Book Reviews

A Counterfeit Courtesan

"I love you. I love you with my whole heart. I love you in all your forms and expressions. I love you with all that I am. All that I wish to be. I love you for now and forever."


Juliana, the only unmarried sister of a set of triplets, decides to take her future into her own hands. Her father dominates her life and she is resigned to a life of spinsterhood and unhappiness. After her both her sister marry in a fashion that greatly displeased their father, He has declared she will not be put on the marriage mart. On top of that, a fresh scar on her face -an ever-present reminder of her sister's escape to happiness- has left her beauty married, She will never find love now. Doesn't she deserve to find one night of unbridled happiness?

Ellis has only ever worried about himself. His survival on the streets has left him with no other option. He can not open himself up to feeling anything about anyone, most of all a headstrong, attractive woman. The only option is to set right all the wrongs he has done, even if it costs him his life. But, as his feeling becomes more complicated, will he be able to make the choice to lay down his life when the time comes?

I will be the first admit, I thought there was no chance that I was going to be able to be drawn to Ellis as a main character. Jess Michael's did it again and wrote a most imperfectly perfect hero. Each book in this series dealt with characters that had their own unique ideas of how they wanted to create the perfect life.  And I loved them all! This was the third and final book in the Shelley Sisters series. I was extremely happy with the wrap-up at the end. It left me feeling quite satisfied as a reader. 

I give A Counterfeit Courtesan a solid four stars. An extra note, this series is quite steamy. I would like to say a big thank you to NetGalley and Jess Michaels for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Counterfeit Courtesan will be available on March 3rd, 2020.

Melissa has been in love with books since she was a child. As a young girl, in her Holly Hobby decorated room, she would sit and tape scraps of paper to her books so that she could organize them by the Dewey Decimal System. She is a huge advocate for helping children learn to love reading. Along with hosting an online Regency based book club and a book club at her home, she started a book club for kids at her son’s school. These days, Melissa can be found at the library writing a book review or tucked in some quiet corner having a love affair with a newly discovered romance novel.


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