Unclaimed (Turner #2)
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.
“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 ...more
"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."
LONDON JUNE, 1841
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, ...more
But very little about this book was what I expected. Sir Mark isn’t stuffy at all, he’s just a principled, ...more
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.
Sir Mark wrote a book called A Gentleman’s Practical Guide to Chasity. The popularity of the book, for reasons unknown, skyrock ...more
This is no light & fluffy ...more
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.
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 ...more
“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. ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
‘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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011
Author’s Website: http://www.courtneymilan.com/
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
Her only hope for survival…
Handsome, wealthy and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London—and h ...more
"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 ...more