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Top Customer Reviews
I am really happy I was lucky enough to get a copy of Hers to Choose because I have found a fabulous new author to enjoy. Patricia has done a marvelous job creating well developed characters and a detailed plot for her readers to follow.
I enjoyed the book so much that I actually read it a second time right after finishing it.
I really liked seeing a strong female lead as well as a determined but soft hearted hero to adore.
The journey of lessons learned despite the hardships in their lives so that love can take root and bloom between the spunky personalities of both lead characters was delightful and entertaining.
Bravo for Patricia Knight I can't wait to read more in the future!
Even though the Verdantians are descendants of earthlings, it seemed odd (to me) that their names and titles all sound Italian. Their speech swings from British styling (I kept expecting someone to say "Pip, pip, cheerio!") to American (especially the profanity). But I can't imagine why they would sometimes use medieval expressions ("sweetling," "To me, Captain!") in the year 4372.
Sophi has been traumatized by four years spent as a sex slave to a brutal alien race, the Haarb. It's perfectly understandable that she would be afraid of men, but not that she wouldn't know much about sex. (SPOILER) As they become intimate for the first time, Eric tells Sophi that she may ask him to do anything to her, and do anything to him. She responds that she wouldn't begin to know what to ask for. I found that hard to believe. And Eric deals with Sophi's trepidation surrounding sex by lying down with his hands behind his head, grinning and saying, "Touch me!" He smacks her on the butt and is, IMO, arrogant and overly casual for such a circumstance. I think it would have been more realistic if he'd been gentle, reassuring and seductive, taking things slowly and assuring her he'd stop if she wanted him to. He does take care not to overwhelm her and he is a very good man; I just think his initial approach was off.
Finally, I am sick to death of stories with unearned special powers, fated mates, and saving the people or the planet (or other problems) with sex. That said, the last quarter of the book is really fun and engaging and, by the end, I was very fond of Sophi and Eric.
The people of Verdantia need help and they need it now. In answer to his peoples needs Doral sends his Commander, Eric Destroia, to fetch his sister and return her to the palace with the hope that she’s ready to take her place in the sexual rites that would return the comforts that their people lost during the wars with the Haarb.
I was on board within the first chapter of this story. After Eric gets to Sophi, he isn’t sure what he’s getting into because he knows a little bit of her history to know that she might be pretty, perfect, protected and even sexually repressed. He doesn’t get what he’s expecting. What he gets is a desert warrior who’s a protector. In their first meeting, she’s decked out in her desert clothes and all he sees are those brilliant blue eyes of hers everything else was covered. She was straight Ninja and I absolutely loved her. I don’t throw that ‘l’ word around when it comes to a character but there was just something about Sophi that I was constantly fist pumping. To my point, Eric is telling Sophi how he’s going to protect her on the return trip to her brother and she’s looking at him like he’s an idiot then explains to him that she’s a Flight Leader with her own troop of specially trained warriors and she not looking for his protection instead, ‘we will be here but you will not see us’. That’s when she got me.
The dynamics between these two was superb. The buildup was nice and there’s nothing better that when Sophi told Eric to make her willing…ahhh – talk about scrum delicious. One of the things that I really appreciated was that Sophi didn’t immediately jump in the sack with Eric and Eric didn’t immediately try to jump Sophi. There’s nothing that will ruin a good story more than having a rape victim who’s still in recovery jump out of recovery because the story is lacking and sex is the filler – that’s definitely not the case here.
Unlike the first story that has some action, this one is full of action, I just couldn’t stop reading. On the way to her brother, Sophi, Eric and their warriors come across the Haarb and there are fight scenes after fight scenes that just keep coming. I think you get the idea that Sophi is no whimpering heroine and a lot of the action had to do with the Haarb trying to get her back, and she’s not willing to return to that without a fight so she gets to mix up with some bad guys, a lot.
Before I go on about how awesome Eric is, I have to mention something. The story is not written in first person but there are some moments were the reader does get some first person thoughts from Sophi and Eric. I have to tell you that because it kind of threw me off initially but about after the first couple of times it happened I’d already gotten used to it. Now back to Eric. He is all kind of yumminess. Rugged and battle scarred he initially didn’t seem to be the ideal man for Sophi but my mind quickly changed. Their tete-a-tetes were fun, easy and sexy. Well done! Eric proved himself to be a very strong hero indeed. Big smile.
One of the perks of series is that you get to visit the characters from the previous stories and this was no different. Doral, Ari and Fleur are still happily married; there’re even additions to their family. The royal guards are back with more personality than ever. I’m really looking forward to the third book which has one of the kidnappers from this story and his redemption.
Happy Reading Folks!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I must say that Ms Knight has delivered another winner with the second installment of the Verdantia Series.Read more
I enjoyed the story but found myself bored sometimes.
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