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(Turner #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  6,248 ratings  ·  677 reviews
Her only hope for survival...

Handsome, wealthy and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London and he's known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check...until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he's waited for all his life.

Mass Market Paperback, 422 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by HQN Books
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

“But you’re— you’re—”

“A virgin?” There was a note of amusement in his voice. “True. But just because I don’t believe in poaching out of season doesn’t mean I can’t hunt.”

As I’m sitting here trying to write this review, I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved Unclaimed. So much passion, so much wisdom, so much hope, so much truth, so much… just… so very much!! And quotes? Literally pages worth of quotes I’d love to share with you. Some that took my breath away, some made me swoon, others mad
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicals

4.5 stars.

"It is the most astonishing thing," he whispered against her skin. "To touch you, to feel you tremble. To know that I'm the cause of it."

Our heroine, Jessica Farleigh is a courtesan who wants to get out of prostitution. She wants to get rid herself of the murk and the mire that had filled her. Jessica is in dire need of money since she wants to buy a cottage in the country to settle down and begin a new life. For a long time, her former protector,
4.5 stars. I started this book expecting it to fall neatly into various tropes. The 28 year old virgin who’s the author of a celebrated book on male chastity -- of course he’s going to be a stuffy hero who gets his comeuppance from the heroine (Ooooo!) The courtesan heroine who has grown to loathe and fear sex -- of course she’s going to have to be gently led to love it by the hero (Eh...)

But very little about this book was what I expected. Sir Mark isn’t stuffy at all, he’s just a principled,
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm in production on Guild season 6 and so exhausted that the only thing I crave is to escape into some good book brain numbing at night before bed. I found this author through my book club, Vaginal Fantasy, after someone recommended it as a stand-out MAN virgin historical romance. I was skeptical at first because the concept seemed either cheesy or maybe preachy, but ended up LOVING this book. I just gobbled up 2 other books by this author, and I really love how she twists the traditional chara ...more
Sam (AMNReader)
I wasn't interested in Mark. At all.

Until the first pages of this book.

I didn't really like the first Turner, something was really off, so I will definitely admit revisiting this was a) hoping for CMM (CM magic, obvs) again, via smart discussions and flawed characters in tough situations. I was looking for the hero who simply loves the woman for all that she is, not for her being different, and those heroes seeing all she is besides. Ever noticed how her heroes listen? They think. So do her her
Brittany B.
Minor spoilers:

Seriously? This author wrote Unveiled??

Maybe I missed a chapter, but this book was literally about a famous Chaste Virgin man who pretty much stays that way. Naturally he ends up with a hooker with a heart of gold. But wait.....she is also the preacher's supposedly- dead daughter.

Then the queen of England comes to their wedding..,
Seriously I can't believe I kept reading.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

I liked this one, just not nearly as much as I was expecting.

I was really anticipating this one, not only because I LOVED Unveiled, but I also have a little kink for male virgins. What?! We all have our things...

I listened to the first book in the series (and the second novella, Unlocked) in audiobook form, and that really made the book come alive. I decided to read this one in ebook form, but I sort of wish that I didn't. That might have made up the difference.

I liked Jessica and M
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Updated- 7/31- forgot to mention about the book cover.


Image is everything especially in 1841 London. The problem is sometimes your image is not self-created but how other’s want to see you. Just ask Sir Mark Turner how bad life can be when your image has been elevated to godlike proportions, but you are simply an ordinary man wanting an ordinary life.

The characters

Sir Mark wrote a book called A Gentleman’s Practical Guide to Chasity. The popularity of the book, for reasons unknown, skyrock
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
One of my abs fav romance tropes: the male virgin!!


Not only that, the male virgin paired with a courtesan! (If only she was one, an unabashed one who was going to show him a good time... still waiting for one of those books). She's a "good" courtesan, forced to sell her body cuz she fell on hard times.

Anyway, not only is he a MALE VIRGIN, he's famous for writing a book on chastity! I wanted his book from the time I met him in book 1 Unveiled!

They don't describe him terribly flatteringly tho. He
Nov 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I admit that this book has a very interesting premise with an extremely intriguing hero, Mark. A virgin hero who advocates that men only have sexual relations with their legally married spouses. Now that is an original character.

Too bad he is paired with Jessica. I see what Courtney Milan is going for and she certainly has a cool story to tell here. Great writing, a very imaginative way with words. I just cannot warm up to Jessica. She is just a little too "broken" for my taste.

The pairing has
Another great book by Courtney Milan….and I Loved it; I liked that Mark Turner was no stick-in-the mud, pompous cad but a truly swoon worthy, sexy hero and that he loved Jessica just as she was and didn’t try to change her. I liked his reasons for being celibate. I liked that Jessica is a smart, intelligent survivor and I could feel her despair when she states, “best not to want; that way, she’d feel no disappointment. Hope hurts.” How terrible life is without hope.

This is no light & fluffy read
Unclaimed was Unbelievable! This is one of my least favorite tropes - courtesan heroine and virgin hero. But it was so much more than that! Love these Turner brothers - Ash, Mark and Smite. This is Mark's story, who has recently become an unparalleled success for his book, A Gentleman's Practical Guide to Chastity (and chastity is hard!). Mark seemed like a good guy - maybe too good? - and is very likeable. Jessica wants to change her life around and an opportunity presents itself for her - but ...more
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, netgalley, galley
Mark is annoyingly perfect, but this still worked pretty well up until the end, when it went completely hearts-and-flowers in a completely unbelievable way.

I am also annoyed that even with a prostitute heroine and a virgin hero, the hero ends up being more assertive and sexually confident than the heroine. Oh, romance novels.

Milan always has a point around three-quarters of the way through where the heroine finally explodes/asserts herself and the man goes away and then reflects and comes to the
*The Angry Reader*
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historicals, 2019
I was excited for this one! I loved the first book. And I thought Mark was great in the earlier book.

This felt really cerebral. More academic and interested in proving a point than invested in its characters.

I liked it. I just didn’t love it.

Mimi Smith
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

“I wanted peace and balance. But I should have put you first. First. Last. And, Jessica—always.”

“True. I never dreamed of this. But now that I’ve found you, anything else seems a nightmare. Dreams change with circumstances. Often for the better.”

This is another great installment to the series! I adored Sir Mark, he's just so sweet and amazing and hot... Fine, I was mostly okay with Jessica, too. But she had her moments...

Sir Mark is endlessly popular and revered by the London society.
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
4 1/2

I listened to this book as an unabridged audio which was read most skillfully by Rebecca De Leeuw. She did a beautiful job bringing the story to life, voicing Jessica with all of the vulnerability and sensuality necessary for her character while managing to make Mark come across as masculine, confident and likable. It would have been so easy to voice him as an uptight prig and I’m so very glad the narrator went down a different path.

When Mark Turner wrote a book on the importance of male c
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 ...more
Jul 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is pure drivel. The virgin son of a duke marrying a whore, who had no compunction about taking his virginity to win a bet and humiliate him, is bottom of the sewer story plotting. On top of this, that his aristocratic family would give this sordid pairing their blessing is just too ridiculous to suspend belief. They would have been cut from the Ton for the next five generations.

Inaccurate historical fiction is one of my pet peeves and Courtney Milan is unquestionably the queen of anac
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr
I like Courtney Milan’s unique take on this love story of courtesan heroine and virgin beta hero. Toward the ending, I kind of lost a bit patience with Jessica’s unnecessary drama. That said, the highlight of the book for me is the heroine’s strength to survive, and her ability to overcome conflict and obstacles. Rich characters. Beautiful writing. This is a good read.
Time and time again, Courtney Milan absolutely kills it with her novels. I think at this point it’s safe to say she’s my favorite romance author of all time. Every book of hers that I’ve read is gold. Unclaimed, this second book in the Turner series, far surpasses the first book or the half-step novella that came in between. And surprisingly, this is a book that deals with tropes I actually kind of hate (i.e. lying and disguises). But, in typical Courtney Milan fashion, this novel takes my least ...more
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
If there’s one historical romance author you should be reading, it should be Courtney Milan. Courtney continues to astound me with her books, and Unclaimed (Turner #2) is yet another amazingly written book by her. And the fact she has a crush on Mho Fho, makes her number one here at Casa de Babblings.

Jessica Farleigh is a courtesan who wants to leave her old life behind. In order to do that she needs money so she can retire. A former protector of hers will give her a nice sum if only she seduces
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bipoc-author
Have I mentioned in the last 5 minutes that I love Courtney Milan? No? Okay, then it’s past time I talked (again) about how much I love Courtney Milan!

I love how she inverts tropes of the romance genre to make something surprising and new. I love how both her heroes and her heroines are feministy to the max. (Heroines that can stand up for themselves are great, but I especially love a hero who treats a woman like the equal she is.) I love how she brings together people from different background
The story of Jessica, a courtesan who wants out of that life after a traumatic event and having nothing to lose, she decides to win the wager that would win her enough money to leave, having little to no misgivings about it. That wager involves seducing Sir Mark, a duke's brother who became the darling of society when he wrote a book about chastity for men that became a surprising hit.

Mark is an honestly moral man, who believes what he wrote and wanted no part of the notoriety it brought him. Je
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to SheLove2Read by: fans of Courtney Milan or Rose Gordon
One of the most emotional and highly enjoyable HEA's I've had the pleasure of reading. I didn't think I'd enjoy a story about a courtesan who sets out to intentionally discredit a man for money, nor did I think I would enjoy a story about a virgin beta male who in previous books seemed to skirt the "goody two shoes" image just a little too closely.

I love being wrong. ;-)

Jessica is anything but a whore who will do anything for money and the more I read the more I liked her and respected what she
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another stellar performance from Courtney Milan!

Jessica Farleighs life changed forever when she was just fourteen and now years later she is desperate to leave her courtesan life behind her and she seizes an opportunity from her former protector to seduce the seemingly chaste Sir Mark Turner and ruin his good name. Mark is know for a book he wrote that exploded with popularity and has gained him all sorts of unwanted attention. His book? A book on chastity which leads everyone to assume his natu
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I blame myself. I began this series with the third Turner brother, Smite, who is by far the most enigmatic, intriguing, and (let's be honest) sexy sibling of these three very fine brothers. After absolutely loving Smite's story, I - naturally - rushed out to grab a copy of the previous books in this series. While I've found myself falling in love with both Ash and Mark, the other two Turner brothers, and their respective romantic interests, there has always been a missing spark, if you will. Nei ...more
The Turner series by Courtney Milan really is wonderful. Each time I finish one, I think: the next one cannot possibly be as good as this one was. Yet it always seems to be!

This is the story of a young woman forced by a set of unfortunate circumstances to become a courtesan (I guess they are better than a common garden-variety prostitute? Still a difficult profession for a woman.) She is having a last shot at getting out of the game, knowing that to stay in it would destroy her, and has offered
**3.5 stars**

The book was a solid 4 stars until the end, where the heroine had a violent confrontation with the bad guy to prove she didn’t need anybody to save her and she could “defend herself and those she loves”. Oh please. I thoroughly dislike books that have normal women acting like Superman as if the only way for a woman to prove she’s as good as any man is to resort to violence. The fact that I cannot win a fight against the average man does NOT make me inferior. I have a brain after all
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love this one, too. Surprise, surprise, right? Milan is one of my literary heroes. I think she's surpassed both Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn merely because her stories have a bit of a rougher element to them that I really appreciate.
Lexxi Kitty
Mark Turner pulls into the main point of view male character in this book. Previously a major character in the first book; and a briefly mentioned person in the short story between this book and the first book in the series.

In that first book, Mark is shown writing a book about chastity. With a title something like ‘A Practical Guide to Chastity for Men’. Between that first book and the start of this book here, that guide has been published, been read and loved by the Queen – which resulted in
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Courtney Milan’s books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She is a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller and a RITA® winner.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, an exceptionally perfect dog, and an attack cat.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After th

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