No sophomore jinx here! Samantha Young's 2nd novel is another heart-wrenching tale set in modern-day Scotland focusing on a tortured heroine and the bNo sophomore jinx here! Samantha Young's 2nd novel is another heart-wrenching tale set in modern-day Scotland focusing on a tortured heroine and the bone-melting, sex-on-a-stick Scottish hottie who loves her. This is a 4-star read compared to On Dublin Street but in the big scheme of things it is definitely a 5! I [image error] Samantha Young!!!...more
This is a book with the most unusual and unlikely coupling of any story you have ever read or will ever read. The hero is Sir Mark Turner. At age 28,This is a book with the most unusual and unlikely coupling of any story you have ever read or will ever read. The hero is Sir Mark Turner. At age 28, he has become a celebrity of sorts due to a book he has written entitled, The Gentleman's Practical Guide to Chastity...the contents of which he embraces wholeheartedly. The heroine is Jessica Farleigh, a seasoned courtesan who wants nothing more than to free herself from the demeaning life that fate has bestowed upon her. Seeing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, she accepts a wager that has been made by an enemy of Sir Mark...bring the man to ruin so he will be publicly denounced.
Jessica's first attempts to seduce Mark are easily thwarted, as he knows what she is trying to do but is uncertain as to why. When asked about her motives, she candidly replies, "because I hate you." Mark senses the truth behind those words and appreciates her honesty. As he is the "darling" of society and put on a pedestal by most everyone, he is thoroughly sick of the adoration himself and can wholeheartedly understand the resentment some people might harbor against him. He repeatedly tells admirers, "I'm not a holy man. I just wrote a book." And he tells Jessica, "I am just a man"; and as all men, he has sexual desires...he just doesn't act upon them. Beginning to like this woman and confident of his restraint, he tells Jessica "If you truly liked me enough to tempt me, I should not mind seeing you try."
From then on, a bond is forged between the virtuous man and his would-be seductress, and they become friends. However, perhaps it's the "when Harry met Molly" curse, but their friendship inevitably gives way to love. Mark has finally met the woman he has been waiting for all of his life and Jessica...well...personal feelings must be put aside - she still has to seduce him to collect on the wager.
Unclaimed is by far the best book Courtney Milan has written to date. I've read all of her books so I am used to her excellent characterization and her ability to transport her readers to whatever time and place she chooses. But with this story, she engages your heart; and in so doing makes you feel what you would otherwise just read. Mark and Jessica's love story is not easy, but it is real and powerful and emotional, and will touch you to your very soul.
5* plus for a wonderful book that any true reader of romance will not want to miss!...more
Ahh...finally back to a book that falls in my "comfort zone". No spies, no suspense, no clues to follow and puzzles to solve. Just your everyday rake.Ahh...finally back to a book that falls in my "comfort zone". No spies, no suspense, no clues to follow and puzzles to solve. Just your everyday rake...handsome, charming, witty...who has a stigma attached that might as well be stamped to his forehead "Caution all females! If you can read this, you are too close!" And a heroine who is beautiful, gracious, (a little too) witty...who, apparently, can't read. LOL The book begins 6 years after the heroine was duped out of her virginity by the hero who had been acting upon a wager. Of course she has "hated" him all this time & decides to teach him a lesson by seducing him in return. He will fall in love with her and she will rip his heart out and stomp on it (so to speak). It will be a humbling experience that will forever alter his callous treatment of the fairer sex. However, plans go horribly awry; and, as most comfort zone romances go, the storyline is simply that of "falling in love"...the heroine, the hero, and me. Another keeper....more