Book 2 had a scene to set up this book that stretched belief to its breaking point.
Also, both of those books kept referencing her earlier series — and I kept wishing I was reading them rather than these. Urchins raised to the aristocracy!
Long-lost twins! Women running gaming hells! Not to mention a billion handsome, super rich dukes with hearts of gold. Why is this plot any less believable than a hundred others? Courtesan and mistress romances have been around for ages—why is this one in particular less believable? I would think that had the author pulled it off in the mind of Redheadedgirl, she would have said historically implausible BUT she made it workand I loved how she did it.
The plot was historically ridiculous and I wanted to like it, but for so many reasons I did not buy it at all because I thought the author left too many plot holes gaping open. This despite the fact that I have loved other MacLean novels which are also historically inaccurate. I guess I just read the review as a critique of the writing and this particulate story rather than the trope in general. Honorable mention to Georgian era Dorothea Jordan who had a 20 year affair and 10 kids with the royal Duke of Clarence. That is why I used the word implausiable in my previous comment rather than impossible.
She is correct that the social stigma would have been extremely high against such a relationship. Anonymous — I read the review again and see what you are saying. We will have to agree to disagree. I see where you are coming from based on the first part of the review. However, RedHeadedGirl also said this which to me is very much a critique of the writing rather than the trope. Just would like to point put that sex workers are real.
Some are women who read romance. They are human beings who deserve good things, like every other human woman. You obviously know nothing about how British upper class society works. There would be whispered words behind close doors but to her face everyone would be polite.
It is not called polite society for nothing. Dukes and Lords and even Kings have been marrying women of dubious origin for centuries. I think everyone has and has the right to their reactions. I am tossed out a book when medicine is wrong. Book love is like real love—connection is personal.
I mean, how many sheikh and billionaire books are out there that readers squee over. I get what you mean.
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As long as the author is willing to follow through, and let them be happy in their ostracism, then it could be a good story. And that would limit what she could do to help her husband. Those few courtesans who married into high society? None of the wives were acceptable to polite society, and all the men involved were decidedly rackety. None had children who inherited a title, which is also an important consideration, because they too would bear the sin of their mother.
So do that, and show how love can transcend the strictures that society placed on a couple.
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