"Entertaining Satirical Tale"

The antagonism between the she-lords, Green Tamryn and Claudine D'anbere probably started when they were learning partners as children. Green was an avid student while Claudine enjoyed being mischievous especially if her partner was the recipient of a prank. As adults, Green suffered losses and disasters that she believes Claudine caused but lacks proof. One day she feels she will have what is needed to humiliate her enemy.

The rivalry heats up as Green and Claudine pursue the same male, unconventional Jorlan Raynan as name bearer to produce an heir. Jorlan wants to reject both suitors because he fears marriage means giving up his independence. Green marries Jorlan, but their road to happiness is detoured because of scandal even though a rare love has sprung up in spite of the strict societal rules.

RITUAL OF PROOF is an engaging Regency romantic fantasy that turns the classic roles of the Ton totally around and upside down in a wonderful role reversal. The amusing story line, reminiscent of Travolta's 'White Man's Burden but with humor, is fun due to the gender bending and the use of puns on accepted vernacular. The lead couple comes across as real and the secondary cast supplements them in such a manner as to make she-lords feel like the sub-genre norm. Dara Joy lives up to her surname as she provides an entertaining satirical tale that cries for more novels on this reverse Regency world.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 14, 2001


In a world where women are all-powerful, Marquelle Green Tamryn is one of the most influential of all. The time has come for this woman to choose a husband from the unclaimed males in society's Top Slice. She decides upon Jorlan Raynard, heir to a fortune, a man perfectly suited to be her mate.

Against a sweeping canvas of intrigue and power, Jorlan and the Marquelle are fated to follow their hearts' desire. And when her life is threatened by one of her enemies she learns to rely on Jorlan in ways she is not used to...and to love him in a way she never thought possible. With this dazzling new work, Dara Joy transcends genre fection to create a vivid new world readers will never forget.


Ritual Of Proof
by Dara Joy

William Morrow & Co.
June 1, 2001
ISBN #0380978342
EAN #9780380978342
368 pages
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Other Books by
Dara Joy

Death By Ploot Ploot!
Wildcat Arrows
That Familiar Touch
The Night Before Christmas
Ritual of Proof
High Intensity
Tonight or Never
Mine to Take
High Energy
Knight of a Trillion Stars

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