Marisa Montague was plucked from the London slums; changed out of her filthy rags and taught proper diction. She quickly becomes the courtesan to Britain’s most powerful men…and women. Famous for her seductive dancing, Marisa turns her sights to helping the impoverished. Despite having escaped her previous, horrible life, however, she soon realizes that perils await her around every corner.
I Came Upstairs: A Victorian Courtesans Memoirs is a great idea, but its appeal ends there. Starting with a bang that seemingly promises a great read, it quickly becomes apparent that the story contains no plot other than the main characters falling into bed with anything that moves. At one point, her romantic liaisons appear so contrived that any relation to the book’s historical setting is lost. Marisa’s idea of helping the poor appears out of nowhere and is unbelievable given her disinterest in anything other than drinking champagne and lying around naked. I Came Upstairs has little more to offer a reader other than a seductive tale.
Length: 87,800 words/ 337 pages
Heat Rating: 5 flames
Genre: Historical Erotica
Tagline: The erotic adventures of an enchanting seductress
Led from filth and poverty by a gentleman in the hopes of gaining coin for his purse, Mae is shaped into a lady and tutored in the arts of pleasure. With raw sensuality, she creates a seductive dance that entices the peerage in puritanical England, and she quickly becomes favored courtesan to Prince of Wales. Her renown and riches ever rising, she continues to romp with gamely men and women of both the nobility and the lower classes. Eventually, Mae’s bohemian ways cause suffering for those she loves and her own heartbreak. Must she conform to Victorian mores, or can she remain true to her sensual desires?
These intimate memoirs reveal a young woman’s journey from the slums of Whitechapel to celebrated dancer of the Victorian music hall, and courtesan to the highest peers of the British realm. From the years 1867 to 1871, Mae recounts her varied lovers and false loves, and her heartbreaking losses in a quest for happiness.