Review: A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan (Rating 4.5 Wine Glasses)

Posted May 26, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 6 Comments


From Goodreads: Regency London’s most celebrated courtesan, The Blackbird, was a woman before her time—uninhibited, financially independent, and free to live by her own rules. Schooled in the sensual arts by the one man she loved the most, she recorded every wicked detail in her diaries…

When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths The Blackbird’s steamy memoirs, she’s aroused and challenged by what she finds. Could the courtesan’s diaries  be used as a modern girl’s guide to finding love and empowerment? One curious curator—and one very lucky man—are about to find out…

Received for review from Publisher
Overall Rating 4.5
Character Rating 4.5
Love Story(s) 4.5

NOTE: I am going to admit upfront that I LOVED A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man because of Ophelia and Piper. To me, this story will appeal to every “nerd” girl who wants to or has come into her own. It will make you believe in love and maybe see a little of yourself in these characters. The book appealed to me on a personal level and it is going in my “to keep” pile!

What I Loved: I thought it was a brilliant story telling device to make this a half historical/half contemporary romance. The two stories told parallel really played well with each other. They are very different stories but with one main theme: acceptance. Really it was fantastic to watch all the characters come to accept who they are, what they really believe in, and blossom in that knowledge. I am not just talking about Ophelia and Piper but also Mick and Sir.

What I Liked: Brenna and Swan were fantastic best friends, mentors, and supporters. They proved how important strong friendships are when you are coming into your own. This book also brought the smexy in a big way! I blushed a couple of times and that is always a good thing.

Complaints: None

Why I gave this book a 4.5: I probably liked this book more than some will but really it all comes down to me as the reader. The book moved me and I adored the characters! Just a really good read from beginning to end that even made me tear up a bit.

Who I would recommend this too: Both historical and contemporary romance readers though be prepared for the smexy cause this book brought it in both time periods!

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6 responses to “Review: A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan (Rating 4.5 Wine Glasses)

  1. Melissa (Books and T

    I think this one sounds fab. I love the comparisons and the theme. Sounds like a good chick book. 🙂

  2. Tipsy - tipsyreader.

    Aww, I totally want to read this now. I'll keep an eye out for it! Wonderful review, cherie.

  3. Christi Snow

    hmmm, this sounds really different and interesting. Adding it to my wish list. Thanks, Felicia! smiles…

  4. Diana (Book of Secre

    Can I tell you how much I love the premise of this book? It sounds like it deserves 4.5 stars!For me, I know there have been many times I've read a book that moved me personally, so I rate it high. Then I see others who didn't like it at all! I guess it just depends on your own experiences!

  5. Amused

    This book sounds great! I think I would relate to it for some of the same reasons you did.