Tuesday, July 19, 2011

His Warrior Bride

Title:  His Warrior Bride
Author:  Lara Santiago
Publisher:  Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN:  1-61034-544-4
Genre:  {M/F}, Futuristic Sci-Fi
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Utopia is one man’s version of what his world will be like under his rule, if he had his way.  Rule number one is all men have to be married to live there.  Rachel and Daria are the last two women captured to be brides for the top two mercs he has hired to protect him and his city. 

His Warrior Bride was a very good surprise for me.  Not only does the author seem to have a grasp of the world of shadowy government agencies, but of the world of soldiers for hire.  One thing you should be aware of is that there are some definite parallels to places like Waco and others that choose to create their own society.  In this case, an asteroid hit Earth, causing devastation. 

Rachel, Daria and Kate are three field operatives of the government and have been trying to get Andrew Hillard, leader of Utopia, into custody for kidnapping.  Kate got caught and became the first of the brides to undergo “re-orientation”.  Rachel and Daria allow themselves to be caught to try and find her.  What follows is a game of wits between their two designated spouses and the leadership of Utopia. 

Craig and Mark end up falling in love with these two women. They also try to help them when they realize they have intelligence the men have no way of knowing.  The chemistry between the two couples is intense and you can see how these men would be attracted to Rachel and Daria. 

The author kept the suspense in His Warrior Bride once you realize exactly what is going on and she threw in a twist that surprised me, as it was something that I never considered, though she did leave clues as the story unfolded.  This is one book I will be reading again and again.  Those that like a futuristic mystery suspense will want to add this to their bookshelf.

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