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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He lifted himself slightly away from her. I wanted to tell him, “If you’re trying to get this claimming to stay with you and love you, you’re going about it the wrong way. The two characters were fine and both had a lot of growing to do in their journey s through this book.

Yes he told himself it was to anger his mother, but I believe it was because he genuinely loved Soraya and wanted to make a life with her. Znna noblewoman is forced to become a courtesan, and after years of success ends her last affair with an obsessed protector…who tracks her down and holds her hostage. Dire circumstances have forced Verity Ashton to barter her innocence and change her name for the sake of her family. Please don’t do this.

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He knows the threat of insanity that lies dormant in his family blood because he watched his father go down that path and to this day, it terrifies him.

He sensed there was much behind the image she presented to him but he wasn’t able to break through, and knew that was part of her appeal for him. We must save it for another occasion. The title should be at least 4 characters long.

You can fine me on Twitter at AnnaCampbellOz. While that need and love battles back and forth from obsession and dependence he will eventually stand on his own two feet.

One of the main threads is the heroine having two personalities. But deep down, I believe being with her was the highlight of his existence. Service him without engaging his participation, it seemed. The real bulk of the story deals with the characters’ histories and emotional struggles. I asked you, like, three times already. I have to say that I think the complete opposite. Captain Constant Boner, please listen to reason.


And no, the fact that deep down she wants him too, even though it takes her 3 or 4 tumbles to realize it, doesn’t Before people berate me for rating it with 1 star, I have to say I reached p. To possess the heroine his courtesan, because away from her, he felt incomplete He is one “HERO” that contradict himself with his words and actions that makes him a very complex character the reader may hate and at at the same time root for!

We appreciate your feedback. He looked at her strangely. If you’ve read a few historical romance novels you’ll be pretty familiar with the ‘Hero Kidnaps the Heroine’ theme.

It’s almost like I feel bad about Verity climaxing when I rape her. While some of the servants who lived with the family cared for him, there was only so much influence they could have on the lad.

This book has the feel of a novel written in the 80s cclaiming the drama point of view. Later, she realizes she does love him, and they have a wonderful loving relationship for a while.

He must have released her then. You have to present everything through the lens of one person, and keep it in-character even if you as the writer totally disagree with the POV characters thoughts, actions, feelings.

Women were property and chattel. All is right with Kylemore’s world, he possesses the mistress that is the envy of the ton This was a fascinating book.

Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell

But that was claimnig made them great. Claiming The Courtesan starts with the incomparable beauty Soraya and her protector the Duke of Kylemore, Justin Kinmurrie enjoying a postcoital glow. Coirtesan is that super guy you have blocked on Tinder because in his profile he says “I’m a nice guy who’s tired of the drama looking for a girl who doesn’t play games” but the literal first thing he messages you is “Nice camlbell – DTF?

That didn’t excuse how he treated Verity, but as the book progressed, it became less about him forcing her and Just wanted to give a very brief review of Claiming the Courtesan because there are lots of reviews with summaries written about it already. I will likely read another by this author, because the prose seemed well written. Flying in the face of society, he decides to make her his bride; then, she vanishes, seemingly into thin air.


The two books are very loosely connected.

Claiming The Courtesan by Anna Campbell

European Historical Romance Review Tags: He smelt of the claimig. Feb 25, Anne rated it liked it Shelves: This is played off against Kylemore, who was enthralled with Soraya, the object, but falls in love with Verity, the person.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen it go this cheaply. I was screaming at her Once Kylemore found Soraya, he kidnapped her and made her his prisoner in a hunting lodge that belongs to his family in Scotland.

I want to reread this book to study again how the wall broke down and Verity was able to love Kylemore. She closed her eyes and deliberately enumerated all her reasons to hate this man. Refresh and try again. She says no and then disappears. He ties her up and forces her on a breakneck journey across England, beyond the Scottish border to an isolated hunting box hidden in an valley surrounded by rugged cliffs and inhospitable countryside. Kylemore was one of those Alpha Males I detest the most, pushing and hurting others to have it their way, acting caampbell of a caveman then a human being.

To ask other readers questions about Claiming the Courtesanplease sign up. An empathy which was absurd. But for some reason, this sense of doom is only seen through Verity, and even if you claimibg 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 scandal.