Unclaimed
by Courtney Milan
(HQN, $7.99, PG-13) 978-0-373-77603-0
*****
Where have I been? Iím surprised I have never heard of Courtney Milan. Unclaimed may just be the best book Iíve read this year. Iím used to reading the light-hearted fluffy romances that I gravitate to. This one is very deep, emotional, and absolutely enthralling. Courtney Milan has a new fan.

Sir Mark Tuner canít believe his life. He wrote a book called A Gentlemanís Practical Guide to Chastity. He never thought it would attract so much attention, but he is now the ďrockstarĒ of London and he canít seem to get away from the unwanted attention.

Jessica Farleigh grew up with privilege, but one bad decision when she was 14 ended with her being dismissed from her family. She spent the last hard 7 years as a courtesan and she has had enough. She agrees to seduce Mark, show the world he is a farce, and earn enough money from one of his enemies to leave her current way of life.

What Jessica doesnít expect is to discover that Mark is a gentle and caring man. And he is just that Ė a man. Mark knows that Jessica is trying to play games with him, but he is succeeding at maintaining his chastity Ė barely. These two characters are very dynamic and engrossing. They are both trying to stay strong in their own path of life, but it all starts to unravel as they realize that a different path together may actually be better.

Courtney Milan has done a great job with Unclaimed. The emotion is so raw with both characters, I would call it enchanting, but in a dark way. Itís a longer book than Iím used to, but I didnít even notice. Every page kept my attention. My only criticism would be the extended narrative during the dialogue that sometimes occurred, which made it tough to follow the conversation in those situations.

Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. If I could give Unclaimed 6 hearts I would, but Iíll have to settle for 5 hearts.

--Nichole Howell


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