A STARLET REVIEW: WHORE BY WILLOW ASTER

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“I need a reason to exist.”

Beautiful, intelligent, independent, strong-willed, wealthy—Lilith Fontenot seems by all appearances, to have it all. But that’s not how the highest paid prostitute in New Orleans sees herself.

A stain on society. A scourge. A waste. Outsider. Prisoner…

Any idyllic dream of the normal life she may have once imagined, Lilith buried long ago. Her only plan now is survival.

But mob boss Nico Santelli and community center owner Soti Christos have not given up on Lilith. Each has his own very specific, very opposing, plans for her, and neither will rest until it becomes a reality.

WHORE is a singularly bracing take on an ancient tale of tireless love, betrayal, and the possibility of redemption.

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I take a sudden deep breath and my breasts brush against his chest. The contact surprises us both. I do it again, intentionally this time, trying to gain control in the only way I know how. His neck flushes and he takes a step back. I enjoy the rush it gives me, knowing that I affect him too.

“Hey, would you like to come around the corner with me to—”

I swallow my surprise and shake my head, holding my hand up before he says anything else.

“Please,” he says louder.

“What’s your name?”

“I am Sotirios … Soti.”

“Soti, what makes you think you know anything about me?”

He tries to make eye contact, but I focus on a spot just past his left ear.

“I just want to help you…” His words trail off.

The wind blows my hair forward, a sheet of black coming between us until I smooth the long strands down on either side. I gaze down the street and see a blurry little girl with black hair down to her waist in middle school, standing shy and hopeful in front of a group of girls.

“We know what you are,” they said. They hurled spit and names on her and she stood there, taking it, until the teacher came and helped her.

Help only got me so far.

“You listen to me, okay?” I say so softly he leans in to hear me. “I was born for this.”

When my eyes finally land on his again, I know his face will haunt me forever. He looks as bleak as I feel.

I clear my throat. “Now, if you’ll excuse us.”

With that, I loop my hand through the arm of my next income source, calculating how I can get the most money out of him for the least amount of time. It takes every ounce of willpower I own to not look Soti’s way one more time. Once we round the corner and I know he’s out of sight, all the adrenaline leaves my body, and I’m actually glad to have someone to hold onto.

I avoid my reflection as we walk back to the house. I don’t want to know what the rest of the world sees when they look at me.

 

 


 

My Review

Ok so this book was something I went into having zero idea what to expect!  I haven’t read Willow in a long time, butt I was super excited and since I talked to someone who’d already read the story that I trusted I decided I’d give this one a shot…. From the beginning I was super intrigued by the story line.  I was captivated by Lilith and her plight in life.  She was really dealt a raw hand being born into the life she was.  I felt so sorry for her.  After the first chapter or two I was completely sucked in by the story.  There were all of these congruent plot lines to be threaded throughout the story and Willow did an amazing job keeping you on your toes, not knowing what was going to come next.

When Lilith and Soti get together I kept thinking, it was all too good to be true, cause you knew there was a bigger plan for her.  I wasn’t wrong, but I loved the parts where Willow made us feel comfortable and confident that things might just work out ok.  Then pull the rug out when you least expected it.  I detested Nico… He was disgusting and vile.  However it was mostly because of his treatment of Lilith and how he handled her.  I was a little disappointed at the intended mafia side of the story.  I thought that side left a little to be desired, but that might be because I’m obsessed with the mafia and devour every book I can about it. But Nico was a good character representation of the bleaker side of humanity, and personally I think he had some mental issues….

This book wasn’t quite what I expected, but at the same time I was glued to the pages after the action gets going and truly flipped pages furiously till the end.  I loved Lilith and her strength and the way that Soti brought that out of her, but didn’t try to overwhelm her.  His heart is truly beautiful and you’ll fall in love with him instantly!  He was just the bright spot that this story needed.  I don’t want to give you any more details cause the plot would be given away in a heartbeat but know this.  I love books that twist you up and make you question everything you know.  I love books that keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen next. I love books that have a good ending but maybe not something you can totally predict either.  This book had all of that and more!  In the end I really enjoyed this unconventional read from Willow and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

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Willow Aster is the author of True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, and the upcoming release, Whore. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming and make fun of her for reading while cooking.

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