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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell

Copyright: 2007
Pages: 375

Book Blurb: 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 taming her. Flying in the face of society, he decides to make her his bride; then, she vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Dire circumstances have forced Verity Ashton to barter her innocence and change her name for the sake of her family. But Kylemore destroys her plans for a respectable life when he discovers her safe haven. He kidnaps her, sweeping her away to his hunting lodge in Scotland, where he vows to bend her to his will. There he seduces her anew. Verity spends night after night with him in his bed . . . and though she still dreams of escape and independence, she knows she can never flee the unexpected, unwelcome love for the proud, powerful lover who claims her both body and soul.

Review: This is the third of Anna Campbell's books I've read and it was quite different from the other two. This one created quite a bit of controversy in the romance world. I've been reading romance novels for about twenty-nine years now and many of the novels I read through the 80's where known as the 'bodice rippers' so I really didn't find this one shocking or offensive. This book contains 'forced' seduction and many reviewers have called it rape. This book is dark and yet it is still a sexy romantic read.

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Marg said...

I own this and have done for ages, but still haven't read it. I also own the latest one, but the only one I have read so far is the second book which I liked a lot.

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