Review: The Perfect Whore (Storm and Lightning #1)

Author: Josephine Myles

Publisher: self

Rating: 3.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Being the object of everyone’s sexual fantasies ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…

On a mining colony planet a long way from Earth, bandit Jedd Lightning dreams of making enough money to get his ship spaceworthy again. During a robbery at a high-class brothel, he meets gorgeous alien rentboy Storm and is instantly smitten—but the heist goes south and Jedd has to high-tail it out of there with only half the loot.

Enslaved by a fierce Madam, Storm’s shapeshifting talents make him the most sought after whore on Talmak. He literally can’t stop himself becoming his client’s fantasy lover. Sick of enforced transformations, he wants to escape, but he’s closely guarded and has no experience of the unfamiliar city outside the brothel.

Storm is willing—and eager—to do anything to persuade Jedd to break him out of his gilded prison. Lucky for him the arrogant outlaw needs Storm’s help to free his crewmate, held as hostage by a vicious mob boss who wants Jedd to complete the theft he was hired for. Storm keeps blowing away Jedd’s expectations—but with both the law and the mob against them, they could end up with nowhere left to run.

 

Review:  When Jedd Lightning broke into a brothel the last thing he expected was Storm. Then things go wrong and Jedd finds himself promising to come back for Storm. Jedd is stuck between a rock and hard place. He owes money to a less than scrupulous individual. Rescuing a whore was never part of the plan. Storm likes how Jedd sees him. In spite of having clients Storm has a good relationship with, and his captivity being mostly benevolent, Storm wants to be free. Unfortunately freedom is not only hard to define but even harder to attain when everyone seems to be working against you.

At first glance I had assumed this was another book about people displaced by violence of one kind or another. I think it’s really about a need to find someone who will see us as we like to be seen. This is pretty overt with Storm, but seems to apply to Jedd as well. He wants someone to see him as the good guy he wants to be. Jedd struggles to be the good guy. He’s not all that good. Jedd is an okay guy who now has someone who sees him as a hero. There’s a lot of interesting ramifications of that for the next books in this series.

Storm seems to be a great example of a character with great powers who suffers great limitations. It didn’t take much for Storm to get what Jedd needed. Of course every interaction where Storm uses his appearance or even allows himself to be seen he risks everything. Needing an immediate influx of calories seems easy enough but in a desert where food is hard to come by Storm’s limitations could land him and Jedd in a serious situation.

This was definitely different from the usual stories I’ve read by Josephine Myles. As I was reading I was vaguely underwhelmed, but I’m very curious as to where this is going to go in the future. Both Jedd and Storm are interesting and have lots of issues to explore.

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