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 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!
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
…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...more
Overall Rating 4.5
Character Rating 4.5
Love Story(s) 4.5
NOTE: I am going to admit upfront that I LOVED A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man because of Ophelia and Piper. To me, this story will appeal to every "nerd" girl who wants to or has come into her own. It will make you believe in love and maybe see a little of yourself in these characters. The book appealed to me on a personal level and it is going in my "to keep" pile!
What I Loved: I thought it was a b...more
This book is written by two different authors, one a modern day romance writer and the othe...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
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
A shy and reserved young museum curator finds a diary written by a well-respected feminist and abolitionist who was once a courtesan. After reading the diary, her own sexuality begins to blossom. The two stories, one from the past and one from the pres...more
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
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
The floe of the story good. The drama of heroines are great. What put me off is th...more
In Regency London, 18-year-old Olivia finds a unique way of avoiding an arranged marriage - but leaving society behind...more
Having read a lot of Celeste Bradley's works before, it was clear to me which bi...more
This book covers two time periods present day Boston and Regency London. For those of you like me who love both contemporary romance and Regency romance, this book is for you. There is nothing paranormal about this text. Piper Chase-Pierpont is a museum curator who is in charge of the putting together the exhibit of the famous Ophelia Harrington. As it turns out she was more than meets t...more
The seven deadly sins were unique and naughty and although I tend to skim over very long erotic scenes I felt that it was w...more
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 and challenged by what she finds. Could the courtesan’s diaries be used as a modern girl’s guide to finding love and empowerm...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
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
I loved this book, which is actually written by Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley. Donovan writes contemporary fiction and Bradley writes historical romance. So, how did these two get together to write a book? Intersecting lives - both theirs and their characters. (Present day:) Piper, 30, museum curator who is nerdy and obliviously beautiful, must mount an exhibit on (Historical) Ophelia Harrington, born in London @ 1795 and later became an abolitionist and b...more
When museum curator Piper is preparing an exhi...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
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
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...more