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Forced Mate Mass Market Paperback – November 2, 2004

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A battle for her heart...
"She's a fighting Saurian Knight." He put a slight emphasis on "fighting" and smiled self-deprecatingly. "Getting her into bed is more work than turning a Gravity-class war-star."

"Are you telling me that she fought you? You?"

"My Imperial Machismo forbids me to confirm or deny something so damaging to my reputation," Tarrant-Arragon replied with a mocking twist of his lips. "I will admit, she doesn't know what she's up against. I'm conducting an experiment to see whether I can get a virtuous girl to love me--not the next Emperor, but me--for my sweet nature and sense of humor."

His half-sheathed-weapon smile became a sudden chuckle. "My fierce little Saurian would probably try to castrate me if she knew who I am. She cheerfully toasts my impotence."

Madam Tarra knew the toast to which he referred. "How very provocative of you to choose one of the Saurian Dragon's Knights for your carnal experiments," she replied.

"I didn't take her because she's a Knight." He threw back his head, half closed his eyes, and tapped his upper lip with two fingers. No doubt the wicked boy was deciding how much of the truth to tell her. "Ah... I think I've fallen in love."
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell (November 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505526018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505526014
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,512,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jean Cooper on January 2, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Djinni (pronounced "Jinni") is the last fertile female of the Royal Djinn, and she has been sequestered on Earth to hide her from the Emperor and his family. The Crown Prince, Tarrant-Arragon, must marry a Djinn female. Djinni is descended from a disaffected line of the Royal Family, and has been groomed to marry an unknown cousin of Tarrant-Arragon. She's also been informed of the Crown Prince's debased character and cruelty, so has taken the oath of a Saurian White Knight to attempt to kill him, or to kill herself if he attempts to take her as a forced mate.

This is a big problem for Tarrant-Arragon, who isn't really as bad as Djinni has been led to believe. He's arrogant, dominant, and doesn't think much about anyone other than himself, but he's not debased. Tarrant-Arragon has discovered Djinni's existence, and is determined to have her for his wife. He is also determined that he will "make" her love him, to avoid the tragedies caused by the broken marriages of the past several generations of Emperors. Therefore he cannot reveal his real identity to Djinni until he is certain that she loves him. Meanwhile, the Saurian Knights are trying to bring down the Royal Family and disrupt the Empire...

This book is long and complex and I loved it. It is science fiction in the best "blasters and spaceships" tradition, with a theme of political intrigue running throughout. But wait! There's more! This is a very emotionally satisfying love story between a feminist woman and a man who has never considered the wishes and desires of another person at any time. The love story is extremely fun to watch, as Tarrant-Arragon discovers that his bride-to-be is not only not docile and frightened of him, but that she is smart, brave, and not ready to be caught by any man.
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Here we have an amusing, complicated alien world. The crown prince abducts his bride and decides not to tell her who he is and see if she will love him for himself. She has been convinced by the order of Sauron Knights...of which she is a member...that the crown prince is a barbaric, evil brute who she is responsible to help overthrow. The book frequently refers to plot changes in terms of a chess match.

There is a great deal of humor, a somewhat convoluted plot and some action. I laughed a good deal and overall enjoyed it very much. I am looking forward to more stories set in this new and enjoyable universe
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I don't read much science fiction, but this book referred to me by a friend and I'm glad I read it. The characters are great, and the story line had enough twist to hold my interest. This book will make you imagination soar, hopefully the author will write books similar to this one.
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Forced Mate is a highly original story with a fun twist. Aliens live on Earth, but only a few know of their presence. Djinni is a Saurian warrior knight living in present-day England. She is intent on someday killing her family's sworn enemy, the god-Emperor, Prince Tarrant-Arragon, the Tigron dictator and slayer of her people. She also plans to marry the Prince's replacement, just as soon as Tarrant-Arragon is assassinated. Unfortunately, she hasn't actually seen either the Prince or her betrothed as adults, and so a whirlwind of mistaken identity ensues. Tarrant-Arragon, for his part, knows everyone -- or, at least, thinks he does...

His one goal is to find some way to trick Djinni into marrying him, and consummating the marriage, before she can kill him. And Djinni is intent on staying close to the man she calls Tigger (actually Tarrant-Arragon) so that she can get close enough to kill . . . well, Tarrant-Arragon!

This book was a lot of fun. The subterfuge engaged in by all parties keeps you guessing until the very last page. The secondary characters are wonderfully drawn, and one can only hope that Ms. Cherry will continue on with more books in this same series! A terrific romp of a book! Cathy Clamp
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As a long time science fiction reader, I was prepared to suspend disbelief for the short time it took to establish the world in which this story takes place. And a fascinating world it is. The heroine is a 'lost' princess. She is half human and was raised on Earth. Unfortunately for her, she is also the only legitimate candidate to marry the heir to a vast space empire - her father's most hated enemy. The heir locates and kidnaps her, then attempts to get her to fall in love with him by not revealing his identity. The worldbuilding is complex, the characters realistic, and the adventure intriguing. And at the center of it all is a great love story. I highly recommend this read.
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If you decide to read FORCED MATE, get ready to have your nose glued to the pages for a little while, as I couldn't put this story down!

Prince Tarrant-Aragon is the god-Emperor of Tigron, equating to the entire galaxy. (Yes, this means he rules us too, we just don't know it!) No one tells him no. So, when he discovers the only woman who could even possibly be his Queen, hidden away on the little planet of Earth, he goes to get her. The only problem is that his perfect mate has been raised to pray for his demise and even worse trained to be able to kill him should she have the opportunity or kill herself if she fails. The solution - make Djinni fall in love with him, before she finds out who he really is!

Djinni is automatically weary of the man who shows up at her doorstep and claims to be a member of the Saurian Knights. However, when he is able to perform the secret handshake, she ignores her instincts, and gets into his limo to perform the final test, the toast to Tarrant-Arragons death. If only the man hadn't made her heartbeat accelerate or have sex on the brain when she tried to eavesdrop, she might have been able to prevent herself from getting kidnapped! Now, she only has to escape before her future husband, JJ, finds out she was ruined by an An'Koori!

Rowena Beaumont Cherry has written a fascinating romance that blends some of our current "Earth" history with customs from all over the galaxy. I especially enjoyed the misunderstanding that Tarrant let Djinni maintain regarding sex. Then there is Madam Tarra, a fortuneteller who lives on the Pleasure Moon of Eurydyce, a very important secondary character that I really thought intriguing!
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