Maon: Marshal of Tallav Kindle Edition
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Maon Keefe is a marshal who cannot accept his own failure. He is driven to be the best in his field despite his personal demons. His goal is to become a data cruncher for the marshal service. Selina Shirley is a fashion designer looking for the perfect husband but she has some baggage of her own. Even though this story is sci-fi it could take place right here and now. There isn't a lot of science involved though the setting is in another star system and there is space travel between planets. The plot centers around missing shipments of clothing and fibers made of the pyantha plant sent out by Ms. Shirley's couture company. The material is much like our hemp. It could be a controlled substance or a useful fiber. Maon is called in to investigate possible theft of the cargo. The theft turns into an investigation of possible drug smuggling. The BDSM in this story is light. Selina is a domme in a matriarchal society. The husband she is looking for must be a total submissive and willing to do her bidding 24/7. Maon is a switch and big flirt with no intention of marriage. This is the first time that I have read a book by this author. I plan on reading her first book in which the story chronologically follows this book.
You know sometimes, when you read a blurb, and your brain maps how you think the book is gonna go, and then you read the book, and its not...quite...what you expected??
This book, right here.
I'm not knocking the book, but my brain had a whole different path for these two, and it went another way, and it left me feeling a little disappointed. And for that, I'm sorry I didn't love it.
Because it is a really GOOD book. Maon's job brings him into contact with Selina, and Selina's secret brings her into contact with Maon, and their BDSM club. And I **think** this might be where I went wrong. Because Selina is a Domme, and Maon and switch, but heavier on the submissive side with the right Domme. Selina pushes all his submissive buttons. But I wanted MORE of them BEFORE Selina reveals her secret, because I read so few books with a strong female Domme and a male sub and I wanted more more MORE!
I did like that the secret isn't dragged out for the whole book. I did like that both Maon and Selina learned that the guilt they carried into their adult lives was misplaced, and unwarranted. I did like that both of them were made to see what, and indeed who, they really wanted.
This is book two in the Marshal of Tallav series. The first book features Shane, Maon's best friend, and I have not read that book. But I wonder if Shane's books comes AFTER this one in the time line, because not once is the female from Shane's book mentioned here, actually the impression I get from THIS book, is that Shane is single. Maybe I misread something, maybe it really is out of line. I dunno. I'd like to read it though.
I did like the way Ms Briste tells her story. The missing shipment story arc turns into something totally unexpected. Very well written.
I'd like to read more of this series, other than Shane. One or two characters piqued my interest.
because my brain went the wrong way, and because it did take me a while to get into the story proper....
4 solid stars
**same worded review will appear elsewhere**
Considering I don’t normally read erotica due to the flimsy plots and sex scenes which have no real purpose other than to titillate the reader, these books are totally different. They have a great plot and the scenes are woven into the plot showing who the men and women are. They may be titillating but are part of the characters. Cailin Briste, the author, transports you to a different world with different values while you get wrapped up in the cases the marshals are working and their love lives.
I give these books five stars for great writing, good editing and stories you want to read again to make sure you didn’t miss some subtle clue along the way to solving the case each marshal is involved in during their pursuit of their women.
Full review at UncagedBooks.com