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5* Review The Scandalous Love of a Duke Marlow Intrigues #3 Jane Lark

Isolated by life and choice, John Harding, the Duke of Pembroke, sees an angel in a pale mauve dress across a room and is drawn closer as lust grips firm and hard in his stomach.

The wheat-blonde hair escaping her dull dove-grey bonnet and caressing her neck lures his eyes to a spot he’d like to kiss.

She speaks with animation her hands moving. Then as if she senses his gaze the stranger turns and looks at him.

A rush of pain and longing spilled from Katherine’s heart into her limbs. It was so long since she’d seen John but her reaction was the same as it had been more than half-a-dozen years before. She loved him, secretly, without hope, but a chasm of years and status stood between them.

The Scandalous Love of a Duke (Marlow Intrigues, #3)My Review

The Scandalous Love of a Duke is book three in the acclaimed Marlowe Intrigues. Moving forward to the next generation this is John’s story.

John’s vulnerability hidden by arrogance makes him a tortured hero so worth saving groomed from an early age to become the next Duke of Pembroke John’s life has always been about duty, pride and emotional detachment. With the incumbent Duke of Pembroke close to death John knows he must return from his extended Grand Tour and accept the role he was born to. Haunted by his barren childhood John would rather remain alone in Egypt among the tombs of long dead Kings but his life is not his to control and he bows to the inevitable and returns to England and his family.

Katherine is a wonderful heroine courageous and loving despite her inadequate family. Katherine loves John but knows her love will remain unrequited because she is the illegitimate daughter of a servant taken in by the local gentry but treated more as a servant than an adoptive daughter

John and Katherine’s sensual attraction is unexpected for John and rekindled for Katherine.

Katherine is John’s addiction but is the attraction physical or something deeper. Katherine knows she is playing with fire but she loves John and will give him anything whatever the cost to her reputation and heart. John knows Katherine has the power to heal him but will he sacrifice his pride and overcome his fears of rejection to let her? The love and support of John’s family is a recurrent theme in the Marlowe Intrigues and a stark contrast to Regency Society’s brutal prejudice and disdain.

Well paced and full of intrigue this beautiful emotional love story is full of passion, anger, misunderstanding and vulnerability.

I received and ARC from Harper Collins UK Harper Impulse via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 Check out my other reviews of the Marlow Intrigue Series : The Illicit Love of a Courtesan and

The Passionate Love of a Rake

The Scandalous Love of a Duke by Jane Lark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5* Review The Passionate Love of a Rake Jane Lark

The Passionate Love of a Rake (Marlow Intrigues, #2)‘The Passionate Love of a Rake’ overflows with sensuous Regency romance.The second in the Marlowe Intrigues this is definitely my favourite so far.

Robert the elder brother of Edward who we met in ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan‘ is the passionate rake. A dark, brooding man full of mystery is gradually unravelled by Jane the Dowager Duchess of Sutton, his first love.

This story oozes romance and heartbreak.

Jane’s story reveals the exploitation of women in Regency society. Finally free of her cruel, aged husband she finds his son determined to extract the fortune his father left her by whatever means he can.

The depth of the depravity Jane experienced combined with what she sees as Robert’s abandonment of her when she needed him most ensures the story is rife with emotional conflict.

Robert’s perceptions change as the story develops and he realises why Jane rejects him even if her body cannot.

The story is effortless to read, pure escapism with plenty of excellent supporting characters to hold your interest aside from the passionate romance between Jane and Robert.

The political nature of the society during this time is well described as is the indiscriminate censure it dealt out to those out of favour.

If you are looking for something to warm the winter evenings ‘The Passionate Love of a Rake’ is perfect.

I received a copy this book from Harper Collins HarperImpulse via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Passionate Love of a Rake by Jane Lark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Passionate Love of a Rake (Marlow Intrigues, #2)

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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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