By: Candice X
From Harvard to Whoredom is Candice X’s debut novel and as far as debut novels go, Candice did not disappoint. Candice X’s ability to capture the reader from beginning to end is magnificent and X has paired this with great characters and an even better storyline.
The book is about a young woman named Sahara. Sahara also answers to the name Jewels and she is also a prostitute. After a night with a paying customer goes horribly wrong, Sahara ends up being rescued by Hollywood heart throb Gabriel De’Angelo. Unaware of how she managed to land in his car and later his bed, this moment is the beginning of the rest of her life.
Much to Sahara’s surprise Gabriel is insistent on pursuing her and making her part of his glitzy and glamorous lifestyle. He introduces her to a world so different from hers and yet somehow she seamlessly fits in; more than she ever has before.
“I don’t want you to leave,” he whispered in my ear. “I want you to stay forever.”
As we join these two on their heart wrenching journey we are introduced to two important characters, whose impact to the storyline is extremely significant. They emphasise the themes of family and belonging without the reader having to side-track from the original storyline. So even though this book is full of heat, passion and explosive sex, its softer side still manages to capture you and keep you just as engrossed.
Sahara and Gabriel find themselves facing many road blocks when it comes to their relationship and unfortunately something greater than the both of them, tears them apart. As both continue to participate miserably through life, without one another, it seems that Sahara and Gabriel will never find their happy every after. Through a multitude of emotions; heartache, deceit, fear and grief, will these two find their way back to one another. Will they be in one piece or will they be too broken to be put back together?
“I’m telling them that if you love a person, the opinion of the world isn’t important. It’s how you feel that matters. Because in the end, if it is just you two, it will be okay. Nobody else is fucking important.”
Sahara and Gabriel show that you cannot help who you fall in love with and maybe sometimes love is enough.