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A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  853 Ratings  ·  229 Reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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♥ Beth
May 27, 2011 ♥ Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2011 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
“Holy porno, Batman,” she mumbled, not removing her eyes from the page. “This shit is flaming hot! It’s like a two-hundred-year-old guide to releasing your inner harlot!”
Indeed! Unbound is like your guide to exploring the seductress in you. Well, it’s not just about sensuality and erotic desires but also the confidence and freedom it brings to women to live life to the fullest. I noticed this book while walking down the bookstore. I was intrigued by the cover so I read the blurb. It was myster
May 09, 2011 KatieH rated it really liked it
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
Kellie G.
Dec 17, 2012 Kellie G. rated it really liked it
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.
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
May 06, 2011 sandsun331 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Amanda Ryan
Jun 14, 2011 Amanda Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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-
May 07, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer Tran
May 03, 2011 Jennifer Tran rated it it was amazing
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)
May 01, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, romance
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
May 09, 2011 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 17, 2016 Kristine rated it liked it
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
Sep 09, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 26, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am overwhelmed with appreciation for this book. A book about freedom, strength, confidence, intellect, and a lust that turns to love. I have not been this amazed by a book in a long time. As someone who always manages to pick up series books I was thankful to see this one didn't have a sequel coming soon, but after I finished it my heart broke that there wouldn't be more Piper, Mick, Ophelia, and Sir in my life. This is a book for women who want to look deeper into how to be self-confident, to ...more
Jul 19, 2016 Kaila rated it it was amazing
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
May 24, 2011 Angie rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-but-unowned
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
May 03, 2011 Lindy rated it it was amazing
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
May 12, 2011 Judi Niermann rated it it was ok
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.
May 18, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2012 Rachel Loke rated it it was amazing
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.
May 20, 2011 Wenj rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, read-2011
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A Courtesan's Guide to Getting You Man by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan was quite possibly one of the most intense, emotional and utterly amazing novels that I've had the pleasure of reading. With two worlds perfectly entwining and chock full of masterfully created characters, amazing chemistry and romance hot enough to make your blood boil this is one novel that will live on in the reader's memory far passed the final page.

Without a doubt this has one
Elis Madison
Some might call this an anthology but the two stories are interwoven so they dovetail into a single, seamless story. Piper Chase-Pierpont is a museum curator, but her position isn't secure. Her last exhibit was a disaster

…so the next one is make-or-break for her.

She's researching abolitionist heroine Ophelia Harrington, trying to find somethinggrabby to draw the public in when she stumbles, literally, over some scandalous diaries—three volumes in which Ophelia records—in lurid detail—her time a
May 03, 2011 Janelle rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, first-reads
Full disclosure: I received this book for free through Goodread's First Reads Giveaway program.

I shouldn't have been surprised that a book titled "A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man" skews closer to erotica than garden variety romance. And yet, I was. This is a very steamy read: you have been warned!

Mousy museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont struggles to put an interesting spin on her upcoming exhibit about local abolitionist figure Olivia Harrington. Her job depends on her being able to cra
Oct 04, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
"A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man" opens in present time Boston with our heroine Piper, a senior curator at the Boston Museum of Culture and Society, as she's gathering some material for the Herrington exhibit for which she's in charge. By pure fluke, she stumbles upon a 187 year old diary of Ophelia Herrington who she realizes was a courtesan in England long before she became one of the leaders of Boston society as well as a voice against slavery and free speech for women.

As the story p
Aug 01, 2014 Stacey rated it really liked it
Let me tell you how much I loved this women’s-empowerment-through-bodice-ripping-journey.

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’
Lea Bourg'
Feb 25, 2015 Lea Bourg' rated it really liked it
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 ...
Jun 04, 2011 Naleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, first-reads
I was attracted to this book originally because I thought it was more historical fiction than romance. I don't usually read romance- not because I have anything against the genre, I just get a little- um- distracted and can't seem to concentrate on the actual story. So, this was a good challenge for me.

The good: I thought this was a light, fun read. I identified with the main character a little (as in I am a big nerd and would love to be a museum curator if I had the education and fall in love w
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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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