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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.