Bertrice Small / Feb 23, 2020

Lara With her trademark sensuality the New York Times bestselling author returns to the extraordinary world of Hetar where the beautiful half faerie Lara ventures forth on a journey that will lead her in

  • Title: Lara
  • Author: Bertrice Small
  • ISBN: 9780373771547
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • With her trademark sensuality, the New York Times bestselling author returns to the extraordinary world of Hetar, where the beautiful half faerie Lara ventures forth on a journey that will lead her into the heart of darkness and the depths of desire.

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      • Bertrice Small

        Bertrice Williams was born on December 9, 1937 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, the daughter of Doris S and David R Williams, both broadcasters She studied at Attended Western College for Women and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School On October 5, 1963, she married George Sumner Small, a photographer and designer with a History Major at Princeton They had a son Thomas David She lived on eastern Long Island for over 30 years Her greatest passions were her family Finnegan and Sylvester, the family cats Nicki, the elderly cockatiel who whistles the NY Mets charge call her garden her work, and just life in general.Published since 1947, Bertrice Small was the author of over 50 romance novels A New York Times bestselling author, she had also appeared on other best seller lists including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and the L.A Times She was the recipient of numerous awards including Career Achievement for Historical Romance Best Historical Romance Outstanding Historical Romance Series Career Achievement for Historical Fantasy a Golden Leaf from the New Jersey Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America an Author of the Year 2006 and Big Apple Award from the New York City Romance Writers chapter of RWA, and several Reviewers Choice awards from Romantic Times She had a Silver Pen from Affair De Coeur, and an Honorable Mention from The West Coast Review of Books In 2004 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by ROMANTIC TIMES magazine for her contributions to the Historical Romance genre And in 2008 she was named by ROMANTIC TIMES along with her friends Jennifer Blake, Roberta Gellis and Janelle Taylor, a Pioneer of Romance.Bertrice Small was a member of The Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, PAN, and PASIC She was also a member of RWA s Long Island chapter, L.I.R.W and is its easternmost member on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island.


    1. I'll add a caveat here: I did enjoy this book in a (very!) superficial way while reading it, largely because the world building was actually not terrible and because I apparently felt the need to read something which would require shutting off my brain in its entirety. I do feel the need to be honest in my reviews however, so I can't in good conscience give this more than 1 star given how bad the bad points in this book were.All in all however, this is a bad, BAD book. While a lot of the romance [...]

    2. WTF did I just read, & why did I enjoy it? :D Ah well. Who cares?! I liked this book, goddammit! And I'm not ashamed to say I'll be continuing with the saga. Lara is campy fantasy at its finest. The magic is hamfisted with little or no explanation; the dialogue is frequently stilted; the cliches wave red flags & don't bother trying to hide behind prettily-described rocks. Characters recount their histories over & over & over & over until you're ready to scream. That's not to [...]

    3. This book was so awful, I can't even, oh my godHere is a short list as to why:-excessive use of "manroot" and other awful euphemisms-Lara continually brought up her "destiny" to the point I wanted to shoot myself-basically, there was no plot and it droned on and on for 500+ pages of unnecessary bullshit.-there's no depth to the characters at all-it's ridiculous-Lara is what rp'ers would refer to as a "godmod" character - someone who basically has no flaws and is perfection and makes the whole da [...]

    4. If you haven't read this book, then don't read this review! lol I really enjoyed this book at the beginning but later on, I started to get annoyed. Lara just kept telling everyone her story and it came off boastful and repetitive. When she enters the Outlands, she's too showy. She steps up and has the answers for everything. Things fell into place too neatly and it seemed only Lara was the one who could save everyone. Like everyone else wasn't smart enough. I was annoyed with how parts of the bo [...]

    5. I LOLed reading this book. Not because the author insists on calling penises manroots, or that there is cheaply depicted sex every eight pages. No, I giggled uncontrollably because the writing itself is so bad. Her phrasing, her dialogue, her word-choice, the hackneyed plot is all terrible. It's like the author ran the story through a Fantasy Novel Generator set to an 11 year old's writing ability and submitted it for publishing.This is close to being the Manos, the Hands of Fate of fantasy book [...]

    6. Even though I love this author this story was a little to far fetched for me. I like to stick more to her historical romances.

    7. This book was wild from start to finish and I enjoyed every second of it. You can tell Bertie had fun writing this one. Lol

    8. Lara has been sold into slavery by her father. For most young women in the world of Hetar, this is a disaster that brings about nothing but fear and sorrow. For Lara however it is but the very beginning of her adventure.Half human, half faerie, Lara is stunningly beautiful and willful as well. Her faerie protector guides her in finding her destiny which involves a series of great adventures and great lovers. Finally reaching the Outlands, Lara comes to realize her destiny is to aid the people sh [...]

    9. Why did I hate this book so much? One word sums it up: manroot. Possibly the worst euphemism that I have ever been unlucky enough to read. I swear the sex scenes are so unsexy, it almost ruined my actual sex life. A little plot summary: Lara's father and stepmother sell her into slavery so he can buy nice clothes and armor so he can try out to be a knight. Lara is cool with this, because they are poor and she is the only thing of value that her dad has. Lara's mother is a fairy, who seduced her [...]

    10. I don't know what I was expecting with this book as I haven't read a Small novel in years but I was pleasantly surprised. The world is Hetar. Lara is a half faerie/half human born to a mercenary father who aspires to greater things. Her mother had left her when she was an infant but left her with a spirit guardian. Her father, desperately needing money, decides to to sell his beautiful daughter to one of the Pleasure Houses where she can be trained as a courtesan. But the Pleasure Houses start f [...]

    11. I could pretty much sum this book up in one word- manrootI couldn't even finish the whole book because of the sexual assault or lust over a fifteen year old girl that was described in disturbing detail on almost every page. As much as I tried to get past this and enjoy the main plot, (young half faerie girl is sold into slavery to support her family) I couldn't because of strange and gross ideas such as rouged nipples, naked teenage girls on silver dishes and a main character that strips naked e [...]

    12. Porn. This really doesn’t fall in the romance category; romance requires relationship and there are no romantic relationships here until page 377. I was about to totally dismiss this book when I noticed an odd little something: the inner voice the heroine hears. In 50 Shades of Gray (a comparable book) the inner goddess seems to be a symbol for listening to your gut. This inner voice (Ethne) is instead the inner God, saying “You are loved, you do not need to be afraid, no matter how bad it i [...]

    13. Now that I've slogged my way through all 6 books in the series (more or less - you can't blame me for skipping through patches just to keep my large intestine from leaping up to strangle my brain, a la Grunthos the Flatulent), I feel I can give a better review, based on the perspective of the whole. Or do I mean hole ? Since this is a review that looks at the series in a general, over-arcing way, I will try to hide spoilers for the rest of the books, for those that insist on subjecting yourselve [...]

    14. Mrs. Small wrote these kind of books before: the innocent female lead gets raped first by someone, but she puts this experience quite fast behind, and moves on with her life. This girl might even fall for her rapist. Nothing new here.Small always had some cheesy parts like, peculiar words for private parts (manroot/sword/etc.) or one scene per book where characters get high during their sex by comparing themselves with horses/cows/whatever_big_animal having sex. But previous books had at least i [...]

    15. I liked this book although I found that the author kept repeating the SAME STORY OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER regarding the main character and it was annoying. Aside from that it was interesting.

    16. Possibly, the worst book I have ever read, although 50 Shades is riiiiiiiiiiiiiight up there. Why did I finish? I am still not sure. Stubbornness, I suppose.

    17. Small was one of the first romance authors I fell for but her newer stuff - and the fantasy business - just falls flat for me --- couldn't finish

    18. First of this seriesBeatrice Small does not disappoint as all of novels, it's always intriguing. I don't usually read sci-fi or fantasy novel, this first of the series is very interesting. Can't wait for next of this series.

    19. I did not finish this. I'm tired of books that make it seem like the heroine is in charge of her own fate while being used and treated like an object. Sex trafficking isn't sexy, and it isn't okay even in a fantasy setting. Ew. Boo.Hiss.

    20. It was okay but reading was not smooth it felt static. But the story line was worth continuing to read to the end.

    21. I have but one thing to say about this book: Yay! While I don’t devour bodice rippers at the rate I once did, I still enjoy a good historical romance from time to time, and while I haven’t read all of Small’s work, I have liked everything I’ve read. When I saw that she was trying her hand at a fantasy series, I decided I wanted in, and was well rewarded for it.The story here is set in the land of Hetar, which is made up of four provinces and another area of unallied Outlands. The provinc [...]

    22. I have no idea what happened with this book. It is a train wreck of the first orderIt starts off with promise, a girl sold into slavery to help her family since they are all facing starvation and she is the sole item of value they have to barter a noble cause and a tragic fate! The story opens up with her parents discussion of selling her and they agree, so lets get this ball rolling right? Right??? No. like a third of the book later we are still waiting for something to happen amid repetitive r [...]

    23. While this book was published by Harlequin, I would not classify it as a romance, but rather as fantasy, with a little romance thrown in. At the age of fourteen, Lara, who is half human, half faerie, is sold into slavery by her father, a mercenary, so that he can afford to outfit himself properly to apply to become a member of the Crusader Knights. Lara is meant to be auctioned off to the Pleasure Houses, but her beauty is so great that the owners of the Pleasure Houses begin to fight amongst th [...]

    24. Lara is a different twist of story of what I have been used to from Bertrice Small, having read a few of her historical romance novels. I had actually given up on her books, finding them a bit overdone when it came to sexual relationships between her characters; however, Lara somehow ended up on my bookshelf and I thought to give it a read - well, at least begin it I was pleasantly surprised.Lara is book one of the World of Hetar series. She is the half faerie daughter of John Swiftsword and hi [...]

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