Livia Grant is back on the blog today, ladies and gentlemen. Today we’re looking at her backlog. Livia, along with a bunch of other authors, has created a fun little world called The Red Petticoat Saloon.
The Saloon itself lives in Culpepper Cove, and the stories take place in the gold rush years out in California. There are a few things that sold really well back in the day, one of them being the companionship of a young woman for a few hours. And the Saloon is the best place to do that. Here’s the basic backstory.
One day, back in jolly olde England, a beautiful young woman named Lady Juliette Gardner was fucking the man she thought loved her. Except, she was set up and since it was the time it was, her reputation was ruined. Eventually, she goes to live with her aunt, and then they end up in New Orleans. On the trip, Jewel got friendly with a pair of prostitutes who were going to NOLA too. After a time, Jewel, her two friends, and their cook decide to go to California.
Long story short, Jewel decides to start a brothel and call it the Red Petticoat Saloon. The women who work there always have gem or precious metal names. They are Jewel’s Gems. They can wear red petticoats or pink petticoats. If they are wearing red petticoats, they are available to go upstairs, if they are pink, then the women are only there to serve food and drink, play cards, entertain, so on and so forth. Each story can be read as a standalone, but there are recurring characters that pop up in each book. You can jump around in the series if you want, and not get overly lost. Just make sure you read Jewel’s Gems first.
There are several authors who write the books, most of whom write spanking stuff, and you will see a mix of all kinds of subgenres, so you should have no problem finding the right book to read.
But, today, we’re looking at Livia’s book, Melting Silver. This is the story of Emelie and Charlie.
Emelie is a naive young woman who ran away from home so that she can be a singer on the big stages in San Francisco. However, the guy who lured her away is a complete and utter fucknugget. He raped and beat her and then was willing to sell her. However, Emelie’s friend helped to get her out of his grip and then she went to work at a little bar until she almost gets raped again and kills the guy who tries to rape her. Emelie has had some shitty luck up to this point. But, her luck is just about to turn because she ends up in Culpepper Cove and at the Red Petticoat Saloon.
Charlie is a player, in sorts of ways. He plays the piano at the saloon and helps to keep everyone entertained. And on Mondays, he takes a bath and plays with various Gems. He draws the line, he never kisses them and he only does oral and hands, never any penetration. He’ll also spank whichever Gem he has, but he makes sure that she likes it. He’s perfectly happy living his life, playing piano and playing with the Gems with no commitment. Then he sees Emelie, and suddenly, things change.
OK, I’m going to leave you with Emelie’s luck turning for the better and becoming a Gem named Silver. There is all kinds of stuff that happens in this book, including spankings of more than one arse, and super fun bathtimes. It’s not all beer and skittles though. You have to go through the sad parts to get to the not sad parts and without conflict in the story, how you going to have a story? But, it is great to read. All 18 books are available in KU, so you can get them quickly and easily.
I think that Charlie should’ve told Emelie about his bathtimes with the other Gems before someone else it slip, but she should’ve told him how it made her feel before she went to Jewel and asked to be put into a red petticoat. And she definitely should’ve told everyone about everything that had happened instead of coming off as more experienced than she was. But, like I said, without these things, the story wouldn’t advance or be as good, right?
The surprise at the end is great. Loved the book.
Go check it out. Happy reading!