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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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing divine about this torment! June 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I suspected I was in trouble when this novel began from the male character's point of view. And I knew I was in trouble when I had to endure reading a scene between the randy soldier and two slave girls. This novel continued to go downhill from there. If the wooden dialogue and flat storyline were bad enough, the sex scenes were far worse. The aforementioned scenes wouldn't have been out of place in the Penthouse forum. I wonder if Janine Ashbless is really a man using a female pseudonym. I also wonder why Black Lace published this novel. Divine Torment isn't erotic fiction written by and for a woman -- more like erotic fiction written for a women's imprint but targeted toward randy college boys. I cannot fathom the good reviews here, but I guess there's no accounting for taste. You be the judge.
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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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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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