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Unclaimed | [Courtney Milan]

Unclaimed

Handsome, wealthy, and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London—and he's known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check… until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he’s waited for all his life.
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Publisher's Summary

Her only hope for survival….

Handsome, wealthy, and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London—and he's known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check… until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he’s waited for all his life.

But Jessica is a courtesan, not the genteel lady Sir Mark believes. Desperate to be free of a life she despises, she seizes her chance when Mark's enemies make her an offer she can’t refuse: seduce Mark and tarnish his good name, and a princely sum will be hers. Yet as she comes to know the man she’s sworn to destroy, Jessica will be forced to choose between the future she needs… and the love she knows is impossible.

©2011 Courtney Milan (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 11-22-12
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 11-22-12 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Ah the power of love..."

    A nice love story about how love redeems you, changes you and ultimately conquers any obstacle. It slowly develops a relationship out of friendship and the sexual tension was Amazing! For being a courtesan story it was quite vanilla! I enjoyed the story a lot specially the conclusion.

    Narration: I feel that the only problem in this story was the narrator. Polly Lee sounded too old, on the verge of crying several times and her male characters sounded badly. I will avoid books narrated by her in the future.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 04-17-12
    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Quite Enjoyable!"

    This was my first Courtney Milan novel, and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I like historical romances, but I just didn't know what to expect from this author. Like all genres, there's a mixture of offerings out there. And all are not to my liking. But this story was believable, romantic without scenes that make me roll my eyes while I think "As if," and sexual, though not erotic--meaning the, maybe, 2.5 or 3 complete sex scenes were very tamed. Though, I should add, I have no problem with samplings from the erotic genre as well. I don't want to leave the wrong impression. Continuing, some of the sex scenes were alluded to without giving the full picture, but it didn't detract from the story at all, but added to it appropriately. I absolutely loved the heroes full support of the heroine and how she came into her own. I loved the view of women in relation to men's sexuality and women not being too blame. As a result of this book, I'm going to read Ash's story. And I look forward to the other brother's story too. I actually wanted that one first, but it's not available. So I wait with baited breath! This book is well worth the expense IMO.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nisi Princeton, NJ United States 12-05-12
    Nisi Princeton, NJ United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration so wrong it's right"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unclaimed to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    What other book might you compare Unclaimed to and why?

    Regency romance junkies give Courtney Milan high marks; for good reason! As with Unveiled, multi-layered story, fresh storytelling, nothing predictable. Nice balance of light humor and seductive moments.


    What does Polly Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The fact that it is Rebecca De Leeuw narrating and NOT Polly Lee is likely why this was an enjoyable listen. De Leeuw knows how to read a historical romance with the right timing and intonation.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deenna Fort Worth, TX, United States 06-21-12
    Deenna Fort Worth, TX, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A tender story of love and friendship"
    What made the experience of listening to Unclaimed the most enjoyable?

    when a book makes me cry, I know it was a GREAT story, I cried and it felt wonderful and it's a great romance story. good job


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessica- I can relate to her to some point. To fight and make it- and at the end to find love and someone to love you JUST THE WAY we are.


    Have you listened to any of Polly Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think it's the narrator she did a great job. very emotional and could tell the differance in all the characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, even took it to bed, and then in the morning went back and relistened to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    WONDERFUL preformance

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 01-28-12
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 01-28-12

    Audio-fiction ADDICT !

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    "OK but not up to her previous work"

    This second novel of the series did not meet up to my expectation. I couldn't connect with the characters. Mainly the heroine ! She was unlikable ! The hero as well was not that exciting ! I didn't enjoy this novel as I did the first one in the series. Yet Courtney's style in writing is elegant and artistic. But the dialoge was not as good as her previous work.
    But I am looking forward for the third brother's book. He was introduced in the first two books and he sounds really exciting . Can't wait :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Central Maine, USA 08-04-14
    Marianne Central Maine, USA 08-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not one of Courtney Milan's best"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea.


    What was most disappointing about Courtney Milan’s story?

    It was an awkward story and I couldn't get interested in it. It was actually painful to finish.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Polly Lee?

    Sure.


    What character would you cut from Unclaimed?

    The Queen. Her appearance was unnecessary.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised this was a Milan book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W. Barron Richmond, British Columbia Canada 12-16-13
    W. Barron Richmond, British Columbia Canada 12-16-13 Member Since 2010

    A voracious reader from the age of five, I'm quite new to audiobooks, but looking forward to hearing some great stories. I loathe vampires.

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    "Rich, meaty story, narrated by Rebecca de Leeuw"
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    Courtney Milan's books are always richly detailed, thoroughly thought out, and full of the visual and auditory texture that brings the story off the printed page. This book is no exception. The narration is good, too; Rebecca de Leeuw sounds remarkably like Joanna Lumley at times, and her plummy tones shift to West Country, from female to male, and from one class to another, distinctly and easily. I would definitely listen to more by this narrator. I'd love it if she could do the recording for the third book in the series, because the narrator on that one is terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Missouri 08-29-13
    Rio Missouri 08-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I'm a virgin, not dead"

    Although he is in the public eye a lot due to the popularity of his book, Mark is not comfortable with his fame. He ventures to the town of his youth to get away from the public eye. Unbeknownst to him, there is bounty on his chastity.

    Jessica is a desperate woman. She wants out of the position dealt to her by poor past decisions and so she willingly strikes a bargain to ruin the author of the manual on chastity. As prepared as she is in the art of seduction and ruination, she has not a clue in protecting her heart.

    Mark and Jessica are a match so perfect yet without the cliche of opposites attract. They have become one of my favorite fictional couples. However, more than just the clever banter and heartbreaking to later heart-soothing circumstances depicted, Milan addresses some strong points in this book. Although it may have teetered, at times, on lecture, I found a lot of good qualities in the morals of the characters as well as their complexity in their stances and values. this was entertaining and thoughtful, romantic and heartbreaking all at once. I enjoyed this installment very much and look forward to listening to the next one with the mysterious Smite Turner.


    Narration:
    Narrator: Polly Lee
    Performance: 4/5
    Speed: 1.5x
    To be quite honest, I couldn't tell the difference between this new narrator and the one who read for the first book. Both did a superb job with narration, pace, tone, and differentiation of the characters. Accents were done well and I didn't have trouble with volume levels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Page & Andy Lie Pacifica, CA USA 11-26-12
    Page & Andy Lie Pacifica, CA USA 11-26-12

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    "Fun, interesting, steamy romance!"

    The 2nd in a the Turners Brothers trilogy, this story about Sir Mark Turner, famous author and proponent of male chastity is an exciting, romantic story. Polly Lee is a great narrator -- her performance kept me hanging on, dying to know what was going to happen next. Jessica, the "fallen woman" who captures Mark's attention and his heart, was an interesting and, at times, frustrating heroine, but Courtney Milan's story about love, sex, and the value that society puts on men and women was timely and fun. A definite 5 star selection!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PattiC2 maine 08-23-12
    PattiC2 maine 08-23-12 Member Since 2010

    reviews for fun

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    "Very disappointing book"

    I'm sorry I wasted my money. I liked the first book in the series but this one just didn't have my interest right from the start and it went downhill from there. My advice is to pass on this book. I wish I had. Two thumbs down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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