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Divine Torment: Love in the Time of Warriors [Mass Market Paperback]

Janine Ashbless
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Oct. 16 2007 Black Lace
An ancient city... a goddess consumed by passion... and a handsome general... This story takes place in the ancient temple city of Mulhanabin, where the voluptuous Malia Shai, thought to be a goddess, is consumed by erotic passions that have no outlet. Into this sacred city comes General Veraine-the rugged gladiator-style leader of the occupying army-and he'll stop at nothing to have her.

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'Female fantasy off the leash' - New Women; 'Black Lace books create cult heroines.' The Observer Life Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Janine Ashbless, author of the peerless and best-selling Cruel Enchantment, was one of the first purveyors of paranormal/cross- genre erotica.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sexy in some places but mainly falls flat May 17 2004
By Emma
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I wish that Ashbless had just written a straight story with a lot of hot sex, fleshed out the characters and the storyline and not attempted to have both erotica and this alternate universe/past history/gladiator story too because each attempt suffers.
I'll say up front that I really believe it's difficult to say, in a general manner, whether the sex is really hot in an erotica book. People are turned on by different things and so it's pretty subjective on my part but hey, that's what reader reviews are for I suppose.
Anyway, I thought that two or three of the sex scenes were smoking hot and written very well, nice tension, build up and well, climax. Veraine was a pretty sexy alpha male type dude. However, other scenes seemed to be added at the last minute, to make the story seem more like erotica.
The story, a city under seige by a foreign force, the inhabitants being ruled by a woman who is the goddess incarnate (sort of like the Indic goddess Kali, a goddess of destruction and death). Veraine (sort of like a Roman soldier) leads his men in to save the city because it provides the empire with strategic value. That part is fine and even interesting, but there are times when the story becomes laden down with stuff that goes nowhere. The actual invasion part is not very long and is tied up quite quickly, despite the fact that the book is leading up to it from the first pages.
I thought that in an attempt to write a more drawn out book of erotica, that the story and the sex suffered and by the end, I didn't care about either one.
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anyone that has read 'Cruel Enchantment' probably needs little encouragement to buy this latest novel from Janine Ashbless.
The story takes us back in time to a land where the Irolian warrior rulers send one of their young generals, Veraine, and a troop of his top soldiers to protect the ancient temple city of Mulhanabin against an attack by the unwashed hordes, aptly name, the Horse Eaters.
The city is of interest to the barbarians since a young female, considered to be a god by the city's occupants, of course lievs within the temple, and, must, at all costs, be protected. The general not being one to worship any gods is like a fish out of water while he and his men prepare for the imminent attack.
At the very beginning of the book, and true to the authors style, general Veraine's private celebration, after being advised of his promotion to general, with two slave girls belonging to his superior officer, is in my mind worth the price of the book alone.
For those of us that love sizzling erotica set in make believe times and lands I also suggest that you check out 'Primal Skin' by Leona Benkt Rhys, and 'The Hand of Amun' by Juliet Hastings ..... trust me you will not leave the room or these books until you have deoured them or they have devoured you ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute Best Back Lace I've Read to Date Nov. 22 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read a few dozen of the Black Lace offerings, various authors, and with a few exceptions found most of the books completely forgettable. This book is truly an exception to that statement.
I found the main characters well developed and extremely interesting; the story line completely engaging; the sense of place created fascinating; and the authors use of the langauge very well done. Oh, and I also found both the story and the characters very high charged and totally erotic.
Most of the Black Lace novels just seem silly, as though the authors are simply babbling flat nonsense in between formulaic sex scenes between characters whose only interest in one another is a mutual itch to scratch. The authors/stories forget all about passion, obsession, longing and an intellectual as well as physical intimacy which is what makes a story truly erotic. This book was impossible to put down and a few months later the story and the characters are still very much in my thoughts.
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