Lara (World of Hetar Series #1)

Lara (World of Hetar Series #1)

by Bertrice Small
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Lara (World of Hetar Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Bertrice Small! I've read nearly all of her books but I wasn't going to read Lara. I don't like fantasy novels. I thought this book was going to be stupid and filled with a lot of creatures and unrealistic scenes. I'm so glad I changed my mind about reading this book. There are creatures in the book and it is a fantasy novel but Bertrice is such a good writer, she managed to create wonderful characters and a storyline that isn't silly. I liked Lara. I loved reading about her adventures. I really want her and Vartan to stay together forever (I like him a lot) but I have a feeling that's not going to happen *sigh* There are things I didn't like about his book: I got tired of seeing the word 'destiny' and I hated how Bertrice felt she had to repeat Lara's background over and over. Even though those things bugged me, I will have to give this book 5 stars. I ordered the other two books in this series. I can't wait to read them! Keep writing, Bertrice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most excellent
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to any bad reviews this series has! Maybe I am just biased, because I am a huge Bertice Small fan, but these are some of my all time favorite books by her. They really are amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It had many twist and turns, that starting tying together at end of book. Can't wait for the second book to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ALthough our author waivers from her usual UK heriones (which I thoroughly enjoy), she has brought us to a parallel world we can definitely relate to. Her herione is still strong and the multi-plots and lives exquisite. Defintely can't wait to read 'A Distant Tomorrow'!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was true Bertice Small. It was a little slow in the beginning but once you get through the beginning it is smooth sailing. It reminded me of the Skye O'Malley Saga. I have always loved her books and how she portrays her characters and their lives. This book proves she is on to another great series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best I have read in a long time!I would put Lara in class all her own when it comes to heroines. I have enjoyed all of Lady B's books over the years. This new series I think is going to open a new experience for Bertrice Small fans everywhere. I will be on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, because it takes you into it so well I couldn't put it down. I recommend it to anyone who loves romance!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book. First time reading a Fantasy novel. I think Small did pretty well and I would definatly give Fantasy books a try. I cannot wait until the second book comes out to this series!
harstan More than 1 year ago
John Swiftsword lives up to his surname as one Hetar¿s elite warriors, but will never be recognized as one of the top gun knights because he is too poor to purchase the needed ceremonial insignias and wardrobe to enter the tournament. His wife Susanna, wanting out of poverty, decides to invest in her spouse¿s prowess by selling her stepdaughter, a half fairy female. The money they obtain for selling the hauntingly ethereally beautiful Lara would enable John to participate in a tournament and win fame and fortune. Lara would also no longer live the life of a pauper as she would live the life of luxury serving males in a pleasure houses. ....................... Lara seemingly acquiesces as she can become great as a courtesan. However, instead of bringing in the vast fortune her beauty would seem to warrant, jealousy squabbles and fights make Lara worthless. Wanting some profit for the lass, her stepmother sells Lara to the only bidding customer, the forest lords, who abuse and use her beyond human capacity until she escapes. As Lara learns to use fairy magic, she exploits anyone who crosses her path even those with pure souls..................... LARA is an exciting romantic fantasy that fans of Bertrice Small¿s bondage erotica will appreciate. For others the thought of sexual indentured servitude will prove difficult to accept. The story line makes Hetar seem genuine though a depraved Sodom and Gomorrah. The cast is a nasty lot whether it is her stepmother selling Lara, or her father failing to prevent the sale; even Lara transforms from victim to abuser. Though an intriguing realm, this novel is not for everyone only those who appreciate highly erotic S&M fantasy.................... Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should be titled, "Lara screws everybody".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does have a bit of slow start;however, I enjoyed it and all of those in the series!
OctoberWoman More than 1 year ago
While this book was published by Harlequin, I would not classify it as a romance, but rather as fantasy, with a little romance thrown in.  At the age of fourteen, Lara, who is half human, half faerie, is sold into slavery by her father, a mercenary, so that he can afford to outfit himself properly to apply to become a member of the Crusader Knights. Lara is meant to be auctioned off to the Pleasure Houses, but her beauty is so great that the owners of the Pleasure Houses begin to fight amongst themselves and so much dissension is caused, that avenue is forbidden. She winds up being sold to the Head Forester and his brother, who believe that if they can impregnate her and she gives them a child, a curse put on their race by the Queen of the faeries will be lifted. And that's just the beginning of Lara's journey, for she has a destiny to fulfill. She doesn't know what it is or where it will eventually lead her, but follow it she must.   The story unfortunately became a little tiresome after awhile. I didn't find many of the characters very engaging, other than the young slave girl Noss, who Lara takes beneath her wing, and the giant Og, who helps Lara escape the Forest Lands. There wasn't a lot of depth to any of the characters. Lara is just so perfect. Her beauty is apparently due to her faerie heritage, and while traveling she has to hide it, as all the men she meets are mesmerized. That got old also, and I would have liked a little more explanation of why being half faerie made her so enticing. Are the faeries just really so much more beautiful than humans? Does faerie magic make them appear so to humans?  The books spans two years, during which time Lara also becomes a very skilled lover. Which when I thought about her being just sixteen, seemed a little over the top, and even at times a little yucky. Sex between the characters flows pretty freely and without inhibitions, but the sex scenes aren’t very…sexy. They’re more just a non-graphic recitation of what happened between the people involved. There are many mentions of the male characters' “manroots”, an almost quaint term that didn’t particularly bother me - until Lara and the Shadow Prince are watching his horses mate, and reference is made to seeing the stallion’s penis. After that it began to irritate me that on a horse it’s called by what it is, but on a man it’s called a manroot. And then when Lara and the Shadow Prince fall to it themselves, Lara faints from the pleasure. Ugh, please. I had to set the book down and take a break at that point.  What I loved was the world building. Learning about the different races, the different peoples, and the mythologies behind their cultures, particularly the giants and the forest people. And that is why I will eventually read the next book in the series, and hope the plot improves. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the whole set of these 3 times!! Love them all.
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I have been reading Ms Smalls books for years. This series had me excited like the release days of Harry Potter books. Enjoy!
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Do you like Diana Gabaldon and Karen Moning? Then, i think you will like Betrice Small. Well writen and wonderful story lines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved my journey with lara amazing...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. The following books in the series are good as well. Definately one ill reread!
Eryl More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to any one who loves a strong heroine. The first part of this book is pretty hard to read because it deals with Lara being sold into slavery and raped a lot, but once Lara is in the desert the story improves tremendously. Lara learns about being a woman and learns to enjoy love making. This book is wonderful to read and I could not put it down until the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bertrice Small at her best!
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