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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.
"...it 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., Goodreads.com 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, Goodreads.com review
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 th... ...more
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 betwe... ...more
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... ...more
Last updated on 01 Apr 2017
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... ...more
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... ...more
“You are not your scars Jacqueline, any more than I am mine.”
Actual Rating: 4.5 almost perfect!
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 historical romance,... ...more
There’s nothing I love more in a story than a strong female heroine. I woman who, despite facing horrendous atrocities, rises above all that she’s been through and uses her experiences to help others. That’s who Jacqueline Trouvère is; brave, fierce, headstrong and compassionate. Despite being ho... ...more
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... ...more
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 “squee... ...more
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 hir... ...more
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... ...more
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 offic... ...more
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 ve... ...more
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 synops... ...more