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James Cordier is all blue blood and entirely dangerous. He's a master of disguise, a brilliant thief, a first-class lover—all for King and Country—and, by gad, he's so weary of it. His last mission is to "acquire" a packet of incriminating letters from one notorious woman. Then he can return to London and meet sweet-natured heiresses—not adventuresses and fallen women.

Francesca Bonnard has weathered heartbreak, scorn, and scandal. She's independent, happy, and definitely fallen; and she's learned that "gentlemen" are more trouble than they're worth. She can also see that her wildly attractive new neighbor is bad news.

But as bad as James is, there are others far worse also searching for Francesca's letters. And suddenly nothing is simple—especially the nearly incendiary chemistry between the two most jaded, sinful souls in Europe. And just as suddenly, risking everything may be worth the prize.

Topics: Venice, Italy, First in a Series, Spies, Courtesans, Antihero, Secret Life, and Conspiracy

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061801846
List price: $1.99
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Disappointing for a Loretta Chase book. The entire book takes place in Venice, with a lot of foreign language expressions included (Italian, French). The plot was pretty good. I like James Portier, the lead, very well and he had a good sense of humor. Francesca, the female lead, was a little hard to decipher. I wasn't sure about her motivations or desires. The whole thing dragged in places. Not bad, but not really good either.read more
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Chase has demonstrated her genius yet again. Set in 1820's Venice, YSW is a wonderful book full of charm and wit. Francesa Bonnard is an unapologetic courtesan. In fact, she calls herself a "great whore". After she is publicly humiliated and divorced by her husband, she flees to the Continent and becomes a notorious and much sought after woman. James Cordier is a spy for the English government and is anxious to retire and return to England. But his last assignment is to steal a packet of letters from Francesca that are potentially damaging to her ex-husband's political career. Francesca and James are wonderfully intelligent characters, the dialog is witty and the setting was so unusual and realistically portrayed. The humor is wonderfully written as well. This is a very funny book. Here is the first paragraph: "Penises. Everywhere."Ha! That caught my interest immediately and the story never let me go. And the sex scenes are nice and steamy. But there is a lot of depth to this story too. (GRADE: A)read more
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Loretta Chase really doesn't disappoint! Another fun historical romp - this time set in Venice and starring a courtesan and a spy. A delightful, quick read.read more
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Another good Regency-era romance from Chase, this one set in Venice. Francesca is a courtesan, disgraced after being divorced by her traitorous husband. She doesn't trust men, any men. James is a British agent, charged with recovering some incriminating letters that Francesca stole from her ex. He just wants a quiet life. Hijinks ensue.read more
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I'm such a big Loretta Chase fan. I'm always eager to head to the bookstore when I know she has a new book coming out because I know I'll be entertained and amused. "Your Scandalous Ways" is no exception. I don't know how she made me enjoy a book about a courtesan I was sure I wouldn't like and a spy who was willing to use sex to get information from his suspects!! But I ended up liking them both, wanting them to be together, and knowing they were perfect for each other.Francesca calls herself a 'great whore'. In reality, she's the highest priced courtesan in Venice, maybe the entire continent, but she did it HER way. After her husband, cheated on her, broke her heart, publicly humiliated her, and divorced her, she fled to the continent. She learned her trade from a famous retired courtesan and uses the information she has on her evil ex to torment him with the possibility of exposure for his past. She doesn't realize that with his current political aims, she's become a danger he can no longer ignore.James just wanted to finish his duties, go home to England, find a quiet biddable wife, get married and raise children and dogs. But, once again, he's now in Venice trying to seduce letters from the continent's most famed courtesan. With all his experience and all his knowledge, he never expected to fall under her spell himself.Now danger is all around these two and they must learn to love and trust each other...or die.Loved it!! She's a strong woman who survived the worst life could throw at her and he's a man who was willing to sacrifice his all for his country. They deserved happiness and they deserved each other. You'll laugh and snicker at their 'courtship' and be rooting for their success.read more
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Surprisingly disappointing romance by one of my favorite authors. Unlikely story of courtesan, Francesca Bonnard, who is a divorcee of a prominent Lord in England. Ensconced in Venice, she has some incriminating letters that everyone wants and her life is at risk because of it. Enter Cordier, a Regency James Bond sort of type, who is out to get the letters for the Crown and doesn't hesitate to bed whoever he needs to to get them. Unfortunately, he didn't count on falling for Francesca, despite the fact she is a courtesan. I was bored through much of this, found no chemistry between the two, the plotline was tepid and I really found the HEA ending improbable. Too bad, for I've read much better by Loretta Chase, I guess they all can't be stellar romances.read more
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Lacks the sweetness of Chase's other books, which is the main reason I read them.read more
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Before I comment I have to say that Loretta Chase is in my Top Five Favorite Authors list and giving her such a low rating makes me want to weep. I enjoyed the book but somehow, even with the lovely Venetian setting, the fallen-woman heroine, the yummy hero, the trademark Chase humor, this book falls just a bit short of great. A co-worker, another Chase fanatic, was even more disappointed than I was. Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of any Avon publications, they usually lack a lot of depth, more reading fluff than reading dept, so I hope Chase hasn't fallen too deeply into the Avon guidelines, it would be such a waste of her immense talent.read more
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I read this because Dear Author had given it an A review as one of the best of the year. I did think the first half was pretty interesting, the female heroine WAS a scandalous and seductive "great whore", and you could believe she had made it up in the world on her own willpower. You could feel the feminine sensual power she exuded. However, Franchesca seemed to lose that power as the novel went on, and she dreamed of starting with a "clean slate", and I thought that was disingenuous. Basically she wanted to go back to her girlish, virginish state after she had fallen in love with the hero. She didn't seem to retain any of her earned power by the end, nor want to - which was a disappointment. The male hero was sexy, very alpha male, but still could follow the right *ahem* commands on how to please a lady. Francesca's fall from grace could have been expanded, as there was a lot of unanswered questions which seemed jarring because the author kept sprinkling snippets of info about it. Still, it was an unusual historical romance that didn't follow all the "typical" plots and it was well written.read more
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Disappointing for a Loretta Chase book. The entire book takes place in Venice, with a lot of foreign language expressions included (Italian, French). The plot was pretty good. I like James Portier, the lead, very well and he had a good sense of humor. Francesca, the female lead, was a little hard to decipher. I wasn't sure about her motivations or desires. The whole thing dragged in places. Not bad, but not really good either.
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Chase has demonstrated her genius yet again. Set in 1820's Venice, YSW is a wonderful book full of charm and wit. Francesa Bonnard is an unapologetic courtesan. In fact, she calls herself a "great whore". After she is publicly humiliated and divorced by her husband, she flees to the Continent and becomes a notorious and much sought after woman. James Cordier is a spy for the English government and is anxious to retire and return to England. But his last assignment is to steal a packet of letters from Francesca that are potentially damaging to her ex-husband's political career. Francesca and James are wonderfully intelligent characters, the dialog is witty and the setting was so unusual and realistically portrayed. The humor is wonderfully written as well. This is a very funny book. Here is the first paragraph: "Penises. Everywhere."Ha! That caught my interest immediately and the story never let me go. And the sex scenes are nice and steamy. But there is a lot of depth to this story too. (GRADE: A)
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Loretta Chase really doesn't disappoint! Another fun historical romp - this time set in Venice and starring a courtesan and a spy. A delightful, quick read.
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Another good Regency-era romance from Chase, this one set in Venice. Francesca is a courtesan, disgraced after being divorced by her traitorous husband. She doesn't trust men, any men. James is a British agent, charged with recovering some incriminating letters that Francesca stole from her ex. He just wants a quiet life. Hijinks ensue.
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I'm such a big Loretta Chase fan. I'm always eager to head to the bookstore when I know she has a new book coming out because I know I'll be entertained and amused. "Your Scandalous Ways" is no exception. I don't know how she made me enjoy a book about a courtesan I was sure I wouldn't like and a spy who was willing to use sex to get information from his suspects!! But I ended up liking them both, wanting them to be together, and knowing they were perfect for each other.Francesca calls herself a 'great whore'. In reality, she's the highest priced courtesan in Venice, maybe the entire continent, but she did it HER way. After her husband, cheated on her, broke her heart, publicly humiliated her, and divorced her, she fled to the continent. She learned her trade from a famous retired courtesan and uses the information she has on her evil ex to torment him with the possibility of exposure for his past. She doesn't realize that with his current political aims, she's become a danger he can no longer ignore.James just wanted to finish his duties, go home to England, find a quiet biddable wife, get married and raise children and dogs. But, once again, he's now in Venice trying to seduce letters from the continent's most famed courtesan. With all his experience and all his knowledge, he never expected to fall under her spell himself.Now danger is all around these two and they must learn to love and trust each other...or die.Loved it!! She's a strong woman who survived the worst life could throw at her and he's a man who was willing to sacrifice his all for his country. They deserved happiness and they deserved each other. You'll laugh and snicker at their 'courtship' and be rooting for their success.
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Surprisingly disappointing romance by one of my favorite authors. Unlikely story of courtesan, Francesca Bonnard, who is a divorcee of a prominent Lord in England. Ensconced in Venice, she has some incriminating letters that everyone wants and her life is at risk because of it. Enter Cordier, a Regency James Bond sort of type, who is out to get the letters for the Crown and doesn't hesitate to bed whoever he needs to to get them. Unfortunately, he didn't count on falling for Francesca, despite the fact she is a courtesan. I was bored through much of this, found no chemistry between the two, the plotline was tepid and I really found the HEA ending improbable. Too bad, for I've read much better by Loretta Chase, I guess they all can't be stellar romances.
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Lacks the sweetness of Chase's other books, which is the main reason I read them.
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Before I comment I have to say that Loretta Chase is in my Top Five Favorite Authors list and giving her such a low rating makes me want to weep. I enjoyed the book but somehow, even with the lovely Venetian setting, the fallen-woman heroine, the yummy hero, the trademark Chase humor, this book falls just a bit short of great. A co-worker, another Chase fanatic, was even more disappointed than I was. Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of any Avon publications, they usually lack a lot of depth, more reading fluff than reading dept, so I hope Chase hasn't fallen too deeply into the Avon guidelines, it would be such a waste of her immense talent.
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I read this because Dear Author had given it an A review as one of the best of the year. I did think the first half was pretty interesting, the female heroine WAS a scandalous and seductive "great whore", and you could believe she had made it up in the world on her own willpower. You could feel the feminine sensual power she exuded. However, Franchesca seemed to lose that power as the novel went on, and she dreamed of starting with a "clean slate", and I thought that was disingenuous. Basically she wanted to go back to her girlish, virginish state after she had fallen in love with the hero. She didn't seem to retain any of her earned power by the end, nor want to - which was a disappointment. The male hero was sexy, very alpha male, but still could follow the right *ahem* commands on how to please a lady. Francesca's fall from grace could have been expanded, as there was a lot of unanswered questions which seemed jarring because the author kept sprinkling snippets of info about it. Still, it was an unusual historical romance that didn't follow all the "typical" plots and it was well written.
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