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It starts as a case of mistaken identity but it will slowly blossom into the union of two people so right for each other all of New Orleans society will stand up and take notice. As soon as aristocratic Rafael Navarro lays eyes on the copious curves of Catherine Mayfield he knows he must have her. His machinations will soon be his mistake; he has taken her to be a woman of another name and of easy virtue. He only realizes his flagrant folly after compromising Catherine's good name.
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Not a "feel good & fluffy" romance.
I have said it in other reviews of Jennifer Blake's novels, but I will say it again... This isn't a novel where you are going to be rooting for the hero. There is always the nice guy who comes in short for the heroine. The hero is always a step below the reformed rake who is really a nice guy. Blake's heros are the ones who eat those other guys for breakfast (and not in sweet...oh I want one just like him way).
There were a few moments where I thought the heroine was going to pick a guy that actually deserved her, but she just couldn't help who she loved.
With that said, this story is real, the plot is complicated and the heroine is put thought a series of trials (more like trials on steroids) that causes her to become a stronger woman.
This is not a fantasy escape, but to me, more like what probably happened during the time period. There are depictions of slavery and what a vile practice that truly was. I appreciate that Blake didn't sugar coat the servants or slaves as happy people who just accepted that they were born into the servant class or were purchased as slaves.
Mostly I read historical fiction to escape and enjoy mindless prattle with hot steamy heroes and lovely stories. This is not that story, nor are any of Blake's novels that I have read.
When I want a tortured romance that is in depth, has substance, paints a real picture of the world, I read Blake. Don't get me wrong, this is a romance novel and has some really beautifully written scenes, but this is just so much more than what the publishers descriptions leads you to believe.
Worth a credit for me, but if you want something different from what I described above, you might want to skip.
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I love Jennifer Blake, her writing is engaging and storyline is so imaginative it kept me listening nonstop until the end.
My favourite part was the time they spend at plantation Alhambra, it had slightly gothic atmosphere with dark magic and voodoo mixed in...
Fantastic read, highly recommend 🌟