An unrequited love who is in possession of her family?s pearls leaves Lady Louisa Kirkland no choice. She must call on Lady Sophia, an ex-courtesan cleverer than all the other ton matrons combined.
In this second installment of The Courtesan Chronicles, Lady Sophia Dalby is at work with her new project Lady Louisa Kirkland, whom we could anticipate after reading the last chapter of “The Courtesan's Daughter”. This story packed a lot of suggestive conversation, character build-up, and discreetly set-up scandals. There were a lot of minor characters to spice up the events at Hyde House (again), but all it took was a determined female, an even more determined male, and a manipulative ex-courtesan to wrap it up nicely.I liked this better than the first book because I found Henry's attraction to Louisa very charming and chivalrous. There was certainly time for his attraction to develop unto love and when he got the chance at making Louisa his, he took it. The turn of events were quite unpredictable although it was frustrating sometimes when the lines just go around in circles, characters were never direct, like they're playing a verbal game on saying one thing and meaning another. This book was full of that, but I found that one has to read between the lines to get what they're saying.The results weren't really surprising but Claudia Dain made this enjoyable for me because of the unusual turn of events and how the characters actions veered to a direction. I was especially fond of Sophia's nephew, George, a savage through and through and I liked how he stared at Louisa as if undressing her. The ending of this novel was another foreshadowing, like a prologue to the next novel, which I immediately started right after reading this.read more