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4* Review: The Desperate Love of a Lord – Jane Lark ( Marlowe Intrigues #2.5)

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Fiercely independent, Lady Violet Rimes, the merry widow, has played the town, dangling men from leashes like a pack of adoring hounds, always the one in control. She has never let a man toy with her.

An idle, attractive rake, Lord Geoffrey Sparks has had little to do other than enjoy life. He has let Violet play her games for months without complaint, because he likes her company—and admittedly her bed. But in recent months he’s found himself gravitating towards her more and more. Things have changed between them. He likes her for who she is and not simply the notorious widow. He thought his feelings were returned, but . . . Why then has she suddenly vanished from town without a word?

A couple of months ago, she’d complained about his friend being a heartbreaker, but now Violet is breaking his heart…

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The Desperate Love of a Lord (Marlow Intrigues, #2.5)I loved the character of Lady Violet Rimes in ‘The Passionate Love of a Rake’, despite her scandalous ways she always seemed a little sad. In this novella, Violet’s secrets are revealed and they prove too damning, even for her to brazen out, amid the ‘haute ton’.

This short story has all the emotion, heartache and passionate romance, you find in the longer stories but it is faster paced and more focused on actions and consequences than inner emotional turmoil.

It reads perfectly well as a short stand alone tale but is far more enjoyable if you have read the previous book in the series.

This story is an interesting expose into the hidden secrets of Regency society with a strong female lead and an alpha hero who has to change his ways to win her heart.

This novella is free to read from Harper Impulse.

The Desperate Love of a Lord by Jane Lark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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5* Review: The Illicit Love of a Courtesan Jane Lark

The Illicit Love of a Courtesan (Marlow Intrigues, #1)‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ is Ellen’s poignant battle to overcome the abuse she suffered after husband’s death at Waterloo. Her emotional rebirth necessitates self-forgiveness and trust of others before she accepts the love which will restore her humanity and self-worth. Numerous obstacles plague her life in the form of cruel men and society’s unforgiving strictures. To find her happy ever after she must harness her fears and conquer these.

Edward a second son has lost his life motivation after the return of his elder brother to reclaim his legacy which has prospered under Edward’s stewardship. Wiling his time away in a notorious gaming hell he notices and ultimately has an intimate liaison with Ellen a courtesan who he wins for a couple of hours when he calls her protector Gainsborough out for cheating.

The passion ignites between them and even though she belongs to another Edward cannot forget her. He seeks her out and they enjoy and illicit week of passion whilst her protector is away. On Gainsborough’s return he threatens Ellen with her worst nightmare and she runs to Edward the only one who can save her.

Full of angst this story draws you in as soon as the gravity of Ellen’s situation is evident. Edward is a true hero willing to protect his lady against all evils and able to forgive her even when she lies.

The supporting cast of characters are interesting and I look forward to the next in the series. ‘The Passionate Love of a Rake’

‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ is an emotional romantic story which gives an excellent insight into the vulnerability of young women in Regency society.

The Illicit Love of a Courtesan by Jane Lark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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