Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: Keeping Paige by Michelle M Pillow

eBook, 186 pages per Kindle
Publisher: The Raven Books; 2 edition (February 27, 2012)
Source: Publisher, for the purpose of an honest review
Genre: Erotic Alternate Reality Romance
Best read in order: no, each works as a stand-alone
Stars: 5
Flames: 5

Aidan and Paige’s story is by far my favorite of the Divinity Warriors books. I absolutely fell in love with Aidan the moment he stepped onto the page. He has always been the best Starian warrior that he can be. He has done everything in his life to honor the Starian gods. Now he impatiently waits for them to honor him with a bride from one of the fairy rings. His king has ordered him to go to Battlewar Castle to participate in the breeding ceremony. He does not want one of the otherworld brides that are being sent to them by the Divinity Corporation. He wants what his planes traditions should honor him with, a bride from the fairy ring.

Paige is from the Forestter dimension. The tribes on her plane are very superstitious. They see her differences as a curse. In an attempt to get rid of this cursed woman they offer her to the Faerian’s. They Faerian’s believe in making sacrifices. Paige is the sacrifice they have chosen to toss into the fairy ring. No one comes to Paige’s rescue. She is on her own and too outnumbered to fight them when they drug her and commence to their sacrificial beliefs.

When Aidan finds Paige naked and overly aroused in the woods he immediately knows that he has finally been blessed with a bride from the gods. Paige tells him that she came to be there through a fairy ring, so he just knows he is not mistaken. The drugs that were forced upon Paige have multiples effects on her, one is an aroused euphoria. She welcomes all of Aidan’s advances. There problems arise when the drugs wear off and Paige is saddled with a husband who does not understand her customs and she finds that his customs are a little too domineering for her tastes.

This installment in the Divinity Warriors series actually begins chronologically before the first two books. Readers are over half way through Keeping Paige before they find Paige in the cell at Battlewar with Lilith, Jayne, and Karre. I did not get the sci fi feel with this book as much as the others. Paige’s dimension has a fantasy historical feel to it just as Staria does. There are still dimension jumps, but they are not done through the technological advances as with the previous two books. I do want to point out that each of the books works as a stand-alone, so readers can dive into this series beginning with any book. 

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