'Once a Courtesan' by Liana LeFey is book Two in the "Once Wicked"series. This is the story of Jacqueline and Will. I have read the previous book but feel this can be a standalone book. Will is a Constable that is going undercover at Jacqueline school after rumor had broke that something was going on there. But what Will learned was the school was nothing that he thought it was. Will finds Jacqueline to have more to her than just the Head Mistress title. Jacqueline was forced into a physical and mentally abusive relationship that she is now out of but she is trying to save others. She has settled in the knowledge that she will never marry or have children due to her forced past history and the physical scars that show. Will is a honest man that starts to see that Jacqueline will do anything to help others. Jacqueline slowly starts to realize that Will is someone that she can put her life in his hands.
Right from the start this was going to be a different type of romance story with Jacqueline as our leading lady. She wasn't innocent, she was strong, and just wanting to save young girls so they may have a better life. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."