"Power and politics are their world, but love may change this Chess Game of life"
Prince Tarrant-Aragon, the god-Emperor of Tigron, discovers
the only woman who could be his Mate has been hidden on the
planet Earth. He is all-powerful and ruthless and has come
to acquire her. That his Earthling limo driver dares to
make sly observations along the way was unheard of -- but
intriguing. Not being a foolish human, Greg, a cynical
mercenary known as Grievous, tactfully keeps his mouth shut
about things like the little miss naming the boss 'Tigger'.
Djinni's father is the Saurian Dragon, leader of the
Saurian Knights and she has trained extensively. Feeling
secure while hiding on Earth, she has been betrothed
to 'JJ' since childhood and is an integral part of a plan
to enthrone him as the new god-Emperor of Tigron. Although
she is suspicious when first approached, the stranger
appeared to be a Saurian Knight; so she followed
trustingly. Too late Djinni finds she has been abducted.
Despite several escape attempts, she is now on Tigger's
ship and in danger of breaking her Saurian vows.
Djinni does not realize that the poem she read was actually
a wedding ceremony and that Tigger is the prince she has
been taught to dread. He was forced to abduct her and wed
her, but Tarrant-Aragon does not want a battle- ground for
a marriage as his father and grandfather before him. As
Prince of Tigron he is considered all-powerful, but how to
make his half-Earthling wife accept him? Her lack of
respect and different perception of him and their universe
is something he finds perplexing and frustrating. He hopes
to win her heart, but who can he go to for such an unheard
of advice? Among his choices is the Earthling limo driver,
who has been bold enough to voice unasked for opinions but
declares women are difficult.
There is a good balance between action and romance with
subtle and outright humor adding to the main plot instead
of distracting. The political intrigue brings unexpected
plot twists that will keep you guessing who is on what
side. The characters stay true and the changes as their
relationship grows are believable.
In chess the term 'Forced Mate' is where the two kings race
to make a pawn their queen. So the title is fitting and
through-out the story there are several chess references.
You will not find Djinni a mere pawn, though she is na´ve
and Tigger takes advantage of that to force changes in her
life. Will his desire to have her love brings about changes
that will be felt throughout their worlds and stop a
revolution? This futuristic romance is one that you won't
want to miss!
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 5, 2006