Title: Seven Nights to Forever

Author: Evangeline Collins

Redonk Nutshell: Courtesan falls in love with her downtrodden client

Official Synopsis: Some sacrifices are more difficult than others. Left destitute after her father’s death, Rose Marlowe has debts to settle and a younger brother to support. But she also possesses an unmatched beauty-one that could command quite a price…Now, every month, Rose secretly travels from her country home to spend one week at a decadent London brothel, where she’s become a sought-after prize. Elegant and accomplished in the art of pleasure, she spends her nights fulfilling the fantasies of the gentlemen of the ton while denying the wish buried deep in her heart. Then one night a wealthy merchant gentleman walks through her door. Handsome, kind and compassionate, with a lonely soul that matches her own, James Archer is not her usual client. Falling in love with a client, never mind a married one, is unthinkable. Yet Rose can’t help but lose herself in his arms as one night becomes seven-and seven nights lead to a chance at forever…

Rose Marlowe is a woman on a mission – she wants her brother to have everything their father promised him.  The catch, however, is that their father left them destitute.  Rose takes matters into her own hands by becoming…what else…a prostitute.  She makes her own rules: she’s only available one week per month, and her price is absurdly high.  She becomes a hot commodity, and is highly sought after.  She manages to pay off her father’s debts and continues to support her brother’s lifestyle, all while keeping him in the dark about her profession.

Our story starts off with Rose making her monthly trip to London, a trip she’s come to loathe over her years in her service to her profession. We also meet James Archer, a low-born but high income married man, trapped in a loveless marriage that has held him prisoner for three years. He makes an effort to avoid his home life, but has refused to allow himself to stray from his marriage vows, a point that can’t be claimed by his spouse.  The day he finally succumbs to his loneliness and finds himself at a brothel is the day Rose comes to town.

And you can probably guess where this is going from here…

Seven Nights to Forever is a lovely, though predictably flawed, historical romance.  James is something of a doormat to his overbearing and ridiculously cruel wife.  The man is patient, calm, hard working, and, above all, a romantic at heart.  He wants companionship, passion, and attraction.  Emotionally, he falls quickly for Rose, who offers him everything his wife doesn’t.

Rose, on the other hand, isn’t quite sure what to make of James.  She battles with her own fears of the consequences of her choices.  She shoulders a serious martyr complex.  However, the chemistry between her and James is pretty intense.  They are exactly what they both need, though they, of course, are ignorant of the fact at the time.  We as the reader, are not.

Thus begins a somewhat predictable “courtship” between a courtesan and her client that toes the bounds between what is and isn’t acceptable.  It’s soft and sweet, sensual and dreamy.  When their time together comes to a close, you can’t keep your heart from breaking just a bit on their behalf.  Fear not, though, dear reader.  We eventually get our happy ending.

Seven Nights to Forever was a fun and fluffy read, one that would make a fantastic vacation book.  I don’t see myself reading it again, though I did enjoy it.

Rating: C+

Romance: 3/5                Raunch: 4/5

2 Responses

  1. I had a different take on James. I didn’t see him as a doormat at all. I thought he was a gentleman and his reasons for staying in his marriage were quite honorable. He is actually one of my favorite beta heroes.

    1. Oh, I agree with you- he was the ultimate gentleman. He even managed to put his wife in her place in the most gentlemanly way possible. I enjoyed him, but it was a bit too passive for my tastes.

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