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Her Ladyship's Companion

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  692 ratings  ·  84 reviews
A debut novel of erotic intensity set in the Regency era.

In the Scottish countryside of Selkirk, Lady Isabella Stirling resides at Bowhill Park, serving penance for a sin that nearly ruined her family. For five years she has been condemned to a loveless marriage and confined to the estate where she does little more than tend her rose garden. With her husband absent for mo
Paperback, 330 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Berkley Sensation Trade (first published May 1st 2009)
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May 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
I’m always willing to check out new authors, more then not ,many still need a little work but this book was a great first for Evangeline Collins!
Collins keeps the same pace throughout the book only picking up at the climax. I never felt I wanted to skip any part because of to much talking, not enough action- she wrote the perfect balance between both. She also gave you wonderful insight into both Bella’s and Gideon’s thoughts, that you never felt you need to assume this or that. You knew where
Tammy Walton Grant
4.5 stars (both times I read it)

Her Ladyship's Companion was the second courtesan-themed book I read in February. The irony of reading about buying love with money right around Valentine's Day does not escape me, but perhaps the real irony is that these two books have been the most romantic I have read in months.

I LOVED this book. I loved the premise, so unusual in a historical - a reverse Pretty Woman, if you will and it was done well so that I believed it. I believed the characters: Isabella,
Jul 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers looking for a twist on the courtesan theme
Recommended to Eastofoz by: audball & Rane
This book starts out quite well but just over halfway the plot starts to fizzle and it meanders until the end which is a shame because it’s an original story line with a vivid writing style.

The story is about a woman who was married off young to a horrible man because she was caught in a compromising situation with the stable boy. The crazed husband visits her infrequently throughout the year and leaves her at their country home. She’s bored out of her tree and relishes the sporadic visits from
Gosh, this was an effort for me. I've ploughed and pushed through it. A bit like reading a text for A-level that I didn't enjoy, but, being a swot, I had to finish [looking at you, Dickens].

There were moments of nice writing and characterisation - glimmers of hope. They were enough to keep me reading on the off chance this became something that would make all my effort in reading it worthwhile.

Alas, it was not to be.

I feel as though I've run a marathon but without that post-run high [which is s
I really enjoyed this book. It has a relatively unusual theme, but it worked for me. It has a great cast of characters, no one is perfect and it doesn't neatly tie up all the loose ends.

The story effectively handles two sides of life of this era which HRs generally either ignore, or paint with a rosy tint: prostitution and marital abuse. Usually prostitutes are women visited by happy, fun-loving aristocrats. Sometimes they are part of the HEA, but more often they are part of the hero's past befo
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peeps who are all about the hero and don't mind immature heroines.
Shelves: 2-stars, own-ebook
2 stars.

While the premise of the story really appealed to me, unfortunately this just didn't fulfill my expectations. And just when I thought that I possibly might DNF it (not something I usually take lightly but have been feeling the urge to more and more lately), it started to pick up.

The reasoning behind my lack of enthusiasm had to do with the slowness of the first quarter of the book and the heroine.

Isabella (Bella) was exhausting. In and out of the bedroom - she suffered an extreme case of
Dec 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to D.G. by: Alycia
**2.5 stars**

Her Ladyship’s Companion could have been a really good book, if only the serious aspects of the story weren’t underdeveloped to pander to the salacious ones.

In all my time reading historical romance, I haven’t come across an abused wife as the heroine. I really wish this would have been a bigger component of the plot because it would have created lots of opportunity for angsty conflict. As it was, the bad husband was merely the excuse for the heroine to get a gigolo on retainer.

Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed this book! Thank you so much to all my friends, mainly Alycia, for recommending it! It is a wonderful book and not to be missed. Add it to your collection and put it at the top of your to-read list!

I loved both the hero and heroine so very much. Lady Isabella was very sweet but had a very passionate side to her, and she was being punished by her older brother and husband. Her husband was very cruel and I was very excited about what happened to him in the end.

The hero, Gi
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Charlotte Featherstone
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Hot hero. Hot love scenes. Lots of angst and emotion. My kind of romance read. Can't wait for Evangeline's next release!
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Prostitute meets Virgin=???? You'll have to read it to find out!
Lady Isabella Stirling resides at Bowhill Park in the Scottish countryside. Other than her servants, she is alone. Left by her husband. For months at a time. For five years she has been in a loveless marriage and is basically imprisoned at the estate where she does little more than tend her rose garden. Her betrothal was orchestrated by her brother, Philip, after he had caught her with a lover in the stable on their estate.

One day her cousin, Esme, comes for a visit and makes an outrageous sugg
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-misc
I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. It was emotionally poignant, heart-wrenching and the main characters were well elaborated and memorable. The relationship development between Isabella and Gideon was believable and trustworthy. They never pretended to be something that they weren't and frankly expressed their desires. Ms. Collins definitely has her own unique voice & I can't wait for her next book to come out (she has only 2 published books at the moment). I highly recom ...more
Rach~The Highlander luverrr
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book ... it was really entertaining . i loved the HEA the hero was great and not to overpowering .. and the heroine was also very likable ..
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
The story takes place in England and Scotland in 1816 and spans about ten months. The heroine is Isabella ‘Bella’ Stirling. She’s 24 and has been married to Lord Stirling, 34, for almost five years. He’s impotent and they have no relationship of any kind with each other and he’s rarely at home. He’s both physically and verbally abusive toward her. Bella is 5’8″ and has pale blond and violet eyes. She’s terribly unhappy. Her parents are dead and she’s got two brothers and two sisters who have nev ...more
After an interrupted dalliance with a stableboy, Bella is shoved into a lonely, loveless, abusive marriage and lives an isolated life in Scotland away from her family. Bella's very French cousin hires a high-end prostitute to spend two weeks with Bella. Gideon has been a part of this business for his entire life, but the time he spends with Bella is an awakening for him as well.

Her Ladyship's Companion suffered in comparison to Seven Nights to Forever, which I read first a year ago and thought w
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Her Ladyship's Companion has two strong points: the writing is good & Mr. Rosedale, the delightful beta hero, who's a prostitute. This had catnip written all over it. Alas, catnip it did not turn out to be.

Bella, the heroine of Her Ladyship's Companion, is the proud Romance-landia owner of a pair of violet eyes & has the uncontrollable condition I call orgasmitis acuta - Mr. Rosedale just has to breathe in her general direction and bam! three orgasms in a row. She's also naive and
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Gideon was a male prostitute and not looking to settle down and find a wife just yet. Isabella was married for over five years to an absent husband, very lonely in Scotland, and a virgin to boot. Her cousin visits, sees how lonely she is, and hires Gideon for two weeks to give Bella a 'holiday'. During their time together they find in each other what has been missing and they fall deeply in love. Her husband comes home, beats her black and blue for throwing his impotency in his face, and leaves ...more
Mary Kathryn
This book reminded me of Pretty Woman just the man is the prostitute not the woman. I had a hard time getting into this book not sure why maybe because I felt like it was overly descriptive at times or maybe because I did have a little trouble getting over the fact that Gideon was a prostitute. But after I got over that and used to the writing I really enjoyed this one. I felt so bad for Isabella. First of all her brother was a jerk and then he marries her off to a even bigger jerk. She did get ...more
Elaine Golden
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very unusual hero for this romance. Gideon is a professional prostitute (or modern-day equivalent gigolo) who is hired to be a companion for the heroine. He is the real-deal too --having plied his trade for ten years or more. The heroine, Bella, is also married for most of this romance, so if that squicks you out, stay away.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this romance for it's refreshing & unique relationship and obstacles. Will read more from this author.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this book on my friend Kat's I sampled it, then downloaded it, then read it.

It was a good book!! I enjoyed the perspective of a male prostitute in Regency England in the early 1800's....I don't think I've ever read a book from that point of view before.

I recommend this book for a fresh look at the standard 'hooker with a heart of gold' , hot lovin' and a well-set pace.
Allure Van Sanz
May 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because I know the author personally. So you would expect a good review from me. But in all honesty, the awesome review is heartfelt. I have a hard time completing novels these days and I whipped through this in a day. Sexy! Fun! An historical spin on a reverse Pretty Woman.
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Lost the will to finish. Did not like heroine. Borrowed from the library so no harm done.
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Almost done with this one. This is one of the best historical romances I have read. It's sensual, sometimes dark, totally engrossing. I highly recommend this book.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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Mary Vilarino
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow this was a great book with great characters. Showed what life was like for women regardless of their station. Showed the underbelly of society and that not everything was wonderfull. Yet despite this two people from two opposing lifestyles find each other. Great story.
Chelsea Kumer
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Her Ladyship's Companion was a book that I randomly selected to read on my Kindle because the premise sounded interesting. I had no prior knowledge of the author and I hadn't read any reviews. As with many of my randomly selected books, it was something of a mixed bag, quality wise. I have much to talk about with this book, but I'll try not to ramble.

The book is set in Scotland/England in 1811 and centers around Isabella, a woman in a loveless marriage. Her husband is abusive and hateful, and co
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it

Well, I liked it, for the most part. Only a couple of criticisms. The first is just that... well, it was just so unrealistic. I mean, okay, HR as a genre is wildly unrealistic, but I have honestly steered clear of the "prostitute that finds true love" Pretty Woman-esque (or Pretty Man, I guess, in this case) historicals because I thought they would stretch my suspension of disbelief past the breaking point. And it did. I kept having to tell myself to stop thinking, this is not even vaguely p
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Romance junkies:

Lady Isabella Stirling has been taught to be a proper young lady and abide by the rules of propriety. A moment of passion lands her in a life-altering situation. Her brother witnesses her very secret meeting with a lover. Angry with Isabella, he offers her the only choice she can make... wed a man she knows next to nothing about and be banished from her home.

After five years of marriage and enduring numerous occasions of being left alone, Isabella finds hersel
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Evangeline Collins is an award winning author of sensual historical romance. An avid reader, it wasn't until she exhausted her local library's supply of historical romance novels that she decided to try her hand at writing her own. Much to her delight, she discovered a new passion. And she has been hard at work crafting her romances ever since.

Her titles include Her Ladyship’s Companion and Se
“If I could, I would summon the sun for you."

Her step faltered and she looked slowly over to him with a smile full of unexpected joy. "Thank you, but I don't need the sun today."

"And why is that?"

"You're here," she said simply, as if that were answer enough.”
“But what the long walk had not done was reveal the cause of the inherent distaste that had sprung out of nowhere overtaking her there under the tree. On the cold, damp grass, or up against the rough tree trunk. He had done it many times without a second thought, and in more challenging situations. It would have been nothing at all to wrap her long legs around his waist, brace one hand against the tree trunk, hold her tight with his other arm, and give the lady exactly what she wanted.

But for some reason he had not been able to do it. For the first time in his life, his body had been willing but his mind had not. Labeling the experience unpleasant would be a severe understatement.”
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