Unclaimed (Turner #2)
Her only hope for survival
Handsome, wealthy and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of Londonand 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
"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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
Re-read it almost a year later and it is still a fantastic read! Loved it just as much as for the 1st time!
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.
This is such a hard book to review, especially because it has some elements that I normally don't care for much, but somehow they work so well in this book!
Sir Mark Turner was left writing a book about chastity when we finished Unveiled. Yes, the hero is a virgin *cue the shocked gasps*. This is not usually the case, but for Mark waiting until marriage is very important and he wants to teach these values to other people. If you had asked me what I though...more
Sir Mark Turner is the very picture of respectability. He's the most eligible bachelor in London and a celebrity for writing his practical guide to chastity. Behind all the fame and fortune, Sir Mark longs to be seen as the man that he is, imperfect just like everyone else. When he meets fiery Jessica Farleigh, he gets just that; Jessica despises him for his fame and Mark is determined to make her like him. Behind her beautiful fac...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
Was my first book from this author and quite possibly my last.
I am not a massive fan of Virgin Heroes and Prostitute Heroines and if I had realised thats what this was I wouldn't have requested it for review.
I don't understand how a male can get to the age he is and be a virgin...and be completely confident about himself and his abilities when the times come.
I am also not completely against the heroines who are mistresses or prostitutes...but this one flinche...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
There is always a difference between the writers who think they understand people and those who understand the small differences that we make among each other: sighs and hums, murmurs and grumbles. It's the shade of p...more
This perfectly sums up my feelings about the book and Courtney Milan is definitely one of the foremost writers of Historical Romance today.
I can't wait to read Smite's story in Unraveled. Such an intriguing character!
VERDICT : A STELLAR BOOK
Review date: 28 Jan 2012
Review link: http://cleffairy.com/?p=6721
I have a lot of things to say about this book, but I’ll just keep it short and sweet. This book sizzles. Read at your own risk. I was completely absorbed into this book and I feel for the heroine’s troubles. Life is not always fair and you have to do what you have to do to survive the judgmental society. Sometimes, one ought to be heartless in order to be good to oneself. I could relate to that. It’s wh...more
I loved Mark from the first book, so when I read the synopsis for his book, I took a step back. I should have known better, thou...more