CLAIMING THE COURTESAN
This fresh, vibrant novel launches an exciting new historical voice: a don't-miss author whose talent for bringing back the classic Avon style and melding it with a 21st-century voice ensures her a place as a fan favorite.
The world knows her as the celebrated courtesan Soraya. The Duke of Kylemore knows her as his mistress, but she is simply Verity Ashton, a young woman who, at 15, sold her virtue to save her family from poverty. She has long dreamed of the day she would leave Soraya behind, but when it's at hand she fears the duke will not allow her freedom. He will defy society to make her his wife. When she disappears, he tracks her down, abducts her and drags her off to Scotland as his prisoner.
He vows to tame the tigress, but Verity will never surrender unless it's to true love. Each night Kylemore woos, teases, tempts and delights her, slowly winning her love. But it's dangerous to rise from lowly poverty and aspire to be a duchess. There are those who would like to see her dead before she can wed. (Avon, Apr., 384 pp., $6.99)