Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Rated X for the usual goodies: violence and sex. Great fun! This is the third book in this wacky, creative series. I think it can be read alone, but best if you read the first book, "Forced Mate," and the prequel e-book, "Mating Net," ($3 from www.newconceptspublishing.com/matingnet.htm ) I wish Cherry would hurry up and write some more.
P.S.: The titles are chess terms.
This story follows some characters we were first introduced in "Forced Mate". Interesting story because its about a couple who have already been together and love each other but then the hero has to make the heroine fall in love with him all over again under a different name and surgically changed face.
Commander Jason's true identity as Prince Djetthro-Djason has been uncovered, and he's forced to mate with the ruling prince's sister, Martia-Djulia. But this is not the punishment it seems. Though Djetth and Martia's one night of passion was mistakenly triggered by another's scent, Djetth is rather fond of his high-maintenance bride-to-be. Unfortunately, she's pining for his presumed dead alter ego--if only he can convince her she can love him regardless of his name. "Spunky" isn't often used to describe older heroines, but everything good about the word is perfect for Martia-Djulia, who acts as a wonderful foil to Djetth's unconventional courtship in this sequel to Forced Mate (2004). Cherry's decidedly British and sometimes brash sense of humor won't be everyone's cup of tea. Yet there's an allure to her characters and futuristic land, with an ever-evolving story of palace intrigue and secretive pasts, that keeps readers wanting more.
Prince Djetthro-Jason has been defeated by Tarrant-Arragon in his quest to mate with Djinni-vera and his role in the opposition exposed. Tarrant-Arragon allows him to live with the condition that he mate with Tarrant-Arragon's sister, Martia-Djulia while never revealing to her his past identity as Commander Jason. The only problem is that Martia-Djulia still hungers for the night of passion she shared with Commander Jason. Tarrant-Arragon has a plan to unite them regardless. But are there other more nefarious forces at work?
This is second book, following the first Forced Mate. I liked the first, but this one lost the funny banter, and if you didn't read the first book it will be very confusing. The story wasn't as well put together as the first book, so I hope there won't be another.
Excellent series! Must read!