Laura Brooks is in a perilous situation. She’s in a foreign country, flat broke, and has very few options. When she’s approached about taking a temporary position as a courtesan it seems like the perfect solution - she’ll be taken care of for several months and be paid handsomely for her time. The simple fact that she’s never experienced an orgasm shouldn’t be too big a problem, she could just fake it, even though she dreams of so much more.
Nick Renault isn’t looking to buy a courtesan. Since his divorce six years ago he’s buried himself in work, but his sister-in-law nagged him into attending the auction. Once he sees Laura and recognizes her as innocent and inexperienced in the lifestyle she’s about to enter he can’t bear to think of any of the other men in the room dominating her.
Laura may be an innocent but she’s not naive. She indulges her secret desires by reading BDSM novels while assuming that she’ll never experience the passionate scenes she fantasies over. Taking her place on the runway to be bid on is exciting and scary but when she sees the only man who interests her get up and leave she runs off the runway. She was sure that she’d blown it until Madame Imogene told her she had to sign some papers. Someone actually bought her and now she’ll be spending the next six months at the whims of some unknown man.
Nick requested that Madame Imogene have Laura fill out information about her past history which seems odd but Laura assumes that whoever bought her would be worried about her stealing the silverware. She doesn’t even know who purchased her until after she arrives at his summer home and engages in a battle of wills with his surly butler. After watching her battle with his butler Nick’s even more sure that her spunky personality and innocent nature fits him perfectly. He’s been extremely cautious to protect himself from becoming emotionally involved with anyone since his divorce but Laura worms her way into his heart. What will happen when their contract is up and it’s time to Laura to return to her former life? Will she want to leave him?
ONCE IN LOVE WITH LAURA is one of those stories that ‘speaks’ to you through the characters’ emotional attachment for each other. With plenty of smoldering sex scenes, comical witty dialogue and an element of suspense I happily sat and read this story straight through. I especially loved Laura’s reaction to Nick’s dominant demeanor. Laura and Nick make a wonderful couple and as you read their story you can’t help but admire them. Honey Jans tells wonderful BDSM tales and seems to be improving her talent at her craft with each new story.