"Wonderful world to visit! Can understanding bridge the gap between duty and love?"
I enjoyed this story enough to read twice. Once when I
ordered it at the advice of another PNR member who knew I
love Futuristics, and again several months later to write a
review. When a book is labeled a "futuristic" it sometimes
reads like a historical loosely set in outer space. You
won't find that with this story. The world established is
believably futuristic but not in a sci-fi style.
Lord Ruel Shatar, Cadish of the 7th House of the Alliance
must produce an heir. Unfortunately he has just found that
he has been bitten by a bug that will make him infertile to
women of his own race and must choose an alien bride. He
keeps this a secret and has his advisor find him a bride --
an Earthling named Christa.
As governor, he used his position to force their marriage
by tricking her into believing she had to marry him or be
exiled. Neither want to admit that the attraction they
feel for each other is more than just physical. Neither
believe it can be love, but can attraction grow into true
Being raised as the future Cadish, he knows his duty and
expects her to fill the requirements of a proper wife.
Christa's response to his controlling ways inevitably
reminds him that he is not married to an Adarian. Reuel
blames the "little rebel" for distracting him from his
duties and making him feel things he does not understand.
Christa finds the true reason he married her and how he
tricked her with false threats but before they can resolve
their differences, he is called away for a council
meeting. While he is gone disaster strikes and Christa
find the true meaning of duty and what it takes to be Lady
Shatar, wife of the governor. Can her full understanding
bridge the gap between duty and love?
I am looking forward to other stories by this author. I
believe she has a historical romance available also.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 4, 2001