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Lara (World of Hetar #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,525 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author and master of romance Bertrice Small welcomes you to the magical, sensual World of Hetar.

For Lara, a half faerie, half human, her beauty is a blessing and a curse. Sold into a Pleasure House by her father, she commits herself to a lifetime of servitude. But even in a place where pleasure is not censured but encouraged, her ot

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Published December 20th 2011 by HQN Books (first published June 1st 2005)
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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.
Apr 05, 2009 Ahsinad marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness. I could not even finish this book. I thought my brain would just turn to mush and run out of my ears. Ms. Small is a really great writer but this book made me want to vomit.
Sep 14, 2009 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2015 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2015-read
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 ...more
Ashley Brown
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 ...more
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.
Tiffany Day
Aug 08, 2011 Tiffany Day rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Peter Greenwell
Dec 21, 2012 Peter Greenwell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: The World of Hetar
Category: Fantasy
Apr 15, 2012 Kim rated it did not like it
This book was so awful, I can't even, oh my god
Here 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
Ann Mayburn
Slow and over complicated.
Aug 29, 2012 Cathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 05, 2012 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This has to be the worst book I have ever read in my life!!!! I had never read a Bertrice Small book before and I probably never will again, although I am sure she has written some good books. The only reason I read the whole thing was because I believed it had some potential because there were some really cool ideas. However the constant use of the word "manroot" and Lara's constant obsession and over re-iteration of her "destiny" was very tiresome and made me want to fling the book across the ...more
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Kara Jorges
Dec 19, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 provinces are t
Dec 29, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Okay, I knew what I was getting into here. I was looking for a silly book, and I've read Skye O'Malley, so I really can't say I thought this was going to be a great read, but part of me still held out hope that this would be an entertaining diversion. No such luck. While this book had some moments of over-the-top fantasy adventure fun and some decent world-building, it was so unbelievably repetitive that I couldn't wait for it to end. I have read such books before, but this one took it to a whol ...more

Manroot. MAAAANROOOOT. That word makes me simultaneously roll my eyes and snigger (I know, not a pretty picture).

The story premise is interesting. The world building had promise. The book quickly goes downhill, however, as you go through the rather flat characters and uninspired battle scenes. In several parts of the book i felt that the dialogue was written by a student forced into taking an "intro to creative writing" class -- very obvious and elementary, with lots of tell and very little s
Jul 22, 2013 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Let me preface by saying: I don't usually read romance-- but I do read fantasy.

Lara is the story of a half faerie half human child who was sold into slavery by her father so that he could improve his own lot in life. Lara was to be a child prostitute at one of the many Pleasure Houses in the world of Hetar but because of her unique and ornate beauty, the pleasure houses denied her and so she was sold again to be a wife of one of the kings on the outskirts if Hetar and eventually is sold several
Oct 07, 2013 Star rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea what happened with this book. It is a train wreck of the first order...
It 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 repeti
Mary Cushnie-Mansour
Mar 26, 2014 Mary Cushnie-Mansour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-2014
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
Jan 28, 2015 Kalyee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I saw all these negitive reviews and I read what they had to say, and I thought I'd give this book a chance anyway. Because hey, I don't really mind Mary Sue characters and I brushed off some of tbe other issues(cough manroot couch), thinking I don't typically have an issue with the cliche super powerful fantasy characters and I'm not that overly critical in general.

Ok, I should have listened to everyone else.

This book, is awful. And there are sooo many reasons why it's awful that I can list
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
Chubby Lady
Feb 11, 2015 Chubby Lady rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this first book of this fantasy series and was appalled. And skimmed thru the other series; VERY appalled. I thought the next series were going to be of her children but apparently only one was (and I couldn't seem to find that one) but I was wrong about this series. I may be a prude but I feel like Bertrice Small is a closet pervert. I was expecting to find love not a porn book about a heroine who can never do wrong with every guys she has sex with (She got boned a lot throughout this se ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a long-time fan of Bertrice Small's and gave Lara a second chance after hearing of the famous author's passing. But as much as I respect and love other novels of Small's, this book is nowhere near her best.

Lara is just over six hundred pages and I wonder if that number would have been greatly reduced if the massive amounts of repetition had been removed from the narrative. Lara and other characters are constantly recounting the "epic" journey of the heroine in full when a simple line of dia
Mar 29, 2015 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Helene
Mar 19, 2015 Mary Helene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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 is, I ...more
Teagan Clarke
Apr 19, 2015 Teagan Clarke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could pretty much sum this book up in one word- manroot
I 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
Apr 18, 2016 Dani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Painful. DNF around 30%

The first 50-75 pages is all dad and stepmom justifying all the reasons they should sell her as a "Pleasure Woman." Come on, guys, let's call it what it is. You are selling her to be a whore so that you can use that money to have a nice house and move up in life and you are telling yourself that Lara will be fine, whores live a life of absolute luxury so no need to feel bad.

And the step mom. OMFG I just wanted to punch her. The very first pages she talks about how she fe
May 13, 2016 Ab rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 has ...more
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