Published February 20th 2012 by Lyrical Press, Inc.
ISBN 13: 9781616503550
Source: Author, for the purpose of an honest review
Genre: Erotic, menage
Series: Whored, book #1
Leila is a lawyer-in-training and to help pay off family debts has worked as a whore in her downtime. Her world shifts on its axis when her secret is revealed to her boss (Joseph) and co-worker (Matt) after they hire her out for an evening of bedded bliss. This results in Joseph paying her debt in full and Matt hoping to win her heart. What neither of them understands is that Leila has come to love her naughty night life. She comes to understand that part of the draw has been the healing of her broken heart after a torrid romance with an ex Charlie – that leaves her wanting the darker side of love and life. Finally coming to grips with the fact that not every person loves a happily ever after with the white picket fence and vanilla sex, Leila finally decides to follow her heart and her libido.
Just have to say…I loved this book. I completely ‘got’ Leila and her struggle to be true to herself. Wanting to be a good girl but loving being bad is a complete struggle many will understand. I could have read the book in an evening, but took my time to savor every moment. It was not a predictable read and the author shocked me with a few of the twists in the story. The author has a quick and cutting wit that left me rolling at times. Don’t be turned off by the “whore” scenario because in the grand scheme of things the stigma is the only thing you won’t love about this character or her job.
What I loved about the book was that it didn’t try to force Leila to be the perfect woman that wants what every good girl is supposed to want and sacrificing her happiness for it. It let Leila explore and decide for herself the type of love she wanted even if it meant she’d get hurt in the process. Several glimpses into BDSM are exposed, but not enough to terrify the “good girls”. The sex was steamy with MFM and FMF ménages, as well as a very detailed “naughty school girl” at a wedding. The vanilla sex was steamy as well and made you hope she’d find her happiness in that path. However, the dark draw of a man with scarves and a knife is hard to look away from.
It took a bit to get used to the way the author would switch around in the scenes with little warning and I would have to re-read a few lines to clarify what had happened. It also took a bit to get used to the British colloquialisms that I struggled with, but it really adds to the story and opens up a whole other world. I am anxiously awaiting the next story in The Whored’s Prayer (6-4-12) which continues this tale of lust and love with a little bloodshed in the process…I hope.