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Review: The Blonde Samurai by Jina Bacarr

The Blonde Samurai by Jina Bacarr
Historical Fiction, Erotica
Trade Paperback (HARLEQUIN SPICE, 352 pages, $13.95)
ISBN# 0373605404
Spring 1873: I arrived in Japan a virgin bride, heartsick and anxious beyond measure. Yet I embraced this perplexing world with my soul laid bare after uncovering an erotic, intoxicating power I hardly knew that I, Katie O'Roarke, possessed.
Japan was a world away from my tedious Western existence, a welcome distraction from my recent marriage to a cold and cruel husband. But when James attacked me in a drunken rage, I could tolerate it no longer…. I had no choice but to escape into the surrounding hills. I awoke in the arms of Akira, a young Samurai, and it was he who took me to Shintaro, the head of the powerful Samurai clan.
At first distrustful, Shintaro came to me every day for a fortnight until my need for him made my heart race at the very sound of his feet upon the wooden floor. He taught me the way of the Samurai—loyalty, honor, self-respect—and the erotic possibilities of inner beauty unleashed. It is his touch that shatters my virginal reserve, evoking danger and physical pleasures that linger beyond our fervent encounters. But James means to find me, to make me pay for his humiliation. I can no longer hide amongst the orange blossoms as rebellions rage, and as my own secret continues to grow…

Author Site: jinabacarr.com

A Sensual Journey for the Erotica Reader (4 stars)

A savage land. A savage husband. Bushido and sexuality. Katie O'Roarke was brought to Japan a virgin bride hungry for the touch of a man. Wed to Lord Carlton to up her status and fund his debauched lifestyle she finds herself in a foreign land struggling to protect the financial interests of her father from her husband's excesses. When an encounter with one of the legendary Samurai lords, Shintaro, leads to an impassioned obsession her adventures in Japan take a sensual turn.

Fleeing a violent attack from Lord Carlton, Katie is found by Akira, a young Samurai warrior. Brought to Shintaro by Akira she will learn the ways of the Samurai as warrior and lover. But Japan is a land in turmoil as Western influences threaten to destroy the Samurai ways of honor and loyalty and Katie's husband will stop at nothing to continue his secure himself a fortune. She will have to fight to save those she loves proing herself a true follower of Bushido.

I read a bit about Bacarr's previously released book The Blonde Geisha and while I intended to read it never did get around to it. Getting my hands on The Blonde Samurai I am pleased to say that I will be picking up more of Bacarr's work in the future. Why? Because she knows how to write an engaging first person narrative!!! Told from the perspective of Katie O'Roarke herself, as if she is writing a memoir, The Blonde Samurai gives readers a lot to digest as the story unfolds. From Lord Carlton's passion for spanking to the basics of the fashions of the era each scene is highly visible without much imagination required. Richly detailed and obviously decently researched I found myself easily transported from contemporary time and place into a nineteenth century London and Tokio.

I had hoped for this to be a bit more romantic in all honesty but with the Samurai code coming into play that part is very subtle. Katie's relationship with Shintaro lacked chemistry for me as a reader and I think some of that had to do with how little we know about who he is as the hero of the story. For fans of M/F/M or M/M erotica this story features quite a bit of both with a little bit of F/F and M/M/F as well. I don't care for spanking and there's quite a lot of it in the early chapters as Katie explains Lord Carlton's tastes and behavior. If you enjoy that, ropes and knots, light bondage and voyeurism you'll be pleased to find those naughty bits as well.

Overall, I read it more for the story than the erotic aspects and enjoyed it though I found it really implausible. But hey, it's fiction! It was entertaining. Most of the erotic scenes weren't quite what I was expecting (I think I was anticipating it to be more romantica than pure erotica) so if you're into erotica AND historical fic I think you'll enjoy The Blonde Samurai a lot.

Other Reviews:

D. Roberts @ Amazon.com

Notes: I received this book through the Amazon Vine program.

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