Unclaimed by Courtney Milan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
who would have thought it? me, in love with a virgin hero. =O oh Courtney Milan, the things you do to my insides with your books, some of the most wonderfully written historicals I have ever read. most of all, they are romantic. swoonily, dreamily, deliciously romantic. the kind of romance that makes you realize that romance really IS missing from most of the books you're reading today.
don't get me wrong, I love the books that I'm reading but in between all the fighting, killing, paranormal occurrences, fucked up lives & upbringings, devastating life events, aliens, fairies, killer clowns, etc., something is missing. yes, there is love & sex & passion & laughter & many other things but wherefore art thou romance? hast thou forsaken your loving readers? not in this novel, my darlings, absolutely not.
Sir Mark Turner is a man, capital M.A.N. a virgin man for that matter, but never mistake his virginity for innocence. it was refreshing not to have the whole alpha/beta/I have no idea what type of man should follow beta (delta?) argument. that kind of crap seriously annoys me. Mark is a genuinely good, kind, sweet without wanting to smash his teeth in man. he has integrity, so very impressive.
Jessica as a courtesan, or "fallen woman", is very likable & lovely. you understand her motives even as you want to strangle her for the decisions she makes, and she breaks your heart with her thoughts that she will never be worth what Mark thinks she is. but her constant belief in Mark & his goodness melt even her resolve in the end & that is a beautiful thing. The sexytime at the end totally makes up for the unresolved sexual tension in most of the story & was definitely worth the wait.
I am more & more pleased these days with books that give me a happy ending as opposed to a happily ever after. leave that shit to Disney, yes?
in closing, I found this story wildly romantic, and I cannot wait to start Smite's story next. I have a feeling he will be breaking my heart into teeny, tiny pieces but I can't wait for him to find love.
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