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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday's Hot-Hot Hottie: Ewan McGregor

Today's Hot-Hot Hottie is the Scottish actor Ewan McGregor.
He is not just very hot, he is an activist involved with 
children charities like UNICEF.

Ewan + kilt = SEXY

Father forgive me for I have sinned... Let me show you how...

For our inner geek

He travelled around the world from London to New York
And later from Scotland to Cape Town on a motorcycle.
Each trip took 3 months (hot, hot hot!)

Hello kitty!!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

Title: Pleasure Unbound
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica, book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Format: E-book
“In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . .
She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.
Two lovers will dare to risk all.
Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul...”

Pleasure Unbound is book one of the Demonica series by Larissa Ione.

Eidolon is the director and founder of the Underground General Hospital (UGH). A hospital specialized in provide care for Demons. Eidolon’s species is a kind of incubus demon called Seminus. He has also the power to heal. But his time is running out, he is about to turn hundred and with that age his final maturity change called the S’genesis will occur turning him into a vicious being powered with the need to impregnate every available female in his close proximity. They only thing that will prevent his fate is to find his mate.
When an injured human, nothing else than a demon slayer is brought to his hospital he decides to treat her against the wishes of his staff and his two brothers, Shade and Wraith, who also work for the hospital. His excuse for sparing Tayla’s life is that he is a doctor and he is sworn to provide treatment to a patient in need. But there is more to that, Eidolon finds the slayer intriguing and wants to know more about her.
When Tayla wakes up in a strange hospital she realizes there is something wrong, especially after the circumstances in which she wakes up.
Tayla remembers to be involved in a fight were her partner lost her life to a demon; she was also injured by the same demon and was dying, she doesn’t remember anything else after that.
Tayla has fought demons for over 8 years, since the day her mother was killed by one of them. She now belongs to an elite group of fighters called Aegis, their mission is to kill demons, vampires and all the other creatures that go bump in the night.
Tayla has been taught all demons are evil but now she owes her life to one of the creatures she lives to hate and kill and doesn’t know what to make of it.
Eidolon wants to trust Tayla, and wants to show her that not all demons are bad. Tayla wants to use Eidolon, now she has the opportunity to get valuable information for the Aegis.
But when things stopped to be black and white and become different shades of grey she starts to question her beliefs and everything she has based her life upon.

Even though Tayla is a compelling character I wasn’t completely drawn to her. Don’t take me wrong, she is a kick ass heroine but sometimes she was a little bit frustrating for me. She has a dark and turbulent past and has done all kind of things to survived.  Because of all those things that have happened to her, trusting is a very big issue. But she is smart and knows to accept when she is wrong.

Eidolon is a steamy, sexy, smart, charismatic doctor. He is a “good” demon, who is always trying to find a balance, not just for him but to help others.  He is very caring and loves his brothers deeply.

I loved the secondary characters in this book, specially Shade and wraith. I can say I sometimes liked them more than Tayla, although Tayla improves at the end of the book.

The world building is really good. There are hundreds of species of demons, all with different shapes, forms, powers and qualities. There are also vampires, were-animals, fallen angels and many more weird creatures. The plot is also different and interesting. The demons are not evil, at least not all of them. Things are not always what you expected, sometimes you find good where you thought just evil exist and evil where you thought it was all good. 
I had a little bit of a problem getting into the book, I think it was because all the weird names and demon terminology at the beginning, but after the first twenty pages or so, I got really into it and it became a page turner, I didn’t want to put down.

Pleasure Unbound is the perfect example of a well-written paranormal romance novel. It has complex characters, action packed pages, sizzling scenes and a well paced plot.
Pleasure Unbound was my first book by Larissa Ione and it will not be my last. I can’t wait to read the following books of this series.

Favorite quotes
  • The doctor had one hell of a bedside manner.
  • “So I didn’t get off. Tuck your ego in your pants and deal with it.”

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Pleasure Unbound
Desire Unchained
Passion Unleashed
Ecstasy Unveiled
Sin Undone

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Movie Trailer: Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides, is the four and latest installment of the highly acclaimed 
Disney film series Pirates of The Caribbean
This movie is playing in theaters now.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Keyplas

Title: Seduce Me at Sunrise
Author: Lisa Keyplas
Series: The Hathaways, book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: E-book
“Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation…and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.
Then, Win returns to England…only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…”
Seduce Me at Sunrise is the second book in The Hathaways series by Lisa Keyplas.

Kev Merripen is a Gipsy orphan with a tortured past. His clan left him for dead when he was just a child and was rescue by the Hathaway family. He is brought to their home where they took care of his injures. They offered him to stay as long as he wishes. But as a Gipsy he is not used to the confinement of a house and is planning to leave as soon as he is recover. His plans changed when young Winnifred Hathaway comes to his room to make him company; the attraction this two children felt for each other was immediate. Kev has never felt anything like that for anybody and decides to stay indefinitely just to be close to Win. Years have passed and Kev is still with the family, doing anything they need; he has become a protector for them and especially for Win, with who he has been in love for all those years. The family has done their best to make him feel part of them but he has always kept a distance.
Win also has been in love with Kev since their first encounter but has never acted upon her feelings. When she falls ill with scarlet fever Kev is the one who nurses her back to health. But after her illness Win is not the same woman she was, now she is fragile and weak. She wants to be with Kev but she doesn’t want to be with him while she is like that. She needs to be whole to take on Kev’s love. When Win learns of a clinic in France that specializes in cases like hers she doesn’t think twice and leaves for France to get the treatment she most needs.
Couple of years have passed, years, in which Kev had been withdrawn and has never written to her. Now Win has recovered her health and returns to her family, still in love with Kev but with not many expectations from him. She also returns in the company of Dr. Harrow who has certain interest on her.

I loved Win, she is smart and strong, she is a very determined character; she knows what she wants and it’s willing to do anything to obtain it.

Kev is so stubborn that I wanted to smack him more than once. He is the kind of hero that will make your heart ache. He has a sordid past and he is suffering because of it. He loves Win so much that he thinks he is not good enough for her and wants the best for her, even if that best is not him.

The chemistry between Kev and Win had my reader smoking. Since book one of this series, Mine Till Midnight, we see the love and devotion they have for each other. Their love is the soul mate kind of love. They found each other when they were just children but now they need to overcome emotional obstacles to be together.

My final though I loved the Gipsy factor in this book. I also loved that we see more of Can and Amelia’s relationship (Mine Till Midnight). I loved how the characters have developed, we seen them grown and become more in each page. I also liked the little surprises in the story. All in all, Seduce Me at Sunrise is a splendid historical romance novel, with rich characters and a nice plot.
Even though Seduce Me at Sunrise can be read as a stand alone I recommend you to read Mine Till Midnight first to have a better background of the characters.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Mine Till Midnight
Seduce Me at Sunrise
Tempt Me at Twilight
Married by Morning
Love in the Afternoon

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ARC Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles, book 1
Genre: YA Fiction, Steampunk
Publisher: Harper Teen (5/31/2011)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.
When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….
Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.”

The Girl in the Steel Corset is book one in the new Steampunk Chronicles series by Kady Cross. There is a prequel called The Strange Case of Finley Jayne. I recommend you to read the prequel before reading book one. The Strange Case of Finley Jayne will give you a better inside about “who is” Finley Jayne.

Finley Jayne is not a normal girl; she has a dark side that comes to the surface when she is upset or in danger. It’s something she cannot control and in some cases it has helped her escape from difficult situations, as it was when Lord Felix, the son of her employer wanted to take advantage of her; behavior for which the young Lord is famous for. But not only Lord Felix could not hurt her, he was taught a painful lesson by Finley. But after these events she is afraid or the consequences she might encounter and does the only thing she could think of doing, she runs away. In her haste escape she was rundown in the street by a velocycle operated by Griffin King, Duke Of Greythorne.
When Griffin realizes what just happened he goes to check on the girl (Finley) laying on the floor; she is unconscious and there is blood and some marks on her. Feeling responsible for her estate he decides to take her to his house, even though his friend and companion Sam Morgan disagrees with his decision.
When Finley wakes up in a strange place her darker side takes possession of her. But Griffin comes fearless to her side and helps her get it under control. Finley realizes Griffin is not normal like her, he has some kind of ability. Soon after this she meets the other residents of the house, Emily and Sam and notices they are all somehow special. Griffin offers Finley not just sanctuary but help controlling her duality.  An offer she cannot resist. And with this offer comes the opportunity to belong to something bigger.

I liked Finley’ a lot. She is a very interesting character; she is the female version of Dr. Jekyll and Hyde. Mrs. Cross managed to work both personalities perfectly in the character making it as believable as this could possibly be.

Griffin is charming and with a good heart. He is the richest man (18 year old) in England but he is not an uptight Lord. He is caring, friendly and quiet attractive as well. He is a very easy character to like.

The supporting characters are a big part of the book. Emily, she is smart, but not your normal smart, more like a genius. She knows about everything, even medicine and engineering. She invents the most fantastic gadgets. She is also very sweet and caring.  There is also Sam. Whom after and unfortunate accident has become a mandroid, part man, part machine, something he hasn’t come to terms with. He blames Griffin and Emily for saving his life and fixing him with mechanical parts. Sometimes I really wanted to smack him. We also met Jasper, an American cowboy; he is the suave one of the group, he is very flirtatious and funny.  And last but not least Jack Dandy. Jack is the antithesis of Griffin. He is a known criminal with an underground network. He is mysterious and very attractive. He is the perfect representation of the bad boy you shouldn’t get involve with but end up head over hills with.

There is a love triangle as in many of the YA novels out there. It’s an interesting one because the guys are the opposite of each other. Each guy is the perfect match for one of Finley’s “sides”.
The friendships are well developed and play a very important roll in The Girl in the Steel Corset. The characters are all between 16 and 20 years old but they felt as if they were older than their alleged ages.

The world building is very detailed and innovative. There is the big steampunk factor but there is also a paranormal aspect involved. We see automatons, velocycles, aether, organites, ghosts, and more interesting components; all these make it a more pleasurable read. I also loved the description of the attires. I was imaging them and wanted more than one for myself. I also looooove Emily’s cat, I want one! The setting in London and the involving of the queen was very interesting too.

The pace is good but I have a little problem with the plot. From the beginning it was obvious who the bad guy was and what were his evil plans. Everything was so lay out there that there were not surprises. I would have been more interesting if there was some mystery involve. The end was a good one; it’s not a cliffhanger but explicitly indicates a new adventure is coming their way.

Overall I really liked The Girl in the Steel Corset. This is a book for steampunk lovers. I don’t think a person who doesn’t like the genre will like it. But if you haven’t had an opportunity to read something in this genre and like YA literature you should give it a chance. As I said before I recommend you to read the prequel first.
The next book is not yet announced but I’m looking forward to read it.

Favorite quote:
  • "Don't cry, Treasure. You'll get me all wet and then I'll melt. I'm made of sugar, don't you know."

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
The Girl in the Steel Corset (5/31/2011)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday's Hot-Hot Hottie: Joe Manganiello

Today's Hot-Hot Hottie is the American actor
Joe Manganiello, best known for playing 
Alcide Herveaux on the HBO TV series True Blood.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Review: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean

Title: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart
Author: Sarah MacLean
Series: Love by Numbers, book 3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: E-book
“She lives for passion.
Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society's rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London's most practiced gossips . . . and precisely the kind of woman The Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.
He swears by reputation.
Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety. She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.”
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart is the third book in the Love by Numbers series by Sarah MacLean.

Juliana Fiori is the daughter of a fallen English Marchioness and an Italian merchant. Her mother is famous for abandoning her first husband and her two children and running to the continent where she met Juliana’s father, married him, had Juliana, couple of years later ran away abandoning them as she had abandoned her first family.
After the dead of Juliana’s father she learns she has two (twins) brothers in London and is put under the guardianship of her older (for four minutes) brother, Gabriel St. John, The Marquess of Ralston. (Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, book 1 of the series).
Since her arrival to London Juliana has tried her best to fit into London society, but getting the acceptance of the Ton is not an easy task and it’s even harder for her thanks to her background. Being the half sister of a Marchess sometimes is not enough when scandals follow her everywhere and everybody thinks she is just like her mother.
Simon Pearson, Duke of Leighton, also known as the Duke of Disdain for his too uptight and snobbish behavior is the antithesis of Juliana. He was raised and bred to serve his title. He is the holder of a sterling reputation, but soon a family secret is going to be exposed ruining centuries of pristine lineage. Now more than ever Simon needs to maintain the image of the perfect Lord, and needs to marry a Lady with a perfect bloodline and impeccable reputation to try to counteract the effects the secret’s exposure would have with the ton. He founds the perfect candidate in Lady Penelope.  The last thing he wants and needs in his life at this moment is being part of a scandal. But when he crosses paths with Juliana things are easier said than done.

I felt in love with Juliana in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and was looking forward to read her story. And let me tell you Mrs. MacLean doesn’t disappoint with this book. 

Juliana is the perfect heroine, she is strong, passionate and willed but at the same time as any normal woman she has her insecurities that make her feel more real. She is always showing a strong fa├žade even though sometimes she was in pieces inside. Juliana has come a long way. She is in a strange city, with a strange family and a strange culture. She has tried to adapt as much as possible but sometimes her boldness puts her in difficult circumstances. There were scenes in which I really wanted to hold her and tell her “everything will be all right”.

Simon is the proper titled Lord with a duty imprinted since childhood. He is cold, arrogant, rigid and sexy as hell. Sometimes you want to hate him (and you do for a bit) but you can’t blame him for his behavior, that’s the only thing he has ever known and he thinks he is doing what it’s best, until Juliana comes to his life and shows him there is more to life.
In my opinion Simon is the character whose transformation is more remarkable.

Simon and Juliana are just perfect for each other. They are smart, witted and noble. Their attraction and sexual tension had me biting my nails. I love their banter and seeing them overcome the obstacles to be together was a great pleasure.

The characters we loved from previous books complemented this one and new and unexpected characters contribute to make this read a more memorable one.

Two previous characters that I loved in Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart were Benedict and Georgiana. I really hope Mrs. MacLean has plans for them. They deserved their corresponding HEA.

The narrative is fluid, humorous and engaging, the romance has a perfect balance of drama and humor, the characters are vibrant, vivid and undoubtedly will make you fall in love with them.

I really loved this book. I cannot recommend it enough and this series in general. This book can be read as a stand-alone but I won’t recommend you to do that, the previous books and its characters deserve a chance to be known and love too.
If you are not a fan of historical romance I can guarantee you Mrs. MacLean and this series will make you change your mind. And if you are a fan and haven’t read this book or this series you need to do something to fix that situation as soon as possible.

Favorite quote
  • She was a sacrificial offering at the temple of his sanity.

*There were other noteworthy quotes but they are very “spoilerish”, so I’ll restrain to share them with you.*

My Verdict: 5 Paws

Other books in the series
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Movie Trailer: Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens is one of the most expected movies of the year.
It will be in theaters July 29, 2011.


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Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Rivers of London (Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovich

: Rivers of London (UK title)

/ Midnight Riot (US title)
Author: Ben Aaronovich
Series: Peter Grant, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback
“My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden . . . and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair. The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos - or die trying.”

The blurb of the book summarizes pretty well what it is about. Rivers of London (Midnight Riot – USA title) is the first book in the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovich.

Since I learn about this book I have been looking forward to read it. Couple of days ago I finally got to it. My first impressions were really good. Peter Grant is a very pleasant and likable character who discovers there is a secret magic world within our world, with ghosts, deities, vampires and many more weird beings. Grant is a clever man but he is easily distracted. He is learning magic but he can leave his XXI Century-self behind, he is always trying to apply magic using modern concoctions. This makes him feel more realistic.

The supporting characters especially Leslie and Inspector Nightingale are nice and interesting with some twists and mysteries attached to them making the story a little bit more entertaining. The interaction between characters was fun and refreshing.

The events of the book occurred in London. It’s obvious that Mr. Aaronovich is a local because of the knowledge of the city. The description of the places was very detailed, sometimes I thought it was a bit too much, especially if you are not a Londoner or are not familiar with the city, this can become a little bit overwhelming, like in my case, I was forced to look for a map of the city to get my whereabouts of the action. If the book had included a map this might have been a little bit easier.

I had a big problem with the pace of the book. The first third part of the book was great, I was in loved with the characters, with the plot, with the writing and I was thinking I found my new favorite series. But after that third part it suddenly stalled and it became so dull I almost DNF. I hate not finishing books or movies so I forced myself to continue reading, I gave a 20 more pages “last chance”, if not I was going to closed it down and sadly forget about it. I’m glad I forced myself to continue reading those 20 more pages, because the last third part of the book picked up the pace and it became interesting again.

My final though: Rivers of London/Midnight Riot is an innovative book, with rich characters, a very vivid world and three interlaced plots. If it was not for the pace problem I encountered it would have been a perfect book.
I liked the humor of the book, it’s what I called “smarty” funny. When I was reading Rivers of London/Midnight Riot it reminded me somehow of the TV series Doctor Who and later on when I did some research about the author I learned he had written for the TV series.
If you are a fan of Doctor Who, you might like this book. And if you are a Londoner or familiar with the city you might enjoy it more than me.
I will read the next book of this series Moon Over Soho hoping it will continue with the good pace of the first and last parts of Rivers of London/Midnight Riot.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Rivers of London/Midnight Riot
Moon Over Soho
Whispers Under Ground

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ARC Review: The Harlot by Saskia Walker

Title: The Harlot
Author: Saskia Walker
Genre: Historical Erotic Romance
Publisher: Spice (5/31/2011)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“It is a Dark Era, one when a lusty lass will do what she must to survive. Even if it means bartering flesh for a palmful of coins…
Forced to watch her mother burned at the stake and separated from her siblings in the aftermath, Jessie Taskill is similarly gifted, ripe with a powerful magic that must stay hidden. Until one night when she's accused by a rival, and Jessie finds herself behind prison walls with a roguish priest unlike any man of the cloth she has known.
In reality, Gregor Ramsay is as far from holy as the devil himself, but his promise of freedom in return for her services may be her salvation. Locked into a dubious agreement, Jessie resents his plan to have her seduce and ruin his lifelong enemy. But toying with Gregor’s lust for her is enjoyable, and she agrees to be his pawn while secretly intending to use him just as he is using her.”
Gregor Ramsay is having a drink at the Dundee inn when a fight starts; two prostitutes are cat fighting for a customer. One of them attracted his attention; she is feisty and beautiful. He learns her name is Jessie Taskill and is known as The Harlot of Dundee. She is perfect for what he needs and decides to talk to her after the fight.
Jessie is winning the fight but her opponent declares Jessie is having the advantage because she is using witchcraft on her. Jessie is immediately arrested and taken into custody. Gregor knows the laws against witch are severe and Jessie would be dead within a week. He decides the best thing to do is to help her escape, like that she will be in his debt and he could use her for his revenge.
Jessie is considering using witchcraft to escape when Gregory arrives to her cell dress as a clergyman. He tells her he would help her escape in exchange of a favor. Jessie misinterpreted his meaning and “pays” him right away, but that was not what Gregory intended so after he is more specific and explains his plan for revenge to Jessie.
Gregory wants revenge from the man who destroyed his father. He wants Jessie to infiltrated his house, seduce him and acquire important information in regards to some lands.
After Jessie’s escape, Gregor takes her to his lodgings where he starts to train her in the acts of innocence and submission, just the way his enemy prefers the girls. But with this “training” Gregory and Jessie start to get closer and their priorities begin to change.

It was difficult for me to get into the first third of the book; I attribute this to Jessie’s character. She is a prostitute who enjoys too much her job. The book’s blurb describes her as a “lusty lass” and I think the description falls short. Usually when books are written about prostitutes the women are forced or with no other option and they don’t enjoy their job. So seeing this character who loves and enjoys what she does was a little bit of turn off for me. But after some pages I started to learn more about her and started to like “lusty” Jessie a little more.

Jessie has a troubled past, her mother was accused of being a witch, later she was stoned and burned, while Jessie, her twin sister Maisie and brother Lennox were forced to watch. After that Jessie was taken away from her siblings to never see them again. And from then on she has lived a tough life where she has been rejected and pointed at for her mother’s sins. Also Jessie has power as her mother had, but she needs to hide it. Getting caught would mean her death. All these factors make her more likable and real at the end. 

Gregor is another troubled soul. But he is caring and fun. Even though he just wanted Jessie as an instrument to obtain his revenge he cared about her from the beginning.

Jessie and Gregor relationship was a steamy one; things started superficially between them, just sex and maybe company but things were developed well in the story, making a believable change for the characters.

The Harlot is set in Scotland in the XVIII century, in a time where the conflicts between England and Scotland were at its peak, making it interesting and historically accurate. It shows the people moods in regards with this situation. Also shows us how easily it was to accuse somebody of witchcraft and how these persons were hunted down and burn in the stake without clemency.

The plot was an interesting one and it had a good pace, especially the last half of the book. I also liked the paranormal aspect of the book, it was a nice complement to the story.

I felt the end of the book was left without resolution in certain aspects. I think an epilogue would have been necessary to learn if Jessie “search” had fruits and also with certain things in regards to Gregor, I won’t say what to keep this review as spoiler free as possible. 

The language of this book was another thing that turn me off a little bit, I don’t mind at all the “dirty talk”, I might say I enjoy it (a lot) if it’s well done, but in this book I don’t know how many times the words cunny, puss, cock, length, blunt and dripping were used, but they were many times. So many times that the language felt repetitive and unoriginal.

The Harlot was my first book by Saskia Walker and it won’t be my last. If you want a book with “lots” of sexy time, in an historical setting, with a wanton heroine and a touch of paranormal, this book is for you.

Quotes that… caught my eye

  • Not only was she the most delicious honey pot he’d ever wanted to easy his cock into, but she…
  • “You are a shapely young woman, sturdy. You bait a man. There will be many who are eager to spit your virginal crack with their pricks” – He was a charmer.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

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