eBook, 56 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by The Raven Books
ISBN 13: 9781452464558
Source: Author, for the purpose of an honest review
Genre: Erotic Sci-Fi Romance
Series: The King's Choice #1
Best read in order: yes
Roth has created a world on a distant planet in the distant future that holds tight to its old ways of following prophecies and not letting technology ruin its goodness. Kings still rule the land. Women are still viewed as property. Magik still flows through the blood of its inhabitants. The world has a fascinating mix of historical and futuristic with a touch of fantasy and paranormal, there are shifters on this planet. I enjoyed this unique mix.
Jakov has long given up on finding his destined mate. If he believes the prophecies that he lives by then she has long ago been slaughtered along with the rest of her kind. He is currently in search of a female to impregnate with an heir. He is not even slightly enthusiastic about his search until he sees his brother/advisor struggling with the next virgin.
Dijana refuses to let some man take what she feels is only her right to give, her virginity. She is fuming that she has been taken from her village to be paraded before the king so that he may choose a bride. She feels that she has been reduced to nothing more than a cheapened whore.
I loved Dijana! In a world where she is supposed to be overjoyed at possibly becoming the queen she is fighting to get out of the palace or wanting to fulfill her desires of killing the king. She doesn’t care which. She just wants one to happen, now. She doesn’t let Jakov push her around, she takes over. I loved her spirit.
I had a slight problem with one of the sex scenes. I loathe sex as punishment. There was one scene that was such. The female never said no and she did not react as if she had been violated after, so that made it a little more tolerable for me. Also the fact that females are viewed as property and are punished when deemed fit made the scene mix well into the story. I just have a personal preference of disliking sex as punishment.
***m/f/m ménage, anal sex, multiple partners, sex as punishment***