Thursday, January 9, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #15

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Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Mary of Buried Under Romance and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell, published March 2007


The Duke of Kylemore knows her as Soraya, London's most celebrated courtesan. Men fight duels to spend an hour in her company. And only he comes close to taming her. Flying in the face of society, he decides to make her his bride; then, she vanishes, seemingly into thin air.

Dire circumstances have forced Verity Ashton to barter her innocence and change her name for the sake of her family. But Kylemore destroys her plans for a respectable life when he discovers her safe haven. He kidnaps her, sweeping her away to his hunting lodge in Scotland, where he vows to bend her to his will.

There he seduces her anew. Verity spends night after night with him in his bed ... and though she still dreams of escape and independence, she knows she can never flee the unexpected, unwelcome love for the proud, powerful lover who claims her both body and soul.

This is Anna Campbell's debut novel and I read it when it was released almost 7 years ago. I remember that this book sparked a debate about forcible seduction, a trope that was quite popular in the 80s but had been dormant in the 90s and early 2000s. Beyond that, I thought Claiming the Courtesan was a great story and a wonderful introduction to Anna Campbell, who has since become part of my auto-buy list. Her current series, Sons of Sins, is stunning and incredibly brave in its vision -- and shows how much Campbell has grown as a writer since her first book.

To find out more about Anna Campbell and her books, click below:

Head over to Mary @ Buried Under Romance and Ki Pha of Doing Some Reading for their picks for Throwback Thursday..^_^

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)


  1. Oh wow! I'm not a huge fan of "Bodice rippers" but sometime the writers does a really great job at it that it doesn't disturb me. This will be a great book to see how much Anna has grown from and has perfected her writing and creativity.

  2. HI, Ki!

    Agree! I think she's writing her best work so far -- but it's always nice to look back to their debut novels. ^_^

  3. Love your choice. I actually haven't read this one, but I have read quite a few of her other books. It is on my list though to get read. I agree that her latest series is amazing. The first book is probably one of my top favorite romances.



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