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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425224228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425224229
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,764,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claudia Dain lives in Rateigh, NC.

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First time I have read anything by this author. Thoroughly enjoyed it, quite different from the usual. The main character is Sophia, the Courtesan, seeing how she manipulates all around her is great fun.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x91371fd8) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x912a7ca8) out of 5 stars Wit and sexy maneuvering in Regency England 20 Oct. 2007
By D. Bess - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a fun and bawdy ride! Be aware that it is also not a typical romance. Acerbic wit and sly machinations abound. The Courtesan's daughter is a typically waffling 17 year old, at once enjoying her role as a debutante and rebelling against it, but Sophia, the courtesan herself, is the true centerpiece of the book. I found Sophia and her counterparts utterly fascinating. They are smart and sneaky a la Dangerous Liasons. I was thrilled to find that the unique structure of the book promises much more of Sophia and her friends and family in the future.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Sonja Foust - Published on
Format: Paperback
I heard the author refer to this book as a "romp," and I couldn't agree more. The playful, fast-paced back and forth between the large cast of characters will keep you turning pages and laughing as you go. Enjoyable read, well done, and lots of fun!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90cbbe28) out of 5 stars Tiresome for the most part 30 Dec. 2007
By J. L Roth - Published on
Format: Paperback
Lady Caroline is of an age where it is time for all good little Victorian era girls with a proper upbringing, an impressive lineage and a spotless reputation to be thinking of marriage. But that impressive lineage is exactly the problem. Her late father was the Earl of Dalby. Very respected, very admired and that should have made her very marriageable. But then there was her mother. The Countess Sophia Dalby was impressive, she was admired and she was even grudgingly respected. But she had also begun her life in London as a courtesan, and the most successful and exclusive of courtesans. In the end the Earl had been so swept away he married her despite the ton's disapproval and forced her down their throats.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x912a7f84) out of 5 stars Bad enough breaking furniture and doing it in her mother's ... 25 Mar. 2015
By Katrina - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was not impressed with Lady Caroline and Lord Ashdon at all. The characters were not likable. The fight scene was ridiculous towards the end. I was really hoping that in the end they would not end up together. I was also shocked by the lack of class they both showed by having relations in her brother's bedroom. Bad enough breaking furniture and doing it in her mother's dining room but to have sex in your brother's bedroom. That's disgusting. Needless to say I will not read the remaining books in this series. The characters that move on in the next book, I am already not impressed with, so I won't read on to see their story. The only character in this book that was interesting and I would have liked to see more of was Anne Warren. Now she had class and was a lady. More so than the aristocrat's she was associating herself with.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90b2f1e0) out of 5 stars The Courtesan's Daughter 23 Jun. 2010
By The Common Bibliophile - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Could use less wit and meandering conversation and more substance. Different from other Regency era romances but not really in a good way. I could not keep my attention on the page. I could have read Jane Austen while watching Cinemax and the effect would have been much the same.
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