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|Free Book Review: Forced Mate Book Summary|
~ Rhett to J-J about Tarrant-Arragon
Two halves of the same diluted family tree battle for control of the galactic empire. On one side the Saurian Dragon and his knights. On the other, Tarrant-Arragon and his Imperial crew. At the very heart of the battle, unknowingly, rests Djinni-vera, one of the last true Djinn females of "mating" age left.
The plot unfolds as Tarrant-Arragon kidnaps Djinni from her hiding home on Earth. She has been waiting for 13 years for her cousin, J-J, to come claim her and honor their betrothal. As she is the daughter of the great Saurian Dragon, she is adamantly opposed to anything having to do with Tarrant-Arragon. So he keeps his identity a secret as he tries to court her and have her fall in love with him as a regular man.
Through various worlds, traitorous friends and enemies, and one Earthling who proves himself to be more useful than the rest, this is more than just your typical Harlequin Romance novel.
|Free Book Review: Forced Mate Opinion|
So I have to be honest as I start off this review. I'm not generally a fan of any kind of romantic fiction. It usually bores me, I find it silly and a ridiculous version of lovers first sexual encounters.
I don't have a strong opinion right? That said, I found Forced Mate a breath of fresh air in the romance arena. Sure it had it's love scenes (which actually were written with surprising intimacy and class), and definitely more than one allusion to various phallic symbols, but it was also unique, witty, and very clever.
You have to be a little bit of a science-fiction fan to get through the beginning of the book as there are a lot of "alien" words and customs to get used to for a normal reader. I thought the beginning started off slowly and I was worried that it was going to be a cat chasing mouse story the whole way through but right about half-way into the book it became a real page turner! The element of family lineage and heritage coupled with an inter-galactic battle for dominance kept the story moving and interesting. I think Rowena's true skill is that she weaves this intricate world of aliens and sex just the same way J.K. Rowling weaves the world of Wizards. In Cherry's worlds, secret messages are sent on condom wrappers, wedding banquet foods are meant to be aphrodisiacs, and toilets can predict the cycles of a woman so telling when best to impregnate her. Everything is set up in this parallel universe where sex rules the day. Sounds bawdy but is actually quite clever.
This would be a great read for a science-fiction or romance book club. And honestly, if you're not that into romance but enjoy a Saturday afternoon of Star Wars, you may find this book intriguing.
|Free Book Review: Forced Mate Discussion Questions|
- What would our world be like if Men ruled it according to their sexual desires?
- Did you applaud Djinni's never-ending attempts to escape or did you think "enough already" just accept your fate?
- Do you like Tarrant-Arragon?
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AUTHOR(S): Rowena Cherry
TYPE OF BOOK: Fiction, Science Fiction Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 326
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2004
ENCHANTED QUILL - unpublished, for Forced Mate
2004 ROMANTIC TIMES AND DORCHESTER "NEW VOICE IN ROMANCE" FINALIST
2006 Eppie Finalist (for the electronic version)
2005 PEARL Finalist, Best SF Romance or Futuristic
2005 PEARL Awards, Honorable Mention, Best New Author (ie award winning second place)
2005 Affaire De Coeur Readers/Reviewers Choice Awards, Finalist
2004 JADA Press Book Of The Year Awards, Honorable Mention
2005 Desert Rose Golden Quill Awards, Finalist
2005 Beacon Awards, Third Place
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