An Uncommon Whore (Colin’s Review)


Title: An Uncommon Whore (An Uncommon Whore #1)
Author: Belinda McBride
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Genre(s): Science Fiction, BDSM, Erotica
Page Count: 122 Pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.


This is a science fiction tale that is delivered from a two-person point of view written in the first person. The story is light but very interesting. Characterisation is strong and clearly delineated. Both of the central characters are likable and their stories allow for the development of effective empathy. The only limitation in this is that they are just too nice and well balanced for the lives they have led. There would have been more credibility had the mental luggage they brought with them had a more profound shaping on their characters. Even where anger is portrayed, it is muted and barely reaches the surface.

The non-human characters and the world-building is well presented although it would have been good to have the differences between them and humans to be slightly more than purely sexual mechanics and diet. Similarly, there is a lot of room for context to be elaborated. Context is presented well and it is possible for the reader to picture the scenes as they arise.

There is limited tension, characters are placed in situations that could easily go wrong and yet they always seem to land on their feet.

The sex between the lead characters starts early and is intimately woven into the development of their relationship. It is explicit in its description but not overdone. Given that other aspects of the narrative are equally light, this is in keeping. The relationship grows and develops over time as they come to understand what has happened to them. There is also an interesting balance between memory and experience. One again, there is a lot of leeway here for further explanation and development as well as the potential for tension.

The lack of depth but an effective plot means that this is a light read that is easily got into and carries the reader along at a good pace. With changes in location and a variety of interesting secondary characters, there is a lot to keep the reader occupied.

The end of the story resolves the initial plot elements but there are clear openings for further books. This is the sort of space romp that will keep the reader wanting more but not something that will necessarily mark it as a classic. Certainly, subsequent books will be added to the wishlist.


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Galley copy of An Uncommon Whore (An Uncommon Whore #1) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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