An Uncommon Whore (CrabbyPatty’s Review)


Title: An Uncommon Whore (An Uncommon Whore #1) Second Edition
Author: Belinda McBride
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Genre(s): Science Fiction / High Fantasy
Page Count: 192
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5

Blurb:

Pasha is a slave, whoring for travelers at the most treacherous bar on Warlan. The day Pasha spots the dangerous pirate in the bar, he knows he mustn’t let the stranger slip away, no matter what he must do to draw his attention.

Captain Griffin Hawke spent the better part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find Helios Dayspring crouched between his legs, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore. Though he is appalled by the downfall of his king, Grif falls for the sensual creature who has taken his place. After a brutal invasion stripped his people of nearly everything, they desperately need Helios to lead them. But returning him to the throne means smuggling him off the planet, disabling the chip that keeps him submissive and forgetful. They will face old enemies, traitors, and greedy opportunists who’d like to strip their new planet of its wealth.

It might mean Grif losing his lover… and they’ve both lost too much already.


Okay, I devoured this galactic high fantasy / space opera – I mean, c’mon, a hard muscled and battle worn rock-hard badass pirate with supple black leather pants, long black wavy hair and a leather patch over one eye … in space … and a lost-lost king, the hope of his people, sold and turned into a whore with a memory-suppressing chip embedded in his brain.

The author slowly doles out Grif and Helios’ shared history as boys, later lovers, and then leader and bodyguard, balancing it against their efforts to return to their people, restore the kingdom and learn the names of the traitors who betrayed their people. It absolutely destroys Grif to know that Helios’ memory may never fully return, yet Helios draws strength from what he’s experienced the past five years:

I’ve learned to step back. I’ve discovered that humility is not such a bad thing and that strength can be found through submission. I’ve learned that I am not always right, and being wrong is not a bad thing, nor is it a weakness.

The sexual tension between Grif and Helios is sizzling (and their numerous sex scenes are completely off-the-chain hot) but their relationship is strengthened and deepened by what each has endured, and their second chance at love and happiness is achingly heartfelt.

I loved the plot and the world-building, as well as the developing mystery of who is behind Helios’ servitude, and the way Grif and Helios’ restart their lives together. But there’s more to learn in the next book – how their relationship endures the demands of state duty, how the hunt for the traitors continue, how Helios rebuilds his kingdom and people, etc. I’m giving “An Uncommon Whore” 5+ stars and highly recommending it.


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Galley copy of An Uncommon Whore provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader
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