by Claudia Dain

May 2008
ISBN: 978-0-425-22136-5
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 agrees 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. But possibly, they may get more than either of them had bargained for.

Wonderfully written characters and a good storyline make The Courtesan's Daughter a good read, but it still lacked that certain 'something', to make it a great read.

I guess what I missed was the romance. Instead all I got was an interfering mother and a man desperate enough to be bought off to take her daughter to wife.

I won't let this book stop me from buying other of Ms. Dain's books...I have always been a fan of her work, but The Courtesan's Daughter won't be gracing my keeper shelf for very long.

Reviewed in November 2008 by Debbie.

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