Publisher: Troll River Publications (July 2013)
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adult, Erotica
Format: eBook (Novel Length)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)
To preserve their civilization, a disillusioned warrior and a violated innocent need to put aside the trauma of their past to confront a present evil.
Mentally scarred from her years as prisoner to the off-world invaders, Lady Sophillia Glorianna DeLorion, doubts she can be a fit sexual partner for any man…
…even one whose passionate green eyes make her remember what it is to desire.
Commander of the Queen’s Royal Guard, Eric DeStroia had grown up watching the corrosive, soul-killing effects of arranged, aristocratic marriage and vowed to remain alone. But under his hardened military exterior, Eric has a kind heart. When the second Tetriarch suggests he marry a noble woman rescued from the enemy, Eric reconsiders, consoling himself with visions of sheltering a wounded dove under his mighty arm. Instead, he discovers a fierce falcon that refuses to stoop to his lure.
In the aftermath of their resounding defeat, a survivor from the enemy camp plotted a return to Verdantia to exact retribution. His first objective is the recapture of Lady Sophillia DeLorion. She had been unreachable until she went to the Oshtesh. Now, only Eric DeStroia stands in his way.
At A Glance
I enjoyed the story but found myself bored sometimes.
I didn’t read the first book of the series, but I had no problems since Hers To Choose reads like a standalone for the most part. I was drawn to this story just from reading the blurb. I can’t help but love damaged people finding love. I wasn’t expecting the action Knight packed between these pages though. That was a nice surprise. And the darkness of the story scared and fascinated me.
Sophillia has lived years as a slave to her enemy. Now free, she has grown from a meek, quiet woman to a fierce, strong warrior. You have to respect a woman who can fight the nightmares of a horrible past and come out stronger and braver than before. I loved her tenacity and ability to keep it together during bad situations.
Eric is the epitome of the words alpha warrior. He knows how to keep his cool despite his crazy feelings for Sophillia. He may be a fierce fighter, but he is so gentle and caring with Sophillia’s fears. He really was the perfect mate for Sophillia.
What stood out to me the most in Hers To Choose is the world-building and descriptions. The detail of the land, the buildings, everything really was just amazing. And the complicated politics and workings of the planet and species made me crave more. The violence was a surprise but it really added darkness to this story that I liked.
I am not a heavy sci-fi/ fantasy reader. So things that bothered me in this book might not bother others who are use to this genre. But I found myself bored pretty often throughout the book. Between the amazing action, there were scenes that just lagged. I am not use to so many lulls.
The names of people and places were weird and confusing. I never really got them straight and often felt confused.
I felt like Sophillia’s past was an untapped gold mind. We learned little of her capture and slavery even though it was a huge experience that made her who she is today.
I never connected with any of the characters as I hoped.
The romance took some time to come, but once it did, it was super hot. (Two words: Body. Glue. LOL) But I wouldn’t really classify it as full-on erotica, but it’s not for the easily embarrassed either. I loved the sexual tension Knight built between Sophillia and Eric. They may have been thrown together in the beginning, but they obviously gained true feelings for each other by the end.
I liked the story and world-building of Hers To Choose, I just wish I had a better connection with the characters and wasn’t bored so often. I think it’s an overall good sci-fi/fantasy book that many would enjoy. Recommended.
“She lay there, destroyed, quiet aftershocks shuddering through her. Silence settled into the room.
“Mind letting go of my hair, Sophi?” His muffled voice vibrated against her pubic bone.
“Oh!” She released her fists still violently clenched in his hair. He raised his head, laughter gleaming in his eyes.”