Monday, January 3, 2011

Mating Season

Title: Mating Season
Author: Brenna Lyons
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-898-3
Genre: {M/F}, BDSM, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Zondra is looking for a dominant to help sate her quickening and she doesn’t want an Xxan male. She meets Evan Duncan at a club on base and decides he will do.

In the second book of the Xxan War series, Mating Season brings to light some of the societal mores since the war between the Xxan and humans ended. However, most of the book is related to the mating of an Xxan female and human, which has never been done. I found the process that the author created absolutely fascinating. Do keep ice on hand as things get hot and heavy between Zondra and Duncan.

A further complication within the book is the issue of relationships and ranks that also have strict restrictions within the military. I had to laugh about the reaction Duncan had when he ended up striking an admiral. Because of the situation between Zondra and Duncan, it was overlooked, which would never have happened regardless of the circumstances in today’s military. There was also an additional complication because Zondra also happened to be the Xxan’s leader’s granddaughter.

I felt the author also addressed the issue of interracial couples when one partner is from a minority. Though the Xxan have been on Earth for decades, there is still a lot of prejudice against them. The author handled the situation with Zondra and Duncan beautifully, though you are left knowing that nothing has really been resolved about the prejudices against the Xxan.

This book can be read by itself and I, for one, will be reading it again.

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