Plot: Gavin and Daisy shared a special bond as friends in an orphanage. When they are seperated, Gavin promised Daisy that they will be together again. Fifteen years later, he is still looking for her when he suddenly finds her again. As a showgirl in a music hall. Gavin offers Daisy an audition for a Shakespearean play if she moves in with him for a month. Setting is Late Victorian London.
Note: I refuse to post the cover of this erotic historical romance because not only is it garish but the chick on the cover is too hefty to be the heroine.
Enslaved has a worldwide release date of October 1, 2007 but you can order it NOW from your local Borders. When I went to Borders to order my copy, they already had 3 copies in stock. The next day, I went by my local B&N on the East Side and they also had 2 copies in stock.
Ramblings: Well, I liked it. A lot.
This is the second book in a trilogy about three males from the same orphanage. I’ve been on record that I thought the first book, Vanquished, was one of the best historicals of last year (which doesnt mean much since I thought 2006 was a subpar year for romances). I actually liked Enslaved better than Vanquished but that doesnt mean it’s without some flaws. It is a book in which the parts are better than the whole of the sum.
The most prominent thing about Enslaved is that it featured a very sexually experienced heroine. (Since I am fed up with those jittery virgin you find everywhere, yay! for the slutty hos.) And unlike other “experienced” heroines you find in most other historicals, Daisy walks the walk as she does the talk. Daisy is very in-your-face with her sexuality. The first time she sees Gavin after 15 years, she is sexually attracted to him and touches herself behind a dressing screen as they converse. And thoughtout the book, Daisy mentions a LOT that she has slept with quite a few men. It’s not bravado that makes her do this, it turns out, but self-loathing. There is a lot of pain, secrets, and misunderstandings that must be resolved for Daisy and Gavin to get their HEA.
I found this book to be a raw, powerful read and the sex acts, at times crude and sometimes tender, were a true mirror what was going on in their relationship.
I just wish Tarr had stuck with the more atmospheric touches she put in the beginning and been more judicious with the ridiculous to-and-fro routine near the end. Also, I would have liked a little more delineations about the stages of falling in love in the relationship. The romantic bits is part of the reason why I read these things. Despite all this, I liked it.