Courtesan's Daughter, the (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2008
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About the Author
Claudia Dain lives in Rateigh, NC.
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Caroline despairs finding a suitable husband, but Sophia is more practical. She simply buys her one. Lord Ashdon has a rather impressive pile of gambling debts and Sophia pays them off as long as he agrees to marry her daughter. Seemingly caught, he agrees. Caroline does not. She rejects him declaring she'd rather be a courtesan but later discovers that may not have been a good idea. Maybe the life of a prostitute isn't as glamorous and as easy as she thought it would be. So with her mother's advice she sets out to make him want to win her, and willing to defy his family to do it.
The book has a fair voice. The storytelling is mildly engaging and the way the story is woven makes you want to continue reading, provided you don't have anything better to do. The characters however, are tiresom and at times down right annoying. Caroline especially is trying to the patience. She does not come off as naïve and innocent, but as rather stupid and whiney. It is she who should be smacked with the silver candlestick and not Lord Ashdon. Then later the calculated way in which she is guided by Sophia to manipulate Lord Ashdon is not made up for by the simple speech he gives after they are married that a man may be cornered but he decides if he will allow himself to be caught. These machinations work for Sophia because of who she is, was and how she had been self made, they do not work for her pampered, cosseted daughter. There is little about Caroline to recommend her at all to the reader or to a suitor. Ashdon we discover to be a fairly worthy man, but even he comes out trite and tired in the end.
Oh, and the fight to prove himself worthy with her uncle was probably intended to be proof that Lord Ashdon really did want her, but simply came off ridiculous.
I personally wanted to warn Lord Ashdon only a chapter or two in to run and run fast.