An Uncommon Whore & When I Fall by Belinda McBride ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

An-Uncommon-Whore-Collage Title: An Uncommon Whore & When I Fall

Author: Belinda McBride

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

An Uncommon Whore

“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

When I Fall

As king, Helios Dayspring is desperate to secure the future of his people and their new homeworld. His lost memories are slowly returning, bringing with them danger and betrayal.
As the king’s consort, Griffin Hawke wrestles with growing isolation from his lover. When Helios’s secrets begin to come to light, Griffin finds that he barely recognizes him anymore. And Griffin is haunted by his own secrets, nightmares that bring torture and death in his sleep.
Surrounded by enemies and allies, seductive aliens and dangerous operatives, Helios and Griffin find themselves tested to their physical and moral limits. Not knowing who to trust, they can only turn to each other.
Will you be there to catch me when I fall?

My View:

A little birdy told me that Belinda McBride is coming out with book 3 of the Uncommon Whore series later this year. So like any good bibliophile, I had to read books one & two before that big day.

These two stories follow on one another and should be read together.

Uncommon Whore

We are introduced to Helios (Pasha) and Griffin, old lovers, widowers, and future lovers. Some might say soulmates. Pasha is a slave and a whore who just happens to connect on “another” level with his trick who happens to be his former lover and there to take him home, once he, too, realizes the connection. The Sex scenes are hot, and numerous, but more important is the story of redemption and reconnection inherent in the lost hero found plot.

I had problems with my suspension of disbelief many times in this title, but I fell in love with the gruff hero with a soft spot, Griffin. I can’t say I felt the same for Helios, though I did have a pang or two of sympathy for his lost time with his family, his lost years, and his permanent scars/reminders of his time as a slave.

When I Fall

Can I tell you how much I loved the fact that this book was from Griffin’s perspective? As much as Helios was painted the returning hero in book 1, I felt that the mantel really should have gone to Griffin. In book two, we get to see why Griffin is so in love with Helios. We also get to see a different side to Griffin. We get to see his insecurities and vulnerabilities that were only hinted at and dismissed in book one.

In When I Fall, we pick up about a year after the events of An Uncommon Whore. Helios is settled back into life among his people, this time as king with Griff at his side as consort. His son, sister, and Griff’s two girls completing their family. He also has some new allies and surprising, or maybe not so surprising, enemies.

In the end, we get to see Griff be the hero we know he is. He sees the level of betrayal and conspiracy that went into the downfall of an entire planet and the enslavement of their future king. We see the HEA that Griff and Helios deserve. What we don’t get is all the answers. There are just enough loose ends left untied that I am eager for book three.

Buy Links

Loose Id
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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