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.
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“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
I liked this one, just not nearly as much as I was expecting.
I was really anticipating this one, not only because I LOVED Unveiled, but I also have a little kink for male virgins. What?! We all have our things...
I listened to the first book in the series (and the second novella, Unlocked) in audiobook form, and that really made the book come alive. I decided to read this one in ebook form, but I sort of wish that I didn't. That might have made up the difference.
I liked Jessica and M ...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
¡Hace tanto tiempo que un libro no me hacía sufrir de esta manera!
Es la décima primera vez que leo un libro de esta mujer y ¡lo amo!. ¿Saben lo difícil que es para mi encontrar un libro al que ame? Y esta mujer lo hace tan fácil ¿por qué no hay más autorxs como ella?.
Mark: Como es religioso al principio pensé “seguro que va a ser de esos idiotas fanáticos y va a pensar que Jessica en una mujerzuela” pero nada que ver
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
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 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
I like Courtney Milan’s unique take on this love story of courtesan heroine and virgin beta hero. Toward the ending, I kind of lost a bit patience with Jessica’s unnecessary drama. That said, the highlight of the book for me is the heroine’s strength to survive, and her ability to overcome conflict and obstacles. Rich characters. Beautiful writing. This is a good read.
Too bad he is paired with Jessica. I see what Courtney Milan is going for and she certainly has a cool story to tell here. Great writing, a very imaginative way with words. I just cannot warm up to Jessica. She is just a little too "broken" for my taste.
The pairing has ...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
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
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
I am on cloud nine and smiling like crazy. It was so wonderful! I didn't think I was going to love this book but I was so wrong! It was my favorite in this series and I can't believe I waited so long to read it.
The plot is somewhat similar to Pretty Woman in the best possible sense. I love that she was broken and he was strong enough for both of them. And I loved even more that she didn't needed to be rescued, she just needed someone who helped her heal. A ...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
One of the best historical romances I have EVER read.
“I promised you once that I would be your knight, willing to do battle for you. But I don’t think that’s what you need of me.”
She shook her head mutely.
“You’ve always been your own knight,” he said, “riding to your rescue. I’m just the man who came along and saw how brightly your armor shone.”
Despite the great reviews this book received, I found myself hesitant when I started it, not really thinking that I would love it. Perhaps becaus...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
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
Ash seguirá siendo mi favorito, no veo que Mark le quite ese lugar en mi corazón.
Me sorprendió que Mark fuera abiertamente virgen. Ho, eso no me lo esperaba, digo, que todo el mundo lo sepa. Me gusta Jessica, sentí mucha emoción con su engaño (no como con Margareth) se me hacía un nudito con las oportunidades que tiene de cumplir el trato y no hacerlo.
Me tuvo entre No lo hagas! Ay, no lo hizo. No lo hagas! Ay, no lo hizo. Lo va hacer!!.
La relación de ellos es muy mona, se nota que tanto As ...more