty Woman", ambientata nell'Inghilterra del passato e invece, ho trovato una storia ben più credibile e bella, soprattutto grazie a Sophia e Blake i due protagonisti. Quando la cortigiana Sophia Martin fa il suo ritorno nel villaggio, dal quale è fuggita da ragazzina, sa benissimo che non ci sarà una riunione felice con le persone che ha lasciato, ma non può ignorare la richiesta di aiuto del fratello, la cui moglie è in attesa del primo figlio. Intrappolata lì fino alla nascita del bambino, Sophia deve adattarsi e affrontare i pregiudizi che le persone nutrono verso chi come lei ha deciso di scappare e vivere una vita non del tutto rispettabile e soprattutto deve tenere nascosto, all'uomo che una volta amava - il figlio illegittimo del duca di Blakiston - i veri motivi che l'avevano spinta a fuggire. Blake Vale non ha mai dimenticato Sophia, ma non può perdonarle di aver scelto di vivere la sua vita in città come una cortigiana o il fatto di aver messo da parte la sua vera natura. La vecchia semplice Sophia deve essere nascosta da qualche parte all'interno di questa donna che sembra essere diventata così cinica e Blake è deciso a convincerla di non aver bisogno di uomini ricchi per essere felice e che il loro futuro non ha niente a che vedere col passato. Quando il duca attuale del villaggio, a causa dei debiti di gioco, è costretto a scappare Blake si trova a dover affrontare i doveri che derivano dalle origini della sua nascita, cosa che però può influenzare enormemente il suo futuro e quello di Sophia. La storia della vita di Sophia non è facile, non è una favola, sin da giovane ha dovuto affrontare situazioni orribili a causa dell'uomo, che in teoria, la doveva proteggere più degli altri, scappare le sembra l'unica soluzione e la porta ad affrontare una realtà difficile, grazie alla quale, però, diventa una donna coraggiosa e consapevole, non si piange addosso e grazie a delle amiche, che scopre nel momento del vero bisogno e a dei protettori, che comunque la rispettano, riesce a vivere una vita dignitosa. Non ha false speranze o sogni per un futuro perfetto, è realista. Al tempo stesso ha accettato da tempo il fatto di essere considerata una persona non ben accetta a causa del suo stile di vita, ma non per questo è disposta ad accettare umiliazioni a causa dei pregiudizi della gente. Blake da parte sua non è il cavaliere perfetto con l'armatura scintillante, che la accoglie come la pecorella tornata all'ovile, anzi, pur nutrendo dei forti sentimenti per lei, continua a provocarla e ha difficoltà nel perdonare la scelta di Sophia, anche perché non conosce i veri motivi per cui lei lo ha abbandonato. Pian piano i nodi vengono al pettine e questo dà origine a una bella storia da leggere, grazie anche agli altri personaggi del libro, che circondano i due protagonisti. Si ringrazia Netgalley e la Carina Press per il libro

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beyond the Squee

    This review may also be found at: Beyond the Squee: Book Reviews www.beyondthesquee.com The back of the book: When courtesan Sophia Martin returns to the village she fled as a young woman, she knows it won't be a happy reunion--but she can't refuse her brother's request to attend his expectant wife. Trapped until the baby arrives, she must navigate the social rift she caused when she left to pursue a disreputable life--and keep the true reason for her departure from the man she once loved, the basta This review may also be found at: Beyond the Squee: Book Reviews www.beyondthesquee.com The back of the book: When courtesan Sophia Martin returns to the village she fled as a young woman, she knows it won't be a happy reunion--but she can't refuse her brother's request to attend his expectant wife. Trapped until the baby arrives, she must navigate the social rift she caused when she left to pursue a disreputable life--and keep the true reason for her departure from the man she once loved, the bastard son of the Duke who ruined her. Blake Vale has never forgotten Sophia, but he can't accept the decisions she made, the courtesan's life she leads, or the fact she's cast aside her true self. Plain old Sophia has to be inside this hardened woman somewhere, and he's determined to make her see she doesn't need rich men to be happy, and that their future has nothing to do with the past. When the dukedom suddenly falls within his reach, Blake must come to terms with his own past and his birthright, and what that means for his future...and Sophia. I loved the beginning of this book. Sophia is in a carriage and needs to be in the Inn. There is a sea of mud between her and the stoop. Blake, who she had hoped to not see right away, strips off his boots, socks, and wades to her. We all know what's going to happen, and indeed, it does. She thinks he did it on purpose and so begins the continuation of their miscommunications. Sophia hasn't ever told anyone why she left at the age of 14. Blake, once he found out where she was, never went to her. She left because her father sold her, basically, to an abusive man. And what takes this down a bookmark rating is the fact that the Old Duke never got what he was due. I like my bad guys to get what's coming to them. I don't think this is a spoiler, as he's gone when the book begins. Sophia keeps her secrets, as does Blake. Blake thinks that her life as a courtesan was all trinkets, new dresses and romping bewteen the sheets with many men. Part of her secret is that it really hasn't been that many men, and if she hadn't taken on this persona, she would have been dead. Somehow he just doesn't get that. Very few books that I've read that have had a main character who was less than pure. And even fewer that followed a courtesan. This was an interesting theme and I think that Ms. Stuart gave us a seldom seen perspective. I have to applaud her for giving Sophia men that appreciated her. There are a few twists and turns, some that I saw coming, and some that caught me by surprise. I sure wanted to smack Blake a couple of times! I actually didn't need to, as Sophia slapped him four, or was it five, times. Why, yes, he did deserve it! This one had me turning the pages, wondering if something else BAD was going to happen, and wondering just how this would all come together. I would have liked to have had just one more chapter, as I like to see my main characters down the road a bit. But the ending was a good one, especially followed by the author's note. I'm giving this one FOUR bookmarks as I'm sure I'll be back to read this one again! Thank you, NetGalley and Carina Press, for the opportunity to read Behind the Courtesan.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Collins

    I was torn on this book when it came to rating it, while there is a heroine that I liked there is a hero that I wanted to strangle so many times and just scream. It turns out that having a heroine I liked and admired weighed more favorably that I had expected. The writing was very enjoyable but the hero just pissed me off to no end. Sophia (Sophie) is sucking up her misgivings and heading back to her childhood haunts. She left there under horrible circumstances and never revealed the truth to any I was torn on this book when it came to rating it, while there is a heroine that I liked there is a hero that I wanted to strangle so many times and just scream. It turns out that having a heroine I liked and admired weighed more favorably that I had expected. The writing was very enjoyable but the hero just pissed me off to no end. Sophia (Sophie) is sucking up her misgivings and heading back to her childhood haunts. She left there under horrible circumstances and never revealed the truth to any of the men that adored her due to fear and concern for their own futures. She's made some decisions that others may not agree with but she is surviving in a time when women were nothing more than property to many families. She's tired of playing the game but is also afraid of what her future might hold when she comes home to be there for her brother when his wife gives birth. People judge her based purely on her being a courtesan but she is so much more than just that label which she proves through the course of the book. I loved how strong she was able to appear no matter what was thrown at her and that she stood up for herself when it was needed even if all she wanted to do was curl up and hide. She's vulnerable but as you see more of the hell she went through due to her father you learn that this is a woman who really does need to be able to let someone else carry her and be her helpmate for the rest of her life. Blake.. now this is where I had major problems and wanted to reach in to my Kindle to hurt someone. He's so hurt by what he sees as the betrayal of the love of his life that he can't see the truth staring him in the face. I mean there are huge signs that something major happened to her in her past but he is so blinded to what he sees as her gold digging ways that he doesn't listen when she does actually try to talk to him. He just says so many things to cut her to the quick and while he does seem to regret them as soon as they are uttered he just keeps doing it over and over again. It takes him getting the truth from his half-brother and her brother to finally realize how wrong he has been but he still seems to not completely accept her past even though he claims to love her. I have to say my hope is the note from the author did prove to be the way their lives went in the future as I believe that Sophia really deserves her HEA after all the hell that she was put through. I really do hope that Blake became worthy of her and treated her with the respect and love she deserves but felt a bit sad by Blake being so damn stubborn. This was a good read if you can overlook some of his behavior. I really enjoyed it and will keep an eye out for more by the author as her writing was interesting even with my feelings towards Blake. Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this early in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Farrah

    My Rating: 2.5/5 And okay book, but I didn't really get into it. I liked it, but it wasn't all the way there for me. I liked how the idea for this book was different within the world of historical romance. Though there have been several with courtesan heroines, there are few that do it quite like this. I has high hopes for this book, but it fell a little short. The problem was that I couldn't connect with the characters. With Sophia, I admired her strength and her ability to defy the odds. But I co My Rating: 2.5/5 And okay book, but I didn't really get into it. I liked it, but it wasn't all the way there for me. I liked how the idea for this book was different within the world of historical romance. Though there have been several with courtesan heroines, there are few that do it quite like this. I has high hopes for this book, but it fell a little short. The problem was that I couldn't connect with the characters. With Sophia, I admired her strength and her ability to defy the odds. But I couldn't understand why she chose to become a courtesan. Why didn't she go to relatives, friends, anyone at all for help? Why didn't she chose a different job-maid, governess. I kind of understood her reasoning, but it did't seem to justify her actions entirely. And I didn't get why she got off the wagon in town already having consciously decided to be mean to Blake. That didn't make sense. If anyone had a right to be angry at the beginning (note, only at the beginning), it was Blake. So, while a liked her, I didn't connect with her. And Blake was so frustrating. At first, I understood why he would be angry. The girl he loved ran off and became a courtesan seemingly for no reason. He had every right to be angry. But, after a while, I thought that it became excessive. After she helped him at the inn and showed very clearly that she wasn't a greedy whore, he still threw insults at her. And not just sidelong comments. Straight out, mean, nasty, extremely offensive insults. Sometimes, he showed that he could be sweet, so I was torn between wanting to shake some sense into him and adoring his sweeter side. Obviously, the issues between these two killed a lot of the traditional romance-wooing, flirting, falling in love. But, the romance was still okay. There were definitely sparks between them but it felt tainted by all the drama in their relationship. The plot was fast paced and the story had me interested. And learning about the characters' pasts had me hooked. There were a few surprises. And the ending was satisfying happy. Behind the Courtesan was a good book. I liked it, though it had its problems. Romance lovers, I would recommend you try this book, though it may be a borrow instead of a buy. *Thanks to Netgalley and Carina Press for a copy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathie (katmom)

    This is available NOW! This review is also at Beyond the Squee: Book Reviews http://www.beyondthesquee.com/ I loved the beginning of this book. Sophia is in a carriage and needs to be in the Inn. There is a sea of mud between her and the stoop. Blake, who she had hoped to not see right away, strips off his boots, socks, and wades to her. We all know what's going to happen, and indeed, it does. She thinks he did it on purpose and so begins the continuation of their miscommunications. Sophia hasn't This is available NOW! This review is also at Beyond the Squee: Book Reviews http://www.beyondthesquee.com/ I loved the beginning of this book. Sophia is in a carriage and needs to be in the Inn. There is a sea of mud between her and the stoop. Blake, who she had hoped to not see right away, strips off his boots, socks, and wades to her. We all know what's going to happen, and indeed, it does. She thinks he did it on purpose and so begins the continuation of their miscommunications. Sophia hasn't ever told anyone why she left at the age of 14. Blake, once he found out where she was, never went to her. She left because her father sold her, basically, to an abusive man. And what takes this down a bookmark rating is the fact that the Old Duke never got what he was due. I like my bad guys to get what's coming to them. I don't think this is a spoiler, as he's gone when the book begins. Sophia keeps her secrets, as does Blake. Blake thinks that her life as a courtesan was all trinkets, new dresses and romping bewteen the sheets with many men. Part of her secret is that it really hasn't been that many men, and if she hadn't taken on this persona, she would have been dead. Somehow he just doesn't get that. Very few books that I've read that have had a main character who was less than pure. And even fewer that followed a courtesan. This was an interesting theme and I think that Ms. Stuart gave us a seldom seen perspective. I have to applaud her for giving Sophia men that appreciated her. There are a few twists and turns, some that I saw coming, and some that caught me by surprise. I sure wanted to smack Blake a couple of times! I actually didn't need to, as Sophia slapped him four, or was it five, times. Why, yes, he did deserve it! This one had me turning the pages, wondering if something else BAD was going to happen, and wondering just how this would all come together. I would have liked to have had just one more chapter, as I like to see my main characters down the road a bit. But the ending was a good one, especially followed by the author's note. Thank you, NetGalley and Carina Press, for the opportunity to read Behind the Courtesan.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Brilliant. I chuckled. I cred. I loved it. In Behind The Courtesan Bronwyn Stuart takes us back to the Ton, back to a time where women were property and the Duke controlled the wealth in his dukedom. A time that I am very glad to have missed, I certainly don’t think I could have survived the times. The chaperones, the protectiveness, the being told where you can and can’t go and the men thinking they can buy, sell and own you. Bronwyn takes us back to these times and shows us another side of life i Brilliant. I chuckled. I cred. I loved it. In Behind The Courtesan Bronwyn Stuart takes us back to the Ton, back to a time where women were property and the Duke controlled the wealth in his dukedom. A time that I am very glad to have missed, I certainly don’t think I could have survived the times. The chaperones, the protectiveness, the being told where you can and can’t go and the men thinking they can buy, sell and own you. Bronwyn takes us back to these times and shows us another side of life in the Ton, another side to the life of a courtesan. Sophie Martin ran away from home in the middle of the night as a teenager, she left behind an older brother and a best friend whose heart she broke. She never told anyone why she left, she never said goodbye, she just disappeared one night and it wasn’t until much later that she sent word to her brother that she was alive. The letter went via her old friend Blake but there was not a word to him, he was just to be the messenger. To read my full review... bookgirl.beautyandlace.net/book-revie...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    When Sophie Martin is forced back into the life she had growing up her past has never haunted her so much. She needs to hide not only what she has become from everyone but especially from Blake Vale, the bastard son of the Duke. Sophia must face her past and see what it holds for her future. The idea of the book was fantastic. I love reading about courtesans and was very intrigued by the idea of this one. The characters fell a little flat to me; I couldn’t connect with them or find plausible reas When Sophie Martin is forced back into the life she had growing up her past has never haunted her so much. She needs to hide not only what she has become from everyone but especially from Blake Vale, the bastard son of the Duke. Sophia must face her past and see what it holds for her future. The idea of the book was fantastic. I love reading about courtesans and was very intrigued by the idea of this one. The characters fell a little flat to me; I couldn’t connect with them or find plausible reasoning in some of their actions. The anger between the two while understandable went a little beyond my scope of being able to make up. Note: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cate Ellink

    Bronwyn Stuart writes gritty hard stories and I love them. Sophie and Blake are hurt, hard people. Life hasn't been kind to either of them so it's no surprise that their romance is not sweet and pretty - it's harsh, it's hard work but oh, so passionate! I love this different angle to the Regency romance. I like the flawed characters who scrape through difficulties as best they can, keep their heads high and face what's thrown at them next. A super story that rocks along at a fast pace and kept m Bronwyn Stuart writes gritty hard stories and I love them. Sophie and Blake are hurt, hard people. Life hasn't been kind to either of them so it's no surprise that their romance is not sweet and pretty - it's harsh, it's hard work but oh, so passionate! I love this different angle to the Regency romance. I like the flawed characters who scrape through difficulties as best they can, keep their heads high and face what's thrown at them next. A super story that rocks along at a fast pace and kept me turning pages, enthralled in Blake and Sophie's life and love.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I really enjoyed this one Sophie has run away from her family and best friend when she is forced into a situation and only returns 14 years later and her best friend Blake is still there and the electricity between them is still strong. They have a lot to learn about themselves and honesty as two wounded people find love and a great HEA a great story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    This was an OK read for me. I didn't really care for either Sophie or Blake. I didn't feel the connection between them at all. He spends most of the book be a jerk to Sophie. I also kept feeling like I was missing something. I was having problems understanding what the connections were between the dukes. I found myself skimming parts of the book. This was an OK read for me. I didn't really care for either Sophie or Blake. I didn't feel the connection between them at all. He spends most of the book be a jerk to Sophie. I also kept feeling like I was missing something. I was having problems understanding what the connections were between the dukes. I found myself skimming parts of the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Petrakis

    I enjoyed this book. The story was unique though it didn't really focus on the life of a courtesan which was what I was after. This was more like after she retired and tried to return home which is quite different. Still a good romantic story. I enjoyed this book. The story was unique though it didn't really focus on the life of a courtesan which was what I was after. This was more like after she retired and tried to return home which is quite different. Still a good romantic story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I just didn't like this book. In my opinion the couple in question had no chemistry whatsoever. The hero was also a jerk. *ARC provided by netgalley I just didn't like this book. In my opinion the couple in question had no chemistry whatsoever. The hero was also a jerk. *ARC provided by netgalley

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kat at Book Thingo

  17. 4 out of 5

    LessThan3

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel T

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  22. 4 out of 5

    E. B.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ieva

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emmeline Lock

  25. 5 out of 5

    Natalie E. Ramm

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Avefua

  27. 5 out of 5

    Meka

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bj

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Simas

  30. 4 out of 5

    Milena

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