Book Reviews

An Uncommon Whore (An Uncommon Whore 1) by Belinda McBride at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Other Planets / Soldiers/Mercenaries / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-August-2019

Book 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 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.

 

 

First edition published by Loose Id, January 2010.


Book Review

‘An Uncommon Whore’ is a really interesting book, and just like there is nothing “common” about Pasha the slave who makes his master a living by being a whore, there is not much “common” about this story. It's set in the far future on various planets and a few space stations, but the focus isn't on the technology, it's on people struggling with power, politics, and relationships. They just happen to live in the future.

Pasha has been a slave for years. At least that is all he remembers. And yet, a voice deep down inside him tells him he is meant to be somewhere else, even to be someone else. His current master isn’t overly cruel, and Pasha is sort of grateful for that. But when they walk into the most dangerous bar on the desert planet Warlan and Pasha spots a man who looks like a pirate, Pasha knows there is more to the rogue than meets the eye. He very cleverly engineers a meeting, and his life changes forever.

Captain Griffin Hawke may look like a pirate, but he is a former royal guard with a mission. His people were betrayed and their planet overrun by aliens, and Griffin has been working tirelessly not only to help the refugees build a new home but to find their lost king. When he realizes Pasha the whore is that man, he does everything in his power to get him off Warlan, have the slave chip that kept wiping his memory removed, and return him to his rightful place on the throne. Griffin knows he risks losing the man he loves to his position for the second time, but he is honorable enough to deal with that risk and do what he thinks is right, no matter the personal cost to him.

The story that follows is one of enduring love, a fight to return the king’s memories, and a need for both men to figure out how to relate to each other under these circumstances. As the details unravel it becomes clear they have never before managed to do so, but after their individual suffering, each in their own way, and the five-year-long separation, many things have changed. Realizing that and making things work are still two very different things, and I was fascinated by every step they took.

If you like science fiction and space opera that focus on people and their struggles more than technological or alien dangers, if two hot men who are deeply in love but have no idea how to make a relationship work sound interesting, and if you’re looking for a read that is very dark in places, yet carries a message of love and hope, then you will probably enjoy this novel. I’m glad there are another two volumes to read (so far).

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 192 pages/66030 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-August-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/an-uncommon-whore-by-belinda-mcbride-10735-b