- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon (March 27 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061234915
- ISBN-13: 978-0061234910
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #654,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Claiming the Courtesan Mass Market Paperback – Mar 27 2007
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About the Author
Always a voracious reader, Anna Campbell decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Her historical romances have been critically acclaimed and have won numerous awards, including the Australian Romance Readers’ Favourite Australian Romance Author from 2009 to 2012, and Favourite Historical Romance for Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed , Untouched, Captive of Sin and My Reckless Surrender. Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed also won Best First Meeting of a Couple, Best Love Scene and Best Cover for 2012. Anna lives in Queensland.
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Post-reading, all I can say is feh.
CLAIMING THE COURTESAN is about Lord Kylemore (Crymore) and Verity (Very Dumb). Very Dumb is Crymore's mistress. They had a contract that stipulated that she could leave after a year, and all of his gifts would remain hers after their time was up. Crymore did not take the contract seriously and after a fight with his mom, he's like, "F U, Mom! You think you can boss me around? I'm going to marry my whore! That'll show you!"
But Crymore's mistress is tired of the lifestyle of the "soiled dove" and absconds with her belongings, selling all of her expensive gifts to live a life of anonymity in the countryside. Well, Crymore can't have that, can he? He pursues her, kidnaps her in the middle of the street after attempting to kill her brother (who he thinks is her lover), and then takes her away with him to his remote Scottish estate, where he proceeds to rape her nightly for daring to leave him before he said he was done.
Very Dumb makes a few token efforts at escape, but mostly there's talk of traitorous bodies and then she cuddles with him at night because Crymore has night terrors (daddy issues). I was not impressed. I was even less impressed when while running away from him yet again, he saves her from falling off a cliff and that's when she decides she loves him. I was even less impressed when Crymore decides he loves her too and is like, "Maybe now I can treat her to some consensual sex at last!" I'm like, "*****, that's not up to you! She decides if it's consensual you **********ing piece of ****. ****!!!" What makes this even more ridiculous is that while all this raping is going on, Crymore is beating him up, forcing himself to do it to keep up appearances, whining all the while that he's a nice guy, and how bad he feels that she pushed him to this and blah, blah blah.
Crymore is that super guy you have blocked on Tinder because in his profile he says "I'm a nice guy who's tired of the drama looking for a girl who doesn't play games" but the literal first thing he messages you is "Nice tits - DTF?" with a picture of his peen attached.
Anyway, this being a romance novel, Crymore and Very Dumb end up getting together and having teh sex0rs. But then Very Dumb decides that she can't be with him because it would shame his honor or something like that. 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. And she's a little too excited by this, if you catch my drift, which makes it extraaaaa creepy. But don't worry, because Crymore is a stalker to the very end, and arrives just in time to put a stop to his mother, but not before saying, "F U, Mom! We're still getting married and you get to choose between Norfolk and the mental asylum!"
I really liked the beginning but I simply could not stomach the rest. I'm an avid reader of bodice rippers, so it's not the rape aspect that bothered me. It's that it was handled so badly, and with such disrespect to the characters. The author tried to make the rapist into a nice guy, and he didn't even really have to grovel - Very Dumb just decided that she loved him after all, which kind of makes this feel extra super creepy, because you know she probably just came down with Stockholm Syndrome after she was traumatized by all those near-death experiences and abuse. God, even the servants were complicit, saying, basically, "He's a nice guy! Deal with it!" when she told them what he was doing to her and begged them to help her escape. Yeah, no. This was not cool and I'm very disappoint.
Hopefully her other book, UNTOUCHED, is better.
1.5 out of 5 stars
Genevieve Barrett is the 25 yr. old daughter of a vicar. She's a scholar...highly intelligent with a sharp tongue and a voluptuous body. She can sometimes be prickly with her clear, snapping silver gray eyes and quick wit. She usually intimidates wanna be suitors. She never intends to marry because (to her way of thinking), all men are selfish monsters with hidden selfish agendas. Genevieve is controlled and seldom "unruffled"....until she meets Sir Richard Harmsworth, aka Christopher Evans, who is far beyond her lowly class.
Handsome, elegantly charming - - Sir Richard Harmsworth was born a bastard, though he is somewhat accepted by the upper society circles. He's spent his life pretending to be an even tempered man who cares for little, least of all societies' gossip and disdain of his bastardy. All his life people have looked down their noses at him, calling him bastard and mongrel, both behind his back and to his face. He would like nothing better than to know who sired him. To this end, he wants a family jewel returned to him...The Harmsworth Jewel confirms the Harmsworth heir...It proves Richards' "right" to the Harmsworth Baronetcy. And one Genevieve Barrett owns the jewel...bequeathed to her by Richards' deceased aunt.
Sir Richard is a likable and beautiful fellow emitting cool elegance. He's a dashing, fashionable dresser and a master of seduction. And when he breaks into the vicars' home [to ascertain the whereabouts of the Harmsworth Jewel], he's unaware that Genevieve is watching him. Since he's masked, his identity is safe. But there are other characteristics he unknowingly is unable to hide from one with such intelligence as Genevieve....such as his voice, his height and build and his scent. He's a polished and accomplished flirt and emits powerful charm among women and Genevieve is not immune. But she's also nobody's fool...nope, not her.
When she meets Sir Richard again as Christopher Evans, she knows without any doubt that he's not as he appears. She knows he's lying as he's just too polished..."too smooth". Yet she cannot place him.
This is the age old story, and deliciously delightful romp...of a would be scoundrel who is more knight in shining armor, out to thieve what belongs to him...and ends up in water so deep he almost drowns. It's captivating and consuming. Genevieve brings out qualities that Richard is convinced he doesn't possess...like courage, honor...self sacrifice and steadfastness. But eventually he realizes he's screwed....he's fallen in love! Little does he know that he's unsettled the unflappable Ms. Barrett. He's made her wish for things she's never had - - made her resent her dull life- - and be aware of herself as an unsatisfied woman.
I absolutely loved these two strong and fascinating characters. I loved that Genevieve made Richard...who is a known rake of wide repute...work for every inch of time he tried to make with her. I loved how she confused him and knocked him off his game. With all the secrets and intrigue and seduction, this story was well told and hilariously fun.