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Taming the Beast, by Raquel Taylor - Elf M. Sternberg
Taming the Beast, by Raquel Taylor
I recently read and reviewed Raquel Taylor's Cambion's Kiss, a book which I described as having "at first blush, very hot sex and absolutely ridiculous worldbuilding."

This seems to be a theme with Miss Taylor. Since her "contemporary" fiction was silly, I decided to see what she would do with historical fiction, in this case a book called Taming the Beast. The book starts off with an almost absurd premise: a late 17th century (that's what I'm assuming, given the milieu) merchant finds himself ruined by a corrupt local magistrate and he and his family are put up for sale as slaves, including his very beautiful daughter, Cher.

However, we are led to understand that underneath her beautiful and proper clothing Cher has secretly been visiting a wizend little man in town who has given her a very proper and annoyingly 20th-century collection of tats and piercings.

As it turns out, there's been a vast conspiracy, almost since Cher's birth, to turn her into an instrument of love and cruelty to break the will of the Master Of Werewolves and destroy the curse that follows all werewolves everywhere.

But the sex is hot, even if Cher's transition is quite unbelievable. She and the male protagonist (it is a Romance, after all) Donatein have really great sex, lovingly and viciously described complete with whips and chains and all that. Recommended if you want great sex and can ignore the cheap cardboard sets recycled from one too many Discovery Channel historical specials.

However, I have noticed another theme in Miss Taylor's work. In both books the villain is a homosexual man, can only get what he wants by force, and his victim of choice is a sibling of the protagonist: in the first, the male protagonist's brother, in the second it's the heroine's. The temptations to psychoanalyze Miss Taylor on this point are almost too great to bear.

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nbarnes From: nbarnes Date: February 27th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm an awful person and that sounds really hot and really bad.
elfs From: elfs Date: February 28th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
That was my reaction as well. "I'm a bad, bad person for liking this, but I can't put it down!"
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