Readers were arguing about Anna Campbell’s debut, Claiming the Courtesan, before it was published. An Avon historical that was actually. Trying to branch out into uncharted hist-ro waters, I picked up a new author Anna Campbell. The first book I read, well tried anyway, was. The Duke of Kylemore knows her as Soraya, London’s most celebrated courtesan. Men fight duels to spend an hour in her company. And only he comes close to.

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This time when his lips met hers, Verity remained as unrelenting as rock. In Courtesanboth characters recognize the horror of the situation the heroine arguably more so than the heroand that’s the crux of matter. God, even the servants were complicit, saying, basically, “He’s a nice guy! Marriage to the courtesan, Soraya. It was beleivable and honest.

Cougtesan is particularly imperfect. So you don’t hate me anymore? My Once and Future Duke. This man loves you with every breath he takes and you still deny him??? I found myself elated and then heartbroken throughout the story. He is a person who makes mistakes and the claiiming addresses them with some gravity, rather than have the heroine mooning over her abductor in an otherwise terrifying kidnapping; he has every power over her and he has made no secret that he will use it against her and against her will.


Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell

Her reviews are honest and straight forward- which is a breath of fresh air! But the author did a fabulous job helping us as readers understand and even want to show compassion to these characters as we learned of their past and the wretchedness that ate them every day of their lives.

Sandy Coleman Review Date: It was not an easy read. If you’ve read a few historical romance novels you’ll be pretty familiar with the ‘Hero Kidnaps the Heroine’ theme. I read some scenes from it at the bookstore, trying to decide if I was “ready” to read it, and I couldn’t stop thinking about story and how good the writing was.

Don’t insult Captain Constant Boner! Once he had done so, however, it still wasn’t enough.

The Duke of Lies. She also clqiming that it would never work – she is a whore, after all. Of course he did. Aug 17, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 08, Maureen Feeney rated it really liked it Shelves: But wait, you say — he only needs lurve to become a better man!

How would a man raised in that environment know how to give or receive love? He stroked his fingers across her cheek until he held her head in both hands. His easy confidence rankled, as she was sure he meant it to. So well written, so many layers to the story. Nov 16, Ana rated it really liked it Shelves: All she does know is that she cannot accept.


With tantalizing slowness, he brushed his mouth across hers. He seemed to have permeated the very fabric of the carriage.

I could feel Verity’s desperate need to keep herself detached from Kylemore, and the agony she felt when she couldn’t. So overall the book is not terrible, it just wasn’t any fun and I am going to stick to the old skool in the future.

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But he, so attuned to her, so close to her in this confined space, noticed her momentary weakening. It is precisely the isolation, in a house where Justin has nothing but horrible memories that makes this work so well.

Verity AshtonJustin Kinmurrie. I’m going to seduce you, Captain Constant Boner. She lay on the bench.