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When a potential threat against her life forces Eva Daily to seek shelter on another world, she has only one option available to her. She must offer herself to the Interstellar Bride Program. After a deeply humiliating assessment of her suitability, Eva will be assigned a mate and transported to his world to become his bride.
Upon arriving on the desert planet Trion, Eva soon learns that things are quite different than she is used to on Earth. Her assigned mate, the powerful, handsome High Councilor Tark, makes it clear that she will be expected to submit to him completely, and she quickly discovers that disobedience will earn her a painful, embarrassing spanking on her bare bottom.
An intimate examination from her new mate leaves Eva blushing crimson, but, to her surprise, Tark’s mastery of her body arouses her beyond anything she could have ever imagined. Soon enough she finds herself naked, bound, and unable to resist the urge to beg for more as his skillful lovemaking brings her to one shattering climax after another.
It doesn’t take long, however, for Eva to realize that there is much more to Tark than just a dominant brute who will not hesitate to take his misbehaving wife over his knee and redden her bare bottom thoroughly. But just as her passion for him begins to blossom into love, events back on Earth threaten to tear her away from him forever. Can Eva find a way to remain at Tark’s side and in his bed, or will she be left with nothing but memories of the man who has claimed both her body and her heart?
Point of view:
1st person. Alternating perspectives between Eva & Tark.
This was… OK. I listened to Godwin’s Interstellar Brides Program: The Beasts series (kind of a Bachelor/Bachelorette show style matching) and enjoyed those so thought I’d go back to the beginning.
This just didn’t quite work for me. The set up was strange and didn’t make sense – to escape danger on earth they “fake” her being a murderer so she can qualify for the Interstellar Brides program. While later they put her into traditional WITSEC.
I’m all for kinky – consensual kinky. Spanking someone who is brand new to you, your planet, your culture for refusing to be sexually assaulted by a doctor because it was your job as her “master” to speak up for her (which you failed to do?!?!) is not sexy, it’s abuse. There was a lot of expecting her to comply without question to anything and everything without spending any time getting to know one another. Then *bam* it’s been 3 days and they’re madly in love?
I’ll try another as authors usually improve over time, but I wouldn’t encourage anyone to start here – especially if consent is important to them.
BJ Pottsworth & Audrey Conway were good. I enjoyed the dual narration.
About the author:
Grace Goodwin is a USA Today and international bestselling author of Sci-Fi and Paranormal romance with more than one million books sold. Grace’s titles are available worldwide in multiple languages in ebook, print and audio formats. Grace is an avid reader, an escape room enthusiast, sci-fi nerd, coffee fanatic, and an eternal optimist forever believing that Earth will, some day, have a Star Trek style future. Grace loves to hear from readers.
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