Cleopatra’s Perfume by Jina Bacarr

Author: Jina Bacarr
Title: Cleopatra’s Perfume
Publisher: Mira Books
Published: 2009
Format: Paperback I purchased myself

This book is for Adult readers, it contains sex scenes.

Goodreads Summary
Europe 1939
The world may be teetering on the brink of war, but that's no reason for the privileged classes to deny themselves the satisfaction of their deepest lusts. In exotic and exclusive clubs, they pursue the delights of the flesh with little thought to the world crumbling around them. Marlowe has everything she needs to lead the most decadent of lives, money, nobility, nerve, and an insatiable appetite for sexual adventure. She also has a singular treasure, a fragrance of ancient origin said to have been prepared for the Queen of Kings herself. Seductive, irresistible, even mystical, it is the scent of pure sensuality. The power of this elixir is such that it sweeps Lady Marlowe into a game much more dangerous than those she played in the darkened rooms of kinky bars. As the Nazis devour Europe and North Africa, she embarks on a fevered journey, with sizzling stops in Cairo, London, Berlin, each city filled with new perils and pleasures for one anointed with pure lust.

I found this book quite confusing. The book starts in April 1941 in Chuck's POV, and then jumps back to March 1941 when Eve starts writing the diary because of her role in WWII, but then she flicks back to 1939, when her adventure starts after the death of her husband. But in her diary she is often jumping between the present and 1939, as well as remembering some of her moments with her late husband.

We go back to Chuck in the middle of the book, and towards the end. But the book finishes with Eve writing in the diary again.

To me I think the story would've been better if the diary section started from 1939, so the reader is not so confused with the jumping back and forth in time. Then Eve would only then recall memories with her husband which would've been easier to follow.

However, I had to keep reading because it really had a good storyline and I find books written around War fascinating. The feelings and emotions of people caught up in things they cannot prevent, being scared whether they live or die, it is just unbelievable to me. I can't imagine what it would be like to be caught up in War.

The story is not just about the Sex, although Eve is pretty open about her pleasures, it is more about her relationships with the men who have been in her life, and how their influence has guided her to make the decisions for today. What a woman would do for love, not just for herself, her political beliefs and for her country.

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