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Jane Lark – Review of ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’



Jane Lark is a bestselling author of both historical romance and new adult genres.  To celebrate her novels various blogs have been taking part in a summer extravaganza.  Today I am reviewing her fabulous book ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’, the first in the Marlow Intrigues series.


‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ was published by HarperImpulse last year.  As a lover of historical fiction I was keen to read this book.

Ellen Harding appears to live a charmed life as mistress to Lord Gainsborough. However, no one knows exactly what is going on behind the scenes.  Ellen may always look glamorous and as if she is treated well, but inside she is empty.  She is trapped and wants desperately to escape from Gainsborough’s clutches.

Lord Edward Marlow comes on the scene and an unexpected encounter leaves Ellen with some hope and a longing for him.  Edward could prove to be her salvation.  He might just be able to help her and get her away from Gainsborough.  After enduring many years of abuse will she finally get the life she deserves?

From the very first page I just knew I was going to love this book.  The words flowed so easily and I found it very hard to put my kindle down once I got into the story.  Jane Lark writes beautifully and the descriptions throughout, from the gowns and jewellery Ellen wore to the ballrooms were wonderful.

It took a while for Ellen to trust Edward totally and to be able to feel that she could confide in him completely, but then that’s no surprise after what she had been through.  I think Edward did a lot to strengthen her character.

‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ is an exciting and deliciously romantic novel.  If you love historical fiction this book is sure to keep you turning the pages.

I hope to read the rest of the Marlow Intrigue series.

I give this book 5 out of 5.


About the Author



Jane is qualified to the equivalent of a Masters Degree in People Management and is fascinated by the things that craft people’s personalities, so she has great fun exploring these through characters. She lives in the United Kingdom near the Regency City of Bath and has just bought her 400 year old dream home. History has always tempted her imagination and she loves researching and also exploring ruins and houses to get ideas. She equally loves a love story. Jane has always aspired to writing a historical novel so when she was thirty she put it on her ‘to do before I am forty’ list. She completed her first novel ten years ago, never sent it anywhere then started the next. She’s not stopped writing since, and escaping into a mental world of fiction is a great painkiller to help fight off her Ankylosing Spondylitis.



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Website – http://www.janelark.co.uk/index.html

Visit Jane Lark’s Amazon page where you will find all her books – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Lark/e/B00CF5WXKI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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2 thoughts on “Jane Lark – Review of ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review The Illicit Love of a Courtesan, it’s fab you enjoyed it 😀 xx


  2. I really enjoyed this interview. So much interests me about Jane – her background in People Management, her determination to write, her ‘never-give-up’ attitude and her positive attitude to life. I promise I’m only a little bit envious of her 400-year-old dream home in the historic city of Bath!


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