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Posted September 11, 2012
The story starts out with Celestine as a young girl who seeks refuge in the orphanage to avoid becoming a prostitute like her mother. She wants nothing to do with men and is disgusted with the thought of sex. This book was described to me as a romance novel, but I didn't find it romantic. In my opinion, in a hypnotizing love story, where the characters find eachother, feel great passion for one another, overcome obstacles to be together, and are commited to one another, sex is a great additive to this mixture. I am all for a good sex scene in a romance novel. In this book, however, the sex was not a spice added to magnify the reader's sense of a building relationship.
In order to get into a book and enjoy a romance, the main characters, hero and heroine have to be liked. I found it too difficult to like Celestine. She claimed great love for her husband, but he died, and within a few months she was in the bed of a pirate, whom she immediately claimed to love. Then she was hopping into bed with anyone who gave her the time of day, including her best friend's husband, performing the same oral sex scene , which each different man reacted the exact same way to. Several times I found myself saying out loud, "Seriously?"
I think I would have enjoyed this story more as historical fiction, without most of the sex scenes, although many of the other events in the book were too unbelievable as well. Sorry, it just didn't work for me.
I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
Posted September 5, 2012
You would not have to be a New Orleanian to appreciate the vivid imagery and majesty described in this book. The author has a way of gracefully capturing the subtle nuances that are indicative of the mystic of 18th century New Orleans. The sexual awakening that Celestine, the heroine, confronts is empowering and ingratiating at the same time. This book was very well written and a great accompaniment to a warm fire and soothing glass of wine.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.