The Courtesan's Daughter (Courtesan, Bk 1)
The Courtesan's Daughter - Courtesan, Bk 1 Author:Claudia Dain First in a sexy new series featuring the match-making schemes of an infamous courtesan. — Award-winning author Claudia Dain tells a tale of impropriety and independence, and a mother and daughter determined to bend the rules of society in their favor. — Young Lady Caroline's prospects for a suitable match are severely limited by her mother's infam... more »ous past. Before Lady Sophia Dalby entered London society, she was a highly desired courtesan. What man of title, position, and wealth would marry a courtesan's daughter?
Sophia's solution is to purchase a husband for Caroline-the Earl of Ashdon-agreeing to settle his gambling debts if he will take her daughter's hand. Insulted, Caroline refuses to have a husband who was bought for her.
But after meeting the fiery Lord Ashdon, she wonders if it wouldn't be satisfying to have him pay for her, perhaps with a priceless pearl necklace? With Sophia pulling the strings, Lord Ashdon may get more than he bargained for and Caroline may get just what she wants.« less
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Cali (Cali) - reviewed The Courtesan's Daughter (Courtesan, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 4
- I was really looking forward to this based on some of the author's older works: The Fall, The Marriage Bed, A Kiss to Die For...all 4-5* reads. This one sadly was not.
- Two minutes of thought about the title and you can pretty much guess what you'll read. I absolutely hated the first part of the book. Caroline, Sophie's daughter, raised in the lap of luxury, decides her goal in life is to become a courtesan like her mother Sophie was. However, Carolyn just comes across as very spoiled and stupid in my opinion. I mean come on! Who dreams of becoming a - ugh hum...courtesan?
- However, things do pick up and get somewhat better, but overall this was a big disappointment for me. Carolyn's and Ashdon's relationship felt like lust from start to finish. Though at the end we're supposed to believe that they both are in love.
- As a side note, I really don't like this new 'soft cover.' Price is higher than a paperback but not quite what you'd pay for a hardcover. It's awkward to hold and read and forget it if you think you can recover some of your $. They don't hold their value like a hardcover. I'm sticking with paperbacks. Enjoy! =)
This is the first book by this author that I've read and I have to say I didn't care for it. I didn't like the manipulative mother nor the too young daughter. The relationship between Ash and Caro (daughter) wasn't believable to me and by the time the uncle and cousins came onto the scene (three-fourths into the book) I couldn't stand it anymore and thought, "why on earth am I reading this?" and didn't finish it. This is one book I am very happy to pass on to the next reader. I'm sure Ms. Dain has an appreciative audience; it just doesn't include me.
I did not like this book. I could not get passed the third chapter. The book sounded like it should be of Sophia rather than it did of the daughter Caroline. Caroline sounded so dumb, like I said Sophia was a lot more interesting. Maybe the author should have started with a book about Sophia and how she became a coutesan, unless there is one and I did not read it first which I probably should have.