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The Love Slave

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,811 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
In the hands of Karim al Malina, master of the erotic arts, kidnapped Celtic beauty Regan was to be schooled in carnal pleasure--and made a fit consort for a king. But pupil and teacher broke the cardinal rule of their relationship--and fell in love.
Paperback, 451 pages
Published February 14th 1995 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Kathleen
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
I don't know quite how I feel about this. Part of the book I thought about taking it back to the library and not finishing it. Part of the book I thought was pretty decent. The overall saving grace is the main character. I like her tenacity and spirit. She is intelligent, beautiful, and honorable. What else can you want? Some of the dialog is stilted and choppy. Some of the plot areas make no sense whatsoever. And I don't find Ms. Small's sex scenes particularly sexy. That is saying something co ...more
Mickey Schulz
Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ZOMG! BUTTSECKS!!!!

This wasn't the first Bertrice Small novel to include teh buttsecks, but it was the first one to include buttsecks I borrowed from my mom, then after reading developed full body shudders when I realized MY MOM had read it.
K.
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was some eye opener for a thirteen year old, let me tell you.
Emily
Aug 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting to love this novel, since it has such a strong reputation, but I just did not like it. I don't enjoy romance novels where the heroine (or hero for that matter) sleeps with multiple people. I think it cheapens the romance aspect. She loves all the men she's sold to, yet loves one a little more than the rest? Eh. No thanks.


Diane
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I don't want to admit to reading... or liking!

It should be rated with Xs instead of stars.
Rosemarie
I really liked this book. Of course, I usually like Bertrice Small books and I haven't read any of hers in a long time. In fact, I will have to reread some because I can't remember the titles of the ones I read long ago. This was the first harem read for me. I really enjoyed Regan the heroine. She was a spitfire and really went through a lot in her life. Oh by the way, beware, this is a really hot book!
Tutti Dolci
Damn, this lady (Bertrice Small) sure has a way with describing love scenes! J.R. Ward and Kresley Cole seem tame by comparison! She is, however, the queen of naughty euphemisms.

As for the story itself, it ebbed and flowed; at times interesting and others just dragging. But I did enjoy learning about Moorish history in present-day Spain and Portugal. The protagonists themselves weren't really cheer-for worthy (I never really warmed up to them), but the tale was interesting enough to carry them
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Haley
Such an odd book. Far too long. The pacing is weird. Moments that the author could have played on, like Karim and Zaynab's goodbye, are totally skipped yet she spends pages describing every room and house. Zaynab never seems to miss Karim and has no issue having sex with whoever she's with at the moment, while Karim abstains. Just a weird book, overall.
Casey Gonzalez
Wheew this is one graphic romance novel, i think its borderline porn lol! Pretty Steamy!
Irina
I remember discovering this book when I was 16 and secretly reading it hoping to not get caught by my parents. Well, either because I was too young or maybe because it was forbidden, I really liked it then and for some reason remembered it for a long time.

However, after I re-read it now, I wasn't sure I liked it as much. I might be prejudiced about this, but I'm not too supportive of the Muslim way of treating women (although it is a story that takes place a thousand years ago), slavery, harems
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Nick Iuppa
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Slave: Romanticized Human Trafficking

As a guy who writes paranormal adventures that deal with human trafficking, I wanted to see how a well-known writer of romances handled the subject. The answer: she romanticized it... maybe a little too much, but it worked well within the framework of the story. Bertrice Small does make the point that her heroine (Zaynab) is extremely lucky to fall into the hands of one kind and gentle master after another. But it’s Zaynab’s personal strength and self-co
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Tammie O
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Excellent !! I loved this story from start to finnish Regan is one of my all time favorite characters. The story goes on and on . Regan takes her sisters place on her wedding night to cover up her sisters lack of purity. Then taken to a nunnery only to be sold to a slave trader .Regan is taught the art of love (sex) and her name is changed to Zaynab (the beautiful one).She falls in love with her teacher but was already promised as a gift to the Caliph of Cordoba .So her journey continues as she ...more
Kelli
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were aspects of this book that I loved - and then others..... that I didn't love at all.

I loved the characters - they were all so well written and the locations and experiences that they go through was a very exciting journey.

I was disapointed however by the lack of time we actually get to see the Hero and the Heroine together - or the hero at all in fact. I thought he was a great charater but we hardly see him at all , and at times the heroine seems to forget all about him for chapters at
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Tanisha
Dec 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found the plot to be very slow and dragging.
The heroine was of a strong character but none of the others characters were good.
She is constantly passed around and abused. This book definitely cannot come under romantic novel. There was no element of romance for half the book and that is where i stopped reading. Just one tragedy after another with the heroine.
This book is under my "Cannot Complete as intolerable" self. :(
Vanessa
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Reads like a smutty action/adventure novel; more enjoyable than expected. Nice change from the usual 19th century English upper class romance setting. Avoid if you don't want to read about rape.

Why are so many characters blond-haired, though? It's set in 900s Muslim Andalusia but half the people we meet just happen to have a Norse ancestor who they just happen to have inherited light hair from. How convenient.

Your quote of the book: "He filled her full."
Shannon Hiller
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a book that mixes historical facts with smut. Can't say why, but I do. This book is not eloquent or written astoundingly well, but I love the strong, practical heroine and the truth she rings from the era written about. It wasn't all kittens, rainbows, and steamy sex-it was married young and died young and all the gore between.
Kit
Jun 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, the title is awful but the story was so different from anything I have read lately- I simply couldn't put it down. Yes, as one can imagine lots of sex and "political incorrectness"- this was a thousand years ago after all...
Shelby Castleberry
Good book for woman...
Connie Pacheco
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The last book my sister read just before she died.
Svetique
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Эту книгу читала уже много раз.
Отдыхающая, про любовь, интересная информация как очаровать мужчин... что еще надо девочкам на отдыхе, ну или тем, кому хочется опять поверить в прекрасное и светлое
نور روسيا
I like it
мне понравилось Много любви, чувства и фантазия
Sheila Huxtable
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very sexual and hot.
Julia Erlanger
My first romance novel ever. Adult Pop Lit requires two, one a Harlequin imprint (the next one) and one published within the last five years (the next one). This one, I decided, would be an example from one of the premiere writers of historical romance fiction.

And WOW was there a lot of sex. I mean SERIOUSLY.

The Love Slave was a 449-page epic tale of a Scottish nobleman’s daughter, the second-born of two identical twins and therefore destined for a nunnery. On her sister’s wedding night, she tak
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Jane S
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm halfway through this and honestly I've in my entire life NEVER come across a novel so erotic. I have to agree with other reviewers and join in on this porn debate. I mean yes, technically speaking there is somewhat of a plot here, but the majority of the book is LOTS OF SEX. With loooots of different people, so beautiful warned. I usually like my romance novels with more substance, I really like to feel like I "get " the couple and am impressed with their romantic nature. well this was the o ...more
Mel Brooker
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of escapist historical romance
A "slave" in name only.
Regan (not "Raven" as mentioned in another review) is a tribal princess of the highlands who, has little freedom at all as the exploited daughter of a vengeful mother. A series of unusual but not historically inaccurate events places her as the possession of a slave trader who wishes to present her as a very special gift to a powerful ruler. Now using the Islamic name "Zaynab," meaning "the beautiful one," our fair-haired heroine is trained to be a "love slave," to take h
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Jennifer
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I won't even barely admit I read it! But Kay. >_>
I'm ashamed to admit I liked this for it's story.

But let me tell you, the first time I read this I was 14 years old (I had pilfered it from what I like to call my mom's bodice ripper bookshelf), and I sure had nooooo clue what I was getting myself in to.

I firmly recall thinking during one scene:

"WTF IS THIS SHIT?! ANAL BEADS?! YOU CAN PUT STUFF IN YOUR BUTTTT!@?!!!!!"

And that was only the start. This story isn't for the faint of heart or prude-ish, that's for sure.

I probably also shouldn't adm
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Maura
The bodice ripper/epic romance novel. This is a long, drawn out story taking place over several years in which the heroine Zaynab has sex with many men, becomes a very confident and sexual woman but only falls in love with one man. And so, it is her journey to her HEA with that one guy...the long route. Tragedy, betrayal, general mayhem with a dash of sex (alright, its a generous helping and there is definitely some spicy stuff) all are the recipe for this rather enjoyable read. Although there i ...more
Megan
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Bertrice Small! This was a great read, although a bit long (over 400 pages). It took a while for the story to get going, and I thought the beginning dragged out a bit. Plus the beginning is challenging because all of the dialogue is in another dialect. It's really difficult to understand. If the whole book had been like that, I wouldn't have continued. But as always, Small tells a beautiful story combining romance and steamy sex scenes, and I enjoyed it very much. You really feel transpor ...more
Kit★
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
The last book I read from Ms. Small was Blaze Wyndham, and I really liked it. This one... eh, not so much. It was well-written, with good attention to detail and description, and the characters weren't bad, I just think I'm not too into the whole harem/slave plot. I've never before read a romance taking place in that sort of situation, and probably won't again. So, not a bad book at all, just wasn't really my thing.
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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 liv ...more
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