15 May 2012

Review: Belinda McBride - An Uncommon Whore

ISBN: 978-1-60737-512-8
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Loose-Id
Genre: LGBT Science Fiction/Space Opera
Length: Novel
Series: An Uncommon Whore; Next Book: When I Fall
Related Title: Belle Starr
Copy read from my e-library

Summary from loose-Id:
“As a general rule, you won’t find the love of your life while you’re on your knees under a table.”-- Helios Dayspring

Pasha is a slave, whoring for travelers at the most dangerous bar on Warlan. He has no memory, no future of his own, yet deep inside Pasha knows that that he is meant for better things. The day that Pasha spots the dangerous pirate in the bar, he knows that he mustn't let the stranger slip away, regardless of what he must do to attract his attention.

Captain Griffin Hawke spent the greater part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find Helios Dayspring crouched between his knees, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore. Though he is appalled by the downfall of his king, the hardened officer finds himself falling for the allure of the sensual creature who has taken his place. Returning Helios to his position on the throne is the only right thing to do, yet Griffin knows that in doing so, he risks losing his lover forever.

“A whore is a whore is a whore, unless he’s something else completely. I guess I must be an uncommon whore.”-- Helios Dayspring

Publisher's Note: This book contains male/male sexual practices.

Review:

An Uncommon Whore is a story where the beginning hums with the promise of a burning attraction and is seasoned with an interesting escape plotline. It is easy for the reader to absorb the world, its customs and I was quickly connected to the main pair which led me to emotion rife moments. As the story progresses it is carried by two formidable albeit flawed men but the plot tension kept at a level of engaging but refused to get in the ‘edge of your seat’ territory. Which I regretted because it would've made the stakes rise that much more!

From the beginning it is Helios Dayspring and Griffin Hawke who ensnare me with hidden secrets, fierce personalities and an attraction that sets the blood ablaze with passion. Helios is a whore who lives in the now with one wish: to be free. He is cunning enough to have attempted it but failed so far. When I met Helios is was intrigued by him. What made him so uncommon? While the answer to that question didn't wow me Helios' past became more interesting with each chapter. There is so much more to him than meets the eye and I wanted to know it all!

When Griffin enters the stage a whole new ball game comes in to play. The interplay he has with Helios is, by far, the best this story has to offer. There is a burning attraction between Griffin and Helios that demands rather than asks. There are secrets which are a live wire of danger entangling them both between past, present and the future. Griffin is the proverbial picture of a battle warn warrior with a penchant to lead rather than follow. He is gruff at first glance but in his interaction with Helios I got to see another side of him. He is a character of depth and I loved following him on his journey and discovery of his backstory. It's one that affected me, made me like him and I loved what he offered Helios.

The author gives the characters a layered personalities, instantly capturing the readers interest with backstories filled with mystery and dialogues filled with humor, snark and attitude. Carlotte is a supportive character who brims with temperament, backbone yet there remains a vulnerable side to her. In terms of characterization this author nailed it for me, she gradually reveals information that drives home an emotion rife HFN ending. However, I think the plot tension had a nice beginning but wasn't followed through as incredible as the characterization. The plot at the core holds incredible potential so perhaps in the sequel this will get a chance to really deliver on the suspense. In, An Uncommon Whore, it was more the revealing of secrets rather than the escape plot that added a subtle tension.

The writing flows with a natural ease allowing me to absorb the world building without much effort. At times, when emotions got the upper hand, the easy-to-absorb writing style only underscored the intensity of that particular moment and it was when the characters affected me the most.

Example quote: And just like that, belief spread across his face. Belief and joy. The smile he gave lit him, made him young and wicked and dangerous. He laughed, and pure joy flooded me, sheer elation at seeing life and hope awakening like the dawn in this man who was my life.

The story revolves around a few key characters, there is attention for world building and customs but in a very minimalistic way. Enough to get the picture but not enough to make it come alive in detail.

An Uncommon Whore is a beautiful character driven story with a plot that contains a promise for its sequel. Helios and Griffin make their love, life and world come alive in a way that made me enjoy their story from beginning till end!

3.5 stars

Quote:

1: “I do love you. I may not remember us, Griffin, but my soul remembers. My heart remembers.”

2: I didn't care that I was helpless, because it was Griffin, and I trusted him with my body, with my kingdom, and with my very soul. He drove me until I was ragged with bliss—sated, drained, and completely, utterly fucked.

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2 comments:

  1. I think I'd like to read it cos of the story. I want to know about the king who fell so low

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  2. I really loved this one. I haven't read the sequel yet...

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