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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This hero is no stupid brute. I find myself very intrigued by obsessive heroes.

The hero and his constant internal ‘I suck’ dialog got old and made him less of romantic alpha hero and more pathetic and neurotic. Finally, they come together on equal footing – not as demimondaine and protector, not as captor and prisoner, but as lovers. She is strong, self-confident, courtwsan enticing as Soraya, the mistress.

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. And it’s sometimes hard to read. Once he had done so, however, it still wasn’t enough. The Duke hhe Ruin. Kylemore not only threatens to rape Verity, but he actually does it!

Verity met his eyes in the shadowy interior. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

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I don’t know why because that would be really scary in real life, but I do like it in romance novels. I’m being purposefully vague, because the blurb on the book is pretty clear about the subject matter and this book will stick with me a long time from now. Some of my lovely friends have just informed me that this particular book does NOT have a second version.


The comments for that post echo my ambivalence on how Campbell has chosen to play out the conflict between Verity and Kylemore. Verity finally accepted herself as she was and stop running away from her past and Kylemore.

Besides, it makes the hero more of the big, strong silent type. He’s determined to break her indomitable will and force her to acknowledge him as her master, her lover and eventually, her husband. He is well on his way, but it takes him until the end of the story to finish the job and he does so admirably, in ways guaranteed to make your heart melt.

His prized possession is his mistress – and make no mistake, she is merely his possession. As in, he forces himself on her, and afterward she goes to wash herself off and cry. But her life had been devoid of tenderness since she was fifteen.


All the lovely bonelessness drained away from her body as she stiffened in unspoken rejection. That goes without saying; the whole book hinges on this. Soraya, it seems, had always planned to return to a quiet life as Verity once she earned enough money to assist and support her family, and, after three months of searching, the Duke finds her in the seaside cottage she shares with her brother.

But do you really doubt tne will is stronger?

Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell

An Earl Like You. And you would be right. Dire circumstances have forced Verity Ashton to barter her innocence and change her name for the sake of her family.

A Storm of Passion. As for Verity, our heroine His lips were firm beneath hers, firm and smooth. Watching her struggle with the duality was refreshing and realistic. Shamingly, Kylemore was the one who eventually pulled back. Apr 08, Maureen Feeney rated it really liked it Shelves: But Claiming the Courtesan was so much more. Don’t we all know what type of revenge he has in store? Book Bizzo 5 – Book Thingo.


Seeing him volley between his cold Duke persona and his other broken, traumatized one was incredible. I just thought it was mostly in poor taste. She was pulled to him as he was to her and she knew that if she stayed with him long enough, and let her guard down just enough, she would be lost. As she realizes she loves him, her two personalities merge. But her plans don’t go as she hopes. She could not make the mistake of getting her heart involved.

If any two people were made for each other, then its these two.

Claiming The Courtesan by Anna Campbell

The courteasn books are very loosely connected. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! That didn’t excuse how he treated Verity, but as the book progressed, it became less about him forcing her and more about the power struggle between his overwhelming desire for her and her need to be free of her life as a courtesan.

This book is one of the best historicals I have ever read. I’ll come back tomorrow to hear your affirmative response. She almost wished he would so she had no choice but to loathe him.

Read this book if you want to read complex, heartrending, sometimes harsh emotion. I found myself elated and then heartbroken throughout the story. Those supercilious eyebrows rose. There he seduces her anew.

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