- Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: New Concepts Publishing (June 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586087061
- ISBN-13: 978-1586087067
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,056,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Promises to Keep Paperback – June, 2005
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The war w/ Earth has resulted in a shortage of available Gaian women. This shortage is especially problemmatic because Gaian men cannot become sexually active until they "attach"--or form a unique, lifelong bond--to one woman. The victorious Gaians have secretly won a concession from the Earth government to offer Earth women the choice to mate w/ Gaian men. Any woman not agreeing to the offer has the option to return to Earth or proceed to the Outer Colonies as originally planned.
Sarah Johnson is especially disturbed by this turn of events. Her best friend Karen was a doctor on a hospital ship that was destroyed by the Gaians at the start of the war. All of Earth learned of the tragedy through the oft-played video of Gaian General Garran Doranth gloating to Earth authorities about the incident. Sarah has been unable to overcome her loss, or her dislike of the Gaians who caused it.
Sarah's distress becomes even more acute when she learns that her group is being held by none other than the infamous Gen. Doranth. The situation becomes even more complex when, upon meeting Gen. Doranth for the first time, he attaches to her. Now, she must decide if she will become the lifelong mate of the one man she despises. The decision isn't as cut and dried as she would have initially imagined as information about Gaia, the Earth government, and the war begins to come to light.Read more ›
I read "Beloved Enemy" before this one and I loved that book so much I immediately got another book in the series. However, I was quickly reminded of my own personal cardinal rule of not reading series books because they never live up to the book that inspired my interest in the series to begin with.
Sarah is a doctor and wants to leave Earth and go to the outer colonies in hopes of a marriage, something that is almost extinct on Earth. NLC is a company sending women to the outer colonies to find husbands, but instead of going to the outer colonies they are captured by Gaians, Earth's former enemy, who just happen to be responsible for the deaths of millions, including Sarah's best friend. Gaian men can only have sex with the woman they are attached to (married to) and they need women or else many of their men will be alone because of the deaths of so many women during the war. The man who attaches to Sarah is none other than Garren, the general who ordered so many to their deaths.
The book is divided up into two parts. The first part is much slower but much more intriguing. It involved Gaian's interesting and unique mating ritual about how couples meet without seeing each other. What made the first part so interesting is wondering how Sarah would react to seeing she had unknowingly married the man who she believed had killed so many of her fellow Earthens. The problem is she just accepts the situation. She agrees to spend the 3 trial days with him and is utterly and completely civil to him and gives him every opportunity to try to win her.
He doesn't tell her that he knows her friend is really alive and than proceeds to treat her with much less respect than he would ever show to a fellow Gaian.Read more ›
I loved the story of Garran and Sarah. He is kind and he spends the book proving he would make a good husband. This book is the perfect balance of Sci-Fi and Romance. Read it! You won't regret it.
This story updates the classic mail-order bride plot into the future, embellishing it with political overtones. The writing is very good, and the plot is well-paced, keeping one's interest throughout. The female characters are smart and brave and willing to take the initiative, perfect complements for colonial men. I was fascinated by the details of Earth and Gaian society, and the contrast between the two. The love scenes are sensual or spicy, rather than erotic. I quite enjoyed it, and recommend it as a good summer read. -- Jean, Fallen Angel Reviews (courtesy of Fallen Angel Reviews)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting story and well written with likeable characters. Definitely recommend! Looking forward to the rest of the series. Great author.Published 13 months ago by Book Lover
I actually wanted to give this 2.5 stars, unfortunately I couldn't. I felt no connection between the H/h. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Flowers
Story and characters where very entertaining. If Ms Miller's other books are as good I am looking forward to reading them.Published 22 months ago by iluvtoread
I bought this book despite some of the bad review and boy, am I glad I did. I actually had to go back to reread some of those review to see if we were reading the same book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by SilverMoon67
Gaian men found by accident they could attach to Earth women. the Gaian men need to make a lifetime connection to mate. They made arrangement to recruit the wives needed. Read morePublished 23 months ago by sunglasslady19
I really liked this book. It is a great science fiction romance.Published on July 7, 2014 by Patchy
The other reviews covered the good points so I'll just mention the one problem I had with this otherwise great story. Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Janet I love your series remember if you need a beta reader I will give you an honest review. I will read every one of the Gaian Series because they tug at my heart. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Kiki's Indie Reviews and Rants
It was good. The mating process was kinda slow and unusual but tag that as creative writing. One reviewer noted morality and that's the only part of the book I didn't like. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by pwinn