Loving the Headsman's Daughter

A Medieval Romance Fantasy

Romance - Sizzle
150 Pages
Reviewed on 10/27/2015
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Loving the Headsman’s Daughter is a dark medieval romance by author Oscar Manta. Combining the new found fascination for dark erotic fiction with the traditions of sixteenth century writing, the story follows apprentice Denis as he sets out into the world in the year 1558. On his journey he meets Jacquette, eventually revealed as our title character, daughter to the diligent and renowned executioner Chastain. Denis’s relationship with Jacquette sizzles with tension, not least when a barrage of dramas and obstacles threaten their love. It is then that Denis learns that falling for the daughter of such a deadly family could prove threatening in more ways than one.

What struck me most about Loving the Headsman’s Daughter was the historical quality of the writing. Denis’s narrative remains authentic to the sixteenth century throughout the tale, save for the occasional necessary words in the erotic scenes to convey what’s happening more clearly to a modern audience. The plot surrounding Denis and Jacquette is also solidly founded, with engaging historical details and a genuine passion and love that extends beyond the carnal. I felt connected to Jacquette’s story, her sense of being an outsider due to the way she was shunned for being an executioner’s daughter, and her relationship with Denis has many redeeming qualities that uplift the couple from their respective struggles. Fans of erotic fiction who are bored with the same old plots will find Oscar Manta’s work refreshing, deep and vivid to step into. Overall, I’d definitely say the novel is one of the best in its genre.

Kayti Nika Raet

Loving the Headsman's Daughter is a medieval romance novel by Oscar Manta. Employing the narrative style of classic literature, Loving the Headsman's Daughter is the first person account of Denis, a young man living in France during the tumultuous sixteenth century. It is a fast paced story chronicling Denis' adventures and tribulations after meeting a mysterious and sultry red-headed woman named Jacquette. Drawn into a passionate love affair, Jacquette is a woman who turns out to be much more complex than Denis first realized, but before he can figure out what that means for their burgeoning relationship he's accused of a crime he did not commit. He soon finds himself at the mercy of a group of men determined to torture a confession out of him.

Loving the Headsman's Daughter by Oscar Manta makes for a unique reading experience. Even though there's far more telling than showing, it is done in a way that fits the narrative style. It's a fast paced read fully submerged in the time period, and while many of the characters have sensibilities closer to that of someone living in the 21st century it only serves to highlight gruesome bloodthirstiness that was a way of life and even a form of entertainment for those living in the sixteenth century. There is quite a bit of sizzle throughout the tale as Denis and Jacquette are thoroughly enamored with each other. There are even a few surprises thrown in, nothing too explicit but just enough spice for anyone looking for a little more in their historical romance.

Michelle Randall

In the spring of 1558, Denis, having finished his apprenticeship, was traveling to Rouen to look for a position at the armory. On the way one evening, not having found an inn, he followed a stream until he came upon a campfire where he was surprised to find a beautiful red haired woman alone. Jacquette and Denis share dinner and the evening together, and by morning Denis is sure she was a dream. Denis continues into Rouen and life goes on as normal except that he can't get Jacquette out of his mind. The town of Rouen was getting ready to have a public execution involving the beheading of two men and the torture and death of three others. A famous headsman, Chastain, and his family have been called in to take care of the deaths. A few days before the execution, Denis walked into the tavern and there he saw Jacquette, but he could not approach her. Finally she went out back and he was able to talk to her. They made plans to meet again. What follows is the story of Jacquette and Denis falling in love, dealing with her job, his wrongful imprisonment, and so much more. Loving the Headsman's Daughter is a medieval romance with a modern twist. Author Oscar Manta spices up this novel with police corruption, sizzling romance, and forbidden loves.

Loving the Headsman's Daughter may be set in medieval times, as the novel starts in the spring of 1558, but the ideas of romance and the relationships that unfold in the story are purely modern. They might have actually occurred during the era, but it is not recorded history. While I was reading this book, I was surprised time and time again by the twists and turns in the story, and by the thoughts of some of the people in the novel. I thought it was a great read, definitely an adult book, but there might be a few readers offended by some of the relationships in the book. Really, it was worth the time to read to read it; something new and different.

Maria Beltran

Oscar Manta’s Loving the Headsman's Daughter: A Medieval Romance Fantasy is set in tumultuous sixteenth century France in the reign of Henry II. Denis Babineau of Tours is on his way to Rouen, Normandy, to work as a journeyman armorer. Tired after more than a week in a saddle, he looks for an ideal spot near the road to rest for the night. Smelling cooking smoke from a fire, he is surprised to meet Jacquette, a comely and confident young woman, alone in the middle of nowhere. What follows is a sexual encounter that will haunt him for days. Settling in Rouen and becoming quite successful in his trade, he will reunite with her and discover that she is the daughter of a feared headsman. In fact, Jacquette herself participates in the gruesome public beheading and torture of criminals. During one of their trysts, something happens that will put Denis under suspicion of murder and his life will never be the same again.

Loving the Headsman’s Daughter is a sizzling sixteenth century romance at a time when public beheadings were a common occurrence in France. Told in the first person perspective, we go inside the mind of Denis Babineau as he journeys to Rouen and meets the love of his life, who happens to be the headsman’s daughter. Oscar Manta’s creative writing style is simple and straightforward so that reading his novel is just like listening to a man intimately telling you the story of his life that has more than its share of sex and violence. And what a life it is. Jacquette, on the other hand, is a very mysterious character and, as we learn more about her, the deeper her mystery seems to grow. And this is one of the reasons why it is very hard to put down the book. Kudos to the author for coming up with a character like this and still making her appear believable. And with a completely unexpected twist for an ending, this novel is a sure winner!