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 burn at the stake, Jessie Taskill knows the danger of the gift she inherited: a powerful magic that must stay hidden. Until one night when she's accused of witchcraft and Jessie finds herself behind prison walls, awaiting certain death 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 own lust for her is enjoyable, and she agrees to be his pawn while secretly intending to use him just as he is using her.
©2011 Saskia Walker (P)2011 Harlequin
I really enjoyed this listen, it was an entertaining romance with lots of 'hot' scenes.
Worth the credit? - Yes
Why can't real life be like books?
I really enjoyed the mix of sex and magic in this historical romance that occurs during the Scotish witch burnings. Gregor, our hero, wants the lands stolen from his father, but the cad who did the stealing has a lot of clout. He figures the best way to get information from the brut is to send in a spy. He see's Jessie, the Harlot of Dundee, in a cat fight at the local pub, and gets a good look at what's on offer as the two women roll around on the floor. He likes what he sees and decides she's be the perfect bait to trap his enemy. Until she's caught using magic and ends up in the Toll Booth (Jail).
What happens next is good fun, but unfortunately, it's read in a way that would be more successful if it had been softened just a little in delivery. There are a lot of rolling "Rrrrrrrrs" as Helen Stern, who otherwise has a lovely voice, chews up the Scots accent and delivers dialogue that is a little too strong and menacing from the male lead. Even during the romantic scenes, Gregor, sounds like he's reprimanding Jesse (though she doesn't seem to mind it a bit).
While my ear never really got used to the hardness of the performance, it's a good listen anyway, and as I said, the sex and magic make it a lot of fun.
Be prepared for archaic sounding dirty talk -- it's odd at first, but ultimately adds to the atmosphere.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
No, it was just an average listen for me and I'd rather be wowed.
I'd save my credit for a better book. If your interested in this one wait until it's on sale.Just a warning, this book contains explict sexual content.
This is a great book...I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Was one of my favorite audiobook listening experiences.
Yes, The narration is very good and moves the story along well.
The main character Jessie's spirit and how she learns to trust and love.
Excellent narrator with believeable voices.
I really liked it and I think Ms Walker may change the way people think about erotic romances. The books is sophisicated, sensual, have magical nuances and shows how love can transform a person.
Jessie and Gregor's bargin is based on revenge but soon you realize these two are made for each other. Each learns to trust each other and finds a kindred spirit in the other.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was fun and sexy . Am now looking forward to listening to another book by Saskia Walker.
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