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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  3,217 ratings  ·  404 reviews
Her only hope for survival...

Handsome, wealthy and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London and he's known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check...until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he's waited for all his life.

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Mass Market Paperback, 422 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by HQN Books (first published 2011)
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UniquelyMoi ~ The 1-click Diva

“But you’re— you’re—”

“A virgin?” There was a note of amusement in his voice. “True. But just because I don’t believe in poaching out of season doesn’t mean I can’t hunt.”

As I’m sitting here trying to write this review, I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved Unclaimed. So much passion, so much wisdom, so much hope, so much truth, so much… just… so very much!! And quotes? Literally pages worth of quotes I’d love to share with you. Some that took my breath away, some made me swoon, others mad
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter

4.5 stars.

"It is the most astonishing thing," he whispered against her skin. "To touch you, to feel you tremble. To know that I'm the cause of it."

Our heroine, Jessica Farleigh is a courtesan who wants to get out of prostitution. She wants to get rid herself of the murk and the mire that had filled her. Jessica is in dire need of money since she wants to buy a cottage in the country to settle down and begin a new life. For a long time, her former protector,
4.5 stars. I started this book expecting it to fall neatly into various tropes. The 28 year old virgin who’s the author of a celebrated book on male chastity -- of course he’s going to be a stuffy hero who gets his comeuppance from the heroine (Ooooo!) The courtesan heroine who has grown to loathe and fear sex -- of course she’s going to have to be gently led to love it by the hero (Eh...)

But very little about this book was what I expected. Sir Mark isn’t stuffy at all, he’s just a principled,
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Updated- 7/31- forgot to mention about the book cover.


Image is everything especially in 1841 London. The problem is sometimes your image is not self-created but how other’s want to see you. Just ask Sir Mark Turner how bad life can be when your image has been elevated to godlike proportions, but you are simply an ordinary man wanting an ordinary life.

The characters

Sir Mark wrote a book called A Gentleman’s Practical Guide to Chasity. The popularity of the book, for reasons unknown, skyrock
Another great book by Courtney Milan….and I Loved it; I liked that Mark Turner was no stick-in-the mud, pompous cad but a truly swoon worthy, sexy hero and that he loved Jessica just as she was and didn’t try to change her. I liked his reasons for being celibate. I liked that Jessica is a smart, intelligent survivor and I could feel her despair when she states, “best not to want; that way, she’d feel no disappointment. Hope hurts.” How terrible life is without hope.

This is no light & fluffy
Unclaimed was Unbelievable! This is one of my least favorite tropes - courtesan heroine and virgin hero. But it was so much more than that! Love these Turner brothers - Ash, Mark and Smite. This is Mark's story, who has recently become an unparalleled success for his book, A Gentleman's Practical Guide to Chastity (and chastity is hard!). Mark seemed like a good guy - maybe too good? - and is very likeable. Jessica wants to change her life around and an opportunity presents itself for her - but ...more
Brittany B.
Minor spoilers:

Seriously? This author wrote Unveiled??

Maybe I missed a chapter, but this book was literally about a famous Chaste Virgin man who pretty much stays that way. Naturally he ends up with a hooker with a heart of gold. But wait.....she is also the preacher's supposedly- dead daughter.

Then the queen of England comes to their wedding..,
Seriously I can't believe I kept reading.
Bark's Book Nonsense
4 1/2

I listened to this book as an unabridged audio which was read most skillfully by Rebecca De Leeuw. She did a beautiful job bringing the story to life, voicing Jessica with all of the vulnerability and sensuality necessary for her character while managing to make Mark come across as masculine, confident and likable. It would have been so easy to voice him as an uptight prig and I’m so very glad the narrator went down a different path.

When Mark Turner wrote a book on the importance of male c
Mimi Smith
4.25 stars

“I wanted peace and balance. But I should have put you first. First. Last. And, Jessica—always.”

“True. I never dreamed of this. But now that I’ve found you, anything else seems a nightmare. Dreams change with circumstances. Often for the better.”

This is another great installment to the series! I adored Sir Mark, he's just so sweet and amazing and hot... Fine, I was mostly okay with Jessica, too. But she had her moments...

Sir Mark is endlessly popular and revered by the London society.
If there’s one historical romance author you should be reading, it should be Courtney Milan. Courtney continues to astound me with her books, and Unclaimed (Turner #2) is yet another amazingly written book by her. And the fact she has a crush on Mho Fho, makes her number one here at Casa de Babblings.

Jessica Farleigh is a courtesan who wants to leave her old life behind. In order to do that she needs money so she can retire. A former protector of hers will give her a nice sum if only she seduces
I'm in production on Guild season 6 and so exhausted that the only thing I crave is to escape into some good book brain numbing at night before bed. I found this author through my book club, Vaginal Fantasy, after someone recommended it as a stand-out MAN virgin historical romance. I was skeptical at first because the concept seemed either cheesy or maybe preachy, but ended up LOVING this book. I just gobbled up 2 other books by this author, and I really love how she twists the traditional chara ...more
This is a book with the most unusual and unlikely coupling of any story you have ever read or will ever read. The hero is Sir Mark Turner. At age 28, he has become a celebrity of sorts due to a book he has written entitled, The Gentleman's Practical Guide to Chastity...the contents of which he embraces wholeheartedly. The heroine is Jessica Farleigh, a seasoned courtesan who wants nothing more than to free herself from the demeaning life that fate has bestowed upon her. Seeing a glimmer of light ...more
4.5 stars

"Sir Mark Turner did not look like any virgin that Jessica had ever seen before."
"It all went to show: Jessica knew nothing of virgins."

Jessica Farleigh is a courtesan. After parting from her last protector six months ago, she wants out of prostitution. Skilled only in the ways of a courtesan she needs money desperately to purchase a cottage in the country and begin a new life. When George Weston, her last protector, offers a reward to the woman who seduces Mark, Jessica agrees. Weston
Oct 31, 2011 SheLove2Read rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to SheLove2Read by: fans of Courtney Milan or Rose Gordon
One of the most emotional and highly enjoyable HEA's I've had the pleasure of reading. I didn't think I'd enjoy a story about a courtesan who sets out to intentionally discredit a man for money, nor did I think I would enjoy a story about a virgin beta male who in previous books seemed to skirt the "goody two shoes" image just a little too closely.

I love being wrong. ;-)

Jessica is anything but a whore who will do anything for money and the more I read the more I liked her and respected what she
Another stellar performance from Courtney Milan!

Jessica Farleighs life changed forever when she was just fourteen and now years later she is desperate to leave her courtesan life behind her and she seizes an opportunity from her former protector to seduce the seemingly chaste Sir Mark Turner and ruin his good name. Mark is know for a book he wrote that exploded with popularity and has gained him all sorts of unwanted attention. His book? A book on chastity which leads everyone to assume his natu
4.5 stars

‘Unclaimed’ was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin.
Expected Publication Date: September 20th 2011

Sir Mark Turner, a Victorian-era ‘rock star’, has done the impossible: he’s made chastity popular. After writing ‘A Gentleman’s Practical Guide to Chastity’ he himself becomes practically a celebrity and is loved by many but certainly not all. Hating his popularity he seeks to get some peace in the country. Jessica Farleigh is a courtesan who agrees to seduce Mark Turner for th
Laura the Highland Hussy
Not quite a 5 for me, but pretty close. Loved this book.

btw, I read A Notorious Countess Confesses immediately before this book, and I would recommend not reading these 2 books too close together. They have a similar plot--A courtesan seducing a virtuous man. They arent' so similar that you think "rip-off" by any means, and the writing styles are completely different, but if you read them back-to-back you will notice the similarities. Luckily both these books are incredibly awesome and so well-w
Courtney Milan has certainly done it again when it comes to her latest installment in the Turner series. Unclaimed is about love, betrayal, and ultimately trust and committment in the end. Jessica Farleigh has decided to take up the task of seducing the perfect Sir Mark Turner in order to finally turn her life around and start anew. In fact, her story was truly heartbreaking to read... especially when she ends up falling in love with Mark and has to decide upon two choices: either to destroy Mar ...more
Book: B+
Narration: B

Jessica Farleigh is a courtesan. No, not an “I’m secretly a virgin and after the hero is done being an ass-hat about my supposed whore-ishness he’s going to have to grovel” courtesan but an “I’ve had to make some hard choices and had a string of ‘protectors’ with whom I’ve *gasp* had a lot of sex” courtesan. Thrown out of the house and disowned at the age of fourteen after being “ruined” by a man who left her in London when he was done with her, Jessica was able to avoid a li
**3.5 stars**

The book was a solid 4 stars until the end, where the heroine had a violent confrontation with the bad guy to prove she didn’t need anybody to save her and she could “defend herself and those she loves”. Oh please. I thoroughly dislike books that have normal women acting like Superman as if the only way for a woman to prove she’s as good as any man is to resort to violence. The fact that I cannot win a fight against the average man does NOT make me inferior. I have a brain after all
Mark is annoyingly perfect, but this still worked pretty well up until the end, when it went completely hearts-and-flowers in a completely unbelievable way.

I am also annoyed that even with a prostitute heroine and a virgin hero, the hero ends up being more assertive and sexually confident than the heroine. Oh, romance novels.

Milan always has a point around three-quarters of the way through where the heroine finally explodes/asserts herself and the man goes away and then reflects and comes to the
Suzie Quint
Nov 26, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical romance fans
Another home run for Courtney Milan. I knew Unveiled would be a hard act to follow, because it just struck so many chords with me. I didn't expect this to be as good, but it's damned close. Close enough to go on my keeper shelf.

Ms. Milan seems to have an affinity for writing about women who come to realize their self-worth and for men who value that in their women, which makes her historicals a joy to read. I adore how confident Mark Turner is. I always thought I liked tortured heroes but Mark i
♡Karlyn P♡
4.5*, great historical romance. I never thought I'd enjoy a story about a courtesan this much. Mark was delicious too! He may have been a virgin, but not without a lot of burning desires. Loved it.
I blame myself. I began this series with the third Turner brother, Smite, who is by far the most enigmatic, intriguing, and (let's be honest) sexy sibling of these three very fine brothers. After absolutely loving Smite's story, I - naturally - rushed out to grab a copy of the previous books in this series. While I've found myself falling in love with both Ash and Mark, the other two Turner brothers, and their respective romantic interests, there has always been a missing spark, if you will. Nei ...more
3.5 Stars.

Courtney Milan has definitely become one of my favorite historical authors. Her writing is everything I look for in a book: lush,compelling,introspective,witty, profound. Even when I don`t find myself totally invested in the characters/plot, her story telling keeps me eager to continue reading. This book was no exception.
Sophia (FV)
Sir Mark Turner is a “rock star” of his time. After writing A Gentleman’s Practical Guide to Chastity he has become an overnight success and London’s most sought-after bachelor. Everyone wants to know him, and be like him. Well, not everyone. Mark is up for political office and one of his enemies seeks to ruin his pristine reputation and therefore destroy any future in politics he may have. Mark really has little interest in living in the public eye though, and would prefer to live a quiet and u ...more
Update: I'm adding an extra star. Not because my I changed my mind with the problems this book has, but because I just realized how much I appreciate the great thing about this story.

First, read this:

Natasha Walks Out of a Refrigerator

Basically, towards the end of this book (and I don't consider this to be a spoiler), Jessica walks out of a refrigerator. And, I just--until recently, I never realized how rare this is in fiction. So, kudos to Courtney Milan.


You kno
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQNBooks
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Turner Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

Official Blurb:

Her only hope for survival…

Handsome, wealthy and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London—and h
Sir Mark Turner is a twenty-eight-year-old Victorian male virgin and not ashamed of it. He has published The Practical Gentleman’s Guide to Chastity (yeah!), and has been knighted because young, sweet, innocent queen Victoria liked his book. Unfortunately the popularity of the Guide backfired; the author has been copied country-wide in the most brainless manner and became far more popular than he would ever wish to be. As he is also rich and his brother is a duke he has become a celebrity and ev ...more
Notes: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book. The book will be released September 20, 2011.

"You've offered a reward to the woman who seduces Sir Mark Turner."

Sir Mark Turner is well known for his book, A Gentleman's Practical Guide to Chastity. At the height of the Victorian era where a code of morals was beginning to be defined, Mark is something of a celebrity. He's done what most would have thought impossible - made chastity popular. He's even inspired a club called the Male Cha
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