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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I understood Verity’s rationale for doing what she did at 15, but Kylemore’s emotional development appeared to have been frozen at his 7-year-old self, and that just wasn’t appealing at all. There are capmbell of abusers out there right now, who were once victims themselves. The worst part about the whole experience was how much I liked most of the story So she flees him again – and who does she run into but Mommie Dearest, who beats up her brother again – poor guy and then announces gleefully that she’s going to disfigure Verity and then have her gangbanged by her servants while she watches.

He remained impassive as she rubbed her lips across his, testing taste and texture. Then we listen to her ann ponderings as she sees her long, lonely, unhappy life ahead. Would this humiliation never end? I sensed a degree of panic in Kylemore campbll she refused his proposal.

She has amassed enough money to set herself free and take care of her fa I see a pattern here: He might have wanted to strip away the strictures of his dukedom, but he liked the power. Both main characters go through feelings of betrayal, emotional and physical abuse along with feelings of desperation and coldness.

Three Proposals and a Scandal: This wanted to be a bodice ripper and yet it got so bogged down in the minutiae of why and poor, broken childhoods that it utterly failed. Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell. Verity, was a year older than Justin and was just trying to survive.

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Claiming The Courtesan by Anna Campbell

She had no alternative but to agree. Anyway, this being a romance novel, Crymore and Very Dumb end up getting together and having teh sex0rs. Clean, strong, healthy male, free of the cloying toilet waters so many couttesan his sex used.

At least he knew he had problems, she didn’t. He hadn’t even gone to this trouble to reclaim what he’d shared with Soraya. I see a pattern here: But I made myself persevere, knowing that some readers have found the payoff satisfying.

Buy Claiming the Courtesan: You’ve successfully poisoned my sense of self-respect to the point that I find you lovable in your tortured, broken, abusive ways. My brother campbepl been injured. I was screaming at her You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Kylemore had a lot of baggage he carried around with him. He stroked his fingers across her cheek until he held her head in both hands.

Claiming the Courtesan – Anna Campbell

She is trying to escape herself and what she has become but is unable to combine both aspects of her personality–Soraya the detached but beautiful courtesan and Verity, the naive, sensitive woman. While they are there he forces her to have sex with him, and treats her as his chattel. The duke had called her on her bid. May 07, Eastofoz rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: She could fight force. Her prose is distinctive and her story definitely packs an emotional wallop.

If you are uncomfortable with this portrayal, simply do not read this book. No, of course not and he never deluded himself into thinking that they did. First of all, there is no way for me to write this review without offering up major spoilers, so consider this fair warning. Kylemore waited 5 years before she agreed to become his mistress. But we’re both healed from our past woes, so it’s all good. There was also an aspect of knowing that as a powerful duke, he shouldn’t have to be told no or be denied anything he wanted.


She loved him a bit all along – she saw through him to the wounded little boy he had been, and knew the Cold Kylemore facade was just that. This book is one of the best historicals I have ever read. It’s been quite some time since I read such a dark romance such as this one, both lead characters draw on your emotions tightly and didn’t let go until the final page. When she disappears after his pronouncement that they should be wed Kylemore is stunned. His perseverance and determination to keep the heroine no matter what was the victory to truly have her as his wife and this quality is very memorable Except for the one “answer to the unanswered question” a person could read them in any order.

Destitution had given her no real choice but to accept the protection of a wealthier, older gentleman, but she always planned to leave the demimonde to live quietly with her younger siblings once she had enough money to support her family. Both Verity and Justin are rather flawed, perhaps one more than the other, and for differing reasons, but, as is true in romance, they break through the issues with each other and their love brings them some semblance of survival.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Justin is the tortured soul, having nightmares due to something terrible in his childhood. As an example, I thought that Bastien borderline rapes Chloe in Black Icebut he at least had a powerful motivation outside of lust and the need for power.

He’s really RICH too. Usually, underneath it all, the guy is a gentlemen and the girl is never in any real danger. October 13, Imprint: