27 October 2008

Review: Rowena Cherry - Insufficient Mating Material:

Mass Market Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company (January 31, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0505527111
ISBN-13: 978-0505527110


"A powerful romance laced with devastating family secrets, treachery and a sizzling passion hot enough to singe your fingers as you turn the pages." --BillieJo, Romance Junkies

Shot down...for failing to mate in public. Marooned on an island with the ultimate fashionista, who wouldn't take off her clothes to save her own life, Djetth discovers taht when a Tiger prince is honor bounc to hide his true identity, when his best tool of seduction bears a damning tattoo, and his very life is in danger, survival isn't just a matter of making out.
Someone is trying to kill them.

But even in the outrageously wicked Tigron Empire, who would dare to attack a royal princess and her consort? So what if she had spectacularly rejected his hand and privately turned her pretty nose up at his other princely parts? With the aid of two exiled empresses acting as psychic sleuths, some misplaced guitar glue, and a talent for disguises, he would unmask a killer and prove that this was certainly not a case of...

A few weeks ago I got myself acquainted with Rowena Cherry and her novel Forced Mate. Now I’ve closed the second novel in this Sci-Fi romance series, Insufficient Mating Material and found a treasure of a story. It picks up almost right after the dynamic conclusion of Forced Mate. Was Djetthro-Jason the usurper in book 1 he completely took me by surprise and enamored me with his silken-smooth yet devilish attitude as he takes center stage in his story: Insufficient Mating Material.

Tarrant-Arragon commands that Djetth has extensive surgery so recognizable features are removed from his face and he can assume a new identity. This along with the mating of Tarrant-Arragon’s sister Martia-Djulia needs to set him up for a new life…only Martia-Djulia is not as willing as her brother might have thought. A certain commander still occupies her thoughts and feelings. So what is a Royal brother supposed to do, he takes them aboard his ship and dumps them on a secluded island and let nature take its course.

With Marsh and Djetth’s story I felt like coming back to an inviting world that holds me in its grasp of sheer curiosity. Not only do I get to meet many recurring characters again but I got presented with an electrifying sensuous read. Djetth gives the hunt for a woman a hot, pleasure seeking but most of all emotional vibe that had my eyes stuck to the pages. He is just the kind of irresistible man everybody loves to read about, he has a bit of a bad boy image to spice things up, he’s carnal in nature and he bears depth in character. I devoured him like there was no tomorrow!

For this story to sizzle Djetth encounters Martia-Djulia a.k.a Marsh and her rigid, royal attitude clashes with very his nature. Marsh is an intricate personality as only royalty can be, still she has her reasons and in the end I could easily relate to her and her journey towards happiness. The struggles of the couple are illustrated with a passionate pen but also what, in my opinion, has fast become a signature element of Rowena Cherry’s writing namely, a good dose of wicked humor.

As Marsh and Djetth are surviving on Freighter Island of An’Koor there are many secrets intertwined in this story. The plot whispers of old family secrets and upon disclosure it could mean a whole heap of trouble within the royal society. I just loved Tarragonia –Marietta as a Tarot reading Madame of an escort service on The Pleasure Moon of Eurydyce. I can absolutely see her sitting with her tarot cards telling someone’s fortune or misfortune and at the same time doing some plotting and scheming of her own. Also Helispeta makes a lasting impression with her ever overwhelming personality, keen mind and ever present attitude. You just have to love these women exactly as they are, they can be loyal to the core or formidable enemies.

Out of all the secondary characters there is one man that has captured my attention, wondering what he is underneath the exterior layers of politeness and intrigue. Rhett, as another Royal Prince, holds the potential to have an incredible love story of his own. I would certainly not object to get a more up close and personal acquaintance of this man! Of course Tarrant-Arragon, Djinnie and Grievous let themselves be heard too and each replenish to the overall joy of reading this sci-fi romance of Rowena Cherry.

For me it was a riveting experience to take my first steps in the Sci-Fi Romance genre with Rowena Cherry’s Forced Mate and now Insufficient Mating Material. A thoroughly engrossing read with multi faceted characters and combustible romance taking place in an intergalactic world. Who wants more is beyond me!

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