The Devil of Whiskey Row

Renee Rose
The Devil of Whiskey Row
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Publisher
Stormy Night Publications
Release Date
March 2013
Genre
BDSM, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
Forced by miserable circumstance to work in a gold rush brothel, Cora Underhill hates what her life has become. When a fire sweeps through her workplace, she welcomes death as an end to it all. But then Jake Diggory crashes through her window for an unwelcome rescue, offering her shelter and a paid position at his establishment. She accepts, in spite of Jake's fearsome reputation as 'The Devil Diggory', and soon sees another side to Jake--the firm but caring side of him which led his girls to name him 'Daddy Diggs'.

Life at Daddy Diggs' is an entirely new experience for Cora. Jake has strict rules which he backs up with over the knee discipline, but he will not tolerate any mistreatment of his girls and he can go from playing beautiful music on a piano to defending them with his bare fists. The strangest thing of all, however, is the fact that every girl at Daddy Diggs' swears that Jake has never slept with her, or with any other woman for that matter, since his fiancée's death back in Ireland fifteen years ago.

Cora attempts to emulate the other prostitutes at Daddy Diggs', who enjoy making money, holding power over men and even the act of sex, but she still finds no pleasure in the company of men--until the day she inadvertently arouses the passion of The Devil Diggory. His fierce lovemaking thaws some frozen part of her, but it seems Jake is only attracted to her because she resembles his dead fiancée. Confused by his new feelings for Cora and guilt over his broken vow of celibacy, Jake pushes Cora away. Can he come to terms with his past and claim Cora for his own, or will his grief keep them apart forever?

Publisher's Note: The Devil of Whiskey Row is an erotic romance novel that includes both consensual and non-consensual spankings, anal play, exhibitionism, graphic sexual scenes, and more. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Apr 26, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
129 people found the following review helpful
I wasn't quite sure that I would like this book. Pimps and ho's... erm... sounded kinky. I read it because it piqued my interest. The plot held a lot of appeal - it's a western - and I really love those. The question for me was if I could get behind a hero who was ... less than upstanding. A shady character... a pimp daddy. The answer was yes. The writer totally got me on board and I ended up liking the creep despite my misgivings. Excellent writing to pull that one off.

So Cora was a hooker with a heart of gold. Not really. She got snookered into it by a bad man. The bad man got dead and then Cora went on down the street to work for another sorta bad man who saved her life.

Jake - aka Daddy Diggs - saved Cora from a fire. Then because he feels so sorry for her, he lets her work at his whore house. Just doing the girl a favor. He had some issues - all kinds of creepy stuff going on at his place. He's good to his working gals - doesn't help himself to the goods because he's being true to his dead fiancée. So that's a point for him. But the dude was way too bossy. He was way too heavy handed... if you know what I mean. He got off on giving the girls spankings and he was quick to hand them out. But that's all good, as I've read some of those and they were quite titillating.

Jake and Cora had some chemistry going on. Things got hot-n-heavy during one of naughty Cora's spankings and they ended up getting it on. The guy broke his own rule and I knew that was coming back to bite his ass. He turns away from Cora but she took the rejection better than I would have. She's fighting a ghost and entertaining johns while her man sulks. It really was way better than it sounds because the writer threw a jealous and greedy character in there, too. Somebody wanted Cora out of the way and used her transgressions against her.

So here's the thing that made me uncomfortable: I just couldn't get over the fact that Jake watched Cora turning tricks even after they made love, had sex or whatever that was they did. I thought he would get all possessive and make his woman quit the business, but it never happened. Sure, he agonized about it. Still nothing. Then when this person gets it out for Cora and she's in trouble, he finally comes through for her. It would've been too late for me, but Cora really liked them spankings so it was all good for her.

The story was interesting. I kept waiting for Jake to do something honorable and make me like him. He finally did so I guess the writer actually pulled it off by endearing the dude to me. Quite an accomplishment.

Would I read it again? That would be a no.

Would I recommend it? Probably. Depends on where the reader's comfort zone falls. How much kink they like.

Still, the story was well written. I couldn't find fault with it. The romantic relationship developed slowly and at a credible pace. The love scenes were steamy - poor old Daddy Diggs.

Would I give this writer another try? Most likely. She sure knows how to keep my interest. It really was an interesting story and it delivered on my HEA in a sweet way.
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
May 17, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
121 people found the following review helpful
Prostitutes, gold miners and spanking combine into a jolly good time. In THE DEVIL OF WHISKEY ROW, spanking is an equal opportunity event for both sexes. For some, it elicits erotic arousal. For some, it is pure punishment. For Cora, could it be both?

Cora Underhill went from pampered princess to abused whore when her parents were murdered. The past five years working as a two-bit filthy harlot in a sleazy whorehouse nearly broke her. When a mysterious fire changes her circumstances, is it for the better or worse?

Jake Diggory is the heavy handed brute with the soul of a musician. He's also the owner of the high class brothel, Daddy Diggs'. His treatment of Cora is confusing. Instead of irrational abuse and indentured servitude, she's given a choice to behave according to his rules and earn a wage.

This is where Ms. Rose makes it interesting. Jake is a spankophile. He is also a gentleman in that he expects his "girls" to behave ladylike. Cussing is a no-no and any one breaking his rules is in for a spanking. His favorite position for spanking a misbehaving girl is over the knee (OTK). While it's not meant to be erotic, it becomes sexual with Cora.

The spanking and cropping in this story is delightful and fun. While there are a couple of harshly doled out punishment, even those are as arousing as the gentle spanking reminders.

The story is not too complicated and there are a couple of open-ended questions left unexplored. Still the main plot is easy to follow and ambles along at a sexy gait.

The conflict is realistic and brings both Jake and Cora into a different light. The readers are pulled into the story a bit more and feel more sympathetic towards these two lost souls. The ending does rush in a gallop to the finish. It does reward the reader with a sweet romantic ending.

This western spanking story is recommended to kinky readers who love a happily ever after.
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