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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected, 8 April 2007
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"Forced Mate" by Rowena Cherry proved highly entertaining despite my qualms after reading only the first few chapters. In fact I found myself initially putting this book down; confused and bored by the story line of Prince Tarrant-Arragon, next god-Emperor of Trigon and a Great Tiger Prince Djinn determined to hunt down and successfully mate with the last suitable full blood Djinn female. Discovering Djinni-Vera on Earth (apparently someone took enough care to squirrel her away to a primitive planet but not enough to opt for an incognito name), Tarrant-Arragon intends by his "god's Right" to take this girl to mate. Unfortunately after keeping Djinni under surveillance, he soon learns of the low opinion his new bride holds of him. A Saurian White Knight, Djinni is sworn to thwart and defy Tarrant-Arragon given any opportunity, her oath surrounding a prophecy that a Royal Saurian Knight will end the tyranny of the Tiger Prince. She is also honour bound to kill herself before he touches her, or kill him if he tries. The solution to Tarrant-Arragon's problem; drug her, abduct her from Earth and under no circumstances let her find out who he really is until she's madly in love with him.

I'm glad I continued to read on, as the fun really starts when Tarrant-Arragon realises he's fallen in love with Djinni and becomes determined to successfully woo her. Djinni on the other hand remains unswayed, fearful of his constantly voiced and very clear intentions of "docking in her bay". Using her mind reading powers, Djinni comes to realise Tarrant-Arragon really has got a one track mind, his thoughts solely on what he'd like to do to her. Under a vow of celibacy and betrothed to JJ (another Great Djinn), Djinni cannot sleep with Tigger (her name for Tarrant-Arragon after rejecting his pseudonym of John), yet despite putting up a good fight against her attraction to him throughout most of this book, she suddenly just crumbles and races to the nearest bed with him. Believing "Tigger" to be a somewhat poorly endowed An'Koori male Djinni can almost believe that she isn't cheating on JJ; never realising she is consummating her irrevocable marriage to the hated Prince Tarrant-Arragon.

There are some great secondary characters in this book; namely Grievous, a human ex-mercenary hired by Tarrant-Arragon to help him understand Djinni's Earth upbringing and explain the proper wooing techniques of a human. In fact he proves himself invaluable when pointing out items that may raise suspicion on a shopping list Djinni has given Tarrant-Arragon, including bomb making materials and marijuana. His sarcasm and dry observations (mostly concerning Tarrant-Arragon's attempts to successfully win Djinni's love) never failed to raise a smile and easily enriched the quality of this book. With plenty of humour, action and romance, "Forced Mate" has certainly inspired me to check out more of this author's works.
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