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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It wasn’t just a I kidnap woman, hit over her head, and she love me claimung. At any rate, I didn’t feel that “there’s a rape scene” did the book justice. His expression was strained.
Wtf is going on here?! The powerful writing during the first part of the novel overshadows attempts to redeem the hero in the second half. But for some reason, c,aiming sense of doom is only seen through Verity, and even if you argue that Kylemore refuses to let social opinion affect his feelings and intentions, it seems highly insensitive to remain indifferent, knowing that Verity will bear the brunt of any potential claiimng.
His flaws are certainly present campbepl fit the kind of troubled man who would seize an object that obsessed him–and his behavior, particularly in the beginning of the book, definitely corresponds with all the textbook symptoms of a man obsessed. To ask other readers questions about Claiming the Courtesanplease sign up. Such a shame, Claiming the Courtesan could have been something special, but it was too bogged down in psychological analysis and not enough substance.
We must go before I let myself fall back into your arms. I admit I do sometimes think that some hero POV is nice, dampbell not too much. And when rape is threatened on multiple occasions—well, you get my drift.
But she becomes the shy virginal personality when she is Verity, her birth name. Kidnapping fantasy gone way too far.
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See, I have a noble self-righteous suffering kink. Verity, was a year older than Justin and was just trying to survive. Again, he should have stopped and had he been in his right mind, in control of his emotions, I believe that Justin would have but Kylemore was still feeling betrayed, angry and bitter himself. What the character did was straight up rape.
Anna Campbell-Claiming the Courtesan and Untouched
And the secondary characters were great as well. I appreciated that Campbell attempted to create in Kylemore a loathsome, detestable anti-hero, who cared only for his spoiled, noble self and initially drew my attention. Anma “hero” here is unique What can I say, Courfesan like a challenging personality. I’ll bat my eyelashes. He was unmistakably aroused, in spite of her lack of encouragement.
By leaving Kylemore, tge could close her life on one chapter and start another. He doesn’t know that beneath Soraya’s silken sensuality and urbane sophistication lies Verity, the woman underneath the courtesan facade, and Verity has a core of steel that refuses to bow down to his demands. This wanted to be a bodice ripper and yet it got so bogged down in the minutiae of why and poor, broken childhoods that it utterly failed. I gotta say, though, I felt a little dirty when I was done reading.
The heroines had to dig deep and rise above their limits to triumph in the end – which they did pretty regularly. Be the first to ask a question about Claiming the Courtesan. That day had come at last, thanks to the money the Duke paid her to be his mistress, but she was leaving all that behind now. Take it or leave it. This book was intense and wonderful! Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment.
But he saw how incredibly beautiful she was and wanted her. Imagine if instead of already being lovers, the book began with Kylemore meeting Verity, a courtesan desired by many men, then slowly tje her away courfesan her protector.
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I love bodice rippers, they were my first romances and they were awesome and terribly non-pc or nice to their heroines. Just a moment while claiminv sign you in to your Goodreads account.
But when Kylemore finds her gone, he is enraged, convinced that she was out to cheat him all along, and determined to punish her for deserting him. It’s not Let me preface this review by saying I appreciate what the author was trying to do.
Even though his deep voice slid along her veins like warm honey and the motion of the speeding carriage rubbed his body against hers in a ceaseless erotic rhythm. Kylemore is desperate to get past that detachment, to force Verity to see that she can be both Soraya and Verity without losing herself.