Unclaimed (Turner #2) by Courtney Milan


Unclaimed (A Turner Series Book 2)

Synopsis:

Her only hope for survival...

Handsome, wealthy and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London and he's known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check...until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he's waited for all his life.

Is to ruin the man she loves...


But Jessica is a courtesan, not the genteel lady Sir Mark believes. Desperate to be free of a life she despises, she seizes her chance when Mark's enemies make her an offer she can't refuse--seduce Mark and tarnish his good name, and a princely sum will be hers. Yet as she comes to know the man she's sworn to destroy, Jessica will be forced to choose between the future she needs and the love she knows is impossible.

Review:

Unclaimed was another great read from Courtney Milan. While I didn't enjoy it as much as Unveiled, it was still amazing.

Sir Mark is famous for his book on chastity. He is held to a high moral standard and he gets mobbed wherever he goes. He always seems to be fine in the lime light, but really he just wants people to leave him alone. He is not a hero. He just wants people to act morally for the sake of being moral. He doesn't like everyone thinking he is some super amazing person. He is just a guy who is trying to do the right thing and get other to as well. He leaves London to spend the summer in his childhood home. From the first book in the series you know his mom was kind of crazy and he still has some issues left over from that. He just wants some peace and quite and to be himself for a bit. Unfortunately that doesn't happen as a branch of the Male Chastity Brigade in town and so everyone still knows who he is.

I really liked Mark. He is really a great guy, even though he gets tired of everyone always thinking he is perfect. He has wants and needs just like everyone else, but he just doesn't act on them. It was fun and heartbreaking watching him try and do the right thing all the time. He would speak out against some of the outrageous thoughts and ideas some of the MCB had, but even when he would lose his temper and tell at them off they still applauded him in the end. It was like he couldn't really get through to people. He couldn't make the guys see that they don't need a club to keep them in line. They should embrace chastity because it is the right thing to do, not because of this club. Also the club has some ideas that are not at all in line with his beliefs. Like they have a hand signal to warn you away from dangerous women, which to Mark is just ridiculous. If a woman is caught in a compromising position the woman is the one who is disgraced, but nothing happens to the man. Mark really believes there are not dangerous woman, but dangerous men. I loved how he tries to get men to see how they should be responsible for the downfall of some women. I loved it.

Jessica has not had the easiest of lives. She was cast aside by her parents at a young age when she made a mistake. A mistake which the man did not suffer for, only she did. Her only hope was to become a courtesan and for a while she was okay with that. Then something dreadful happened with a guy who is trying to ruin Mark's reputation and she does not feel anything anymore. When that guy offers a reward to the lady who seduces Mark Jessica volunteers to do just that. She needs to money so she can go away to a small town somewhere where no one knows her and, as she says, try to feel the sun again.

When she first gets to Mark's home town the town is not very kind to her. Everyone tries to keep her away from Mark, but from the first moment he sees her he is intrigued. Only she then starts acting not like herself when she is around him and that just makes him angry. It was fun watching the two of them try to work everything out. Jessica wasn't supposed to fall in love, she didn't want to ruin Mark, but what other choice does she have? She keeps trying to tell him he shouldn't trust her, but he just won't listen. It was fun watching Mark struggle to stick to his beliefs. He also makes the townspeople realize how mean they are to Jessica for no good reason. He gets them to start including her in things. Not everyone, but even one person being nice to her is enough to make a difference. He was such a great person.

Of curse everything comes out in the end and it takes a bit to work everything out, but Mark and Jessica are just so great together. I loved their story and how amazing they both were. Another great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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