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.
“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 ...more
"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."
LONDON JUNE, 1841
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, ...more
But very little about this book was what I expected. Sir Mark isn’t stuffy at all, he’s just a principled, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
Sir Mark wrote a book called A Gentleman’s Practical Guide to Chasity. The popularity of the book, for reasons unknown, skyrock ...more
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 ...more
This is no light & fluffy read ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
“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. ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Mark is an honestly moral man, who believes what he wrote and wanted no part of the notoriety it brought him. Je ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jessica Farleigh is a courtesan. No, not an “I’m secretly a virgin and after the hero is done being an ass-hat about my supposed whore-ishness he’s going to have to grovel” courtesan but an “I’ve had to make some hard choices and had a string of ‘protectors’ with whom I’ve *gasp* had a lot of sex” courtesan. Thrown out of the house and disowned at the age of fourteen after being “ruined” by a man who left her in London when he was done with her, Jessica was able to avoid a li ...more
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 ...more