Courtesans, Mistresses and Prostitutes


Whether by choice or necessity, these heroines (and the occasional hero) have sold their bodies in exchange for money to someone other than the hero (or heroine). Their situations and circumstances vary.

(List begun 04/03, differentiated from Experienced Heroines list 10/09, updated 10/13)


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  • For the King’s Favor (2010) by Elizabeth Chadwick (historical fiction) – Ida de Tosney (mistress)
  • Magdalene la Bâtarde series by Roberta Gellis – Magdalene la Bâtarde (madam)
    • A Mortal Bane (1999)
    • A Personal Devil (2001)
    • Bone of Contention (2002)
  • Stealing Heaven (2002) by Madeline Hunter – Nesta verch Llygad (former mistress)
  • Heaven’s Fire (1996) by Patricia Ryan – Constance of Cuxham aka Corliss (former mistress)

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  • A Precious Jewel (1993) by Mary Balogh – Priscilla Wentworth (prostitute) (A at AAR)

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  • The Typewriter Girl (2013) by Alison Atlee – Betsey Dobson (mistress)
  • No Man’s Mistress (2001) by Mary Balogh – Viola Thornhill (former courtesan) (C+ at AAR)
  • The Black Hawk (2011) by Joanna Bourne – Justine de Cabrillac aka Justine DuMotier (former child prositute) (A at AAR)
  • A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man aka Unbound (2011) by Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan – Ophelia Harrington (courtesan) (B+ at AAR)
  • A Heritage of Shadows (1983) by Madeline Brent – Hannah McLeod (former prostitute)
  • Pleasure Me (2011) by Monica Burns – Lady Ruth Atwood (mistress) (A- at AAR)
  • Tempt the Devil (2009) by Anna Campbell – Olivia Raines (courtesan) (C- at AAR)
  • The Courtesan (2005) by Susan Carroll (Renaissance) – Gabrielle Cheney (courtesan) (A- at AAR)
  • Your Scandalous Ways (2008) by Loretta Chase – Francesca Bonnard (courtesan) (A at AAR)
  • The Silver Devil (1978) by Teresa Denys (Renaissance) – Felicia Guardi (mistress)
  • The Mysterious Miss M (2007) by Diane Gaston – HH-777 – Madeleine, Miss M (prostitute) (A/C at AAR)
  • A Gentleman Undone (2012) by Cecilia Grant – Lydia Slaughter (prostitute turned mistress) (B+ at AAR)
  • Mélanie & Charles Fraser/Suzanne & Malcolm Rannoch series by Tracy Grant aka Teresa Grant – Mélanie Fraser/Suzanne Rannoch (former teen prostitute)
    • Daughter of the Game aka Secrets of a Lady (2002) (A- at AAR)
    • Beneath a Silent Moon (2003) (A- at AAR)
    • The Mask of Night (2011)
    • Vienna Waltz (2011)
    • Imperial Scandal (2012)
    • His Spanish Bride (2012)
    • The Paris Affair (2013)
  • The Affair (2003) by Sandy Hingston – Christiane, Countess d’Oliveri (former courtesan) (B- at AAR)
  • The Dress Lodger (2000) by Sheri Holman (historical fiction – Gustine (prostitute) (A at AAR)
  • The Ice Princess (2011) by Elizabeth Hoyt – Coral Smythe (prostitute and madam)
  • Madensky Square (1988) by Eva Ibbotson – Susanna Weber (mistress) (A at AAR)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1998) by Judith Ivory – Coco Wild (former courtesan) (A/B- at AAR)
  • A Song Twice Over (1985) by Brenda Jagger – Cara Adeane (mistress)
  • The King’s Courtesan (2011) by Judith James – Hope Matthews (mistress)
  • The Music of the Night (2005) by Lydia Joyce – Sarah Connolly (former prostitute) (A- at AAR)
  • A Lily Among Thorns (2011) by Rose Lerner – Serena Ravenshaw (former prositute) (B at AAR)
  • A Notorious Countess Confesses (2012) by Julie Anne Long – Eve Balmain, Countess of Wareham, née Aoife Duggan (former courtesan) (A- at AAR)
  • Claire (1956) by Dorothea Malm – Claire Fleury (prostitute)
  • Unclaimed (2011) by Courtney Milan – Jessica Farleigh (courtesan)
  • Games of Pleasure (2005) by Julia Ross – Miracle Heather (courtesan) (B- at AAR)
  • A Rose at Midnight (1993) by Anne Stuart – Ghislaine de Lorgny (former prostitute) (A at AAR)

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  • A Candle in the Dark (1993) by Megan Chance – Ana (prostitute)
  • Blue Moon (1999) by Jill Marie Landis – Olivia Bond (former prostitute) (B+ at AAR)
  • Heart of Stone (2010) by Jill Marie Landis (inspirational) – Laura Foster (former prostitute)
  • Caine’s Reckoning (2007) by Sarah McCarty (erotic historical) – Desi Blake (former prostitute)
  • Redeeming Love (1991) by Francine Rivers (inspirational) – Angel (prostitute)
  • The Endearment (1990) by LaVyrle Spencer – Anna Reardon (former prostitute)

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  • Runaway Mistress (2005) by Robyn Carr – Jennifer Chaise (mistress)
  • Streets of Fire (6/1990) by Judith Duncan – HSR-407 – Sydney Foster (former teen prostitute) (A at AAR)
  • When Bruce Met Cyn (2004) by Lori Foster – Cynthia Potter (former prostitute)
  • Death Angel (2008) by Linda Howard – Drea Rousseau (mistress) (A at AAR)
  • Her Secret, His Child (5/1999) by Tara Taylor Quinn – HSR-836 – Jamie Archer (former escort) (A- at AAR)
  • Bad Moon Rising (2003) by Katherine Sutcliffe – Holly Jones (former prostitute) (A- at AAR)

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  • In the Company of Witches (2012) by Joey W. Hill – Raina (madam) (A- at AAR)


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  • Darius (2013) by Grace Burrowes – Darius Lindsey (escort) (A- at AAR)
  • Her Ladyship’s Companion (2009) by Evangeline Collins – Gideon Rosedale (prostitute) (B at AAR)
  • One Night of Sin (2005) by Gaelen Foley – Lord Alec Knight (escort) (B at AAR)
  • Love with a Scandalous Lord (2003) by Lorraine Heath – Rhys Rhodes, Marquess of Blackhurst (former prostitute) (A- at AAR)
  • Broken Wing (2008) by Judith James – Gabriel St. Croix (prostitute) (A at AAR)
  • Dreaming of You (1994) by Lisa Kleypas – Derek Craven (former prostitute) (A at AAR)
  • The Lover (2001) by Robin Schone – Michel des Anges (prostitute) (B- at AAR)
  • Gabriel’s Woman (2000) by Robin Schone – Gabriel (brothel owner and former prostitute) (A- at AAR)

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  • Escorted (2012) by Claire Kent – Ander Lourdes (escort)
  • Fallen from Grace (2003) by Laura Leone – Ryan Kinsmore (escort) (A at AAR)
  • Curio (2011) by Cara McKenna – Didier Pedra (prostitute)


This list is closed for submissions.