A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man
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Regency London’s most celebrated courtesan, The Blackbird, was a woman before her time—uninhibited, financially independent, and free to live by her own rules. Schooled in the sensual arts by the one man she loved the most, she recorded every wicked detail in her diaries…

When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths The Blackbird’s steamy memoirs, she’s aroused...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2011)
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Splage
An enthusiastic 5 Star read! This book was a historical/contemporary/erotica fusion and a fabulous surprise. I really thought this was an anthology by two authors (not always my favorite type of read) and the back cover description did not overly appeal to me.

What a cool concept! I don't think I can summarize the story and do it any justice because it was so clever and involved. Although it did take little while to get into it because there were two major stories going, flipping back and forth

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♥ Beth
4.5 Stars!

What a FANTASTIC (and oooooh so very Naughty!) read!! I've never read anything by Celeste Bradley or Susan Donovan before so this was a wonderful find for me!

I loved the writing, I loved the story and I loved all of the characters!

Kudos to the two authors in the way they each told their separate stories, one historical and the other contemporary, and put them together and made it all work! It was an amazing read for me!
Tammy Walton Grant
Holy smokes, this book had some hot parts. Yes, that pun was completely intended. ;D

My GR friend Tammy sent this book to me (thanks, Tam!) because she thought smutty old me would like it. And boy oh boy, does she have my number.

Where to begin? For anyone who hasn't read the back of the book, it's written by two women -- one a contemporary romance author and one a historical romance author. I'd never read either before. I could tell there were 2 different people writing, and although I definite...more
KatieH
Wow.
I received this book through Goodreads First Read without really even knowing what it was about.
The two authors of this novel did an excellent job of intertwining the lives of two very extraordinary women separated by hundreds of years and paralleling their lives of lust, love, and freedom.
I read this book in under a day and was easily captivated. I would have given the book 5 stars for its sheer genius, ingenuity, and bewitching love story, except that the erotic nature was a little overwhe...more
ALPHAreader
In present-day Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont has made the discovery of her career. While organizing an exhibit for the life and times of infamous and beloved Boston abolitionist Ophelia Harrington, Piper stumbles across a hidden diary. . . written in the flourished hand of Ophelia herself, the diary is an extraordinary insight into the young activist’s very private life – her life before politics and family, when she was London’s notorious ‘Blackbird’ – a highly sought-after courtes...more
Kellie G.
This unique book has two story lines, one taking place in London in the 1800's and the other in present day Boston. I felt the London story was more interesting and steamy, but I enjoyed both.
sandsun331
I won this book on a Goodreads First Reads giveaway!

I am an avid romance reader - historical, contemporary, paranormal, erotic - I like them all. I envy an author the imagination to create and the skill it takes to tell a story and keep the reader completely enthralled. I even envy my fellow readers here on Goodreads your eloquent reviews :) I have such a difficult time “reviewing” what I read... I just can’t seem to find the words to express what makes one story so much better than another in m...more
Melissa
A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man is definitely one of the better romance novels out there. It has a relatable plot that is actually coherent and the chemistry between the romantic leads was well-written. First things first, I liked that the novel consisted of two stories and it blended really well together.

I enjoyed Ophelia's story much better. She was willing to do whatever it took for her freedom and given the time she was born into, I appreciated that a lot. I was a little surprised at...more
Cynthia (aka Artemis)
Won from Goodreads.

I didn't know how I would like this book. A tale of two women told concurrently: One set in the Regency and the other at the present time. And I usually don’t like tales such as these and I can give or take a contemporary romance. So, I began reading with a bit of trepidation. I am so glad I was proven wrong, but I will admit I did enjoy The Blackbird and Sir’s story the best and if it wasn’t for that, this book would have been mediocre. The chapters skip back and forth betwee...more
Kristine
A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan - a Goodreads First Read free giveaway book won on April 24nd, received on April 30th. Already not much of a fan of romance paperbacks, I decided that the main premise of the book sounded good, but the modern-day story was lacking. Boy, was I right about that.

The present-day format of this book is potholed with social cliches, typecast names (i.e. Ophelia Harrington = historic folk heroine/British courtesan, Magnus "M...more
Amy
Wow, I can't believe I completely read through this book as fast as I did! I just could not put it down!

First of all, I was very lucky to receive this book through the First Reads program. I don't normally read romance, so I never would have picked up this book. However, I would have seriously missed out on a great story if I had never read this book!

This story follows two women from different time periods. One from London in the 1800's and the other from modern day Boston. The modern day woman...more
Amanda
Holy Hell Batman!
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads and I have to say I was pleasantly suprised.

The book is split up into two stories, one about a girl in the past and one in the present. The book flips back and forth where appropriate and it's quite the story.

Ophelia is the main character from the past and is being made to wed a man she does not want. She decides to become a courtesan - aka a prostitute - so she is always free to chose whomever she desires.

Piper is the main chara...more
Jennifer Tran
I received this book through a Goodreads first reads giveaway.
Wow. I read this book in less than one day. This is probably one of my favorite books that I have won from a Goodreads first reads giveaway.

Piper is a curator that works in a museum who discovers the journey of a woman who lived over 100 years ago. The exhibit she is suppose to organize is based on Ophelia Harrington the woman who wrote the journals. She finds herself enjoying reading Ophelia's journals. (view spoiler)...more
Tiffany
Full disclosure: I received this book for free through Goodread's First Reads Giveaway program.

Once I started this book, I just couldn't put it down! I stayed up way too late last night because I couldn't bear the thought of putting down the book and not finding out what happened to Ophelia and "Sir". Normally I am not a fan of historical romance, but I found that piece of the story to be way more entrancing than the parallel contemporary story. I knew this book would have some steamy scenes bas...more
Amanda Ryan
I hadn’t heard jack-squat about this book when The Book Pimp sent me an email with the list of her most recent acquisitions for the library. I’m honestly not even sure what made me decide to have her put this aside for me. I mean, the title…it has some seriously potential cheese waves. The cover is very pretty, but I had yet to lay my eyes on it so I had no way of knowing.

I picked up A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man after finishing Kate Noble’s Follow My Lead. I was coming down of a good-...more
cleo
This was a great read. I received an advance copy of this book free from a Goodreads contest. It took just a few days after it arrived for me to find the time to sit down with it. I looked up a few hours later and wondered where the time had gone.

Sir is by far one of the most yummy gentlemen I've had the pleasure of reading in quite a while. I found myself wishing time and again that I would find him waiting in my own bedroom for some of the games he played with our heroine.

Blackbird was a str...more
Stephanie
Sinfully sexy. I have not read a romance novel in quite a while, this was a great way to get reintroduced to romance novels. The characters in the book are mainly delightful and of course you must have your evil with the good. The bad characters are people you can really dislike and are glad to see get their just rewards in the end. The book makes you smile in the end with the happy ever after, which everyone deserves. I look forward to reading more books by both of the authors. This book was a...more
Karenna
Full disclosure: I won an ARC copy of this book through Goodreads. This is a difficult novel for me to review. I am always dubious of the final product when two authors collaborate to write a book with 2 intertwining narratives. This novel both succeeded and failed in it's final product. The modern romance between Piper and Mick fell completely short; it was predictable and I failed to connect with either character. On the other hand, I was completely absorbed with Ophelia's story. It was absorb...more
Kaila
A good friend Tierra gave me this book to read, and I was not sure of it at all. I think I asked her multiple times, saying "is it really good? Will i enjoy it? Is it cheesy?". She was so nice about it. answering me over and over again.she said its really really good and i would like for sure. I read it and loved it. Was hot and gosh darn good! I found myself wanting to talk about how far i gotten and how good it was to Tierra. I read this book when i should have been doing other things; it was...more
Angie
I received this as an advanced reader's copy. I absolutely love Susan Donovan's writing, but am not familiar with Celeste Bradley. Overall, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I looked forward to reading it. If it's not clear already, it should be - this is an erotic book and is very explicit. Unfortunately I did not find Ophelia to be the least bit likable or compelling. There was very little modern day storyline, and then when there was, it seemed to rush itself. I was also a little put off by...more
Lindy
BRILLIANT! This is now on my list of all-time favorite books. Steamy, passionate, tender and moving, Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan have collaborated to create a truly outstanding book. I stayed up late and woke up early just so I could keep reading. This is not your garden variety anthology; the two stories are expertly connected and interwoven. The sex scenes are very graphic (which I love), so readers should keep that in mind. This is definitely a must read.
Judi Niermann
I received this book free through Goodreads. Looking forward to jumping in.
This was a very interesting read. I liked the plot of the abolitionist who was once a courtesan, but the sex scenes were too long, too frequent, over the top and cheesy. Keep i nmind that's just my opinion. If you like to read about others having sex, this is for you. It's just not my cup of tea.
Katie(babs)
This is one hot book! Probably the hottest Bradley and Donovan have ever written. Love how we go back and forth from the present to the past. Mick, you Irish stud, take me!

A much recommended read for historical and contemporary fans.
Rachel Loke
Let me just say I'm utterly mindblown by this book. Holy smokes, I'm still swooning. Shall write a review when my insides are not mushed up.
Shauna
I received an ARC of this book through Goodreads. I am not really a fan of the romance genre otherwise so, in comparison to others who have more experience in that vein, I feel a little unqualified to be reviewing this book. That said, I actually really liked it.

I’ll start with what I wasn’t crazy about and it’s probably a bit petty but I don’t like romance novel character names. On the Ophelia Harrington side of the story, it’s not so bad. Piper Chase-Pierpont kinda crosses my line and Magnus “...more
Mey Buentipo
The first book I read from these two authors. Honestly speaking, it took me awhile to finish this book. It started out great, the two settings of the past and present scenarios took me a great surprise. Although as I go reading it, I somewhat realize it is the same stories of contemporary and HR books that I read. You just put them together. The stories of the Heroines and Heroes are not different from other books.

The floe of the story good. The drama of heroines are great. What put me off is th...more
Karen
Modern-day, ugly-duckling museum curator Piper, working on an exhibit about local 19th c. abolitionist Ophelia Harrington, stumbles (literally) across a cache of secret journals. Very, very STEAMY journals. Journals that reveal crusader Ophelia was once the infamous London courtesan known as the Blackbird.

What is Piper to do with this inflammatory material? Tell the truth about Boston's beloved heroine, or bury the information (and protect her job)? That remains to be seen... first, she burns t...more
Glenda Alexander
Fun and Fast Read and I must say some of the reviews are marvelous; a few had me laughing out loud.

My favorite kind of read, past and present, these two authors’ blend the story perfectly.

This is the first time I have read a book by either Celeste Bradley or Susan Donovan but I have to tell you this book has everything! Yes, I do mean everything; you will laugh, cry and giggle. You will probably even blush a little and think I cannot believe they wrote that……..but you will not quit reading. Muse...more
Sandra
Whew, I knew by the title of this book that it was going to be steamy, but holy cow. It was the steamiest romance novel I ever read. Not for children, that's to be sure. Rated R for all kinds of... well, you know. Piper is a geeky museum curator in Boston, working on a new exhibit about Ophelia Harrington, one of America's greatest abolitionists and women's rights supporter. While researching one evening she finds Ophelia's secret journals and by doing so discovers Ophelia had a torrid past as a...more
Maria
I reviewed this book for Night Owl Reviews:

A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan is a provocative and incredibly sexy blend of historical and contemporary characters. Never having read anything by either author, I was drawn into the story of Piper and how finding The Blackbird’s diaries changed her life. The authors did a great job developing each character and their individual voices and experiences.

Piper is a modern day woman. Raised by scholarly parents...more
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Celeste Bradley is the author of Fallen, which was nominated for a RITA in 2002, and The Pretender, the first book in the Liars series. According to Bradley, the best thing about writing is that she finally gets to use the brain full of trivia she's collected over a lifetime of living in eight states, residing in over twenty homes, and changing her major five times. "It was research for my writing...more
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