"Great story with a twist on the Alien abduction Theme!"
If you decide to read FORCED MATE, get ready to have your
nose glued to the pages for a little while, as I couldn't
put this story down!
Prince Tarrant-Aragon is the god-Emperor of Tigron,
equating to the entire galaxy. (Yes, this means he rules us
too, we just don't know it!) No one tells him no. So, when
he discovers the only woman who could even possibly be his
Queen, hidden away on the little planet of Earth, he goes
to get her. The only problem is that his perfect mate has
been raised to pray for his demise and even worse trained
to be able to kill him should she have the opportunity or
kill herself if she fails. The solution -- make Djinni fall
in love with him, before she finds out who he really is!
Djinni is automatically wary of the man who shows up at her
doorstep and claims to be a member of the Saurian Knights.
However, when he is able to perform the secret handshake,
she ignores her instincts, and gets into his limo to
perform the final test, the toast to Tarrant- Arragons
death. If only the man hadn't made her heartbeat accelerate
or have sex on the brain when she tried to eavesdrop, she
might have been able to prevent herself from getting
kidnapped! Now, she only has to escape before her future
husband, JJ, finds out she was ruined by an An'Koori!
Rowena Beaumont Cherry has written a fascinating romance
that blends some of our current "Earth" history with
customs from all over the galaxy. I especially enjoyed the
misunderstanding that Tarrant let Djinni maintain regarding
sex. Then there is Madam Tarra, a fortuneteller who lives
on the Pleasure Moon of Eurydyce, a very important
secondary character that I really thought intriguing!
While I truly felt sorry for Djinni as she kept trying to
escape and find ways to thwart her unknown kidnapper, (who
she named Tigger) I thought she was quite resourceful, too.
I also really enjoyed the fact that she wasn't going
through shock of getting kidnapped by aliens, because she
was one herself. It was a neat twist on the alien abduction
"Tigger" on the other hand... he had me cracking up. Add
the typical male arrogance to the "God-Emperor" title...he
was SO doomed because he (justifiably) wasn't being honest
with Djinni about who he was. I loved reading about how
Tarrant had to learn everything the hard way. Just because
he had so much power and was used to everyone jumping when
he said jump he was out of his league with Djinni. She
thought he was a nobody, and therefore beneath her; it was
so funny! I think it was a very humbling (and needed)
experience for him.
Then we add the mix of the unknown enemy -- the Saurian
Knights and Djinni's fiancÚ JJ that Tarrant is chomping at
the bit to figure out who is. FORCED MATE has a little bit
of everything: lots of action, deception and forgiveness,
plenty of sexual tension and different alien cultures to
contemplate. This was such a fun book to read that I highly
Posted August 18, 2004
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted November 21, 2006