"Be careful what you volunteer for!"
Having turned 29, Sharon Glaston is confident that she will
not be called upon to fulfill a pact she made when she was
18. After all, the claiming age is over at 30. So she was
shocked and appalled when two pactmaker reps showed up at
her home and took her off to meet the Shimerian male she is
to spend some time with. She was young and idealistic when
she registered to be available to be a pactmate to a
Shimerian male. Now that reality is here in the form of
extremely attractive Liken da'Kamon, she is not sure she
can go through with it. She really has little choice,
though, as backing out of the pact bears very uncomfortable
consequences. No female is forced to become pactmate to a
Shimerian male, but they must give the man a chance to
convince them to do so. The choices are Seduction,
Challenge, and Capture. Sharon chooses Seduction, which
means she will visit with Liken on his world for three
weeks. Three weeks in which he can use any type of
seduction up to a point to convince her to stay with him.
He's allowed beyond those points only with her permission.
So begins the seduction of Sharon. Though Liken sees Sharon
as his happiness, she only sees him as her heartache. She
knows that she cannot be intimate with him day after day
without falling in love with him. To a Shimerian, love is
not an important issue. But there is more to "making love"
when a Shimerian does it with their pactmate than they
reveal to the Earthlings. Will Sharon be able to accept
this "merging"? If she does, will she really have a choice
to return to Earth if she wants? Then she discovers that
the "merging" isn't the only secret Liken has been
This is a truly erotic futuristic, while also being para-
normal science fiction. I found it refreshing that the
author didn't feel the need to make up words for the things
common to both worlds. I appreciated the fact that you are
given a true reason for the women having to give up their
life on earth for the men, not just a 'this is the way it
must be because I say so' sort of thing. The hero is very
alpha, yet he does seem to try to be understanding. This is
an erotic romance, so that means lots of sex. It did
irritate me that the only way the hero seemed to be able to
convince the heroine of anything was through sex. I truly
would have liked just for once to see a heroine strong
enough to stand against a hero's sexual overtures. Still,
the heroine is strong and easy to like and sympathize with.
I felt the misunderstanding toward the end of the book to
be understandable, but didn't feel the hero had the right
to respond to it the way he did. I know that Liken was
supposedly helping Sharon overcome some problems, but I
really got the impression that he was not willing to accept
her as she was, and so she changed. One warning --once
hooked on the Shimerians, which you will be after reading
this story, you will be eager to read more of them.
Sensuality--NC17. Plenty of sex; masturbation, oral sex,
descriptive sex, spanking.
Reviewed by Flora Bell
Posted March 12, 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 18, 2006
Sharon took an oath at the idealistic age of eighteen to
mate with an unknown alien from another planet, never
expecting the alien to actually show up and invoke it
eleven years later. A librarian with a love for the orderly
and ordinary, she prefers a calm, quiet existence.
Surprises are life's way of indicating you did not plan
well enough. Adventures are for people with more guts than
sense. And sex, well, it's okay, but nothing to get too
worked up over...
Liken is a warrior cop from Shimeria. He is six feet seven
inches of walking, talking sex personified. Having been
inside Sharon's head he knows her deepest fantasies, and
knows that she is the perfect mate for him. But first he
has to seduce her...