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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wasteland: The Whore by Lilli Feisty



Wasteland: The Whore by Lilli Feisty
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (62 pgs)
Other: M/M, M/F/M, Ménage, BDSM, Spanking, Anal Sex, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Her quest for freedom plunges her into dangerous waters…of desire.

Wasteland, Book 3

Bryn is a “Rose”, but her life is no garden. A stolen child, prostitution is the only life she’s ever known—except on the nights she sneaks out in stolen men’s clothing to explore the city. A tiny taste of freedom that makes her long for a life outside sexual servitude, at the mercy of any man who can pay.

Xander remembers no other home except his pirate ship, smuggling weapons or anything else for a fee. He’s been happy with his life and his lover, Hawke…until he rescues who he thinks is a young man from robbers.

Figuring she can blend in with the crew, Bryn jumps at the chance to escape the Brothel. Then she discovers Xander and Hawke have a taste for pretty boys—and that she has a taste for them. In their arms, she embraces their incredible gift: control of her own sexuality.

Though women are considered bad luck at sea, Xander isn’t of a mind to give her up. Yet the time is drawing near when the ship must return to Wasteland to resupply. And what awaits them there is a danger that could tear them apart.

A massive solar storm, and the radiation is generates, brings life on Earth as we know it to a screeching halt. Those that emerge in the aftermath are survivors who must learn to deal with conditions in the Wasteland. More men than women survived, but the women who did are strong and determined, and fall into four distinct categories: Wanderers, Whores, Breeders and Priestesses.

In this future Wasteland, the only sure way to protect the young women is to sell them to brothels to be raised and trained as Whores, called Roses. As a Rose, a woman is ensured a safe life of reasonable luxury, albeit one of servitude and restriction.

Bryn was stolen as a child, and hates her life as a Rose and finds ways to make it less onerous. When she escapes the brothel disguised as a boy, intent only on visiting the city shops for more of the cinnamon-clove arre’tes (similar to cigarettes) that make her job more palatable, she gets much more than she bargains for. Attacked by young toughs intent on stealing the earbob she wears to hide the proof of what she is, she is rescued by two pirates: Captain Xander and Hawke, who mistake her for a boy, and invite her to join their crew. The decision she makes will change her life. Will Bryn join Xander and Hawke as they sail off to uncharted places? Can Xander and Hawke escape the retribution of Viven, and keep Bryn safe too? Will Bryn discover her hidden strength and find the freedom she so desires?

Bryn is an interesting mix. A young woman trained to be a Whore, she despises the men who come to use her, and longs for a freedom she knows she can never experience. She is strong and determined, and finds little ways to make her position more comfortable for herself. And she is smart, and loyal to her friends. I like that she keeps her sense of self, and finds the little things necessary to make life acceptable. She doesn’t realize at first what she is accepting with Xander and Hawke, but with them she finds her true sensuous nature. Xander and Hawke are a couple, and it is through observing them together that Bryn finds the strength and power of sex, when it is given freely and for mutual pleasure.

I love the relationship that develops between the three of them, as they sail on through the ocean seeking an escape from the evil pirate Viven. And I also loved the ironic twists and turns that pop up in this one. I recommend this one for the sheer sensuous nature of the story, and for the delicious spanking scene on the pirate ship that will curl your toes. Bring the ice, and keep the fan on high.

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