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Claiming the Courtesan
by Anna Campbell
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Avon, 2007 (2007)
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* *   Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella

Justin Kinmurrie, the Duke of Kylemore is a powerful man who, after celebrating a year with his mistress Soraya, decides that he wants her for his wife. Justin's mother has been pressuring him to marry a different woman, whom he knows for certain isn't the one for him. Soraya is the most sought after courtesan in London, but hates her life. She disappears into the night after Justin's proposal.

After three long months, Justin is filled with rage when he finds his mistress living with a man he thought was her bodyguard, under the name of Verity Ashton. She had saved for years, to start a new life that did not require her to be a courtesan. Justin kidnaps her and takes her to his boyhood home in Scotland, where bad memories wake him up with nightmares almost every night. But he is consumed with his need for revenge on her for abandoning him and lying to him.

Claiming the Courtesan will keep your attention as your feelings for the hero swing between hating him and discovering that he has a soft side. Like Justin, Soraya/Verity has emotional scars that run deep and during the months that they are alone together, they get to know each other without pretense. Anna Campbell pens a daring tale with a storyline that will keep your emotions involved throughout.

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