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Review: Lessons from a Courtesan by Jenna Petersen

In Historical, Jenna Petersen, review on October 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Lessons from a Courtesan

by Jenna Petersen

Lesson #1: Every man loves a mystery.

A scandalous siren called “Ria” has electrified the ton. Every gentleman in London desires her; every woman envies her. And they are all desperate to know the secrets of the tantalizing, seductively beautiful courtesan. All except Justin, the Earl of Baybary. He knows all about Ria. He learned every inch of her tender skin, every taste of her luscious lips . . . on their wedding night.

Lesson #2: No man can make you lose control . . . unless you let him.

Though theirs was an arranged marrige, still Victoria surrendered to passion and gave herself to Justin completely. When he left her alone the next morning, she swore she would never again let him into her bed. Now, though she has other reasons for returning to the city, she enjoys tormenting Justin, letting him see the way other men lust for her. But keeping herself from him is such exquisite torture . . . and forgiveness will lead to an ecstasy unbelievably divine.

The twenty-two lessons from the book Lessons from a Courtesan are actually as relevant for today’s society as they were in the 1800’s. I found myself studying each chapter heading and realizing the common sense significance of each lesson.

I was torn between rooting for the heroine to reunite with her husband and wanting her to diss him as badly has he had done her three years prior. It’s an emotional roller coaster story of highs and lows.

Jenna Petersen has a vivid way of writing that is insightful as well as entertaining. I will definitely look for more of her books to read.

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