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A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by [Donovan, Susan, Bradley, Celeste]
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“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: 821 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 24, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OA62UE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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Every once in a while a book comes along that I just don't like for many reasons, and this is definitely one of them. It was much too unbelievable and cliche, the culmination of which was just more than I could overlook. The story basically revolves around two women; Ophelia Harrington, an 1800s beloved Boston abolitionist and Piper, the museum curator working on her exhibit. After Piper finds Ophelia's diary in an old trunk, she learns some truths abut the former Yankee matron that have been kept quiet for nearly two hundred years. It'll be up to Piper to decide what to do with the diary; will she hide it and let the world go on believing what they do, or will she embrace all that Ophelia was and announce to the world that she was once a famous courtesan?

First off, I couldn't stand Ophelia who was arrogant, annoying, and had a way too high opinion of herself. I also had a hard time believing a young lady in 1813 England would joyfully become a whore rather than marry a rich and titled gentleman. She then willingly and happily gets tutored in the erotic arts (the XXX variety) by a strange masked man known only as "Sir" and of course is an excellent student. Early on we learn Ophelia excels at all she does and being a courtesan is no different. She's envied by women and desired by all men although going by her description, she wouldn't have been "the thing" in early 1800s London. At one point she even makes out with a woman, nearly dies, questions her dumb choices, and decides to stay a courtesan. Why?

With that being said, I honestly did like the modern day romance between Piper and Mick. They were both smart, likable, and I thought their love story was very sweet.
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