Today's review is "Unclaimed"
by one of my absolute FAVORITE new authors...
Synopsis from bn.com:
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 check...until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he's waited for all his life.
Is to ruin the man she loves…But 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.
First off, I love Courtney Milan's stories. If you haven't read a book by her, you have no idea what you are missing. They are amazing. The stories are rich in characterization and ambiance. The love stories make you sigh and the lovin' is just the right kind of naughty if you know what I mean.
When I picked up "Unclaimed" I wanted to love it but it was pretty average for me (3 Stars out of Five). Jessica is a courtesan and Mark is the resident expert on chastity. Jessica's old protector offers her money to disgrace Sir Mark by sleeping with him. It seemed like a good premise of a story but it just seemed so dull.
The first 200 pages not much happens. I kept reading hoping it would get better and it never did. Finally around page 250 the romance really started and it became interesting. Jessica and Sir Mark were not very great characters. They seemed boring. You want to like them but both of them just come off as whiny. The premise becomes pathetic and I kept reading just to finish the book.
Definitely not Courtney's best endeavor. If you are a fan of Milan's work, I would recommend this sotry so you can see what's going on with the Turner family. However, if you are a first time Courtney Milan reader, please start with "Proof by Seduction" or "Unveiled"
Check out the following blogs for other great reviews for "Unclaimed"
-The Book Binge
Date of Publication: September 2011