by Claudia Dain

October 2007
ISBN: 978-0425217207
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback

Young Lady Caroline's prospects for a suitable match are severely limited by her mother's infamous 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.

Usually I love Ms. Dain's books, but this one had a hard time keeping my attention and focus. I felt that the characters weren't as strongly written as her past books and the storyline itself wasn't as fast paced as what Ms. Dain's eraders have come to expect from her.

Although I was disappointed with The Courtesan`s Daughter, I'm not going to let it stop me from buying and reading other Claudia Dain books...she's just too good of an author to pass up.

Reviewed in December 2007 by Debbie.

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