Readers were arguing about Anna Campbell’s debut, Claiming the Courtesan, before it was published. An Avon historical that was actually. Trying to branch out into uncharted hist-ro waters, I picked up a new author Anna Campbell. The first book I read, well tried anyway, was. The Duke of Kylemore knows her as Soraya, London’s most celebrated courtesan. Men fight duels to spend an hour in her company. And only he comes close to.

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Claiming The Courtesan by Anna Campbell

If you are uncomfortable with this portrayal, simply do not read couetesan book. His easy confidence rankled, as she was sure he meant it to. I am sure some women might fantasize about such a scenario, and maybe will find it thrilling and satisfying.

Men have been known to fight duels over Soraya and three men have committed suicide because they could not have her as a mistress. Books by Anna Campbell. Truly Verity was the more emotionally stable and well-adjusted of this pair.

There were aspects about him that I did like, such as his devotion in courteesan own way to Soraya. Verity clings to her detachment, believing that if Kylemore’s toy won’t play with him, he will lose interest and move tthe. Let’s get married to spite my evul mother of doom. After throwing a out-of-left-field proposal to her, she flees. He’s determined to break her indomitable will and force her to acknowledge him as her master, her lover and eventually, her husband.


Aug 17, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: Maybe the forced seductions won’t be needed as much. He was so tortured and lost and the only thing that kept him stable was Verity.

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Kylemore will be made mock of and they will both be miserable. She is trying to escape herself and what she has become but is unable to combine both aspects of her personality–Soraya the detached but beautiful courtesan and Verity, the naive, sensitive woman. He saw glimpses of Soraya in Verity so kept trying to reach her the only way he knew how – with sex. If he shifted those hands an inch, they could be around her throat.

The best moment in the book for me comes when Kylemore finally realizes the depths to which he has sunk in order to possess Verity. You too can breed Stockholm Syndrome in your victims!


She had her life all planned out; she would work as a well paid whore until she had enough money to care for her brother and sister and when she could finally leave her shameful past behind her, she had resigned herself to living alone, never loving or being loved. And only he comes close to taming her.

Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell. Courhesan would DIE for you. This man loves you with every breath he takes and you still deny him??? Watching him go through the phases of shock, anger, betrayal, vengeance, regret, remorse and love was cakpbell as well as saddening. I just thought it was mostly in poor taste. What I really want to say is this: How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.


But not because of the proposal. She tried to summon disgust.

Most of the time he was very shovel worthy to the point you wanted to grab the nearest shovel and hit him over the head with it. How would a man raised in that environment know how to give or receive love?

The real bulk of the story deals campbelp the characters’ histories and emotional struggles. Her reviews are honest and straight forward- which is a breath of fresh air! They both knew she was totally in his power. However, that is definitely not the case in Ms. I think that this part is probably one of the most important elements, because knowing that she accepts and loves him clakming make what he did okay, but at least you can hope that they will have a hopeful campbepl together and that there can be some emotional healing for both of them.

Boy, that sex was great.