October 2, 2007
Impetuous Lady Caroline has found herself in quite the dilemma. Having reached
the age where most young ladies of her station are being courted, and likely
have been offered for already, her mother’s torrid past as a courtesan before
marrying into nobility has greatly hindered the beautiful Caro’s matrimonial
It’s a good thing Caro’s notorious mother has a plan. Lady Sophia has found the
perfect husband for her precious daughter, and spared no expense in paying Lord
Ashdon’s numerous debts in order to secure his participation in her matchmaking
But Caro doesn’t want a man who had to be bought for her. She wants to marry
for love or not at all. When it seems to her that she’s out of options, she
decides to follow in her mother’s scandalous footsteps. It seems like the
perfect course for her – until she meets the frustrating and tempting Lord
Lord Ashdon can’t believe the little spitfire would rather become a courtesan
than his wife! Insulted beyond measure, he is determined to have her – one way
or the other.
I was completely captivated by the entire cast of characters in Claudia Dain’s
newest release, THE COURTESAN’S DAUGHTER! In addition to very
compelling romantic leads, Dain rounds out the cast with a bevy of intriguing
supporting characters that add to the story without detracting from Caro and
Ashdon’s romance at all. In fact, the author very deftly created a craving in
this reviewer for sequels starring several of them.
Caro’s irrepressible nature is absolutely divine! This heroine definitely knows
how to keep her hero on his toes – aided by her mother’s expert tutelage, of
course. Watching the beautiful and charming Caro make Ashdon’s head spin time
after time made for riveting romance.
Ashdon is an interesting hero – he has his fair share of issues, but when push
comes to shove, he can be counted on to do what is right, proving he is a
fitting husband for Caro.
Throughout the story, the Lady Sophia’s machinations are the spoon that stirs
the pot. As the tale progresses, it becomes apparent that every step of this
unconventional courtship has been by Caro’s mother’s ingenious design. I cannot
help but believe this master plotter will figure greatly in any sequels
published to THE COURTESAN’S DAUGHTER.
In fact, I heard straight from Dain herself that she is presently working on the
sequel to THE COURTESAN’S DAUGHTER, which I am definitely looking
forward to! I’ve not read any of Claudia Dain’s work before this book, but I
can guarantee this will not be the last time I read this author. Lucky for me,
she has a number of other books I can content myself with while awaiting the
next in this series.
Note: This review was originally
written by Jennifer Ray for another review site. It is being reposted at
Wild on Books.
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