‘Harlot at the Homestead’ is the second book in the Duggans of Montana series by Molly Ann Wishlade published by Totally Bound and I was lucky enough to receive a copy from the author herself in return for an honest review.
I was delighted to read this book as I had previously read the second in the series ‘A Rancher for Rosie’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. You can read my review of that book here. I wanted to know the back story of the Duggans and especially to find out what had happened to Catherine.
Catherine turns up on the Duggan doorstep two years having been allegedly abducted and killed by Red Indians. Her fiance Kenan Duggan is desperate to know the truth of what has happened to her.
I was slightly wary that I might not enjoy this book as much as I had ‘A Rancher for Rosie’, being concerned that the author’s style might have developed for ‘Harlot at the Homestead’ and the first in the series might disappoint or that I might find it too similar. Neither was true.
There is a poetic style to Molly Ann Wishlade’s writing that conjures the sights, smells and sounds of Montana beautifully. The attention to detail paints a vivid picture for the reader and all the senses are catered for. Highly effectively executed metaphors contribute to complex themes of revenge and retribution, love and loyalty as well as the expected sensual elements from erotic fiction. There is a real sense of passion in the story.
Along with a great plot that races along, ‘Harlot at the Homestead’ has authentic social, geographical and historical contexts giving a depth to the reading that surprised me. I also really loved the balance of male and female perspectives so that we get a true understanding of events from both Catherine and Kenan’s point of view.
If, like me, you’re somewhat reluctant to read erotic fiction as insufficiently ‘literary’, I think Molly Ann Wishlade’s The Duggans of Montana might just be the series to make you re-evaluate your views. These stories are well constructed, interesting, entertaining and above all, extremely well written. I’ll be reading book three, ‘Her Montana Cowboy’ just as soon as I can.