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A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man [Kindle Edition]

Susan Donovan , Celeste Bradley
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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***This book has been republished as Unbound.***

Regency London’s most celebrated courtesan, The Blackbird, was a woman before her time—uninhibited, financially independent, and free to live by her own rules. Schooled in the sensual arts by the one man she loved the most, she recorded every wicked detail in her diaries…

When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths The Blackbird’s steamy memoirs, she’s aroused and challenged by what she finds. Could the courtesan’s diaries  be used as a modern girl’s guide to finding love and empowerment? One curious curator—and one very lucky man—are about to find out…




Editorial Reviews

Review

“The Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man is a bold, daring and incredibly sexy romance. Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan have outdone themselves!”

--Christina Dodd, New York Times bestselling author

 
Praise for the novels of Celeste Bradley
SCOUNDREL IN MY DREAMS

“Bradley has done it again: created a memorable Runaway Brides story that fills your heart with joy and laughter, mixed with tears. Even though fans of this series realzie who the adorable Meoldy's father must be, it's still a pleasure to read. Let your spirit fly and savor this wondrous read!” --RT Book reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)

ROGUE IN MY ARMS

“Bradley doesn't disappoint with the second in her Runaway Brides trilogy, which is certain to have readers laughing and crying. Her characters leap off the page, especially little three year old Melody, the precocious "heroine," and her three fathers. There's passion, adventure, non-stop action and secrets that make the pages fly by.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)

“When it comes to crafting fairy tale–like, wonderfully escapist historicals, Bradley is unrivaled, and the second addition to her Runaway Brides trilogy cleverly blends madcap adventure and sexy romance.” –Booklist

Praise for the novels of Susan Donovan

AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG

“Donovan whips up a fine frappe of romantic comedy and suspense.”—Publishers Weekly

“A delightful new series.”—RT BOOKreviews

“This is a terrific book and one that fans of Ms. Donovan, and new readers of first-class romantic comedies, don’t want to miss.”—RTR Reviews

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“An exceptional novel with humor ...

Review

"The Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man is a bold, daring and incredibly sexy romance. Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan have outdone themselves!"

--Christina Dodd, New York Times bestselling author Praise for the novels of Celeste BradleySCOUNDREL IN MY DREAMS

"Bradley has done it again: created a memorable Runaway Brides story that fills your heart with joy and laughter, mixed with tears. Even though fans of this series realzie who the adorable Meoldy's father must be, it's still a pleasure to read. Let your spirit fly and savor this wondrous read!" --"RT Book reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)"ROGUE IN MY ARMS

"Bradley doesn't disappoint with the second in her Runaway Brides trilogy, which is certain to have readers laughing and crying. Her characters leap off the page, especially little three year old Melody, the precocious "heroine," and her three fathers. There's passion, adventure, non-stop action and secrets that make the pages fly by."--"Romantic Times BOOKreviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)"

"When it comes to crafting fairy tale-like, wonderfully escapist historicals, Bradley is unrivaled, and the second addition to her Runaway Brides trilogy cleverly blends madcap adventure and sexy romance."" -Booklist""

Praise for the novels of Susan Donovan

AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG

"Donovan whips up a fine frappe of romantic comedy and suspense."--"Publishers Weekly"

"A delightful new series."--"RT BOOKreviews"

"This is a terrific book and one that fans of Ms. Donovan, and new readers of first-class romantic comedies, don't want to miss."--"RTR Reviews"

THE GIRL MOST LIKELY TO...

"An exceptional novel with humor and pathos and rich in detail, and the finely put together characters make this a story worthy of our Perfect 10 award and a must-read. You'll laugh, cry, and your heart will break over this brilliant story of a man and woman--what most wondrous stories end up being about."--"Romance Reviews Today"

"A wonderfully convoluted tale of love


Product Details

  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OA62UE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Steamy Reading (A- Grade) May 31, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan have given us the best of both worlds. These two authors have teamed up to write contemporary historical romance mash up that works so well. A Courtesan's to Getting Your Man is beyond steamy, perhaps the most erotic and hottest romance these two authors have penned thus far in their careers. I look forward to reading another romance with this writing duo. And if you're fans of Celeste and Susan's work, you'll definitely want to get your hands on A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man.

Piper Chase-Pierpont may be a smart cookie with a Ph.D, but she's, "a sex-starved, uptight, overworked and underpaid museum curator at the Boston Museum of Culture and Society who's turning thirty and has parents who constantly put her down. Piper's job may also be cut unless she can astound the public with an exhibit at the annual BMCS Fall gala in three months showcasing Ophelia Harrington, the city's most beloved icons from the nineteen century. Piper has found something shocking from Ophelia's papers that have remained hidden in a secret compartment of her travel trunk. Piper has unearthed Ophelia's secret diaries where she was once a famous courtesan in England called the Blackbird. Piper would love to unveil Ophelia's scandalous past for the exhibit, but she could be made the laughing stock of Boston and be canned. Piper can't get enough from what she reads by Ophelia's hand because it's so tawdry and erotic. Piper yearns to be more like Ophelia, who took her life into her own hands and owned her sexuality proudly with no regrets.

Around the time Piper finds these diaries, Mick Malloy walks back into her life. Mick is the one who got away and has made quite the life for himself. There are rumors that the sexy Irishman may get his own cable reality show.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely spectacular and completely engrossing! June 13, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in just 1 day. The switch between past and present had me constantly on edge, but in the best possible way. Bradley and Donovan do a wonderful job weaving the two together. Being a Historical Romance buff, I personally longed more for the past, but both are well conceived and thought out.

This book states what it clearly is in the title. A courtesan's guide, so I think it's very reasonable to expect some very naughty things. Those who were surprised by this, befuddle me. But let it be said, if you don't fancy sexual tales, this book is not for you. It does go a little bit on the darker side of things as far as sexual content goes, but not too much, and really I expected it to. If it had not, I would be disappointed. It might upset those who have never wondered about or participated in the darker side of things.

All in all, it is one of those books that made me think when I put it down. I didn't want to let go of the characters or the story. When that happens, I know I've read a great book, and I think this is one of the best Romance I've read in quite awhile.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars X- Rated Sex! June 27, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let's start with the X rated sex...
For many readers this book with be way too bold, blatant and detailed in the bedroom scenes. If you are into erotic reading, this book has some interesting sexual twists and variety. It is interesting to note that this book addresses the issue that many women have with actually uttering the "dirty words" to their partners. The masked male sex buddy, known only as "sir", seemed a bit sexist in concept, but worked in the context of the story.

I need to preface the rest of the review with this statement....I hate the "formula" romance books. We have all read them....ugly, fat, virginal, shy or otherwise undiscovered ugly ducking girls that meet hunky, hot pirates, lords, millionaires or highway men and hook up. Then there is some terrible misunderstanding, abduction or other traumatic event that tears them apart. Ultimately the man comes to his senses, rescues the maiden or performs some other heroic deed to win her back and they all live happily ever after. The End.

So...if you enjoy this type of book, you should probably quit reading this review here.

This book does tend to follow the above formula, but with two heroines, one sent in present day and one in the past and two different authors writing each story. While I didn't hate this book(I think the sex made it at least a bit more interesting than the usual romance novels.) and I did actually read it to the very end, I did have some complaints.

Without going into great detail and spoiling the plot, for this of you brave enough to read this book...
I had problems with the basic concept of the character of Ophelia choosing to become a courtesan in order to escape marriage and the rules of traditional society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart or closed minded! January 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan -- their first collaboration.

Two bestselling authors, but NOT an anthology. This is one seamless, interwoven novel.

I thought the authors used a brilliant story telling device that made this a half historical/half contemporary romance but with the story lines intertwined.
In past romances I've read which include both historical and current day scenes, the transition was usually a time travel device
or some other "paranormal" situation. This is two unique stories....two heroines.....two heroes......but their lives are interwoven
with one another. I found this story much more plausible than "time travel", reincarnation or stepping through portals!

I'll admit, after reading the first 50 pages and arriving at chapter five only to be pulled from the contemporary storyline into the historical,
I was not at first happy about the interruption. But Ms. Bradley and Ms. Donovan handled the "time transitions" well and soon I was completely hooked!
I did go back and read the book a second and third time, skipping chapters so that I could read just Piper's story from beginning to end, and then
Ophelia's story straight through. I would love to know how the authors collaborated to get the two stories to flow so smoothly!

One thread that connected both stories was the compelling need of both heroines to be free of the expectations and restrictions placed on them.
I liked how both authors incorporated that into their stories. On Celeste Bradley's website, she describes the book as "...the story
of two women searching for self-expression and empowerment in a world that doesn't approve....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man
A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan - a Goodreads First Read free giveaway book won on April 24nd, received on April 30th. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristine Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars A great romance with a wonderful message but NOT for prudes
I loved this book and the summary clearly explains that it's a romance with an erotic twist so I'm not sure why some reviewers are getting their panties in a knot! Read more
Published 7 months ago by dreaming of the sun
1.0 out of 5 stars 99.9% adult scenes
I started this book, got about 2/3 of the way, had to give up on it. Not much of a plot, it just seemed 100% adult scenes. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christina Brock
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top favorites in Romance as of now!
I just finished this book in paperback, and the duel plot, the high level of writing, the steamy sensual diary entries, and the excellent characters and their growth into a true... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Moon Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Ophelia broke barriers making her a force to be reckoned with and she...
4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Jessica & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

"Ophelia broke barriers making her a force to be reckoned with and she is... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Under The Covers Book Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
What a great story. Not what I expected and impossible to put down. A great exciting story that spans centuries.
Published 17 months ago by lisa burrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read - Fabulous Ending
Wonderfully entertaining. An intelligent and witty easy read. Amazing twist at the end. Brilliant, and I didn't see it coming. At all!!!
Published 17 months ago by Sheila E. Maloney
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome love story! Loved it!
Couldn't put it down! Haven't read a book this good in a long time. Love the unexpected end! Will read again!
Published 17 months ago by Dina Quin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
This book was recommended to me by another author (a friend). I knew going in to it that it had steamy "love scenes". I love contemporary romance and I love historical. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
What a fun, sexy, romantic read. Loved this book, I didn't want it to end. It made me tear up at the end, and that usually doesn't happen
Published on March 19, 2012 by D. Gephart
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More About the Author

Hi, my name is Celeste Bradley and I write "brain chocolate." That is, I write fun and sexy escapism is for hardworking women everywhere. We deserve a little man-candy, too!

Reviewers like to say I write about misfit heroines getting the man of their dreams. Maybe that's true, but don't we all feel like misfits sometimes? Even if the rest of the world thinks we have all our balls in the air, aren't we juggling like mad on the inside, desperately trying not to drop one?

I'm the kind of woman who never truly has a clean house (not all at once!), who can't seem to have Christmas projects finished by Dec 25, who is stunned by how fast weeds can take over a perfectly well-behaved garden, who is mystified by high-altitude baking rules, who doesn't quite get the kids to the dentist appointment on time...well, you get the picture. Rather than having all my ducklings in a row, I just try to make sure none of the rotten little rebels are playing in the middle of the street!

I love this manic, scattered life I lead. I love to write, craft, garden, bake and mother, even if I don't always do it all perfectly. I love living in the Southwest, with its big sky and vast desert views. I love venturing out of my quiet life to meet readers and other writers, and then I love to come back to my haven, full of ideas and renewed passion and creativity.

Maybe one of those times I'll meet you!

Hugs,
and thanks for reading!

Celeste

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