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Sheer Elegance:The Concubine's Gift review

Every once in awhile, we will feature a book that's not quite Y and a lot more A. Nonetheless, we feel that they are outstanding reads. The Concubine's Gift is  in this category. As a warning, there are sexual scenes. We understand that adult romance books may not appeal to all eyes. My review will be YA appropiate. However, the novel is far from it. Please don't feel obligated to read this review or the novel.

Name: The Concubine's Gift
Author: K. Ford K
Short Summary (no spoilers):

Bernice Babbitt, a sexually inhibited, thirty-nine-year-old woman, leads a peaceful life in the tiny resort town of Valentine, Nevada. Living only two miles from the famed bordello, The Honey Bunny Ranch, she can’t imagine what goes on behind its closed doors.Things begin to change when Bernice buys an old, black-lacquer makeup case in an antique shop. The case once belonged to Blissful Night, the most famous and powerful concubine in Hong Kong. According to legend, Blissful Night could give a man more pleasure in one night than he would have experienced in an entire lifetime. Inside the makeup case, Bernice discovers a forgotten jar of face powder, the secret to Blissful Night’s success. Thinking the face powder is an herbal concoction that will beautify her skin, Bernice begins to use it, only to find that the powder causes her to see visions of other people’s sex lives. Bernice is horrified to discover that the only way she can rid herself of the visions is to blurt out sexual advice. Soon the entire town is in an uproar. But it isn’t until Bernice learns more about Blissful Night’s past that she knows what she must do.The Concubine’s Gift is a delightfully sexy novel in which Bernice Babbitt is drawn into a seductive world she never knew existed. A provocative and entertaining Pandora’s Box of a tale!

One word sums The Concubine's Gift in its entirety. Elegant. From the opening flashback to the ending scene to the dialogue and the cover. I was having the hardest time describing the mood of CG, Concubine's Gift, until I was drawn into the intricate layers of Blissful Night's makeup. Much of the reading drew me in. I'd get settled in bed and suddenly I was fifty pages ahead and the sun was meeting the horizon. Speaking of the bed, this novel is definitely under the covers. While the sexual scenes are (once again) elegantly written, I would encourage you to read them away from large crowds. If you were a town-member of Valentine, this book could only be explored in the safe quarters of your room. The town was extremely populated and it seems they were always together. Including, Bernice Babbitt and her charming family. Together, they run the town's motel. You must imagine the people you would encounter. Take that feeling and heighten it by five; that's the feeling Bernice received every time she saw someone's sex life. Her internal delimma was the struggle between being shying away from sex and accepting it. For that, I thought she was a realistic - enjoyable character. 

The love interest of this novel in my opinion is Valentine. Yes, the town. How can you be in love with a town Bones? In the beginning, Bernice was having difficulty with her ability to assists other on their love lives. The town turned to turmoil as well. However, Valentine (and Bernice) progressed to accepting and channeling her gift. In my opinion, though it's silly, Bernice's love is with the town. She hadn't participated in town meetings or the rumor mill. 

My favorite aspect of reading besides reading is cover symbolism. I love picking the simplest aspects of a cover and applying it to the book. For example, glance at the font title. See how "The Concubine" is almost aristocratic and black while "Gift" is flowly and majestic? To me that symbolizes Blissful Night. Without her gift, Blissful Night would be her simple loving self. However, with her gift, she became wild, luxurious, and the greatest concubine of all time. 

While I enjoyed reading CG, I couldn't connect with most personalities. One theory for my disconnection is the distraction I found in the chapters. I found it hard to focus on Bernice when descriptions of everything were being tossed my way. Every so often, I'd had to reread passages in order to gain the important content. I think once I reread the novel more will make sense to me.
You may have begun to realize that the Concubine's Gift is quite unique from the realm of literature I explore.  Now as a review blogger, I'm beginning to notice the juiciest fruit are the books you would have never thought to buy in the store. So while I'm giving the Concubine's Gift a three, I wouldn't trade my novel experience for anything. If you love detailed scenes and a sea of characters, the people of Valentine, Nevada were created just for you. Chris Evans, the adorable poster "man" of 3 stars, would agree. 

I wanted to once again thank K.Ford.K for granting me the chance to read her wonderful novel. I had a ball getting lost in The Concubine's Gift. If you are interested in more about K.Ford.K then visit her website. Simply click the link under reading Chris! But, try not to disturb him. Subscribe and explore. See you next week. Muah!

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