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One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick
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The hero is the bastard son of an English lord who's been fighting for the French, for liberte, egalite, etc., and is now a prisoner of war. He is "on parole," living in the open in a village, with permission to go to London if he asks ahead of time. The heroine is a divorced woman with no income who's trying to make a living as a prostitute--but she's not any good at it, despite all the lovers she took when she was married. (Her ex, in this time when nobody got divorced, is gay and only married her as a "beard.") So when the hero proposes that she become his mistress, she jumps at the chance.
Both these characters are far more wounded than they let on. She comes off as mercenary--but is she really? He comes off as rakish and care-for-nothing--but is that true? They connect--somewhat--during their first days together in London. Then they go to the small village, and things change. And they get complicated.
This is a good story, but I had a little trouble connecting to the characters. Perhaps because Cornick did such a good job showing their surface, masking characteristics... Maybe the pace was a little slow. Not sure. I was able to put the book down and not pick it up for a day or two. Still, overall, I liked it. It was a good read.
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Reading Progress

March 25, 2011 – Shelved
Started Reading
April 12, 2011 – Finished Reading
May 4, 2011 – Shelved as: e-book
May 4, 2011 – Shelved as: historical-romance
May 4, 2011 – Shelved as: rita-finalist

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