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The Concubine's Gift (2011)

by K. Ford K.(Favorite Author)
3.84 of 5 Votes: 4
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1466287578 (ISBN13: 9781466287570)
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Create Space
review 1: Today's review is on The Concubine's Gift by K. FordThe cover of this delightful book gives no clue what so ever of the magic it holds inside. The Concubine's gift is a wonderful twist on love, eroticism, and the paranormal. Well written characters keep you laughing, smiling, and sometimes leave you in a state of shock at how "real" they truly are.Bernice Babbitt is the stereotypical minister's daughter. Pure as the driven snow until she was married, concerned with how everyone will think of her, and has an uneventful sex life with her husband. Her only escape is the collection of oddities she has hidden in her home, many of which are of a sexual nature. So when she comes across an old make-up case that once belonged to Blissful Night; a famous concubine, she just has to h... moreave it.Inside one of the draws she finds a small vile filled with face powder, but this is not just any face powder. Once Bernice begins to use it she starts to have visions. Visions that she would rather live without. Visions of other people's sex life. And the only way to make them stop is to tell the people involved. But when she has a vision of herself and the new minister, things get out of control.Fun and quirky, The Concubine's Gift is sure to put a smile on your face. Just be sure that you have a free day to read because you won't want to put this book down.4 of 5 starsAvailable at Amazon
review 2: I won this Kindle version of K. Ford K.'s book The Concubine's Gift by replying in time to a Cannonball Read email. I had no expectations or any sort of idea concerning what this book would be about.I can tell you that a book that begins with the sound of the clicking heels of long dead child prostitutes hasn't exactly ended in the place I thought it would. Not even close. I'm 100% certain I never expected a "sexual psychic" and a town called Valentine to be the subject of this book. I expected better writing, but that was not to be. K. Ford K. has attempted some sort of erotic story wherein a stifled and prudish woman is able to embrace sexuality. We get Bernice, who is the woman always taught that sex is wrong and thinking or talking about it is bad. She is deeply prudish, yet she purchases an antique makeup case that belonged to a concubine named Blissful Night for her erotic antique collection (I am not kidding). Inside the makeup case, Bernice finds an aged, wooden container of white powder that she uses on her face. As Nepoleanita said, "Who uses old face powder they find in an antique shop?!?! GROSS." Of course, this concubine's gift is more than a powder that causes flawless skin. It also gives the wearer the ability to see the sexual needs and futures of people.Okay...I didn't like this book. I found the characterizations to be generic. Even background information on characters didn't serve to flesh them out as people. K. Ford K. spent more time concocting her "erotic" fantasies for Bernice to be utterly horrified by than she did on Bernice herself. Just saying that someone blushes a ton isn't characterization. The story of Blissful Night herself was more interesting than any of the other people or stories, but that isn't saying much at all.I don't even have the words for how stupid I found this book. It is just so bad. Let me share with you some of the worst of this book, as I shared it with my fellow Hot Inkers."As her horrified mother watched, Taylor Jay threw back her head and came lightly like a horse shaking its mane." As I read this, I could hear whinnying in my head. It has the phrase "her pubis" in one of the erotic visions. HER PUBIS. THAT IS SUPER SEXY."Then they astonished themselves by completing the sexual act three times, something they never thought they'd be able to do at their age." Old, fat people have bad sex lives I guess.There is a character named Trinket and she wears a bracelet with charms from her past lovers. TRINKET. She's always sexing someone and is friends with Bernice. Those two things are unrelated.There is another friend named Harold. He is gay. He opens a sex shop business. He cries. Um, that's about it.The antique shop is owned by another friend of Bernice, Mrs. Lin. What is her first name? If it was mentioned I cannot recall it, as Bernice refers to her as Mrs. Lin.This might be my favorite instance of "what that hell does that have to do with anything?!?!": "...he sprinted as fast as he could back to his Tudor-style house which was next to the country club and overlooked the golf course. Sitting down at the massive dining room table, which was carved from a single tree, he set the jar of face powder down on its well-polished surface and opened the lid." So bad.Add to that a lack of an actual problem, the horrific spelling and grammar mistakes, and the clumsy attempt to make some idiot a sort of villain, and you have a huge disappointment. less
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Khione
Quite a book. Been a long itme since i've read something in this style!
blackrose
Review coming soon at literaryrr.blogspot.com
eddie
This was a surprising little find.
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