The Courtesan Duchess is the first book in the Wicked Deceptions series by Joanna Shupe and I give it 3 hearts. No, don’t get me wrong! I really enjoyed the story and I loved the uniqueness of it BUT I was just bummed by the last half of the book that this ALMOST became a DNF for me.
The Courtesan Duchess is about Julia, the Duchess of Colton who is on a mission to seduce and get a child off of her estranged husband of eight years. She goes to Vienna and disguises herself as the courtesan Juliet Leighton. When they meet, both Colt and Julia are attracted to each other and sparks fly. Naturally, Colt does not recognize her (and who wouldn’t when he hasn’t seen her in 8 years?) and does everything in his power to seduce her.
What I really love about this book is the first half of it where Julia (disguised as Juliet), meets Colt. The sexually charged interactions were perfect for their reunion and the sexy times was smoking hot!
I was a little disappointed about the second half of the story. I felt that Colt acted like the classic jerk and despite redeeming himself, in the end, he still did not redeem himself to me. I felt that if I was Julia, I would insist on living separately with him. Colt did not endear himself to me, in this case, despite my love for scoundrels. Even if in the end, Colt forgave Julia of her deception, the way he went about it was just too jerk-ey for me.
All in all the book was fast paced and I was able to read through quickly until I got to the second half where I wanted to throw my Nook because of Colt’s scoundrel-y ways. I will definitely be reading more of Joanna Shupe in the future. In fact, I have read the second book in this series and it is way better than this one!
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