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Birds of Paradise Brothel: The HaBO

Jess writes:

This book is a little older, probably 10-15 years, as I remember reading it in high school. It was your garden variety Victorian (or possibly Regency) romance: well-bred miss marries redeemable rake. It may even have been a marriage of convenience struck between the two, but none of that matters. The only pertinent detail I remember is the hero’s business ambitions. A Birds of Paradise brothel (yay! theme whore houses!). Hubby’s plans are not without some contention on the part of the heroine, but he goes ahead with them up to the very last minute. While auditioning the first chick, a canary doing a tap dance on his man-parts, he realizes that plumed hookers are not nearly as entertaining as one would originally assume. Unfortunately, as soon as he has the opening-a-whore-house-might-not-endear-me-to-my-wife and-please-get-your-foot-off-my-manhood epiphany, none other than well-bred miss walks in the door. And that’s it. All I remember.

I tried Googling Birds of Paradise brothel, but upon reflection, it was probably not the best search phrase. So I know it’s only one scene, but you have to admit, it’s kind of unique and I’m hoping it stuck in someone’s memory better than mine. Help! Please!

Anyone else find this one absolutely hilarious? “Google the Birds of Paradise Brothel?” Best. Euphemism. Ever.


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  1. 1
    Kimberly M. says:

    “Birds of Paradise Brothel”?! Who came up with that idea? ^.^

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    Barbara says:

    I read this one. In the last six months. Can’t remember title or author to save my life. ARGH!

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    Jess says:

    Barbara, I’m just glad to know it’s still floating around out there! I’ve been all over my mother’s old romance shelf looking for it, but she periodically empties it of everything but the Noras.
    I hope your memory is better than mine!

  4. 4

    I don’t know, but the tap dance on the man parts made me laugh.

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    chrocs says:

    Damn! I read this on, and I liked it and actually I still have it but can’t remember name or author. If no one guesses it before I go back home, I’ll find it for you tomorrow.

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    JanA says:

    Didn’t the hero of “Merely Married”, by Patricia Coughlin, have plans to show his contempt for polite society by opening a brothel?

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    EmmyS says:

    Feathered floozies? I must read this!  Please someone remember the title!

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    chrocs says:

    JanA is right. I knew I had that book!

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    Jess says:

    Thank you JanA! I’m going to go check it out right now!

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    michelle says:

    i greatly enjoyed this book

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    Toronto condominiums says:

    I love it. I still have it but can’t remember name or author. Thanks.

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