If half the sex -- or even a third -- had been replaced by actual Story-Type Material tm , the book would've been greatly improved, perhaps to the point of a 4-star rating. She's one of those larger-than-life leads that have become so rare in the past years of milksop Avons, thereby phasing out the bodice-shredding elements that I prefer in genre romance. Not that I'm bitter about it. Not at all I'd be willing to try this author again if she ventures into more mainstream historical fic. R-rated lovin' is fine -- but I'd prefer a few intense scenes to the repetitive every-other-chapter erotica checklist.
My biggest issue with this book is perhaps something I should have anticipated.
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See, I went into this for the plot, which was sandwiched thinly between many sex scenes. It's an erotic novel, so of course there's going to be an emphasis on the sex. It's pretty much the selling point of the genre. But after a promising setup, the story falls by the wayside so Gregor and Jessie can get their lust on for at least half the book before the plot realizes 'oh yeah, I should get back to work' and pokes i My biggest issue with this book is perhaps something I should have anticipated.
But after a promising setup, the story falls by the wayside so Gregor and Jessie can get their lust on for at least half the book before the plot realizes 'oh yeah, I should get back to work' and pokes its head in. As a result, what should have been several key developments are crammed in awkwardly at the last minute, losing the impact they should have had. Both Jessie and Gregor serve as point-of-view characters, which is fairly standard in a romance novel since it gives a better chance to show the developing feelings between them.
What's noteworthy is that the two of them have and use different vocabularies. The tone doesn't change dramatically, but Jessie's word of choice isn't necessarily the same word Gregor would use, and these preferences stay steady throughout the book. It was a subtle touch I appreciated, since it's true that even if they're from the same region, no two people will always express themselves exactly alike.
The prose does, however, veer towards various shades of purple, more so when sex is involved. There are a lot of "dewy clefts," "sweet furrows," and the occasional "rounded womanly cushion. Well, that and whether you're interested in sex that's held together by a plot or a plot that's held together by a lot of sex. This was the first time I've read this author and I was pretty entertained by this book.
I liked the heroine and her use of magic, and the steamy stuff was not bad, even though some of the language made me giggle sometimes. It's probably more wordy and detailed than it needs to be for a book like this, but hey, to each his own. An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review. It's not often that you come across a HR heroine is an actual prostitute.
Not that I'm saying she's a role model or anything, but HR has an overabundance of virginal or sexually repressed heroine who reach their first orgasm with their heroes.
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Anyway, I classify this book as "historical romantica" romantic erotica , so those not interested in explicit sex scenes, move out of the way. This is definitely not your book. The main character is Jessi Taskill, a prostitute recently accused of witchcraf It's not often that you come across a HR heroine is an actual prostitute. The main character is Jessi Taskill, a prostitute recently accused of witchcraft. Along comes the hero, Gregor Ramsay, who witnesses the scuffle that lands her in jail, and proposes a bargain. What he wants is to get revenge on the man who destroyed his father's life and led his to suicide and he figures that Jessi would be the perfect spy to do it.
Personally, I think the hero just wants to get frisky with Jessi, but rationalizes to himself that she would be the perfect tool to extract information from his enemy. So, reluctantly, Jessi joins forces with Gregor, but their insatiable lust for each other opens them up and leads them to love each other. With the help of each other, they learn to face their past and work together find the truth about Gregor's history. So, remember, explicit sex scenes? Obviously, Jessi isn't a wilting daisy. In fact, she enjoys sex and is quite adventurous.
She's also a witch, so she has supernatural powers that she utilizes occasionally. I liked Jessi, especially since she wasn't going through some type of moral crisis with her history of prostitution. It was a bad thing, but it is what it is and nothing can change that. Gregor, on the other hand, had a lot of emo issues.
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He is hellbent on getting his revenge and at times moody and violent to random people for no reason except that he's having a crappy day. Personally, this man's too volatile, but I still liked him until I read The Scene. Maybe this isn't a big deal to most people, but Gregor essentially rapes Jessi because he was so angry that she was "flirty" with some guy. The plot follows his discovery of his father's death 15 years ago.
There are a few axillary characters, like Morag the maid , the excise man, Mr. Grant, and the laborer, who apparently have their own story about their threesome, but that's it. Considering that the series is called the 'Taskill Witches', I am assuming the brother and sister of Jessi will get their own books. I'm looking forward to read more from Ms. Walker, so I can't wait until they are released. Overall, a good read and I would recommend it. It's interesting and different and I hope this would encourage more writers to step outside the box. View all 14 comments.
The Harlot is a spicy Scottish tale of revenge, witchcraft and seduction. Gregor Ramsay is out for revenge against the main that destroyed his family over a decade ago.
When he comes upon Jessie in a whorehouse he decides that he could use her to seduce and take down his enemy. After fighting with another woman over a customer though, she is accused of witchcraft and carted off to jail. Gregor then rescues her, takes her against the wall, and helps her escape but only after she agrees to help him The Harlot is a spicy Scottish tale of revenge, witchcraft and seduction. Gregor then rescues her, takes her against the wall, and helps her escape but only after she agrees to help him in his mission. Gregor and Jessie then embark on a sensual journey of magic and mayhem.
The Harlot is about; well…a harlot known as The Harlot of Dundee, so needless to say this novel has a whole lot of sex in it.
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So insert all the naughty warnings here. Throughout the story he holds firm to his goals of revenge, trying not to succumb to his attraction to the feisty, spirited and passionate Jessie, but as his knowledge of her life and character deepen, so does his feelings. While Jessie is dealing with her own internal struggle of her growing powers and hiding them from Gregor along with her budding feelings for him.
Basically, there was sex, a little plot, sex, a little more from the plot, sex, sex, some sub-plot here, sex, sex, sex, The End. It took me forever, it seemed, to finish The Harlot and I had a real hard time keeping focused on it. I actually read two other books in between this one, which was a first for me; I usually stick to them one at a time.
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There, the story starts with a cat fight in a bar, where two whores are fighting for a man and their pimp is taking bets. Gregor Ramsay is a man on a mission, seeking for a revenge. He needs the help of a capable but not too innocent woman to spy his enemies for him. I admit, the plot is on the thin side, almost anaemic, but it does string together the unbelievably arousing sex scenes. For the plot. Of course with so much sex in a book there needs to be games to keep things fresh and exciting. The first half of the book is spent on Gregor teaching Jessie how to seduce Ivor Wallace, the land owner Gregor holds a grudge against.
This is where the voyeurism and light BDSM play comes in. The second half, in comparison, drowns in plot as Jessie starts to spy for Gregor and Gregor learns choice things about his past and the past of his parents. Why then, if I enjoyed the book so thoroughly , am I not giving it a higher rating? The writing itself explains it. View all 3 comments. A historical that features a heroine who is a Lady of the Night and who is also a possessor of "the craft.
Jenny is a woman who has done lots of things in her life to survive and selling her body is just the latest effort to make sufficient money to return to the Highlands of Scotland to live and to find her twin and brothe A historical that features a heroine who is a Lady of the Night and who is also a possessor of "the craft.
Jenny is a woman who has done lots of things in her life to survive and selling her body is just the latest effort to make sufficient money to return to the Highlands of Scotland to live and to find her twin and brother. There is a definite downturn in her luck, however, when she is jailed with an accusation of witchcraft but is rescued by Gregor who wants her to be a "tool" in his plan for revenge. Of course, this means that she will have to be trained for her task as well as making it necessary for her to spend time with Gregor, time during which both their hearts become involved, even though they are neither one willing up to that fact.
This is a very erotic read and one that gradually engages the heart and pulls the reader into the story.