A girl like me.
In the ancient Japanese tradition of beauty and grace, sex and erotic fantasies are hidden secrets that only a select few may learn, and which are forbidden to foreigners. But when a threat to her father's life puts her own in jeopardy, young Kathlene Mallory is sent to live in safety at the Tea House of the Look-Back Tree, where she is allowed to glimpse inside the sensual world of the geisha.
During the years of her training in the art of pleasuring men, Kathlene's desires are awakened by the promise of unending physical delights, and she eagerly prepares for the final ritual that will fulfill her dream of becoming a geisha: the selling of her virginity. The man willing to pay for such an honor, Baron Tonda, is not the man for whom Kathlene carries a secret longing, but he is the man who will bring ruin to the teahouse, and danger to Kathlene, if he is disappointed.
©2006 Jina Bacarr; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
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I was certainly in for a surprise when I started listening to this "whatever"... I didn't realize that this is supposedly an erotic piece. I am 66 years old, and I am NOT a prude, by any means. I am a fan of the Japanese culture, which is what led me to this selection. This thing is just a joke. I don't know what audience this is geared to - men? Young boys? Certainly not women. But since I now own the thing, I tried to listen to it. It actually had me laughing out loud when I was not raising my eyebrows in disbelief at its outright stupidity. Have I completely left the planet? Unbelievable that someone wrote this, but then to have some editor say "OK! This should be published. Stop the presses!" The flimsy premise is so ridiculous -- in the 1890s a man leaves his 15-year-old daughter in a brothel (for her protection) while he flees the country to save his own life.
The only thing worse about this (I hesitate to call it a book) is the narrator. Her flat voice and droning tone eventually made me give up on the book altogether. I can only surmise that it was just as boring for her to read it as it was for me to listen to it. If I actually owned the physical bound version, I would take it out and burn it.
This book is a major disappointment. The author goes way overboard with her erotic descriptions and senarios, to the point of boredom. It's rare that I don't finish a book but I couldn't force myself to finish this one.
I was hoping this would be another steamy novel like Cain's Reckoning. Nope. I was disappointed. Not many sex scenes although the girl talks about it all the time, barely anything happens. If you're looking for steamy, this isn't it.
The Blond Geisha by Jina Bacarr, won first place in the Mainstream Fiction category in the 2006 RIO Award of Excellence, one of the most prestigious mainstream honors ever awarded to a work of erotic fiction. And I understand why.
The Blond Geisha is a wonderfully lush, sensually erotic story of life, love and sisterhood. It tells the story of Kathlene Mallory, a young American girl living in Japan at the end of the nineteenth century.
When her father's life is threatened, thereby putting Kathleen's life in jeopardy as well, she is hidden among the Geisha of the Teahouse of the Look-Back Tree. There she is allowed a rare glimpse inside the sensual world of the geisha.
While sex and imagery do play an important role in this book, it is more than that. It shows that these women were true artistes and entertainers and were often forced to choose between their art or falling in love.
I found this story to be deeper than it may seem at first glance, and I definitely enjoyed it. I'll be picking up Ms. Bacarr's next tale, Naughty In Paris, when it's released in July of '07.
I enjoy supernatural romances and fantasy!
When I listened to a sample of this book, and read the blurb, it sounded interesting. However, the book dragged for me and just did not hold up. But, some might like it. It depends on what you enjoy, and how much action you want in a book.
I did not enjoy this book at all and could not even finish it. I really did not find it well written and it did not have much of a plot other than the sex.
I only buy audio books because I have trouble reading, but the audio books are so much better & most make the story live.
I don't have anyone moment that stands out, the whole story was so interesting to me.
If I had to choose, I think it's when the man comes back for her to return to her father. I love the way the story is told by the the young girls, the way they described the parts of their body, but I have always been interested in the Geisha Girls life stories. This book just made me more hungry t learn more about them & their lives.
This is GREAT GREAT story and should be read, it's very knowledgeable and about your body. The way they explained their body part & their feelings was very well done. I think the parents that don't explain sex to their girls or boys would be wise to use this book & I think the young people would understand more. This book make this part of life stand out & live & very interesting. Very well told & explained. I love the story so much & it being audible made it live. Great Job.
Artist and Book Lover
I probably would have appreciated more historical accuracy, less erotic thoughts. Maybe, since it was supposed to be an erotic novel, actual action.
Personally, I didn't read the reviews or synopsis well enough to understand it was an erotic novel before I used my credit. I was surprised because I was expecting something different.
This novel was recommended because I like historic fiction, romance and different cultures. I disliked the over use of "honorable penis". It was cheesy and a little annoying. I have other thoughts about this book but instead of being rude and bashing it, I would like people to know that it's a good idea to read the reviews before. Especially if you were like me and just wanted to hear a novel about Japanese culture, not eroticism. It's not that I dislike this genre, I prefer to read rather than listen to these books. I blushed when listening to it in public.
But if you are into these kinds of books, have fun. Hopefully you will enjoy it more than I did.
The book was overall a good listen.
It was a delightful distraction at work. When all one realy needed is a good day off to get away from it all.
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