A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man

Title: A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man
Author: Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
paperback, 384 pages
ISBN: 978-0-312-53256-7
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Summary: 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…

A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man is a historical romance and a contemporary romance rolled into one. There are two different story lines in two different time periods that are connected by a single diary. Piper Chase-Pierpont is a curator. She's in charge of the latest exhibit featuring the town's matriarch. Piper unsuspectingly finds three scandalous diaries. Piper keeps the diaries a secret from the rest of her colleagues but uses the diaries as a how to manual for seducing her long time crush. She gets more than she bargains for while reading the diaries. The diaries belong to The Blackbird. The Blackbird is a woman who refuses to be sold as property in marriage. She takes matters into her own hands and becomes a courtesan. She is taught the fine art of making love by a mysterious masked stranger only known as "Sir". This part of the novel is steamy to say the least. The Blackbird defies society and lives life on her own terms. I really enjoyed both story lines. Piper's was about self discovery and being comfortable in your own skin and The Blackbird's was about following your instincts and being true to who you are. Both storylines paralleled each other beautifully. 
Overall this was a good book. It was funny, witty and heart warming.  It is highly entertaining but I will warn you that it's for mature audiences only. 

To find out more about this book and the authors check out: 
Celeste Bradley's website | blog | 
Susan Donovan's website | blog | twitter 

* I received a copy of this book from Library Thing's Early Reviews giveaways. This in no way influenced my opinion of this book.


  1. Great review, sounds like Blackbird is the substitute for a more commonly used word in modern day.


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