Review of An Uncommon Whore, by Belinda McBride

An Uncommon WhoreI borrowed a copy of Belinda McBride‘s An Uncommon Whore. (Thank you, S.) It’s one of those books that I threw on my TBR so long ago I don’t even remember doing it, but there’s a certain notable gratification in finally reading it.

Description from Goodreads:
“As a general rule, you won’t find the love of your life while you’re on your knees under a table.” — Helios Dayspring

Pasha is a slave, whoring for travelers at the most dangerous bar on Warlan. He has no memory, no future of his own, yet deep inside Pasha knows that that he is meant for better things. The day that Pasha spots the dangerous pirate in the bar, he knows that he mustn’t let the stranger slip away, regardless of what he must do to attract his attention.

Captain Griffin Hawke spent the greater part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find Helios Dayspring crouched between his knees, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore. Though he is appalled by the downfall of his king, the hardened officer finds himself falling for the allure of the sensual creature who has taken his place. Returning Helios to his position on the throne is the only right thing to do, yet Griffin knows that in doing so, he risks losing his lover forever.

“A whore is a whore is a whore, unless he’s something else completely. I guess I must be an uncommon whore.” — Helios Dayspring

Review:
I don’t know about other people, but I read a lot of books that I neither love nor hate. I have very little feeling about them at all, actually. This is one of those books. There wasn’t anything obviously wrong with it and I didn’t find myself loath to finish it, but I can’t say it rang any real bells for my either. It was OK. It was so-so. It was average. It was a fine distraction that I probably won’t remember tomorrow.

I thought it started off strong and tapered to nothing as the plot died about halfway through. Helios and Griffin were very sweet and there were a number of ‘awww’ moments. I appreciated Helios’ take on submission and surrender and the sex was fine (not fabulous, but not too bad either). All in all, a passable read but little more.

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