Book Review: An Uncommon Whore

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“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

*Arc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 Stars

This is my first read by Belinda McBride, and I am definitely going to be looking for more of her work in the future. She is a master worldbuilder, able to weave a complex world in such a short amount of time and without a large info-dump. And even better, it all felt believable.

I loved the dynamic between Helios and Griffin, and the lessons they learned together felt genuine. It was heartbreaking to see Helios come back to himself and realize all that he’d lost. And even though the story was told from his perspective, I feel as though we were given such a depth of understanding as to what was going on in Griffon’s head as well. And it made it all the more heartbreaking and beautiful when they finally submitted to each other completely.

I selfishly wish this had been an epic fantasy novel/series. To watch these two grow up together and fall in love, to see their history unfolding on paper for us to experience first hand would have been incredible. But I am amazed at how much story, how much emotion and growth McBride was able to put into a novella.

I’m excited to read the rest of the series and see what’s in store for these two.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. E. Jamie
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 20:44:56

    The plot sounds really amazing!

    Reply

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