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A 21st Century Courtesan

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For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey . . . a world of silk sheets, imported champagne, and endless erotic delight await in A 21st Century Courtesan.

She fulfills the deepest fantasies of the most powerful men in the world. Sensual, seductive, and discreet, Valentine Day is a high-class call girl, pampered and adored by her exclusive clientele. But Valentine has a secret. Alway
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Delta (first published January 1st 2009)
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Tiffany
Absolutely incredible novel that was grippingly emotional and at times difficult to read, A 21st Century Courtesan is about modern day call girl Valentine Day, who is content to have a career selling sex until she meets Joshua Spencer, who suddenly makes her long for a different, more steady life. Eden Bradley is a true artist with words, and this is a heart-wrenching love story about redemption and faith that stays with you.
Katie(babs)
Apr 30, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it liked it
Eden Bradley has taken a chance with her latest book about a high class escort in A 21st Century Courtesan. Definitely an erotica, but still very much a romance, Eden puts a face to the name of many women who get paid for sex. Perhaps A 21st Century Courtesan is a bit too fairy tale like in its telling from the call girl heroine being rescued by her Prince Charming who is so understanding, from her clients who are attractive, well to do men who appreciate Valentine for her body and beauty as ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 25, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it did not like it
Not enough story or character development for me. Some readers may appreciate the frequent and explicit sex scenes.

STORY BRIEF:
Valentine (Val) has been a prostitute/high class call girl for 10 years. She came from a dysfunctional family. She could never achieve sexual pleasure with a boyfriend or by herself until she discovered being paid for sex was her solution. She appears happy with her life until she meets Joshua. He doesn’t know she is a call girl, they begin a relationship. They fall in l
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Ivelisse Roberts
Nov 24, 2010 Ivelisse Roberts rated it it was amazing
very emotional, psychological read with some good sex. I enjoyed this book because of the deep emotions the heroine overcomes.
~ Cariad ~
Jan 02, 2013 ~ Cariad ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can't not love a modern day 'Pretty Woman' story! I did, although possibly more due to the incredibly hot sex than the storyline!
Sonya
A lovely character development story about forgiveness, love and letting go of pain.
penelopewanders
Sep 02, 2010 penelopewanders rated it liked it
I haven't taken this with me on holiday, but will resume reading when I return home.
Part of my problem with this, aside from the fact that I read it in three parts (before the first part of my holiday, when I returned and then again when I returned from another trip), was that I bought it expecting it to be romantica, and in fact that's not the strong point of the book. The copy I have is an ARC (think that's what it's called) so maybe changes were made later, but there's a great deal of psychol
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Rachel
Nov 19, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-romance-x
I wanted to give this book a 3.5

I enjoyed the fact that the heroine comes to such a dramatic emotional/psychological impasse and exposes the raw process she goes through to move forward in her life. That particular part of the novel, the impasse and the process of healing, felt to honest that I almost felt like a peeping-tom while reading it...almost!

My issues with the book are that I felt Joshua, as a character, was a little underdeveloped. I also felt that the book lets too many loose ended de
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Audrey Stark
Jan 03, 2015 Audrey Stark rated it did not like it
Shelves: avoid
Thank goodness that's over! I took to skipping pages toward the end. I read another piece by Eden Bradley a year or so ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was nothing short of a let-down.

First, everything about the plot was slow. There was too much exposition in the description of scenery and the main character's emotional state. It dragged on for ages. There was a real opportunity here to talk about leaving "that business," but all Bradley did was squick me out. There is a ton of sex. The love
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Pam
Dec 05, 2014 Pam rated it liked it
It had the potential to be a much better story than it was. I couldn't quite get into the character and story, not enough emotional attachment to be really good. There was just something lacking in the writing or emotional feelings it didn't invoke in me, but should have. still good, but not great. I thought it was going to be kinda like The Fifth Favor about a male escort, but this one lacked the depth if that one. ok to good, but not great.
Alison
Aug 20, 2016 Alison rated it did not like it
This was simply awful. The main character is one dimensional and manages to only get worse, there is an air of "love at first sight fixes everything", and while the typos started out mild enough, it seems the editor was playing a drinking game while working. The beginning of the book is relatively cleaned up but as it continues they get more bizarre. Some examples would be "1" in place of "I", "cl" instead of "d", along with missing punctuation and spaces. Overall, don't waste your time.
Leahyriehm2
Jun 13, 2014 Leahyriehm2 rated it liked it
Mmmm? Not sure about this book. Towards the end of the book I found my heart racing. I kept waiting for the other boot to drop and that was after many boots had already dropped. Valentine is very likeable. Val is very likeable. I'm not sure if I like Joshua or not. There is nothing not to like about Joshua, just not sure he was the "one" for Valentine. I am a little confused at the ending - who is the group?
Kimberley
Jul 17, 2014 Kimberley rated it it was amazing
It's about realizing and being present in the life you are leading. It's about reinventing yourself and living a truly authentic life. It's about the baggage we carry around with us and coming to terms with said baggage. It's about trusting and knowing that you are deserving.
Joy Talmon
Aug 12, 2013 Joy Talmon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books
It's been a long time since I've actually finished a book in less than 24 hours. Although the dialogue was a bit thin, I was intrigued by the story. I just kept waiting for the other shoe to fall. It was the story I was hoping 50 shades to be.
Nancy Pe'a
Jan 29, 2011 Nancy Pe'a rated it liked it
An uncomfortable erotic read with psychological and spiritual resolution, discovery, and enlightenment.
Robert Scott
Feb 21, 2016 Robert Scott rated it really liked it
Completed 05/18/2010. A really well written erotic tale with a lot of action, but never seems gratuitous.
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Krystal
Jan 19, 2015 Krystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good.
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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Eden Bradley aka Eve Berlin has published a number of novels and novellas, both print and e-books, with Berkley Heat, Bantam/Delta, Harlequin Spice & HQN, Black Lace Books and Samhain Publishing, as well as venturing into self-publishing. Her books have been translated into German, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, ...more
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