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3.26  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Maria Lantos is a postgrad Yale student researching illicit eighteenth-century literature. She's become exceptionally well-versed in the narratives of classic erotic fantasy.  She's also Claudine, an in-demand escort specializing in sexual role play for an elite clientele. Anonymous. Satisfying. And discreet. 

Until the tenuous separation between her worlds starts to crack.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Penguin Canada
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Leanne (Beauty & The Book Dragon)
TW: Rape, Torture, Animal Abuse, Physical Abuse, Sexual Assault.

Honestly this book would be a hell of a lot better minus the smut.
I rate this book a high Yikes.

Where to start...where to start...

Maria felt shallow, so shallow that she was reduced to only resemble sex. Nothing more just sex. She had no personality other than to please and felt like and I'll be honest I thought a man wrote this at first based on the descriptions.
Her nub, rump, mound, sex, slit...about halfway through the book s
Cassia Brightmore
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I was first received the invitation from Penguin Canada to review this book, I was intrigued right away. Offering only a tiny glimpse at the cover, it was alluring and captured my interest. After reading the synopsis, I was hooked and could not wait to dive into the forbidden world of the illustrious Claudine. Claudine is the alter ego of Maria Lantos, the dark side of herself, the part of her that gives in to the desires of her very sexual nature. As the high priced courtesan, she is able ...more
There are some spoilers in this review

This was not a bad book, nor was it spectacular. I liked the idea of a high class escort, and I didn't hate the plot, but I also found it lacking.
The "bad guy" was extremely predictable, I knew who it would be from the first moment he was mentioned by Maria. It was a little too predictable for me.
Maria is not a character I felt anything for. I didn't love her, or hate her, I essentially felt nothing for her. Honestly the only character I even cared about a l
Cocktails and Books
The synopsis is what made the decision for me to review the book. On occasion, I enjoy a little erotica in my books and I’m a sucker for suspense/thriller type reads so I had high hopes when I started Claudine. Unfortunately, as I worked my way through the story, I realized that the book was going to be a challenge.

Keeping the review spoiler free, I won’t go into specific details but I will say that often times, Maria’s internal dialogue felt clinical. This could be due to the fact that I didn’t
Jul 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: firstreads-swag
This steaming hunk of garbage may eventually get a review.
Jacqueline's Reads
Jul 26, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc
46% DNF

I really wanted to like Claudine. I was drawn by the summary and cover and the beginning started out really well.

Claudine is a high paid escort. Her body is like a temple and she takes her job very seriously. She plays into anyone’s fantasy for a price.

I love reading about escorts because it adds a nice steamy factor, however the one thing that didn’t work for me is that there is NO ROMANCE OR LOVE STORY. At least for the first half of the book.

Basically what I read was Claudine going cli
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, 2014
***received from goodreads firstreads with thanks***

Wow. If an erotic suspense is your drug of choice, then this is the book for you! It kept me reading from cover to cover!

Maria is studying erotic literature at Yale - by day. By night, she is Claudine. A high class prostitute.

Even with the background checks done by her security guard Andrei, someone has slipped through the cracks. Someone is stalking Claudine.

What follows is a novel full of very graphic erotic role playing, tortured pasts and
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I received this book as a Penguin giveaway through Twitter. I was curious to read it, since I do like erotic fiction. I have to admit that this book's writing was better than Fifty Shades of Grey. The style of writing was more literary. The book crossed together a murder plot with erotic fantasy. However, I have to admit that I found this book to be somewhat boring. It consisted of pages of description of erotic fantasy, which I actually found dull. I'm not quite sure why. I am sure this book co ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
Maria Lantos is a post grad Yale student researching illicit 18th-century literature. She’s become exceptionally well-versed in the narratives of classic erotic fantasy.

She’s also Claudine, an in-demand escort specializing in sexual role play for an elite clientele. Anonymous. Satisfying. And discreet.

Until the tenuous separation between her worlds starts to crack. It begins with the murder of a stranger. Where it leads is to two men who will test Maria's limits of control and awaken her own sex
Christy LoveOfBooks

When I saw Claudine listed as an erotic thriller, I was curious. After reading the blurb, I knew I needed to read it. What can I say, I love whores. ;)

I tend to have a hit-or-miss track record with the romantic-suspense genre, because it sometimes comes across as cheesy. So I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from this book. I have to say, I was surprised. I actually liked it a lot!

Maria is a post grad student at Yale working on her thesis. She’s also Claudine, a highly sought after courtesan (
A finished copy was provided by the publisher for review.

Claudine starts off with such a sexy scene that I knew that I was reading a different book from what I usually read. The first chapter sets up the entire book nicely. Especially when we realize that it’s not your normal erotic romance. It’s a thriller as well because someone gets murdered who coincidentally is after Claudine. She’s our main character and from her point of view we’re dropped into her world.

I found Claudine to be incredibly
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
You don't pick up a book tagged as erotica without expecting some graphic sex and "Claudine" definitely delivers. This includes scenes of exhibitionism and group sex with multiple men and women. Despite all these sexual variations, the hottest sex scene is the one between her and her love interest. I won't give anything away about who that might be! Claudine/Maria is a well developed character with a tragic childhood which she overcomes to become a smart and successful woman. Yes, her success is ...more
Ok, this just didn't do it for me. The concept was good: a Yale grad student who has her own business as a high-price call girl. However, too much of it was just unbelievable. The mystery was interrupted too many times with out-of-tough scenarios. Oh, well, it was a needed break from my usual genre so for that it is a 2-star read.

Go Cards! L1C4!!
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap, that was awful. Maria/Claudine was an absolute idiot. Her and everyone else was bland. I don't even care to describe everything that made this story horrible. I am hoping my brain erases it all from my memory.
Anna's Herding Cats
Jun 02, 2014 marked it as eventual-reviews  ·  review of another edition
Got this one for review and it sounds really interesting. The cover is just horrid though. Would never have picked it up on my own :/
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
About Maria/Claudine, who is a graduate student by day and a high-paid call girl by night. She only has two friends--Andrei, her security detail and Lillian, her make-up artist. Her biological parents died and she was adopted from a Romanian orphanage by Jewel, an American woman. The story has a lot of intriguing twists and turns. Graphic sex and some violent aspects. I don't care for the violent nature and the direction the story takes, but Claudine's life style is pretty risky to begin with, ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder
Idk to tell you the truth, the plot had potential but it kinda faltered at the end. 'Twas good tho
Chelsey Nichols
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enter the world of Claudine, world famous courtesan, yours for “unique events—one night only.” Maria Lantos has constructed an elaborate world, a world where her alter ego, Claudine, takes centre stage, but when the lines between her personal and courtesan lives start to blur, will Maria know when to end it, before someone ends her?

This is a really interesting read for me. I like erotica, though lately I’ve found it to be incredibly derivative and, well, just pretty plain terrible. It’s gotten
Melissa Chelsea
Im not sure what it was about this book, but i thoroughly enjoyed it.

The idea of a high class escort intrigued me. Very different from other books I have read about sex workers. Claudine enjoyed her work while others were forced. She fulfilled fantasies and became the fixation of a sick stalker.

All in all i recommend
Debbie Lester
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Palmer brings readers a erotic tale of a young woman leading a double life. A Yale student by day and a courtesan by night. The name Barbara Palmer alone should give readers a clue as to the nature of this book, given it is inspired by a royal mistress from the 17th century. Palmer gives readers all of the passion and vibrancy of Claudine's role as an highbrow escort and balances it against Maria's intellectual life as a grad student. This is that something different that erotic readers ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Claudine by Barbara Palmer (a pen name for an unknown established author) follows the story of a Yale post-grad student specializing in early erotica literature named Maria Lantos who lives a dual life as a professional courtesan/escort named Claudine. She is renowned for artistic performances and with the company of her personal assistant and her business manager, Andrei, she travels across the world for shows, private meetings and events. Maria tries very hard to keep her personal and professi
Andrea P.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, 2014
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This book is so far out of my comfort zone, but it just sounded so intriguing I thought I needed to try something different. I am very glad I got my hands on a copy of this story because it was intense but I loved every minute of my experience with this book. Maria Lantos is someone who is still growing up and learning about life experiences, but she has a secret life on the side to help her pay her way through school. When all of a
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: penguin-review
I was sent this book by Penguin Canada after a chat we had on Twitter about not having read erotica.

So... Ok. I've avoided reading 50 Shades because I'm told the writing will drive me bonkers. The writing of Claudine did not drive me bonkers in the slightest. It's well-written, that's for sure.

Just seems I may not be a fan of the genre. Throughout the book, I kept thinking, "Hm. All this sex that adds little to nothing to the plot sure distracts from the story." Which I suppose is the definition
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review: Claudine by Barbara Palmer
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Reviewed by: Ashleigh, Editor –
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Rated: 4 Stars
Let me first start off by saying that I am not one who likes to read from the romance section of the book store, but when I was offered the chance to review this novel written under a pen name by a famous but mysterious Canadian author I jumped at the chance.
Perhaps I haven’t given the genre enough attention because
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
When I received the email from Penguin Group, USA offering a list of books to review for the month of September I thought this one sounded like it would be an awesome read. The beginning was a bit more technical than I thought it would be. That part almost turned me off of the story. I struggled to get past that part. You see....the Maria is a 18th Century Erotic Fantasy Literature MA major at Yale. She's very versed in the authors of that time and the lifestyle people lead in the 18th century t ...more
Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After reading the book synopsis and watching the trailer I was really intrigued by the storyline, I couldn't wait to read it! I can tell you I wasn't let down one bit. This has been a great read, right from the beginning. Aside from being an erotic novel it has very suspenseful and at times an emotional story.

Barbara Palmer writes a novel that stands out from the other erotic novels, it wasn't your typical dominatrix or BDSM. Maria
Maria Lantos is a post grad Yale student who works as Claudine at night, selling sex and exotic role play to her very rich clientele. But one day things start to unravel, blending both of her worlds together. And someone is out to kill Claudine because one night was not enough.

The beginning moved fast and I didn’t have a hard time getting into the story or Claudine’s world. This is mostly erotica with some suspense mixed in, which I really like. Maria/Claudine is not an overwhelming character. N
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* I received this book from Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review*
Claudine was a great adult novel. Normally I have a hard time with adult novels, because the adults feel one-dimensional, and the plots are not well thought out. This book definitely didn’t have those problems, it was well written and the characters read like they were normal people.

Maria was incredibly interesting, her origins were horrific even though she ended up being adopted by a woman that tried to give her a better l
Sooo I decided to jump into the deep end to start reading through the romance genre. I'm starting with erotica and working my way to Amish.

The only other book I've read that's close to this one is Fifty Shades (just the first one) and I have to say I liked this book better than that. Yes it's completely explicit with the sex scenes (no imagination required), but it makes a little more sense to me than silly euphemisms for body parts. And there was enough of a plot to keep my interest. (view spo
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-reviewed
Claudine is one of those books that leaves you with an almost indescribable feeling. It's an experience unlike anything else I've ever read, and yet, I've had trouble putting it in to words. So for this review, I'll break it down in to pros and cons.

What I Liked:
The plot. The idea. The storyline was fabulous. The suspense is incredible. It leaves you on the edge of your seat and has you looking over your shoulder. It's deliciously terrifying and erotically satisfying. The literature references,
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I'm an established author but Claudine is my first erotic novel and I was very pleased it received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly. Barbara Palmer is my pen name. The real Barbara Palmer, born Barbara Villiers, was a famous English courtesan, the Duchess of Cleveland. Mistress and confidant of King Charles II, she was called the shadow queen" because of her strong influence on the king.
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