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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The Harlot (Taskill Witches #1) By Saskia Walker

It is a Dark Era, one when a lusty lass will do what she must to survive. Even if it means bartering flesh for a palmful of coins…

Forced to watch her mother burned at the stake and separated from her siblings in the aftermath, Jessie Taskill is similarly gifted, ripe with a powerful magic that must stay hidden. Until one night when she's accused by a rival, and Jessie finds herself behind prison walls with a roguish priest unlike any man of the cloth she has known.

In reality, Gregor Ramsay is as far from holy as the devil himself, but his promise of freedom in return for her services may be her salvation. Locked into a dubious agreement, Jessie resents his plan to have her seduce and ruin his lifelong enemy. But toying with Gregor’s lust for her is enjoyable, and she agrees to be his pawn while secretly intending to use him just as he is using her.

Holly's Review:

 I really enjoyed this book and if I seem a little surprised by this, well, I am! This is not your typical Historical Romance, even though it takes place in 18th Century Scotland, I think I would categorize it more a Historical Erotic Romance, lots of hot sex!! :) - They don't call Jessie Taskill 'The Harlot of Dundee' for nothing. She is a wonderful heroine, fiesty, brazen and full of life without being obnoxious, and and btw, she is a witch!! That is how she meets Gregor Ramsy, she is in a bar fight with another 'working girl' when she is accused of using her witchcraft to in the fight. This all makes Gregor take notice, not only does he feel a certain draw to her but feels she would be perfect to play the key part in his plot for revenge against his long time enemy, so he agrees to get her out of jail, where she has ended up waiting to be hanged for witchcraft, in return for her help.

Now, this may sound like a pretty basic plot but I give it 4 stars for the characters also, we are not just dealing with your basic whore and angry man bent on revenge! Both Jessie and Gregor are very in depth characters that are a lot more amazing than they seem on the surface, their chemistry is amazing and they really make the story a page turner, well that, and all the great sex!!! I don't to give anymore of the story away but I recommend this book, especially if you like Steamy Historical Romance!! 

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