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A Courtesan's Scandal (The Scandalous Series #3)

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Kate Bergeron is the beautiful and mysterious former mistress of a cloth merchant...and the latest beauty to capture the interest of the Prince of Wales. Mired in a disastrous divorce, the Prince attempts to distract attention from his next amorous pursuit by ordering Grayson Christopher, the eligible Duke of Darlington, to pretend to London society that he is having an af ...more
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Published October 20th 2009 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Kate, although a courtesan, is not for sale. She is beautiful, strong-willed and has a sharp tongue. And, although she must play the part of actually liking Grayson in public, she has no qualms about her true feelings in private. Grayson, or Christie (as he is called), is the dark and brooding Duke. He’s such a stickler to what is expected of him and propriety. Not to mention he is also highly influenced by his family. An affair with a courtesan might be something that can be overlooked but to a ...more
This book is my favorite so far this year. I almost stopped reading it in the beginning due to the way the hero was described but I pushed through and was very happy that I did. The storyline was so engrossing I couldn’t put the book down. You should have heard me talking to the characters like they could hear me, lol. I was so surprised in the beginning that the stuffy proper duke was having an adulterous affair with one of his peer’s wife. He was definitely NOT a one dimensional character and ...more
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1. Both H and h knew that they are crossing a moral and 'legal' boundaries but they went in to the 'bed' anyway because IT felt good for them. I hate this excuse. Ten or even 5 years ago I can swallow it but now a days it's just made me roll my eyes because a) hard to swallow and b) lazy author.
2. H is a passive character. He only acts when situation or other people force him or blackmail him. He kept telling himself he hated being told what to do but that is be

A Courtesan's Scandal
By Julia London

November 2009

The Scandalous Series ~ Book Three

Kate Bergeron was born in one of the poorest sections of London. Her mother died when Kate was ten or so, and her father remarried a woman who had two children of her own. She said that either Kate or her younger brother, Jude, had to go, so Kate was put out on the streets when she was fourteen, or maybe thirteen. She was fortunate to find a job in a cloth warehouse.
It took me a while to remember that this was part of a series centered around the "Delicate Situation" or maybe "Delicate Investigation," when the authorities in England were investigating the possibility of treason (adultery) committed by the Crown Princess Caroline. She & the crown prince hated each other, and the prince liked the ladies.

In this story, the prince has picked out a new mistress. Problem is, he can't start his liaison, because of the Investigation. He's in trouble with Dad f
great book. totally predictable, but i really loved the story. the heroine kate was a courtesan out of necessity. she didn't really choose that path. the duke and kate meet and have to pretend that she is his mistress because of some prince of wales scandal. well, of course, the more time they spend together the more they like each other. ultimately, the duke has to choose between duty to his family and their good name and his own happiness with kate, whom he falls in love with. finally he decid ...more
I didn't enjoy this book. The courtesan out of necessity thing is something I dislike, if the heroine is a courtesan out of necessity not choice she's never consented to being a courtesan and has therefore not consented to having sex, that's rape. (the book was full of scenes with rapey undertones- and it's used a plot device, rather than a crucial part of the story)

Also are we supposed to thing she's 'better' because she doesn't enjoy sex? I pitied Kate more because she wasn't in control of her
Susan W
Really enjoyed this one. They cannot stand each other at first - he a Duke and her a Courtesan asked to appear together by the Prince..... she is the Prince's mistress and he is going through divorce (or trying to)....I really liked Kate and although the Duke is an ass...he does redeem himself.
A rather unlikely, but good read. I always love a book where the characters grow and realize their mistakes and in this story both characters had some growing especially our leading Duke. I enjoyed reading about these two getting over the circumstances stacked against them.
Historical English romance with two reluctant single folks who find love when forced to pretend to love each other in order to hide their 'real' secret love affairs.
Confused? I was at first, but then it makes sense when we learn about Miss Kate Bergeron who is a reluctant mistress. Kate thinks of it as a job that keeps her off the dirty desperate streets of London. So when the Prince of Wales decides to take her as a mistress, but must hide the fact from society because of his scandalous divorce
I really enjoyed this story of Kate Bergeron, a courtesan and Grayson Christopher, the Duke of Darlington.

I haven't read stories centered around Courtesans before so this was a learning experience for me. I have been away from historical romance for awhile, but with books like this one coming out I will definitely be reading more in the future.

This book centers around Grayson and Kate having to act as if they are involved so the Prince of Wales who actually bought Kate as his courtesan, isn't su
The first time I picked up a Julia London book, was in a grocery store. I had never really read historical romance before. My mother likes the (older) Harlequin romances and that is it, that is what I came to know, but not exactly, well, like. At all. I didn't expect much out of it being a romance, but when I started reading it, I became hooked. Specifically on her historical romances. I may sometimes take my time getting to them on my reading list, but when I do, I devour them, I love her books ...more
Haley Mathiot
Nov 12, 2009 Haley Mathiot rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 16+ (18 if you don't like sexual content)
A Courtesan’s Scandal by Julia London
Rating: 3/5
Genre: Historical Fiction

My Summary: Kate is a courtesan who only lives the way she does to keep herself from being tossed into the streets. She is “sold” to the Prince of Whales, but as the price is married, he cannot afford a scandal. While the prince divorces his wife, he instructs the Duke of Darlington to be seen in public with Kate so that nobody suspects him. But Kate and Grayson, the Duke, aren’t expecting to fall in love.

Thoughts: I have m
A Courtesan's Scandal is a fun, lighthearted romance with almost old fashioned leading characters.

Julia London sets up the conflict beautifully. While the attraction between Kate Bergerson and Grayson Christopher, the Duke of Darlington, is clear from the start, they come into the situation with their own prejudices. It's these prejudices that slow down the romance and make the book enjoyable. We gradually learn that Kate Bergenson has come from the lowest possible background and has a horrible
This is the second book that I've read by Julia London. Earlier this year, I read Summer of Two Wishes and loved it! You can read that review here!

A Courtesan's Scandal is about the life of Kate Bergeron and Grayson Christopher, Duke of Darlington. Kate is a courtesan who is well cared for and highly desired by the Prince. The Prince can't have her until his divorce is final or risk the scandal that will incur when the Princess makes her demands. Instead of risking that scandal, the Prince asks
Kate Bergeron is the beautiful and mysterious former mistress of a cloth merchant...and the latest beauty to capture the interest of the Prince of Wales. Mired in a disastrous divorce, the Prince attempts to distract attention from his next amorous pursuit by ordering Grayson Christopher, the eligible Duke of Darlington, to pretend to London society that he is having an affair with Kate. When Grayson reluctantly agrees to his Prince's demand, he finds the lady no more willing than he is. Kate wi ...more
Amanda Ryan
Redonk Nutshell: Attraction ignites between two pawns in the Prince's game to have a forbidden beautiful courtesan to himself

A Courtesan's Scandal by Julia London is the tale set during London's period of drama between Princess Caroline and and crown Prince. The Prince has his eye set on stunning courtesan Kate Bergeron, but he can't touch her so long as the authorities in England are investigating into alleged "treasonous" adultery between the prince and princess. The prince enlists the help of
What I liked most about A Courtesan's Scandal was the heroine, Kate. I've read a few historicals with courtesans cast as the protagonist, however, London managed to make Kate refreshing. I liked that she was optimistic and sweet instead of jaded. On the other hand, my feelings for Grayson are lukewarm. It's not that I don't like him, I'm just indifferent. The story was a good one and it has convinced me to try the previous books in this series, including: Highland Scandal , The Book of Scandal ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I took my time writing this review, I got the book the day of its release and read it the same day and night. Ms London was one of my favorite Historical Romance authors, but lately something has been off. This story didn't make 5 stars for me because I don't want to read about ABUSE to FEMALE in a Romance Story. I read Romance Stories for the FANTASY and to ESCAPE FROM THE REAL WORLD WE LIVE IN. With that said I really liked the idea of the book and Ms London is a excellent story teller, their ...more
I have hardly read much of courtesan-lord/duke pairings, so of course I was excited to start reading. It was entertaining to read. But I couldn't find my self liking the characters much. I mean after 85% of the book if the Duke still proposes the courtesan to be his mistress after finding out she is pregnant with his child, that certainly is a love-killer for me. I felt like throttling him. I was prepared to hear that conversation at the beginning of the book, not the end. Plus he kept his liais ...more
I liked this so so so much more than I expected to. For some reason, my expectations were really very low, but this just went so far past what I was anticipating. I liked the hero, I LOVED THE HEROINE SO MUCH I WANT TO ADOPT HER. Just lovely. And normally I HATE books with rape backstories, but somehow I DIDN'T WITH THIS? It's all very mysterious.
Wow, while reading this book I didn't realize how long it has been since I have read a regency era romance. I enjoyed this book, it was beautifully written, elegantly written, I could even say. But....I felt like it was missing something. The plot was strong and pretty engaging but I think there was something missing between the Duke and Kate, I understand their circumstances and such but when they were together I wasn't drawn, gripped, into the story as I felt I should have been. The society ru ...more
I loved that Kate was doing the best she could with the life she was born into. Kate is beautiful and understands that this is an asset she can use to keep herself off the streets. There are always going to be people who look down on you or think they are better. Kate didn't waste her time or energy on trying to change people. Julia London allows her characters to have the same character defects that we all have...very human.
I love that Kate was willing to do whatever it took to keep a roof over
Dini Puspitarini
seandainya ini bukan novel historical romance, ceritanya pasti akan terasa lebih pahit dan terlarang. tapi karena novel ini sekedar harlequin-historical romance, maka semuanya harus serba mudah dan happy ending.

Saya lumayan menikmati novel ini. Jarang-jarang ada novel genre ini yang tokohnya merupakan seorang pelacur-gundik. Biasanya kan selalu mengagung-agungkan keperawanan.

sayang sekali, terjemahan yang benar2 buruk membuat saya berkali-kali harus menyesalinya. Padahal seri scandalous Julia Lo
Not your usual story--Lord Darlington falls for a courtesan. How can this work? He is a powerful man in the ton, friend to the Prince of Wales. The Prince asked Grayson Darlington to escort Kate B., the courtesan to events so the Prince can see her--he has contracted for her services. All goes wrong when Grayson and Kate fall in love. Will Grayson give up everything for Kate? When Kate becomes pregnant events continue steadily down hill. JL always writes surprising stories, I confess I didn't kn ...more
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Summary: Katherine Bergeron is a courtesan who has been sold to the prince, you know, once he gets out of this nasty divorce. But, when the prince forms a ruse to keep them together involving the illustrious and notoriously single duke, how will the couple's newfound love affect Katherine's bargain with the prince.

Review: I really tried to read this whole thing, but with 50 pages left, I couldn't take it anymore and had to give it. So much plot! Yet so predictable! I was a little bit enraging. T
This book was so refreshingly light and enjoyable to read. I loved it in the same way I'd love an old recipe for pie. Predictable, but nevertheless delicious. The characters are well rounded & believable. If im quite honest though, it ends rather dissapointingly. the happily ever after is clouded by lots of unresolved conflict, like there's a book 2 to be had. It's hard to believe they find contentment when all is up in the air the way it is when the story ends. Loose ends need to be tied. O ...more
I liked this one.

London does an excellent job setting up the conflict between Grace and Grayson, and I kept reading because I was quite curious as to how the author will resolve the seemingly insurmountable difficulties. To be honest, I was disappointed with the ending. I felt that it was contrived and unrealistic. I also felt that at many times the characters acted selfishly and irrationally. I thought that the resolution to the conflict was almost too easy and I almost wished that it have bee
Ny Mom (MissLou) and I loved to read this light historical romances... the heroine always gets into lots of trouble, but they always have a happy ending... MissLou loved her 'happy endings'

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The Scandalous Series (5 books)
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  • Highland Scandal (The Scandalous Series #2)
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