The Perfect Whore (Kristin’s Review)

Title: The Perfect Whore (Storm and Lightning #1)
Author: Josephine Myles
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: April 26, 2018
Genre(s): Science Fiction
Page Count: 180
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Being the object of everyone’s sexual fantasies ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…

On a mining colony planet a long way from Earth, bandit Jedd Lightning dreams of making enough money to get his ship space worthy again. During a robbery at a high-class brothel, he meets gorgeous alien rent boy Storm and is instantly smitten—but the heist goes south and Jedd has to high-tail it out of there with only half the loot.

Enslaved by a fierce Madam, Storm’s shape-shifting talents make him the most sought-after whore on Talmak. He literally can’t stop himself becoming his client’s fantasy lover. Sick of enforced transformations, he wants to escape, but he’s closely guarded and has no experience of the unfamiliar city outside the brothel.

Storm is willing—and eager—to do anything to persuade Jedd to break him out of his gilded prison. Lucky for him the arrogant outlaw needs Storm’s help to free his crew-mate, held as hostage by a vicious mob boss who wants Jedd to complete the theft he was hired for. Storm keeps blowing away Jedd’s expectations—but with both the law and the mob against them, they could end up with nowhere left to run.


Blurb does a pretty good job of summarizing, so I’ll go right to my thoughts…

…which are super conflicted.

Now, I do love my scifi. I love my Firefly, Star Wars (4, 5 ad 6) Star Trek (original), Picard IS the better Captain, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (I carry a towel “just in case”) and yes, I’ve seen every Red Dwarf episode.

So I enjoyed the setting of The Perfect Whore – a somewhat backwater desert planet, with two species uneasily co-existing, and scrapping out a living is Captain Smarmy-pants cough ah…Captain Jedd Lightning. Think Han Solo, Captain Malcolm, or Captain Jack Sparrow. He’s got swagger, ego, confidence, and a roguish charm that usually works. Except when it doesn’t. Jedd’s loyal, has his own code of ethics and morality, and doesn’t let his friends down.
And the idea of a Chimericon (sp?), a Jaili, a being that shifts into an individual’s own personal sex fantasy is new and different. I liked the allusion to there being more to Storm Divine than meets the eye. No pun intended…

But I also struggled with a couple of aspects: I stumbled over a couple of anachronisms such as “turkey and gravy” protein bars. Not so much the bar, but the flavor. If using the future as a backdrop, move the food into the future.

I would also hope that future datapads don’t break when dropped – that technology that allows a person to zip through space would solve the teeny problem of durability.

And for myself, and this comes from thirty plus years of reading scifi, poor Jedd was just too much of a cliché for me. The charming smuggler, stranded while trying to get funds to repair his ship, getting into a world of trouble with the local evil space gangster. I also couldn’t decide what I thought of Jedd’s humor. I still can’t decide.

As the title implies, this is a Storm and Lightning #1. The blurb by Ms. Myles at the end notes there will be at least a couple more. The ending, while not a cliff hanger, certainly sets up the book for the next installment.

Ultimately, my thoughts are all over the place for this book and I can’t rightly say I liked or disliked this. If you like scifi, give it a try.


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Galley copy of The Perfect Whore provided by Josephine Myles in exchange for an honest review.

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I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: “Never leave home without a book (or two or three).” Though once I learned how to knit that became “Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project.”

A long-time fan of science fiction, I’ve since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian’s (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that’s not a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is…

I’m not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult.

Thanks for reading my reviews!

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