Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Book Review - Whore by Cara Faith Donovan

Whore 
by Cara Faith Donovan

aka Michelle Hughes
Published 2013

214 Pages

I absolutely loved this clever book! The title was brilliantly interwoven into the story, popping up again and again in different contexts. Alluring and enthralling, I was taken from the beginning! Initially, I feared it might be cliché (i.e. a virgin girl swept away by a billionaire alpha male), but to my pleasant surprise it was anything but! Instead, it evoked a range of emotions. I laughed, I cried, and at times I was thoroughly appalled. But the story flowed naturally from one scene to the next, resulting in a completely original, well written, and captivating tale. Well done!

Laura Burns is a 20-year-old coffee shop waitress in dire straits (see what I mean about cliché? But don't let the beginning fool you!). Her self-centered mother has abandoned her for husband number five, leaving Laura with a meager savings and a mortgage to pay. All Laura wants is a stable life, and the ability to go to college. But her mother's selfish behavior has repeatedly set Laura back from her goals. Laura is innocent, slightly damaged, and presents in a way that moved me. I have to say at this point how much I loved this character! I cried for her on more than one occasion, and felt my heart breaking for her needless suffering.

Laura meets Taylor Ross, who introduces himself to her as the son of a customer who has recently passed away. He states that his father wanted Laura to be taken care of, and to have her education expenses covered. Laura thanks him but refuses the offer. Instead, he offers her a job that seems too good to be true, as a way to assist her with her education costs… but his plans involve more than Laura's innocence and lack of experience can understand.

Unique and clever, with well developed characters, this book was humorous, moving, and infuriating all at the same time! The author did a fantastic job with pacing, and in the unveiling of mini reveals throughout the story. I enjoyed it immensely! A must read!

Reviewed by Kelli

★★★★★
5 STARS

2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book and I can't tell you how much you've made my day!

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    1. I really enjoyed it and hope you write another soon! Great Job!

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