Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell

Claiming the Courtesan

HE WOULD MARRY HER AND POSSESS HER IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLEThe 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. Bu...

Details Claiming the Courtesan

TitleClaiming the Courtesan
Release DateMar 27th, 2007
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Regency

Reviews Claiming the Courtesan

  • Sarah Mac
    Let me preface this review by saying I appreciate what the author was trying to do. She took a risk with content & subject matter -- an eye-catching novelty in the overcrowded Regency shelves. The writing was ok & the sex language didn't make my eyes bleed. The foggy Scottish mansion was a great setting for a romance, & there was no cheesy-arse secondary love story to make me retch in a conveniently placed bucket.But for all these positives, CLAI...
  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    Updated to add that this review is chock full of spoilers - proceed at your own riskMy review:Claiming The Courtesan is one of those novels that is subjective… open to interpretation. Each reader will react differently to certain events, perhaps drawing on their own life’s experiences and emotions. I am no different and this review will be a collection of my own thoughts.I will start by saying that Anna Campbell did a brilliant job of allowin...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    I must admit I am not a fan of the courtesan/prostitute heroine because I dislike the idea of a woman having to sell her body for survival. For that reason, I did not read this book right away, although I was very intrigued by the storyline of a hero who would do just about anything to keep his heroine. I read some scenes from it at the bookstore, trying to decide if I was "ready" to read it, and I couldn't stop thinking about story and how good ...
  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest09/23/17: Price drop to $2.99! If you're interested in this book, now is a great time to get it! I don't think I've ever seen it go this cheaply. I've been lusting after this book for years because it had so many positive reviews, and people were saying it was like a bodice ripper of olde - and you guys know how much I love bodice rippers. Throw in an obsessive hero and a revenge theme, and I...
  • Eastofoz
    Can you give 10 stars because this book is worth 10 big fat gold stars hands down! A phe-no-men-al read. Not only is it beautifully written (we’re talking as good if not better than Lisa Kleypas) it will have you up until 2am squirming out a “geeze, just one more page!” and you’ll find yourself still reading at 6am when the alarm goes off to go to work —yes it is that good! Campbell has a way of segueing from one chapter to the next tha...
  • Fani *loves angst*
    Before people berate me for rating it with 1 star, I have to say I reached p. 250 before I finally admitted defeat. I just couldn't like the hero and the plot no matter what. I hoped that at some point he might redeem himself, but after 2/3 of the book, I had to give up since at that point the heroine started annoying me as much as the hero. Simply put, he's a kidnapper and a rapist. And no, the fact that deep down she wants him too, even though ...
  • Karen
    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 wasn't sure how the author could handle the rape scenes without totally turning me off to the rest of the book. I was prepared to dislike Kylemore, but as the book progressed, I felt a deep sympathy for him and what he had been through as a child. That didn't excuse how he treated Verity, but as the book pr...
  • Anne
    I had to think about this one for a little while before I could review it. Whew! Now, I went into this book with fair warning from several of my Goodreads friends, so I really can't complain that I was shocked by anything that happened. I gotta say, though, I felt a little dirty when I was done reading. And not 'dirty' in a good way either. The worst part about the whole experience was how much I liked most of the story...which probably contribut...
  • Rane
    It's been quite some time since I read such a dark romance such as this one, both lead characters draw on your emotions tightly and didn't let go until the final page. At times the actions in this book were a hard pill to shallow, but nevertheless it kept you wanting and reading more. Kylemore was one of those Alpha Males I detest the most, pushing and hurting others to have it their way, acting more of a caveman then a human being. Most of the t...
  • Tammy Walton Grant
    4.5 starsFirst I discovered Anne Stuart, and her unforgettable historical romance heroes. Dark, witty, urbane, cynical, sexy and sly. After meeting (and loving) a few of those men I was ready for Sebastian Verlaine, the tortured Viscount D'Aubrey(To Have and To Hold, Patricia Gaffney). Finally, I've been introduced to Justin Kinmurrie, Duke of Kylemore, the heir apparent to the 'Regency noir' throne.What a man. What a story.I first read this book...
  • Holly
    This was a fascinating book. It was truly fascinating and yet so depressing. It's quiet and moody and well, romance noir. The aliented, doomed hero and the femme fatale. Corruption, madness, and moral breakdown. It's all here. And it's sometimes hard to read. Claiming The Courtesan starts with the incomparable beauty Soraya and her protector the Duke of Kylemore, Justin Kinmurrie enjoying a postcoital glow. All is right with Kylemore's world, he ...
  • KatieV
    I had to read this because of all the hoopla and the fact that friends who tend to share my tastes were all over the place with their ratings on this one. Personally, I was intrigued until about 50% and then got bored to death and skimmed the rest. I hated that, because I'd love to see a resurgence of the bodice ripper for those of us who enjoy it. I know the very idea offends some people, but I'd be more than happy to put up with warning labels ...
  • Kathrynn
    Felt Claiming the Courtesan had a lot of potential, but for me the lengthy narration between the dialogue and further explaining the character's behavior was just too much. Also felt the ending dragged out too long and grew tired of the "I'm leaving," "Please stay with me," angst that reared its ugly head--again.The two characters were fine and both had a lot of growing to do in their journey(s) through this book. Justin had a lot to learn about ...
  • Zeek
    I've had this one in my TBR pile and today decided it was time to clear it from list. Honestly I tried it before and though I was extremely intrigued by the heroine, I quickly realized I was going to have invest a little more time in the hero than a cursory glance. SO I put the book down until that time.I gave him more time today and unfortunately, he's still an asswipe- not a tool, not a douchebag an ass. wipe. Dont get me wrong, you who have re...
  • Sara
    I have to agree with other 4/5 star reviews about this book. It was so emotionally taxing. Some people say 'roller-coaster ride' and I think that sums it up nicely! I found myself elated and then heartbroken throughout the story. What a fantastic whirlwind!There was so much darkness and hatred in the beginning of this story that I thought I might not like it. In fact, it made me a little uncomfortable at times. But the author did a fabulous job h...
  • Katie(babs)
    Anna Campbell's debut novel for Avon will have people talking. Some may consider this book a new type of bodice ripper that was written as they were back in the 1970's or 1980's. Before making a decision I recommend people read Anne Stuart's A Rose At Midnight first and then this book. The author must have read that before because her plot and characters are very much the same as Stuart's. The heroine Soraya aka Verity is England's most sought af...
  • Ana
    original read: 2008To date, this book is the darkest romance novel I have ever read, in that it deals with obsession, child abuse and sexual assault. If any of this is triggering to you, avoid this book. Everyone I know that has read this book has vastly different opinions on it and I can see the pros and cons of this book. The relationship between the leads is very well developed and intense, but this you still need to go in expecting ravishment...
  • FlibBityFLooB
    3.5/5 stars. This book left me shaking my head after I finished the last few pages. I really wanted to like the book, but it fell short for me. I don't mind dark novels, and this one was certainly darker than a typical romance. I didn't object to the coercion scenes that bordered on rape. The controversy didn't bother me.However, I didn't feel moved by either Justin or Verity. I didn't feel passion between them, and I know that should have been t...
  • Aly is so frigging bored
    3.5*Do you guys remember the books other HR heroins talked about? Those with mad barons/dukes and virginal heroins who keep getting abducted and/or raped and fall in love with their rapists? Well, this is one of those books and it even has purple prose!I don't know why in the end I enjoyed it, but I did :))PS: It seems even more of a bodice-ripper then most bodice-rippers from the 80s(at least those I've read)
  • BJ Rose
    Lust does not equal love. Obsession = stalker, not love. Had I cared more about the two protagonists, I might have been able to make this a weak 3*. I understood Verity's rationale for doing what she did at 15, but Kylemore's emotional development appeared to have been frozen at his 7-year-old self, and that just wasn't appealing at all.
  • boogenhagen
    I love bodice rippers, they were my first romances and they were awesome and terribly non-pc or nice to their heroines. But that was what made them great. The heroines had to dig deep and rise above their limits to triumph in the end - which they did pretty regularly.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. AC tried, but it did not work and I don't t...
  • Roksana
    5 Heartwrenching stars! “I’ll give you the world if you stay... “My God, woman, don’t you know I’d lie down and die for you if you asked?” This is the sort of passion of the "hero" one could wish to experience at least once in their life time...that is bigger than earth, deeper than sea and universally never-ending! The hero here is not a knight in shining armor, but dark creature with only one goal in mind... To possess the heroine...
  • Didi
    I see a pattern here: Kidnapping romance=Me getting sucked in every time!This was a very sweet and poignant tale of obsessive love. Not in a bad way though. Justin Kinmurrie is the Duke of Kylemore and he is in lust with his mistress The famous courtesan Soraya. After throwing a out-of-left-field proposal to her, she flees.But not because of the proposal. See, Soraya, real name Verity Ashton, is done with being a courtesan. She has amassed enough...
  • Maureen Feeney
    Everything has been said about the plot so wont add to it.Im knackered after reading this, I feel not only emotionally but physically drained as if I have been shook for an hour by Hulk Hogan. Emotions and feelings flying rampantly all over the place in this book, hate, love, revenge, tortured childhoods, rape, nightmares etc, Im worn out. This book has the feel of a novel written in the 80s from the drama point of view.This book gripped me and I...
  • Quinn
    Claiming the Courtesan is one of those books that seems to polarize readers. I think there are a couple of obvious reasons for this:1. Many readers do not like to read a courtesan/prostitute character as the heroine2. This book does contain rape/forced seduction scenesI can completely understand and respect the response of readers with these views and preferences. But Claiming the Courtesan was so much more.It was beautifully written with an ease...
  • Kathy
    I can't say too much about this one because I just finished and I'm kinda stunned. This was not what I would call a light, easy, read. It was intense and I had quite a few times where I found myself all knotted up waiting to see how something would pan out.Both Verity and Justin are rather flawed, perhaps one more than the other, and for differing reasons, but, as is true in romance, they break through the issues with each other and their love br...
  • Irene
    Thank you Anna Campbell for writing Claiming the Courtesan! This is an impressive debut and the HR universe is so much richer because of it. Less than a week of discovering Campbell’s works, I have read the one that started it all… Overall, CTC sprints to a strong start, dipping in action during the middle but rebounds quickly enough with an ending that carries it triumphantly through to the finish line. Captivating and intelligent, CTC is a ...
  • Cheryl
    This book was intense and wonderful! It was not an easy read. It messed with my emotions and I was even torn at moments as to whether I should like the hero or hate him. Feel free to read my review, although I am afraid it truly does not do this book justice.The Duke of Kylemore wants to make his mistress his wife. Men have been known to fight duels over Soraya and three men have committed suicide because they could not have her as a mistress. Ky...
  • Wendy, Lady Evelyn Quince
    Although I hated the execution of Claiming the Courtesan, I thought it was refreshing what Anna Campbell tried to do accomplish in her first book. I categorize this style of book as a neo-bodice ripper, in that it tries to capture the sexual power struggles contained in those older books, but it’s very modern in its presentation. I appreciated that Campbell attempted to create in Kylemore a loathsome, detestable anti-hero, who cared only for hi...