Breathless - a Courtesans Novel

Celeste Bradley – Regency Goddess

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Breathless - a Courtesans NovelThe stunning sequel to Unbound! In Breathless, bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan will sweep you away—across continents and centuries, combining the best of all worlds in one unforgettable romantic saga.

She was “the Swan.” London’s premiere courtesan. Men want to be with her. Women loathe her success and yet admire her beauty, her riches, her independence. But when the jealous wife of her lover moves to have the Swan banished from her home on the high seas, she winds up crashed against Spain’s rocky coast with no shoes, no clothes—and no name. Taken in by a tortured, sensuous man known as The Artist, the Swan comes to know the woman she wants to be—her artist’s siren.

When Art Professor Brenna Anderson is in danger of losing her post at Harvard, the rule-following, prim professor is at a loss of how to salvage the shreds of her life. But when a new painting in the mysterious Siren collection is discovered in a dusty old house in France, Brenna does the unthinkable—hops on a plane to uncover the identity of the beautiful, enigmatic woman who is the subject of the paintings.

There’s just one hitch—the frustrating, irritating, bold and beautiful art hunter Fitch Wilder is also looking for the Siren. He’s been a thorn in Brenna’s professional side for years, but when their individual quests lead them to team up despite being enemies, a whole new sumptuous world of art and culture opens up for the two of them. And with it, they enter a realm of passion and love…

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“This deeply satisfying, genre-crossing story is certain to seduce fans of Regency and contemporary romance and women’s fiction.” — Publishers Weekly (★ starred review!)

“It’s not often contemporary romance merges with history so flawlessly. We don’t simply fall in love once — but twice. Two breathtaking plots fuse at the seams to create a focused, elaborate story.” — RTBookReviews (Top Pick!)

“Love, sex, history, and art are all found in this epic tale. A journey of survival, loss, and new beginnings. I loved it.” — Urban Book Reviews (★★★★★!)

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Awards for Breathless
Starred Review  Publishers Weekly Starred Review
RT Book Reviews - Top Pick  RT Book Reviews Editor’s Top Pick

Under the covers…

After the success of Unbound, Susan Donovan and I knew we had to tell the rest of the story. It wasn’t truly intentional to parallel the Swan and Brenna as we did with the Blackbird and Piper, yet as the first story progressed we realized that there were more questions than answers. Inspired by the beauty of New Mexico, we decided to set a portion of our story on the stunning coast of Catalonia, Spain.

Our travels to that location made the story come full circle in our minds. The beauty of modern Barcelona. The history of Catalonian castles and villages of ancient stone. Two worlds once again combined to free our imaginations to create something we felt was truly magical. To me, the Swan is a woman of strength and perseverance, wit and wile, wrapped around a core of undeniable hope that in a hard world there will always be hope, and deep, breathless love.

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Unbound – Love in the Past and Present Visit

Unbound - Novel with Susan Donovan
What if you discovered the secret instruction manual for seduction – right before the man of your dreams walks through the door?

Unbound is the exhilarating prequel to Breathless!

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…

(Unbound was previously published as A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man.)

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“a bold, daring and incredibly sexy romance. Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan have outdone themselves!” — Christina Dodd, New York Times bestselling author

“Ophelia broke barriers making her a force to be reckoned with. She is definitely going down as one of my favorite heroines.”Under The Covers Blog

“[In] this thought-provoking novel…[t]he growth of both women is well written and each of their powerful, scandalous, outrageous journeys comes to a satisfying conclusion.” — RT Book Reviews (top pick)

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Awards for Unbound (A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man)
Book Award Nominee  RT Award Nominee – Innovative Historical Romance Nominee
RT Book Reviews - Top Pick  RT Book Reviews Editor’s Top Pick

Under the covers…

In the front of Unbound, there is a quote from poet and activist Muriel Rukeyser.

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.”

This novel takes place both in the past and the present. Don’t worry, we made sure you won’t get lost! 🙂

Writing Unbound was about splitting open the world for me. It isn’t meant to be simple erotica. It isn’t meant to be just a sexuality manifesto. It isn’t really a romance novel, even though it is one of the most romantic things I have ever written. My half of the novel is the diary of Ophelia (the Blackbird), a Regency courtesan, which was about telling a fundamental truth about the secret life of women. I am not a cardboard cutout. I am not a moveable piece in someone else’s game. I do not owe the world “nice” or “pretty” or “good.”

None of us do.

Ophelia is brave, uncompromising, snarky and full of joy. I love her. She is the woman I want to be when I grow up.

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All new Haven Holiday novel Sleepless in Staffordshire available now! Visit

Sleepless In StaffordshireFrom the New York Times bestselling author of the Heiress Brides comes a heartfelt and hilarious Christmas romance…

Grieving widower Lord Matthias of Havensbeck Manor sends messages in a bottle to his lost wife and child, never knowing they are being found and read by spirited vicar’s ward Bernadette Goodrich!

It’s been six years since Matthias lost his family to a Christmas Eve fire at the manor. Still grieving, he secludes himself there every year, unable to bear the holiday celebrations of others. And every year, he sends his love and his broken dreams off in a series of letters tossed into the river.

Every holiday season, orphaned Bernadette looks for the dramatic and beautiful letters to arrive at her riverside vicarage. Will anyone ever love her the way the mysterious letter-writer loved? And who is the author of the heart-stopping letters she treasures so much?

A Christmas Ball brings the two together in a conspiracy by a mischievous little brother and an interfering butler. By turns heartfelt and hilarious, Sleepless in Staffordshire is a charming Regency historical take on the romantic Nora Ephron film “Sleepless in Seattle.”

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“Celeste Bradley has written an achingly beautiful winter tale.” — C Lewis – Amazon Reviewer

“I love her characters I get so attached! I have everything she’s written and they just keep getting better.” — S Hill – Amazon Reviewer

“Yes, it’s got funny parts, and yes it’s light-hearted, but Bradley hits you in the feels right out of the gate and doesn’t let go until the end.” — Julie P – Amazon Reviewer

“This is classic Celeste Bradley at her best. It was both heart wrenching and heartwarming.” — S O’Byrne – Amazon Reviewer

“With Christmas celebrations over, and seeing a post of this new-to-me writer, I couldn’t resist one more holiday story. And I’m so glad I permitted myself this one final gift. A beautiful, bitter sweet story of love lost, and the bloom of a new love and new beginnings.” — Susan F – Amazon Reviewer

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Under the covers…

Sometimes when you have an idea burning in your imagination, but it doesn’t work with your current series, there’s only one thing you can do.

Start another series!

The Haven Holiday books are my new Christmas series. Every holiday season, I’ll publish another story set in the village of Haven in Staffordshire. Snowfall, sleigh rides, hot tea and fireside cuddles–all my favorite things about English Country Christmas!

My other favorite thing about Christmas? Holiday movies! So I thought I’d look to my favorite romantic holiday films for inspiration in capturing that perfect Christmas love story. I give you Sleepless in Staffordshire, starring the sorrowful Lord Matthias and the irrepressible Bernadette!

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