Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Named and Shamed

(NB - A version of this review first appeared on ERWA in 2012)

By Janine Ashbless
Review by Ashley Lister

This is an awful lot of fun.
I grew up in an era when I was supposed to go to bed with a fairy story and enjoy the fantastical tales of other worlds and the creatures that lived therein. Named and Shamed helped me recapture those fond memories but from the perspective of an adult who also enjoys the erotic titillation of characters exploring their hedonistic natures.
Written by the incredibly talented Janine Ashbless, illustrated by the stylish and talented John LaChatte, Named and Shamed is pitched as a ‘Dark and Dirty Fairy Tale’ and this succinctly describes the content.
The basic premise is that our heroine, Tansy, has stolen a manuscript relating to her studies into the magical worlds of mythical creatures. Tansy is a wonderful real-world heroine and her story in this magical world is an absolute delight.
From the vivid description, through to the strong characterisation, through to the plot that makes you want to stay awake into the early hours of the morning – Named and Shamed is one of the most fun reading experiences you will have this year.
Meet Tansy, follow her adventures, and look out for future Janine Ashbless titles.


  1. Ashley, you are a total sweetie :-) (Am I allowed to say that?)

    Thank you!

  2. Thank you. And I should add, like many others who saw you read from this title in London at the start of this month, I think you should bring out an audio version :-)



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