Sunday, 19 August 2012

Review: The Harlot - Saskia Walker

The Harlot
It’s seldom that I find and read an erotic novel that I enjoy for the sex scenes alone. This, however, is one of those rare occasions. 

Saskia Walker’s The Harlot is set in the historical Scotland, to year 1715. 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. One of the women is Jessie Taskill, The Harlot of Dundee, a woman who truly enjoys a tumble and doesn’t imitate the dead when under a man. 

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. When Gregor sees Jessie’s bare buttocks, he decides she’s just the girl for the task. 

I admit, the plot is on the thin side, almost anaemic, but it does string together the unbelievably arousing sex scenes. Usually, I’d prefer more build up, more unresolved sexual tension, more waiting, but here the quick debauchery makes sense. 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. If that’s not your thing or if you’d prefer to avoid hints of m/m and f/f, you should probably give this book a pass. However, if those things don’t bother you, make sure you either have a significant other at hand or enough batteries to keep you happy. 

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. Jessie also reveals that the accusations thrown at her in Dundee weren’t as inaccurate as Gregor believed. 

Why then, if I enjoyed the book so thoroughly, am I not giving it a higher rating? The writing itself explains it. Especially the introduction to Jessie’s point of view felt repetitive and wooden. She started going on about her “secret talent” while talking about witchcraft and it annoyed me more than the usually irritating word choices for smut. Speaking of which, I’ve hidden a list under the spoiler tags. If you, like I, can’t stand certain words for genitalia or other body parts, well, beware:

Spoiler:
twin globes for buttocks
aching centre
cock
core
cunny
damp folds
her hot channel (lots of traffic there again?)
his length
juices
member (of parliament?)
most intimate place
nether lips
rigid shaft
stiff rod
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And I’m only rounding up, because deep down, I still prefer plot over smut.



Series: Taskill Withces #1
Pages: 252 (epub)
Publisher:         Harlequin
Imprint: Spice
ISBN: 978-1-4592-0536-9
Published: May 24th 2011
Source: Bought

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.

35 comments:

  1. Thanks Rameau!

    Lol, I agree with the list. I hate some of those words

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    1. They really didn't bother me that much while I was reading the book, but pet peeves are pet peeves.

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    2. I do have some words that annoy me too

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  2. Interesting review! You made me laugh with: 'However, if those things don’t bother you, make sure you either have a significant other at hand or enough batteries to keep you happy.'!

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    1. Thanks. And I was speaking with the voice of experience. Surprise shop trips for can be quite frustrating ;)

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  3. Fab review, Rameau! I've laughed out loud after i read "When Gregor sees Jessie’s bare buttocks, he decides she’s just the girl for the task. " AHAHAHA! I think I'll give this a miss.

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad you at least liked the review.

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  4. Very enticing review but I think I'll wait until I have a significant other at hand!

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  5. Thanks for another great review! This seems like a book for those that need a nice smut novel

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    1. It is that. If you're not looking for written porn, then this isn't a book for you.

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  6. Well isn't that what erotica is for, the sex scenes?

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    1. True, but most times I find the sex scenes better with UST and heavy plot in play to enhance the emotional connection.

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  7. BWA HA HA! .... of parliament? Oh that alone makes me want to read it. *snort*

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    1. My mind works mysterious ways. That happens or happened to me after spending a couple of years reading varying quality fanfiction smut. Now I have a list of pet peeves and weird mental connection for sex and genitalia euphemisms. If you do read it, I hope you enjoy ;)

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  8. "However, if those things don’t bother you, make sure you either have a significant other at hand or enough batteries to keep you happy."

    I died. Seriously, you're like the queen of naughty book bloggers. :)

    And I agree with you, I'd choose plot over smut any time, but I also appreciate when someone knows how to write a good sex scene.

    And that MM bit had me enthusiastic all of a sudden.

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  9. happy you enjoyed yourself. but i think i \ll skip it. gr8 review and i like the new avi

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  10. Lol now yoy have made me curious about her secret power, and I don't like reading erotica.

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    1. Witchcraft? It was minimally used and it made sense considering she wasn't educated in it.

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  11. hmm could not read your spoiler..but you made me laugh and i am glad you thoroughly enjoyed it!

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    1. Just highlight the area between the "spoiler tags" and it should show. :) And thanks.

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  12. When Gregor sees Jessie’s bare buttocks, he decides she’s just the girl for the task.

    ROFL!

    However, if those things don’t bother you, make sure you either have a significant other at hand or enough batteries to keep you happy.

    Oh dear, you do crack me up! You mean your MECHANICAL significan other? LOL!

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    1. Oh, well. I didn't want to come across prejudiced. Others may prefer flesh and blood models, but mine are silicone and plastic—with mechanical bits.

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  13. well... Too bad I don't think it's for me, I'm so difficult wirh erotica, well ok I don't read erotica. but interesting to learn more about this one.

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  14. Sounds like a pass for me. I've learned erotica is just not my cup of tea.

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    1. I prefer Nippon green, but I know what you mean ;)

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  15. I laughed when you called the plot 'almost anaemic'. That says it all, doesn't it. I'll pass on the book, but your review has certainly been very entertaining!

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  16. bahaha I think I'll just stick with reading your review, it seriously cracked me up!!

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  17. Oh this list is too much!!!! I think my fave is hot channel. I'll have to try and work that in to a conversation with my husband just for the laugh value.

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    1. Her hot channel is second only to "tunnel of love" both of which I always say with the voice of Kenneth Branagh's Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing (1993).

      Have you seen it?

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