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Rejar Paperback – 1997
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This story is fun, spicy, saucy, sweet, and an historical but not. It's a good read, even if it's once again plagued by miscommunications for part of the story. Still one of my favorite otherworldly stories! : )
Rejar was certainly not the story I expected. Imagine being stalked by a space alien, and finally forced to marry the alien, only to discover him to be a very kinky man - at a time and an age (Regency England) where people just didn't DO those things sexually (and talk about it in public)! You might think you'd been bewitched, or that you were loosing your sanity to carnal feelings and desires that were not 'natural' and hating yourself (and your lover) for it. Get's a little complicated, doesn't it?
There were times when the book made me very uncomfortable. Poor Lilac. There was a vague 'Lolita' feel to the book, with a sexually self-confident male and awakening teenager. If Rejar had been less charming, Lilac's lack of choice in the matter would have converted the story from a romance to a horror story. At times I objected to the situation. Rejar makes a few cultural faux pas; and they don't really talk while he's courting her. Lilac is a blue-stoking: no friends, little liking for the social scene of the London ton, and no sexual experience whatsoever. Rejar courts her in her dreams, and knows all her business, as her 'cat.' Do you expect me to believe that these lovers can establish mutual trust when they are not having anything but intercourse of a sexual nature with each other? Rightfully, Lilac resistes this Streetcar called Rejar based upon what she knew of Rejar's public personality. But Lilac is trapped, like cornered prey with no way out (similar to Lolita). She gets swept along by this sensual space alien, into a situation she has no way to understand, not having any real friends to talk it over with. Independent, embroidery-hating, Lilac rightfully, heart-wrenchingly has some adjustments to make in her unwanted marriage state to an alien who curtails her freedom. But the author deftly handles my objections. Lilac is a person with a great deal of innate sensuality (the so-called 'passionate' nature) - sensed by an alien keyed to that sort of thing. The space alien is very bright, able to learn English, learn enough of the social customs to manipulate a sweet girl into marriage (even carrying her kicking and screaming down the stairs on her wedding day), THEN he has to struggle with the fact that at bottom she's immature, from a period in time not able to accept 'differences,' much less time travel and space travel. It's a cagey and interesting situation for a guy that you are rooting for, and heroine you feel does everything right for who she is - including standing up for herself and not falling at his feet.
His brother comes along to help him, and offer timely advice. Other secondary characters are priceless - Jackie, and Aunt Agatha.
This is a GREAT science fiction story, cloaked as romance. One with contemporary sensibilities. Edgy. I've never seen a romance deal with the protagonist going from being a maiden to being a wife and struggling with coping as a couple. My only complaint (one that is becoming generic with this author) is that she doesn't have good, strong, WOMEN leads. When her girlish, or young women characters get married they seem to be relegated solely to motherhood and/or spousal duties - in other words, they fade away next to their male counterparts. Aunt Agatha, bless her, is the only WOMAN I've encountered in these books that has the interpersonal skills, intellect, and adventuresome spirit that would make a good model for where the female leads go after the romance has resulted in marriage. I'm going to make up an 'Aunt Agatha' button and put it on the shelf where this book goes - as a keeper! ;-)
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