I loved how the authors combined both of their writing strengths into this wonderful erotic romance. The book makes you smile in the end with the happy ever after, which everyone deserves. I enjoyed Ophelia's story much better. No matter where you are. I never found out why she left Vienna, did she leave on her accord, or did she leave with her husband? As someone who always manages to pick up series books I was thankful to see this one didn't have a sequel coming soon, but after I finished it my heart broke that there wouldn't be more Piper, Mick, Ophelia, and Sir in my life.
This angers the emissary who insists that she remain chaste and that eastern ways are superior. Piper is a curator that works in a museum who discovers the journey of a woman who lived over 100 years ago. I may not be able to relate to the brutality that Sai Jinhua endures, but her desire to understand love and her need to choose her own path resonates deeply. So moving on, her master is sent to Austria as an emissary, and you can clearly see the difference in the experience with these two. The ending, even knowing what was coming, made my heart pound and tears roll down my face. She mastered the art of lovemaking and charged a pretty penny for it, too.
This is now on my list of all-time favorite books. Questo romanzo è difficilmente etichettabile in un'unica categoria, perché è equamente diviso tra una parte contemporanea meno erotica e più romantica e una parte ambientata nell'ottocento molto più erotica e passionale. A good friend Tierra gave me this book to read, and I was not sure of it at all. I want to invite you into the world of the Courtesan. She wonders, how can we weave this tale of overwhelm into a fantastical, sexy, sacred adventure? I like to make someone happy.
When learning about these women, I discovered of Ms. For anyone who hasn't read the back of the book, it's written by two women -- one a contemporary romance author and one a historical romance author. Also, there is a small twist at the end of the book that I didn't see coming. She married von Donnersmarck in 1871 and moved into the palace he had built for her in Poland. It was about being more.
When a courtesan is thus united with her lover she should always delight him by affectionate gifts, by conversation, and by the application of tender means of enjoyment. I found myself wanting to talk about how far i gotten and how good it was to Tierra. The nobles would just pretend you didn't exist and you would spend a lot of nights alone in your castle. I highly recommend this to fans of his This book was easily a 5 star plus read. This is a book for women who want to look deeper into how to be self-confident, to be aware of and secure about their femininity, to be amazed by their own sexual prowess, and who have a passion for something that is so bold they can't help but yell it from the mountain. I was also intrigued because this book was compared to Memoirs of a Geisha, which is a favorite of mine. I took time to put on lip gloss, mascara, and my favorite perfume, every morning.
Already not much of a fan of romance paperbacks, I decided that the main premise of the book sounded good, but the modern-day story was lacking. In an effort to make transitions in time seamless, The Courtesan is told in six parts—and all are riveting. She was well educated, well traveled, and she was fluent in her native tongue as well as German, English, and French. The idea of entering into every appointment with a whole-souled devotion within my boundaries was a final piece of the puzzle for me. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
But then, the hope is that the village has not been tainted by the wide variety of diseases from the City. I only mention the year because of the events that happen in Peking in 1900, what is known as the Boxer Rebellion. It is the ultimate compliment if neither party is pretending. She was another author that bookstore allowed me to binge on. The Courtesan begins with seven-year-old Jinhua becoming orphaned and sold into slavery at to a mean old woman in a brothel house.
The Courtesan is a book that will work for a select audience, but for me, it was a miss. In short, it is a story well told, eliciting compassion for a young girl who has no say in her fate but who in the end, in this reader's mind, comes out triumphant. The Courtesan is a fascinating fictional tale based on historical facts about a famous Chinese courtesan in 1881. The streetwalkers are still there and they are accessible to everyone, but Bilili and co are the exclusive bunch. There she experiences and embraces new possibilities of Vienna. I noticed this book while walking down the bookstore. I am an avid romance reader - historical, contemporary, paranormal, erotic - I like them all.
All opinions expressed are my own. Mistresses, on the other hand, gave away their love willingly, while a courtesan in love could no longer call herself a courtesan. In other words, while courtesans might not have any men with gold teeth bitch-slapping them for not turning over their earnings, their ability to earn and maintain that lifestyle is directly dependent on the existence of a wealthy elite class in the society. The class you were born into was pretty much where you stayed. Ophelia wishes her parents were alive and that she could have someone to look up to, but Ophelia must take care of herself and she has decided that she will peruse her life as a Courtesan.
I just could not put it down! I went into this book hesitant, unsure based on other reviewers comparing this to the much loved Memoirs of a Geisha. She returns to a changed China as a changed woman, and her new-found Western sympathies threaten herself and those dear to her under the rise of the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists. People tend to cluster most around those in power. In the words of the dude that wrote Grips and Tonic, if it has a penis it likes fucking. For anyone who hasn't read the back of the book, it's written by two women -- one a contemporary romance author and one a historical romance author.