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Peek Inside Once a Courtesan

Romance blossoms between the headmistress and math professor. Both harbor deadly secrets. When danger jeopardizes the school, all will come to light, threatening to destroy their newfound love...

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If they’re willing to risk it all…love can overcome her secret and his deception.

Constable Will Danbury has infiltrated a school to investigate an alleged crime. What he finds is a deeper, darker mystery—and a potent attraction to the alluring headmistress, Jacqueline Trouvère. But a constable can't get romantically involved with a suspect; even one he thinks is innocent, without committing career suicide.

As headmistress of a school devoted to saving the innocent daughters of London's soiled doves, Jacqueline’s life is complicated. Will tempts her in ways she never thought to experience, but she believes no respectable gentleman could love a former courtesan.

Despite their best efforts to fight it, a romance blossoms. When danger jeopardizes the school, however, his deceptions and her omissions come to light, threatening to destroy their love. They must look beyond the past to save both their future together and the lives of those they’ve sworn to protect.

Each book in the Once Wicked series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 To Love a Libertine
Book #2 Once a Courtesan
Book #3 A Wicked Reputation


" has depth and substance... The characters are complex, instantly likable and they continue to grow on you... This story has twists and turns, mysterious characters and suspense. It's beautiful and sad at times but it has a fulfilling happily ever after. You won't be disappointed if you give this five star romance a chance."- Books By the Beach

"I really enjoyed this story! I always love a good mystery thrown into any romances that I read and LeFey does a wonderful job of including both without one overshadowing the other...Definitely one for the must read pile!" - Amy, A., review

"This story had much more than I expected: a great romance, a charming school, daring constables, assassins, a shady crime syndicate, spies, a mysterious vigilante -there was no shortage of action and suspense. This book had a lot of heart..." - The Last Page

"This is the first Liana LeFey book I have read. I will be certain to be on the lookout for more...I loved this book that is full of mystery and an unusual beginning to a love story." - Brenda, review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758711
Series: Once Wicked, Book 2
Release Date: Mar 27, 2017
Page Count: 386
Imprint: amara next
Genre: georgian, historical
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, mistaken identity, overcoming odds

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By Tales Of A Bookbug March 31, 2017

I loved this book and it is one of my favorites in 2017.You know the feeling that you get when you read the blurb and think 'this might be the one'?I had that for this book and I'm super glad it didn't disappoint.
It had the perfect mix of action,mystery,romance and steam in it!the chemistry between ...more

Once a Courtesan 'Once a Courtesan' by Liana LeFey is book Two in the "Once Wicked"series.  This is the story of Jacqueline and Will.  I have read the previous book but feel this can be a standalone book.  Will is a  Constable that is going undercover at Jacqueline school after rumor had broke that ...more

By Suze March 29, 2017

Jacqueline had to overcome many obstacles in her past. She was born in France and after a terrible start in London she's now leading a happier life as the headmistress of a school for girls with troubled histories. The school has rich benefactors who wish to remain anonymous. Jacqueline knows how to ...more

By Brenda April 01, 2017

Last updated on 01 Apr 2017

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Constable Will Danbury has infiltrated a school to investigate an alleged crime. What he finds is a deeper, darker mystery—and a potent attraction to the alluring headmistress, Jacqueline Trouvère. But a constable can't get romantically involved wi ...more

By Fizza March 25, 2017

It's a historical crime thriller. The story touches dark side of London's life in 1700s. I find it quite interesting and enjoyed reading it.
Jacqueline is a headmistress of a girl's charity school but she is hiding a tragic past, not only hers but of every girl in her school. She loves them dearly an ...more


“You are not your scars Jacqueline, any more than I am mine.”

This book only gotten my attention because of the title. lol! This is my first book of the author and going in, there was no expectations of anything.

Although I love reading historicals, I usually stay away from i ...more

By Lee November 12, 2017

The premise of this book intrigued me and I’m happy to report that the unique storyline and characters lived up to what was promised. The love story of Will and Jacqueline is not an insta-love story, it is not fast paced but it is engaging and the pacing suits the circumstances and events. There is ...more

By Tasha May 17, 2017

I hadn't read this author before, so I didn't have any presumptions about how it would be written. I'm a sucker for a good historical romance, and this didn't disappoint. It was a little slow in the beginning, but I didn't find it boring. I liked getting to slowly know about Jacqueline's past. Once ...more

By Marcella July 31, 2018

One of the best stories I've ever read

The author created such an exceptional story with multiple characters that brought the suspense to life. I couldn't put it down yet the suspense had me cringing and made me stop reading it at times. Loved both the H and h. They were such good characters and the ...more

By Brittany August 11, 2020

This is book 2 in the Once wicked series. These can really be read alone I didn’t remember any characters that overlapped so definitely can be read as stand-alone. This was a really good emotional story. I did enjoy it a great deal. Looking forward to book 3. ...more

By Amy March 19, 2017

I really enjoyed this story! I always love a good mystery thrown into any romances that I read and LeFey does a wonderful job of including both without one overshadowing the other.

Jacqueline is not your typical heroine as she used to be a courtesan (as the title suggests). But she was forced into th ...more

By Jamie September 13, 2017

✮ Read this review and more like it on The Last Page

Once a Courtesan is the story of Jacqueline Trouvère, headmistress of a school that rescues young girls from brothels and educates them in the skills they need to start life anew. I knew that the story would be a bit different from the average hi ...more

By Melanie April 06, 2017

There are so many authors out there that I’m trying to get to and if you’re like me, you’re always getting sidetracked because all of my favorite authors keep me busy by writing new books. Well, this author has been on my radar for a very long time and I’m so glad to have found the time to “squeeze” ...more

By Amanda April 02, 2017

Historical Romance crime mystery. It had all the aspects one would want: tension, passion, criminals, manipulative criminal bosses, and love.
Danbury infiltrates an all girls school under a lead that it is really a front for dark London underage desires. Headmistress Trouvere does not want to hire t ...more

By Elisha April 17, 2017

Firstly, When I signed up to read this lovely story, I wasn't aware that there was another book before it. Probably because I wasn't paying attention to that fact. Anyway, I have been trying to find book one at my library and they don't carry it!

Anyway, This story was about secretly taking girls in ...more

By Zaxs September 29, 2018

Constable Will Danbury has infiltrated a school to investigate an alleged crime. What he finds is a deeper, darker mystery—and a potent attraction to the alluring headmistress, Jacqueline Trouvère. But a constable can't get romantically involved with a suspect; even one he thinks is innocent, withou


By Pamela Flowers July 08, 2017

Intriguing book, not your usual regency romance. Involves a school for rescued girls, a prior prostitute and a constable undercover. The relationship develops slowly and cautiously under the watchful eye of fellow teachers and students. Due to her past, all their lives are threatened. The violence o ...more

By Petula March 30, 2017

Jacqueline Trouvere is the headmistress of a girls school. All of her girls are orphans or abandoned and they have all come from a world that no little girl should know exists. She is determined to help these children recover and make better lives for themselves.
William Woodson is a police officer ...more

By Hannah April 05, 2017

4.5 stars

I was provided with a copy of this book FOC in exchange for an honest review.

A unique and original storyline. I read a lot of fiction similar to this and often it can start to feel very samey. I didn't get that from this book, it felt very original.

Characters were well thought out and very ...more

By Katie April 05, 2017

Once a Courtesan by Liana LeFey
5 star review
Reviewed on behalf of 2 girls who love books
I LOVED this book!!! It is the second book in the Once Wicked series but it is easily read as a standalone which is what I did! I have never read anything by this author before and as soon as I read the synopsis ...more

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Liana LeFey

About the author

Liana LeFey

As a romance author, I delight in crafting incendiary tales that capture the heart and the imagination, taking the reader out of the now and into another world. Regardless of whether you choose to dive into the past, leap into the future, or lose yourself in another realm entirely, between the pages you’ll find deep emotional journeys and passionate romance! The splendor of the Georgian period (1714-1837) provides a lush, glittering backdrop for my sizzling historical romances. Between the pages of my early Georgian pieces you’ll find sensuous lovers, lavish royal courts, and deadly intrigues. My Regencies look back to an era of refined manners and strict propriety, while revealing the secret, wicked desires of its elegant ladies and courtly gentlemen. In my sci-fi romances, love transcends all boundaries and spans a future of endless possibility based on what we’re learning about our universe today. My fantasy romances will take you on a quest through realms both familiar and unknown, with characters and creatures from myth and folklore, and of course include powerful magic paired with that most potent of all enchantments: love. About moi? I live in Central Texas with my dashing hero/husband of nearly twenty years and our beautiful daughter. I’m also privileged to serve (and it is most definitely servitude) one spoiled-rotten feline overlord. I adore chocolate and just about anything involving the words “salted caramel.” When my brain is too fried to weave stories, I read (of course), watch movies or binge-watch television series, make jewelry and knit scarves. What do I read/watch? In addition to being a historical research junkie (there have been interventions), I’m a fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. Star Wars is the first movie I remember seeing. I was five and watched a double feature of Episodes IV and V with my parents at the big theater downtown…and came out wanting to marry Han Solo. Fed on bedtime stories from authors like Tolkien, Baum, and Herbert, I became a language-loving, book-gobbling monster at the age of four and have yet to be sated. The Kadin by Bertrice Small was the first romance novel I ever devoured. I was fourteen, it was delicious, and I’m now thrilled to be writing romance for fellow enthusiasts.

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