Unclaimed

Unclaimed 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 h

  • Title: Unclaimed
  • Author: Courtney Milan
  • ISBN: 9780373776030
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 checkuntil he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he s waited for all his life Is tHer only hope for survivalHandsome, 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 checkuntil he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he s waited for all his life.Is to ruin the man she lovesBut Jessica is a courtesan, not the genteel lady Sir Mark believes Desperate to be free of a life she despises, she seizes her chance when Mark s enemies make her an offer she can t refuse seduce Mark and tarnish his good name, and a princely sum will be hers Yet as she comes to know the man she s sworn to destroy, Jessica will be forced to choose between the future she needs and the love she knows is impossible.

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    1. “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 awa [...]

    2. FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED4.5 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."LONDON JUNE, 1841Our 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, [...]

    3. 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 princ [...]

    4. *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 thingsI 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 Mark [...]

    5. Updated- 7/31- forgot to mention about the book cover. IntroImage 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 charactersSir Mark wrote a book called A Gentleman’s Practical Guide to Chasity. The popularity of the book, for reasons unknown, sky [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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.e 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.

    8. Another great book by Courtney Milan…d 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 & [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. Leído para el 2015 reading challenge #32. Una trilogía¡Hace tanto tiempo que un libro no me hacía sufrir de esta manera! Es la décima primera vez que leo un libro de esta mujer y ¡lo amo!. ¿Saben lo difícil que es para mi encontrar un libro al que ame? Y esta mujer lo hace tan fácil ¿por qué no hay más autorxs como ella?.Mark: Como es religioso al principio pensé“seguro que va a ser de esos idiotas fanáticos y va a pensar que Jessica en una mujerzuela” pero nada que ver(no sé [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 momentsSir Mark is endlessly popular and revered by the London soc [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 Chastitye 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 at t [...]

    15. 3.5-starsI 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.

    16. 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 seduc [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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 backgroun [...]

    19. Just as awesome the second time around!I am on cloud nine and smiling like crazy. It was so wonderful! I didn't think I was going to love this book but I was so wrong! It was my favorite in this series and I can't believe I waited so long to read it. The plot is somewhat similar to Pretty Woman in the best possible sense. I love that she was broken and he was strong enough for both of them. And I loved even more that she didn't needed to be rescued, she just needed someone who helped her heal. A [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. **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 a [...]

    25. Not quite a 5 for me, but pretty close. Loved this bookw, I read A Notorious Countess Confesses immediately before this book, and I would recommend not reading these 2 books too close together. They have a similar plot--A courtesan seducing a virtuous man. They arent' so similar that you think "rip-off" by any means, and the writing styles are completely different, but if you read them back-to-back you will notice the similarities. Luckily both these books are incredibly awesome and so well-writ [...]

    26. Book: B+Narration: BJessica 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, Jessic [...]

    27. One of the best historical romances I have EVER read. “I promised you once that I would be your knight, willing to do battle for you. But I don’t think that’s what you need of me.”She shook her head mutely.“You’ve always been your own knight,” he said, “riding to your rescue. I’m just the man who came along and saw how brightly your armor shone.” Despite the great reviews this book received, I found myself hesitant when I started it, not really thinking that I would love it. [...]

    28. Courtney Milan has certainly done it again when it comes to her latest installment in the Turner series. Unclaimed is about love, betrayal, and ultimately trust and committment in the end. Jessica Farleigh has decided to take up the task of seducing the perfect Sir Mark Turner in order to finally turn her life around and start anew. In fact, her story was truly heartbreaking to read especially when she ends up falling in love with Mark and has to decide upon two choices: either to destroy Mark's [...]

    29. 4.5 stars‘Unclaimed’ was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin.Expected Publication Date: September 20th 2011Sir Mark Turner, a Victorian-era ‘rock star’, has done the impossible: he’s made chastity popular. After writing ‘A Gentleman’s Practical Guide to Chastity’ he himself becomes practically a celebrity and is loved by many but certainly not all. Hating his popularity he seeks to get some peace in the country. Jessica Farleigh is a courtesan who agrees to seduce Ma [...]

    30. Another home run for Courtney Milan. I knew Unveiled would be a hard act to follow, because it just struck so many chords with me. I didn't expect this to be as good, but it's damned close. Close enough to go on my keeper shelf.Ms. Milan seems to have an affinity for writing about women who come to realize their self-worth and for men who value that in their women, which makes her historicals a joy to read. I adore how confident Mark Turner is. I always thought I liked tortured heroes but Mark i [...]

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