by Courtney Milan
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Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

Handsome, wealthy, and respected, Sir Mark Turner has made a name for himself as an upright moralist. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a hidden passion, one that he keeps in careful check... until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh and discovers she is the one he's waited for all his life, to take to his bed and let into his heart.

But Jessica is a courtesan, not the respectable lady Sir Mark believes. When Mark’s enemies ask her to seduce him and destroy his good name, she agrees. The money they offer will allow her to escape a life that has become unbearable. But along the road to seduction, the worst happens: Jessica falls in love. The only way to win the freedom she needs is to destroy the most honorable man she’s ever met…

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Unclaimed is the second book in the Turner series. The full series is:

  • Unveiled
  • Unlocked, a companion novella
  • Unclaimed
  • Unraveled

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622667727
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/07/2014
Series: Turner
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 178,791
File size: 2 MB

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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Unclaimed 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
njoireading More than 1 year ago
We met Mark in the previous book about his brother Ash. Mark is chaste and has written a book that talks about not having sex before marriage. Of course, he is much sought after as a famous person but he really just wants to find the right woman and get married. Into his world enters Jessica, a courtesan. He doesn't realize it but eventually he finds out. Jessica is after him in order to collect prize money but soon finds herself in love. The last half of the book is about what she does to protect Mark's feelings and reputation and how she learns to accept love.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Virgin hero - and not a priggish, religious type, but a sexy rock star type. The book Sir Mark Turner wrote, on male chastity, has become a runaway hit, spawned the fan club from hell, and made him the target of every fluttering bosom in the country. Jessica is something of a stereotype - the hooker with a heart of gold, but, although she is financially desperate enough to take on the task of seducing Sir Mark, she is smart, savvy in the ways of men and women, admirable and entertaining. The sparks between the couple are evident from the first meeting, the conflict the keeps them apart seemingly unsolvable, and the humor outstanding. I laughed and giggled all the way through. He peeled away one layer of muslin and started in on the next. 'I'm undressing you.' The second petticoat joined the first on the floor. 'I feel like I'm taking apart a watch,' he said. 'It's easy enough to disconnect the parts, but I'm fairly certain I couldn't reconstruct the whole without expert help.' The love scenes and eventual consummation... hot hot hot, the ending satisfying, and the whole thing brought up some interesting thoughts about the ever evolving social roles assigned to women and men.
Kah_cherub More than 1 year ago
such a great message!!! such amazing quotes!! girl power!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*An enjoyable read and one of my favorite series.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
We first met the fascinating and very interesting Mark Turner in Unveiled, the first book in the Turner series by Courtney Milan. Mark is Ash’s younger, virgin, brother who wrote “A Gentleman’s Practical Guide to Chastity.” This series is set in 1840s Victorian England and tells the stories of three brothers who reclaim their titles and lands while enduring broken family ties and a painful shared past with a mad mother who gave all the family fortune to charity. She made life difficult for her children, except Mark, who resembles her in both appearance as well as in the desire to do good. “He seemed torn from the pages of a child’s fable—a dazzling hero, pure and upstanding. Incorruptible.” But Mark is determined to not take it as far as his poor mother did. He is comfortable and confident with himself, has made peace with his two beloved brothers—the third being the elusive and unfortunately named Smite—and is enjoying the privileged life of a Victorian gentleman, albeit a famous one for his unusual book. He has even been knighted by the Queen herself! He spurns the groupies and chaste societies of men’s groups that have sprouted in his honor; he feels they do not understand his principles nor have they properly read his book. Jessica is a desperate woman. A vicar’s daughter, she is a courtesan determined to escape her fate. She accepts a challenge from George Weston, her former protector—a man she despises—to seduce and thus ruin Mark, a man Weston hates. No other woman has succeeded before and she is desperate enough to try because she has no other choice. She’s a ruined woman all alone in the world, with no family, and only one friend, a fellow courtesan. She’s determined to win the wager and use the money to settle quietly in the country, safe from penury. “Enough to purchase a small home in the country in a tiny village where nobody knew her. Enough to have morning after morning to herself, to lift her face to the sun. They said time healed all wounds. Jessica prayed it was so, that one day she might feel more than this impossible emptiness.” Milan vividly creates Jessica’s desperation and deep fears of isolation and poverty. I was reminded of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and the terrible situations women could find themselves in, with no work, no education, and no family. When Mark retreats to his country home for some much hoped for rest and relaxation away from the gossips of London, he’s horrified to find that the town of Shepton Mallet has its own little club of chastity admirers—humorously called MCBs (Male Chastity Brigade) and is expected to take part in its small society. Mark makes it clear he will limit his activities but the narrow-minded society persists in making his acquaintance. “‘There is no such thing as a fallen woman—you just need to look for the man who pushed her.’” When Jessica appears in town, disguised as Mrs. Farleigh, a widow, and rents a small cottage with all the money she has left, the town automatically assumes she’s a fallen woman because of her great beauty, her lovely figure, her provocative gowns, and her questionable and mysterious past. In other words, they assume the worst. Mark befriends her as she hopes and plans for, but his kindness soon charms and then disarms her. “‘You’ve always been your own knight,’ he said, ‘riding to your own rescue. I’m just the man who came along and saw how brightly your armor shone.’” Mark is above all a kind person. He is pained and confused by Jessica’s outcast reputation in town and defends her when they shun her. He’s attracted to her and desires to know the true hidden woman. He also sees a wary and frightened woman who was taken advantage of and has been terribly hurt. Jessica is shocked that someone, anyone, cares about her, what has happened to her, and what will happen to her in the future. She doesn’t know what to make of it, or him. They surprise each other in delightful and touching ways. “‘When someone falls,’ Mark said, ‘you don’t throw her back down in the dirt. You offer her a hand up.’” Mark and Jessica share broken pasts and, as they try to navigate their way into a relationship, they run into bumps along the way. But above all, each sees the inherent goodness in the other that shines throughout this entire lovely romance. “Sir Mark wanted her as she was, not as he wished her to be. The thought made her head hurt. Safe? He was the last thing from safe.” The relationship between Ash, Mark, and Smite is lovely to read, especially the hiking trip scenes. They understand and love each other deeply. The strong family dynamics here mirror those found in Grace Burrowes’ works, another author who also writes solidly about sibling and family relationships with beauty, humor,and grace. All of the characters in this book are well-rounded and fun to read, from the lascivious vicar to the misguided Jedediah Pruett. Every single work I’ve read by Milan has been consistently strong and well-written. Her characters come alive and she creates such complex and intricate relationships for her heroes and heroines that are a joy to read. Before I know it, the story is over, but at just the right moment. Margaret and Ash (from Unveiled) make an appearance her as does Smite, whose story follows in Unraveled. I look forward to reading more from this very talented and beautiful writer. A must read for all historical romance readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how the characters in this series are multi-dimensional, flawed humans. Great heroine!!!
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It felt a litle dry to me and it wrspped up WaY too easy
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This is a wonderful book. I enjoyed the first book in this series, but wasnt sure about this one because of Marks character. Its a great story, loved Jessicas character, loved Mark, loved the story, such a sweet romance, really a.great book. Looking forward to the next one.
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bjshockley More than 1 year ago
I have read quite a few by this author and loved them. But I am more than hlf way finished with this one and having a hard time even finishing it. Moves way too slow. Boring...... Not up to her usual.
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condouma More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book if you enjoy historical romance.
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This is an excellent read
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