Of Yesterday by Alta Hensley

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Pubisher: LazyDay 

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Trying to bring back the morals of yesterday, Jason Winters is determined to build a new society. Everything is going as planned until he meets the fiery, Taylor McKnight. Now, he questions if he is trying to build happiness…when what he really needs to do, is find happiness.

Taylor McKnight’s entire life is about to change with one single proposition. She is willing to take on the adventure, but is she willing to take on the man? The bigger question: could she fall in love with a man, while bent over his knee?

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Alta Hensley returns to her world of domestic discipline with Of Yesterday which is set in todays world but in a commune like setting where the people live without modern conveniences.

Taylor has been living her life the best way she knows how, by selling herbs and potions under the guise that she is a witch  When she is confronted by a clients angry older brother she is taken aback by his vehemence that she is robbing people and praying on their innocence. With her fiery temper she bursts into his house when he sets out to sue her and take away the only livelihood she has. She’s shocked and slightly outraged when he suggests moving in with him as his sisters keeper at his new commune where they will live like the late 1800’s.

Jason and Taylor together left me feeling conflicted. In Hensley’s past domestic discipline books I found myself intrigued by the world in which these characters live. In Of Yesterday I found myself constantly annoyed by Jason and his high handed behavior to the point where I wanted to close the book and walk away. The man was the most hard headed man I’ve read in a LONG time. His rigidness was outright ridiculous at time. When a barn fire threatens their livestock, Taylor rushes in fearing for the animals and not knowing where Jason was at the time. He punishes her afterward for endangering herself. REALLY? I understood his fear for her, but she only ran in to look for him and to save their horses, it seemed mean to punish her for it.

Then there was the figging. Don’t know what that is? It’s a process that stems from horse owners in the Victorian era in which an owner of a horse that may not have been performing well has a ginger root shoved up their ass. The root causes the horse discomfort in the form of a burning sensation. The horse perks up long enough to be sold and then is no longer the problem of the owner. It was outlawed. Jason uses this process on Taylor as punishment which causes pain but eventually turns her on. I was left feeling slightly squicked out. I didn’t find it hot at all, in fact it edged toward cruel for me.

I enjoyed the simplicity of the life Jason was trying to build even if it completely felt like a religious commune you might see raided on the news. Had I liked him more I think I would have been more on board with what he was trying to do but his obstinence and high handedness just took most of the enjoyment out of it for me. Taylor was a strong heroine and I wanted her to be happy and at times I thought she degraded herself a bit just to make him happy. I liked when she stood up for herself and finally told him to stop and to take a look around and see what was happening. I’m not sure if spanking her will ever stop her displays of temper though.

I only had one other gripe. Jason’s sister, who is supposedly locked in a childs mind because the trauma of her parents death when she was 10 was just to much for her to handle. She sees everything through a childs happy go lucky eyes and Jason takes his role as her protector extremely seriously. Up until the last part of the book she is portrayed as being mentally handicapped in a way. Unable to function as an adult and forever a child trapped in an adult body. She meets a man and very quickly the tables are turned and she’s re-emerging as someone who has the capacity to become someones lover. Um no. You can’t portray a character as being handicapped and then tell me it magically starts going away when she meets a man. That just doesn’t happen. Either more needed to be seen through her eyes to make the reader understand she wasn’t as bad off as her brother thought or she needed to just be, no man.

While I have enjoyed past books by Hensely, this one failed to pull me in and often left me wanting to smack the hero upside the head. While the actual sex scenes, minus the figging, were hot and well wrote the connection between the characters was missing for me which made the book merely a surface read. I loved Taylor and her outrageous personality and that alone kept me reading.

I give Of Yesterday by Alta Hensley 3 stars!

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