"The back-story on the love triangle of the family of Prince Tarrant-Arragon, the hero in Forced Mate"
In Mating Net by Rowena Beaumont Cherry, readers are given
the back-story on the love triangle of the family of Prince
Tarrant-Arragon, the hero in Forced Mate.
Helispeta has loved Prince Devoron-Vitan, twin brother to
Emperor Djohn-Kronos, for as long as she can remember. She
has been betrothed to him for many years and is grateful not
to be wed to the cruel emperor. She looks forward to all of
Devoron's visits via hologram and is eager for the day they
can be wed and be together in person.
Djohn-Kronos is a merciless man, guilty of all manner of
horrors against his people... and his family. His latest
plan is to solidify his control over their planet by
stealing his twin brother's intended mate and ensuring the
purity of the royal bloodline. Poor Helispeta has no chance
of resisting him once he snares her in his Mating Net.
Prince Devoron-Vitan is out of the loop, way out. While off
fighting wars begun by Djohn-Kronos, life on his home world
has changed considerably. His father has been killed; his
brother has become Emperor, fathered twin sons by his
deceased wife, and... stolen his bride-to-be? What follows
in the wake of this debacle will forever change the way of
life on Planet Tigron. What of his beloved Helispeta? Is
there any hope for her?
Mating Net is a racy tale, full of sexual tension that will
keep one in need of cooling off. However, there is one scene
about halfway through the story that may offend more
sensitive readers. Ms. Cherry never crosses the line into
the unacceptable range, but this particular scene could
potentially make some readers uncomfortable.
Helispeta is a strong heroine, forced into situations beyond
her control that make her all the more determined to get her
heart's desire. Prince Devoron-Vitan is a hero to die for --
sexy, strong, and madly in love with his mate. How these two
overcome the odds against them is bound to make any romantic
sigh in happiness as they come to the end of the story.
Djohn-Kronos is a wicked man, selfish and full of conceit at
his power, but one can't help but be impressed at his
determination to succeed at any cost. All the while, he will
be scorned for what he did to his father and his brother.
This story may be short and a quick read, but it packs a
wallop. Ms. Cherry squeezes so much in to this short tale
that readers will want to race through it to find out what
will happen next. Mating Net sheds new light on some of the
circumstances surrounding events of Forced Mate, and answers
many questions. However, observant readers will pick up on
some shocking plot twists slipped in that are bound to be
fully revealed in future works by Ms. Cherry. What are those
surprises? Sorry, this reviewer can't tell you, she can only
say that one will be stunned at the revelations and
determined to read the next book in the series in order to
find out the real secrets.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, October 2005. All
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 18, 2006