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Unclaimed (Hqn) Mass Market Paperback – September 20, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Turner Series

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Editorial Reviews

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"An addictively readable tale of revenge and redemption, love and family, Unveiled is brilliant."

–Booklist

"An exquisitely sensual and unforgettable romance by one of the genre's incandescent new stars."

-Booklist (starred review) on Trial by Desire

"Historical romance fans will celebrate Milan's powerhouse debut, which comes with a full complement of humor, characterization, plot and sheer gutsiness."

-Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Proof by Seduction

"A brilliant debut...deeply romantic, sexy and smart."

-New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James on Proof by Seduction

About the Author

Courtney Milan's debut novel was published in 2010 to instant critical acclaim. Now a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller, her books have also received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Her second book was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010. She has been a RITA® finalist and an RT Reviewer's Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance.

Courtney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating... Having given up on being able to do any of those things, she's taken to heart the axiom that those who can't do, teach. When she's not reading (lots), writing (lots), or sleeping (not enough), she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776030
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Courtney Milan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. Her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating.... But her favorite job is the one she's now doing full time--writing romance.

If you want to know when Courtney's next book will come out, please visit her website at http://www.courtneymilan.com, where you can sign up to receive an email when she has her next release.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Where can I find a guy like Mark? In present day? There are so many ways to describe Mark, but the way he longs to be described is as just a man. He's famous for writing The Gentleman's Practical Guide to Chastity, and following what he wrote. Knowing that going into the story, I wasn't sure what to except from Mark. Make no mistake, he may be chaste, he may live his life with firm beliefs, and has a sad past that he draws from, but Mark is so...male. He's funny, witty, embarrassed by all the attention he gets, and when he sees Jessica, I think smitten at first sight is a good way to describe him.

Jessica is just trying to survive. After years of living the life of a courtesan and depending on men as protectors, she wants to reclaim her life for herself and finds a way to make a deal with her own personal devil, George Weston. She's to ruin Mark's reputation, so he won't be offered the position as Commissioner of the Poor Laws; Weston wants it for himself. In return for seducing Mark, she'll earn enough money to move to the country and never be dependent on anyone ever again. She follows Mark out to the town he grew up in, Shepton Mallet, and only has days to seduce him, ruin him and collect on her deal. She figures it'll be easy to charm her way into his life and bed, but Mark is unlike any man she's ever met.

To say I was curious about Mark and the type of man he was is an understatement. I find stories about virgin characters for the most part, to be interesting, but for me it all depends on the characters reasons and motives for being chaste. Make no mistake, Mark is a man's MAN, he lusts, he wants and desires Jessica, but a scene from his youth is what led him down the path he's currently on, and nothing will sway him from it until he finds the woman he wants to marry.
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I picked up this story because I was completely in love with its predecessor Unveiled (Hqn). Ms. Milan took what could have been a run-of-the-mill romance plot and added so much depth, humor, emotion, and romance that I was completely mesmerized. I quickly bought the novella that followed, Unlocked, which I enjoyed. I was really looking forward to UNCLAIMED, to read about Ash's brother, Mark. He had such presence, conviction, and morals missing from so many historical heroes that I KNEW I was going to love him. And I did.

Five years have passed since the events in Unveiled (Hqn). Mark has since published his thesis about male chastity to unforeseen popularity throwing him right smack dab in the middle of the public eye and before Her Majesty the Queen who knights him. Needing a break from the pressing public eye, Mark retreats to his hometown in hopes they neither heard of his book nor the annoying Male Chastity Brigade. Mark's popularity is bringing him opportunities to work in government, but those who desire that job want to discredit Mark and set out a reward to the woman who can seduce him and discredit his good name. Jessica, a courtesan, wants out of that life and has decided to try for the bounty and throws herself into Mark's path in his hometown. Seduction ensues.

First off, I absolutely LOVED Mark. We need more heroes like him. He had such intelligence and humor.
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If you want a book report, read someone else's review. I started reading romance because sometimes I have trouble turning my brain off and a lot of romance books are good for mindless, don't-have-to-think reading. Not this book - and I still loved it. I was curious to see where all the talk about chastity was going in the book. It would have been very easy to make him into a caricature who preached at people and in the end, fell from grace and proved the untruth of his preachings. That's not how it went. Ms. Milan provides witty banter, clever reasoning, and allows him to be utterly and loveably human. In this and in the previous book (which I had to go back and purchase - Unveiled (Hqn) - if you haven't read it, well worth it!) the heroes are learning how to be good men and hoping to be loving husbands after being raised by an unfit mother (and that's being kind). The heroines, used to being treated as women often were in those times, as pretty and brainless adornments, have their ideas of 'the norm' challenged, turned on its ear, and find themselves allowed to be smart, strong women by the men who love them - and are proud of them for who they are. Isn't that what we all want? To be seen as we really are and find someone who loves us in spite of our failings, is beside us in our struggles and is proud of our efforts even when we don't succeed? This is good, good stuff and you'll be glad you bought it.
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Sir Mark Turner, a Victorian-era `rock star', has done the impossible: he's made chastity popular. After writing `A Gentleman's Practical Guide to Chastity' he himself becomes practically a celebrity and is loved by many but certainly not all. Hating his popularity he seeks to get some peace in the country. Jessica Farleigh is a courtesan who agrees to seduce Mark Turner for the sole purpose of ruining his spotless reputation. She is to seduce him and share the story of it so that it can be published for all to read about in London. When Mark meets Jessica, his plans to get some peace in the country are blown out of the water because soon enough she's all he can think about.

I absolutely loved this novel. LOVED it. Not quite sure what it was about it specifically but it was one of the best romance novels I've read. Considering I haven't read a ton of them so my opinion may not be worth much, but this is my review, so I can gush all I want! Haha Maybe I was really in the mood for a romance novel... maybe this novel really is that good... maybe it was both.

Neither Mark nor Jessica should be taken at face value because both individuals have a secret depth to them that was quite intriguing and really made the story. The author did an amazing job of rather than revealing all the secrets and laying them all out immediately but uncovered them layer by layer. It really made the change in emotions of the characters, their thought processes, and overall actions... well, you understood them. They made sense. It wasn't whimsical. You came to conclusions with them and their actions became ones you would make and it made me feel so involved and wrapped in the story that normal. Okay so re-reading that, it sounds like total bull, but that's the best I can explain it.
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