Lynda, better known as FishWithSticks, is seeking a book that, well, kind of defies description, except she manages it.
Let me start by saying this book was HORRIBLE. Even back then I recognized how bad the writing was. Lots of locked garden gate euphemisms for her virginity, etc. I only kept it because it was SO full of WTFery I couldn't let it go.
Here's what I know:
I read it before 1999, but it could be an older book because I bought it after I discovered used book stores. It absolutely is NOT a category. LOL.
I have NO Idea if its contemporary or historical. I'm leaning more towards contemporary because it was pretty rare for me to read historicals. It might have something to do with she and the hero going off to save her sister? There's some suspense plot there, but my memory is so faulty on this it just can't be trusted.
Hero and Heroine finally have sex, and he uses a sword. No. Not a euphemism. An actual sword. Because what virgin wouldn't like that? LOL It seems to me to make it “easier” for her, he ties her up for her “safety” so she doesn't move, and uses the super ultra sharp blade of the sword to cut off her clothes. I think he did the “silk scarf cut in half by drifting down onto the blade” test to show her how sharp it was.
Once she's ready, he puts a potion on the tip of the handle of this ancient ceremonial sword which he uses to pop her cherry. Seems to me the potion is actually a poison, so he can't use too much, or she'll die. He's just using it to make it “easier” for her. I also think the hilt of the sword was designed just for this purpose. And “Quon yin” keeps running through my head, but I don't know what that has to do with it.
Gotta love a book where, to make losing her virginity “easier” and “more comfortable” the hero ties her up, poisons her and then stabs her. WHOO HOO! What woman doesn't wish she'd had THAT experience?!
GARDEN GATE. You'd think that kind of euphemism would still be in use as a writer's tool (heh heh). Anyone recognize this book?