A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man
When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths The Blackbird’s steamy memoirs, she’s aroused ...more
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...more
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)[ She uses Ophe ...more
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
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
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
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.
A book absolutely AWESOME !!
When the curator Piper accidentally discovers the diaries of Ophelia Harrington, she is totally dumbfounded. Who would have thought that one of the most famous supporter of the abolition of slavery was a scandalous courtesan in London ?? As she struggles with the exhibition she needs to organize about Ophelia's life and the return of the man who broke her heart, Piper can't help herself to feel close to this woman who has more in common with her than she thinks ... ...more
I loved this book. LOVED it. Devoured it. And went back to read parts a second time, wrote some on post-its.
I loved that it’s a story in a story, and he frame story is as interesting as the inner story. I will be honest, though, Ophelia’s story transfixed me. Her scenes with Sir left me panting, and her life journey and discovery of what she truly wants had me cheering.
So, so good, especially because there’ ...more
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
The floe of the story good. The drama of heroines are great. What put me off is th ...more
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
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