Harlot

Harlot HE CAME HOME TO MARRY AN ANGEL After two years of work in the gold fields of California Caleb Hightower has come home to marry his childhood sweetheart Jessica Willoughby But when he returns Caleb

  • Title: Harlot
  • Author: Victoria Dahl
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • HE CAME HOME TO MARRY AN ANGEL After two years of work in the gold fields of California, Caleb Hightower has come home to marry his childhood sweetheart, Jessica Willoughby But when he returns, Caleb learns his refined bride to be is now a whore Enraged by her betrayal, he can t reconcile this shameless woman with the sweet innocent he once deeply loved but Caleb knoHE CAME HOME TO MARRY AN ANGEL After two years of work in the gold fields of California, Caleb Hightower has come home to marry his childhood sweetheart, Jessica Willoughby But when he returns, Caleb learns his refined bride to be is now a whore Enraged by her betrayal, he can t reconcile this shameless woman with the sweet innocent he once deeply loved but Caleb knows what to do with a harlot He s determined to get everything from her that she s sold to other men And he s prepared to pay for the pleasure of his revenge BUT ALL HE FOUND WAS SIN Left penniless after her father s death, Jess made a deal with a devil Now she must face her childhood sweetheart, whose scorn is no match for her regret To make amends, she ll let Caleb quench his rage with her body Their bargain strips them down to searing passion and naked vulnerability, and Jess can still glimpse her loving Caleb buried deep inside this rough cowboy In the end, an unbearable truth emerges that could push them toward forgiveness or could destroy their fragile bond forever.

    One thought on “Harlot”

    1. This one felt really rushed and I hard time connecting to the characters. I don't know why coming into this story I was expecting it to be like Redeeming Love. I do feel like if you're a fan of Dahl and if you don't mind it being rushed then you'd enjoy this. Me personally I just need more time to get deeper with my characters.*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review*

    2. 4 Dahl Stars * * * *I happen to have great affection for Victoria Dahl. She was one of the first Romance authors I connected with. I read her books and became open to the idea of Sexy Happily Ever After.Harlot at first seems very different from Dahl's usual books. It is a historical Western Romance and the books by Dahl are usually contemporary. The basics of the book could have been boy meets girl, they fall for each other, a conflict arises and then they figure stuff out riding off into the su [...]

    3. A delicious novella, a great balance of angst and filth. I do wish Jess had slapped the shit out of Caleb but I can save that for my head canon.

    4. This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.This book was exactly what I had hoped it would be. I was in the mood to read a short and sexy story about a bad girl. Yes, I will admit that the title got my attention. Any book named Harlot deserves a second look in my opinion. I was really kind of excited to read a historical novel that didn't feature an innocent girl as the main character. I am always looking for something a little different so I liked the premise of the story.There reall [...]

    5. ARC provided by Victory Editing (Victoria Dahl) via NetGalley for an honest review.There's a lot of thing I want to mention about this story, but I don't want to give anything away of the story-line itself so I think I will do a few bullet points1. This is one of the most anticipatory reads I have come across in a good long time. It's a story where you know something big and life-changing is about to happen and you even kinda know what it actually is, but you are still on pins and needles waitin [...]

    6. 5 stars! ***ARC kindly provided by Victory Editing and Netgalley for the exchange of an honest review*** This was a really amazing book! The story takes place somewhere in 1810 in America. The setting is fantastic and the characters are acting like it! The plot doesn't have any major twists but it spoke directly to my heart. In such a short book, I felt so many emotions.I felt angst, fear, betrayal, lust and most of all I felt love! True and pure love! I was having chills just to read this story [...]

    7. Hmmme title is a bit misleading, but that's all I want to say about it without spoiling it. The book blurb gives you a pretty clear picture of what to expect, so I won't get into that either.What I will say is that I enjoyed this (rather short) story. I wish it had been developed a bit more fully (maybe explore the early relationship between the H/h rather than just a few pages about it) and definitely I would've adored an epilogue.I haven't read too many erotic historicals, but I found it a lit [...]

    8. I don't read a lot of hetero romance anymore but there are a few authors I trust when I want to go back to the boy/girl love and Victoria Dahl is one of them. Not only does she write amazing romance, she gives her characters this confidence that flies off the page and sinks into my soul. It's amazing and each time I fall more in love with her work.I admit to requesting this because of the title and the cover. The cover is gorgeous and naming your book Harlot, I mean come on. Talk about taking a [...]

    9. I found this novel, like the last few I've read, to be a bit rushed. Maybe it's just me but that's what it felt like. I did, however, love the premise of this novel. After reading it I loved the undertone of empowering females especially placing it in a time when women really didn't have much power regardless of race, social class, and so forth. I give Harlot a deeply rooted 3.5 stars. Caleb and Jess had young love but that wasn't enough for Jess to hold onto the belief that he would be back for [...]

    10. Harlot by Victoria Dahl is an erotic/western tale that delivers on multiple levels. It is erotic, emotional and romantic. A story of betrayal, loss and redemption. More than that it is a tale of the overwhelming power of love and its ability to withstand all the pain of what this world can bring to bear. It begs the question, how strong is your love when the illusion you have built around it falls away?Caleb Hightower returns home after being away for two years in the gold fields of California. [...]

    11. Thank you to VICTORIA DAHL and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Can we just take a moment to appreciate how absolutely exquisite this cover is? It is an excellent example of how important the outside of a book is when the reader is just scrolling through haphazardly looking for a read. The title, Harlot, might not have grabbed me, but this cover… My mouse was instantly drawn to it and click! It was mine! Victoria Dahl is one of those authors who has [...]

    12. I am used to reading Victoria Dahl’s contemporary works. I love them for their fun and flirty tone. So, even though I read the book summary, I was unprepared at how angry I got over the subject matter. Caleb and Jessica live in 19th Century Colorado. Having grown up together, they both knew they were destined to be a couple. Caleb ventures to California to stake him claim during the Gold Rush so that he can secure a future for the two of them leaving Jess back in Colorado. In the two years he [...]

    13. This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional BookviewsHarlot is a good story, and it especially shows how it was difficult for women to be empowered and take charge of their own lives and destinies in the past. When Jessica's father died and left her with only debts, she didn't know what to do. The house would have to be sold, as would most of her other possessions. Caleb had been gone for two years already, and she hadn't heard from him in a long time, and had to find a way to get thro [...]

    14. HarlotThe Characters:Jessica “Jess” Willoughby: I liked Jess. She was thrown into a terrible circumstance but still held her head high and moved on with her life, even when she didn’t want to. Caleb Hightower: I think Caleb let his pride blind him for a bit but after he pulled his head out of his butt and even a little before he was a pretty stand up guy. The Story:This story was heart breaking and uplifting at the same time. I loved the part when Jess told Caleb what’s what it was great [...]

    15. I LOVE Victoria Dahl, she can do no wrong. This novella encapsulates her brilliance. It's wickedly hot, and tender and heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once. Love the Wild West setting, so different. And really loved seeing a slice of what life was like for women at that time. Tough! But that only made the HEA more satisfying. It had an epic feel. And as for the sex scenes.you might want to read this alone ;)

    16. ***** 4 Stars *****If you feel like a quick erotic story, pick this up. It will satisfy your needs. I loved reading about Jess and Caleb, and the drama level was perfect.

    17. I'll probably give this a B- or a C+I liked the heroine a lot. Not sure I connected with the hero - and because of that the sex - I'm not sure. *ponders**deep thoughts*I'll report back with a full review near release date

    18. Victoria Dahl is a dirty girl but I like it. *evil grin* Harlot is messy, complicated, sexy and sure to stir up the feels.

    19. ARC received from the author.This story is romantic, erotic , emotional and overwhelming. This might be a short story but it has everything that you need. Two years ago Caleb left for California to earn money and provide for his loved one Jessica . She was the daughter of the local doctor , a very beautiful and educated young lady . Caleb was more of an average Joe and he thought that if he'll provide more then he will be able to overcome his conditiond social status. However , when he returns h [...]

    20. I really liked this book. Yes, the hero is a jackass. Yes, the heroine trades her innocence for security. Dahl does angst and heartbreak so well that I spent most of this novella repeatedly getting my guts ripped out. A hero struggling with the fact that the girl he put on the pedestal fell from grace and a heroine who has to learn to own her choices and stop apologizing. In other words - she ain't dead. There are steamy sex scenes, but honestly it was the raw emotion of this story that will sti [...]

    21. 3.75 StarsVictoria Dahl is currently one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, but I actually discovered her when she was writing historicals. So I was ecstatic when she announced that she was returning to that genre, specifically with a western erotic romance.Harlot is the tale of reunited childhood sweethearts who must deal with the changes that have occurred to one another since they last met. Caleb had been in love with Jessica for years and went off to earn a fortune in California so [...]

    22. This was my first Victoria Dahl book but I will definitely be reading more by her. I was drawn by the topic, specifically prostitutes in the American West. I've been fascinated by these women who were some of the only women in their time to be autonomous and experience some freedom. Victoria's book presents the darker side of living this life, specifically how once a woman worked, even briefly, as a whore she was branded for life as unclean. No one would want her or even want to buy a house she [...]

    23. this erotic romance is written in the same smooth as silk prose style that has earned Victoria Dahl top ranking in the literature of love. where it goes further is when the lights go out. sex, oh son, that just so happens to be her bailiwick. best not to read this one anywhere a passerby might ask why you're sweating so suddenly. and harlot, the word, the label? Dahl digs deep into that, exploring double standards, judgment of self and others, and those things that have little to do with moralit [...]

    24. 2.5 starshmmmmmmmI don't know what to sayI don't know if I like the story (the writing's good, it's Victoria Dahl after all) but I can definitely say it's an emotional read. I feel a lot for Jessica, I just want to rescue her and feed her cakes and, I don't know, maybe hold her for a bit. *glares at Caleb* I think what didn't work out for me is the fact that this all can be avoided if they just sit down and talk. I hate miscommunication or lack of it being used as the conflict in a plot. Like I [...]

    25. Thank you to Victoria Dahl and Netgalley for the ARC!I follow Victoria on Twitter, so was seeing a lot of her tweets about this book and was getting really excited for it, so was pleased to get an ARC. I really did enjoy the book, though I found the hero a bit difficult to sympathize with. I was rooting for the heroine the whole time, and her journey was a nice one to read. Yay for feminist historical romance!

    26. Oh 'Pretty Women' what you did to me? Why I must read every love story featuring a prostitute? And why, while we are on this subject, there are not more good romance novels about prostitutes? Books where prostitutes are strong female leads.At one time Jessica says: "I did it in order to live. You should be ashamed. How dare you look down on me?" If her behavior from the start owned up to those words, I would have cheered for her and loved her.Instead, this whole book is used to paint her as a vi [...]

    27. I've been waiting, gripped with anticipation for this book. The only reason it doesn't have a star rating from me is that I don't feel comfortable rating other authors, but I will occasionally recommend. Something I do rarely and do carefully. And I NEED to recommend Harlot. I've been trying to think why; why have I've been literally fidgeting, beside myself desperate for this book after reading the sample on Victoria Dahl's website? Is it because the author is mad-awesome on Twitter? Did this h [...]

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