Dearly Beloved is a republishing of a book first published in 1990.
Diana Lindsay yearns for a new life for her and her son. When a chance encounter with a former courtesan opens up new opportunities for her, she sets out with her new friend to become a courtesan, on her first night ‘out’ she meets the one man she never expected to attend.
Gervase Brandelin, the Viscount St. Aubyn, is seeking to atone for the sins of his past. Now an elite spymaster he has no interest in a paramour, but when he meets Diana, he finds himself unable to resist.
Both have secrets in their past that could prove challenging to overcome, and with danger lurking around the corner, the two lovers face an uphill battle.
This book is not for the faint of heart, I find it difficult to say too much without giving spoilers, but both characters are horrible with the “hero” being particularly loathsome. The first chapter features the hero raping a teenage girl. Do not read this book if you are sensitive to abuse.
I received an arc of this book, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.