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Secrets of a Gentleman Escort (Harlequin Historical) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Dec 2013
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About the Author
Bronwyn Scott is a pen-name for Nikki Poppen. She lives in the USA, up in the Pacific Northwest, where she is a communications instructor at a small college. She remembers writing all her life and is still proud of completing her first novel in sixth grade! She loves history and research and is always looking forward to the next story. She also enjoys talking with other writers and readers about books they like and the writing process. Readers can visit her website at: www.nikkipoppen.com--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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When a tragic twist of fate had left Nicholas D’Arcy as his family’s sole breadwinner, he had been forced to leave his life in the countryside behind for London. Determined to ensure that his family doesn’t go without, Nicholas had been determined to make as much money as he possibly can to atone for his lack of responsibility. However, on his arrival, he had soon realized that he was never going to make his fortune as a shipping clerk, but a chance encounter with Channing Deverill, founder of The League of Discreet Gentlemen, soon changes his life. Nicholas goes from ledgers and lading bills to one of the most sought after escorts in London! Seducing bored society wives and accompanying them to the opera and parties provides Nicholas with more money than he’s ever dreamed of. However, when he is almost caught seducing somebody’s wife by her less than pleased husband, Nicholas is informed by Channing that he needs to leave London for a while and let the dust settle for a couple of weeks. When the League is contacted by a Miss Annorah Price-Ellis, who is requesting a gentleman companion for a week, Channing realizes that Nicholas is the perfect candidate for the job. Having vowed to stay away from the British countryside, Nicholas is not exactly overjoyed to be spending the week in a rural idyll, but that soon changes when he claps eyes on the innocent Miss Price-Ellis…
Annorah had realized from a very early age that romantic attachments weren’t on the cards for her.Read more ›
The heroine, Annorah Price-Ellis, has hidden from society for years in an attempt at self-protection while the hero, Nicholas D'Arcy lives in the social whirl of London and keeps his true self well hidden, preferring instead to inhabit his persona of "every woman's dream man". I really liked the way Ms Scott had both characters gradually emerge from their respective shells under the tutelage of the other. Nick, especially, begins to reveal more and more of himself, and what we see is a decent and honorable man who, for reasons of his own, has embarked upon this particular way of life because there were few alternatives. And while Annorah helps Nick to "find" himself again, he helps her to rediscover many of the simple joys of life that, in her isolation, she had forgotten.
I thought the way the relationship between Annorah and Nicholas developed was very well done, even though they spend only a few days together. The romance is tender and very sensual - there are a number of love scenes, none of which is especially graphic - and I really felt that here was a relationship that was about much more than the lust which had been its impetus. While Annorah had thought all she wanted was a few days of sex-without-strings, Nicholas is perceptive enough to realize that what she really wants (as well as the sex) is romance. He's good at both things - when women want to enact out a Prince Charming fantasy, he's the one they send for - but it's immediately clear to him that his "usual routine" isn't going to be enough to provide what Annorah wants.Read more ›