Book Reviews of Ritual of Proof

Ritual of Proof
Ritual of Proof
Author: Dara Joy
ISBN-13: 9780380978342
ISBN-10: 0380978342
Publication Date: 6/2001
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 37 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow Company
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 7
If you ever get tired of those historical romances where women are expected to bend to the will of the man and the couple falls in love when she asserts herself, this is the book for you. This time, the book is set in a place where women rule and men are expected to be submissive.
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Helpful Score: 5
A very unusual sy fi story, the man is wanted to be a virgin and has a membrane the woman has to dissolve! The tables are totally turned in this last big story published for Dara Joy. I really love the others: Mine to Take, Rejar and Knights of a Trillion Stars. Dara Joy sued her publisher and now tries to sell her own published books on the Internet... they're just not as good.
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Helpful Score: 4
A romance, disguised as a sci-fi/fantasy, disguised as a romance.

I'm not generally a romance reader, so i was unsure when i picked this one up, because of where it was very obviously going. But it ended up being a good story, despite some of the contrived situations it presented. There were some steamy (albeit vanilla) scenes that didn't leave me cringing or laughing at the characters (which is usually the case).

What did leave me rolling my eyes was all the made-up words for common things. Alright, it's set on another world, i get that. But calling a bathtub a "bubble-pool" still seems silly to me. There was so much of this, that there's actually a glossary of terms at the end of the book. Also, use of terms such as "she-lord" and the like, in a society where the women hold ALL political power seems redundant. It's like calling rice dishes "Chinese food" while in China.

As a whole, i liked this one. The characters were mostly believable, and it was a sweet story that made me smile at the end.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book was a little different from the usual Dara Joy books but just as enjoyable to read. Its regency England meets the future with the men being the virgin's on their wedding night. A nice twist.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book was not at all what I expected for her from her other books I have read. This is written in reverse of the normal male dominated society, which would be okay. However, the style it is written and vocabulary (not obscene, either) makes this very hard to get into for me. I couldn't read more than the first few chapters and that was hard for me to even get through. I will read her other stuff, but this was dissapointing for me.
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Helpful Score: 3
An unusual combination of scifi and romance, with gender role reversal. I found the romance part pretty good, the scifi part silly in spots and shallow and derivative in others. Lots of steamy sex, if you are looking for that. A good way to kill a few hours on a rainy day.
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Helpful Score: 2
It's the story of Green and Jorlan who live on a moon, which has been civilized for 1000 years. The culture is like that of regency England, although women are in charge and men are treated as chattel. Lusty sex scenes!
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Helpful Score: 2
1st book I've read by this author. I found it to be quite good. It is set in another place in time and in this world the woman rule the men!!! Men are to keep their virginity for the woman and the woman make all the rules. Jorlan is a different sort of man & Green has always known this. She is forced to make a bid for him before she would like to so she can keep him same from her enemy. He isn't happy about it, but she shows him it can be good between them. They find love but her enemy won't let them live happily ever after without a fight. Very good story, read it in 2 days. Looking forward to more.
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Helpful Score: 1
It took me about 50 pages to warm up to this book but once I got hooked it was hard to put down.It's pretty different from anything I've read before.It's about a society on another planet ruled by woman.I would reccomened this book to anyone who ejoys romance or paranormal romance.
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Helpful Score: 1
WHAT CAN I SAY, IF IT IS DARA JOY, IT IS A WINNER. I REALLY DID ENJOY THIS ONE. WOMEN, WOMEN, IT IS FOR US.
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Helpful Score: 1
Well, being the male-basher that I am (hahaha), I LOVE this book so far. I'm only about halfway through it but it's been hard to put down. The thought of a world where women RULE and men are basically toys is beyond words to an old woman like me ! I LOVE IT !!! LOL
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Helpful Score: 1
Very interesting story of another world where women are the dominant species & men come to the marriage bed as virgins. Quite a switch but good story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Interesting story line with likable characters. Worth the read.
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Her stories are mostly sexy and hot. This one is out there in the future. Reverse of man and woman role.
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"In a world where women hold all the power, a titled man can do little but accept his fate - that his sole purpose is to secure a good match - and hope his "bed price" is high enough."

Ever wish things were the opposite between men and women? This will definitely give you a smile. =)
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Love the setup and the first half of the book. Especially the whole pms for guys thing and how sage elder males talk about this growing affliction. it lost the fun for me when he was actually asserting himself and causing her problems, but it is fun to read and terrorize guys with. ;)
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Very enjoyable
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I've loved this author's previous works, but the "turning Regency societal norms on its head" theme in the guise of a paranormal didn't work so well for me.
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This was a good book. I didn't enjoy it as much because of the setting-female dominant society.
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Totally different perspective.. not a "traditional" romance paperback.. male/female roles were reversed..
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I was a little leery of reading this book. I am not in to si-fi. So saying that I will say I loved it, because it was interesting to think that women would rule the world.
I liked all the characters and the way women would rule. I recommend it.
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In a world where women hold all the power,a titled man can do little but accept his fate-that his sole purpose is to secure a good match-and hope his "bed price"is high enough.Jorian Reynard has every trait
necessary for that price-he is staggeringly handsome.Irresistible.Wildly sensual.But he is also impossibly willful.The brash male refuses to be taken by just any woman merely because she can afford him.
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In a world where women hold all the power, a titled man can do little but accept his fate - that his sole purpose is to secure a good match - and hope his "bed price" is high enough. Jorlan Reynard has every trait necessary for that price - he is staggeringly handsome. Irresistible. Wildly sensual. But he is also impossibly willful. The brash male refuses to be taken by just any woman merely because she can afford him.

Only one - the Marquelle Green Tamryn - can claim him. In a bold move, the powerful aristocrat marries him, offering him the security of her name and position. But there are forces conspiring against her, and the Marquelle must summon all her considerable influence to fight for their survival. However, he is not only a passionate lover, but an unexpectedly powerful ally...and soon, the full truth of his remarkable abilities will begin to be revealed to all - in the Ritual of Proof.