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Claiming the Courtesan Mass Market Paperback – Mar 27 2007

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #570,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Interesting concept to have the courtesan as the heroine instead of the homewrecker - made me remember that a lot of women of the evening take up the life to help out family. Should have sent the evil dowager to the hunting lodge where she couldn't escape as punishment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obsessed hero Oct. 17 2016
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I love possessive, protective and jealous heroes who are crazy about the heroines and fall hard for them and so I loved the hero in this book. I also loved how obsessed he was about the heroine. He wanted her for five years and was not going to let an opportunity to get her pass him, no matter what the cost. I loved that he had to chase her. She was not easy and was not a doormat, that was refreshing. I also liked that he was faithful to her even during separations. Sadly that is not always the case. The smex scenes were hot and the ending a HFN which I was fine with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Sept. 5 2016
By Lilo-a - Published on
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This book rocked me. And after years of reading, that's tough to do. If you can find it in you to accept that this story has forced consent (that is emotionally painful, but not physically violent) then you will see a story of love woven into a beautiful tapestry that you won't soon forget.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 6 2016
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Love it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dismayed and Disappointed.... Aug. 21 2016
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Let me start by saying I have only recently discovered Anna Campbell. Having read some of her recent books and LOVED them, I went to her website to learn more about her. There, I learned that her first book, Claiming the Courtesan, had garnered all kinds of I purchased a copy. The premise was very promising, and I was interested in seeing how the author would bring these two very different people--different upbringings, different worlds, etc.--together forever. So I was dismayed to find the hero was a obsessed with the heroine that in today's world, he would have had a restraining order at the least, and been imprisoned at the worst. He justified kidnapping her because he wanted her...he justified repeatedly raping her, because he wanted her. Then, she added to my dismay by vacillating between hating him, and wanting to comfort him, to finally loving him. They had been protector and mistress for a year before this and had, by her own admission, engaged in untold scandalous sex acts, but during that entire time, she had absolutely no feelings for him as a person, even though he was apparently a tender and generous lover. Then, after he abducts her and humiliates her, she begins to have feelings for him... What I also found offensive were the horrible names the hero called her while he was searching for her, and planning his revenge against her...slut, whore, jade, baggage, strumpet, to name a few. I won't continue with how bizarre I found this, as numerous other reviewers have already covered all the strange contradictions this book contained. My real disappointment lies in how this book was received by readers and the romance writing industry--this book either finaled in or won some of the highest awards!!! A book about subjugation, sexual obsession, exploitation, humiliation, abduction, and rape was considered to be an award-winning romance??? I am so confused. I'll continue to read Ms. Campbell's books, as this was her first book and maybe it was just some weird fluke. The other books I've read have been delightful.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Romance I've Read in Years March 3 2008
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I've been reading romances for years, and by and large, I end up terribly disappointed. Regency era novels usually end up being poorly written comedies of manners - a la Jane Austen, or barely plausible sex fests filled with anachronistic language and attitudes. Rarely, very rarely, is there an emotional payoff that makes the time spent reading worthwhile. Mary Balogh and Mary Jo Putney are probably the only authors who can routinely deliver that emotional punch - without indulging in sentimentality, or worse - rehashing previous efforts.

I can now add Anna Campbell to that very short list of authors. I can understand why there are a number of less than stellar reviews - the heart of the novel is difficult, and the characters are less than admirable - but their development seems real and authentic, and the end of this story left me wanting more. This book is definitely a keeper, and I look forward to reading more of Anna Campbell in the years to come.

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