||March 16, 2006
INSUFFICIENT MATING MATERIAL takes up where FORCED MATE ended, with Djetthro-Jason (Jethro-Jason) severely beaten, about to undergo surgery to change his face and identity before his shotgun wedding to the frivolous Princess Martia-Djulia (Marsha-Julia).
No one gives a thought to what Martia-Djulia might do when she realizes that it’s not her unsuitable lover, Commander Jason, but a stranger being frog-marched up the aisle to become her Mate.
Her surprising reaction sets off a firestorm of rumor… and rattles a murderer who thought he’d gotten away with an ancient crime.
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A Tricky Experiment
“Maybe, sweetheart, we should have sex to prove to you that you can and will enjoy it.”
“I enjoyed it once. I am very happy with my memories. I don’t need you or your experiment to prove anything,” she said stiffly.
“Once?” He raised an eyebrow. His lips twitched. Too late, Martia-Djulia realized that she had just contradicted one of her earlier statements.
“The Aim of the Experiment is to discover whether or not we are sexually compatible,” Djetth said loftily. She suspected that he was amusing himself by parodying a formal checklist. “Method: to have mind-blowing recreational sex using positions and techniques that mitigate or avoid unfortunate consequences. Expected result--”
“What unfortunate consequences?”
“Insects in your hair?” he teased. “Sand in your baby box. A baby. Infection. Injury. Legal consummation of a Mating we might not want.”
His gaze flickered. Martia-Djulia had the impression that his list was deliberately ordered.
“Injury to whom?” she asked, ignoring the glossed over “baby.”
“I’ve wondered why you haven’t blasted me backward onto my butt since our Mating Day. I’ve certainly deserved it.”
“Yes you have!” she agreed heatedly.
INSUFFICIENT MATING MATERIAL is an outstanding sequel to FORCED MATE! Cherry skillfully combines mystery, romance, and humor with a fast-paced science fiction adventure. I couldn’t put it down! ~ Jean, Fallen Angel Reviews
Rowena Cherry is one of the best sub-genre writers due to her skill at placing the heroic characters in impossible scenarios
~ Harriet Klausner, Affaire de Coeur
For those of you who read and enjoyed FORCED MATE, the long awaited story about Commander Jason is finally here and what a story it is! It was well worth the wait! I highly recommend running to get this book the minute it hits your local book store!
~Kathy Boswell, The Best Reviews
…. a powerful romance laced with devastating family secrets, treachery and a sizzling passion hot enough to singe your fingers as you turn the pages. Ms. Cherry pens a compelling plot with vivid imagery and fascinating characters that will leave you breathless….Ms Cherry has become an auto buy author for me.
~Billie Jo, Romance Junkies
"Creator" Cauldwell, Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio
Let me state right now for the record, I don't read romance stories. I dislike
them intensely. Imagine my surprise when I finished reading Rowena Cherry's
romance novel, "Insufficient Mating Material" in two days. I'm just sorry it
ended. This is a romance story told with true grit. John Wayne would've loved
being featured in this book. It's his kind of romance story from being marooned
on a charted desert isle to taming of the shrew. Not everyone could've carried
off this slight of hand, but there's one thing I've learned about Rowena. She's
a professional. When she writes romance, she puts her heart, soul, and chess
knowledge into it. Hundreds of years ago, chess was created so that people
would fight war with their wits, instead of by force. Ms. Cherry continues
using this strategy in writing "Insufficient Mating Material." Her hero and
heroine pit wits against a protagonist that just as versatile and deadly as they
are. Run, don't walk to the nearest bookstore, and buy a copy of this truly
awesome book. I know that whenever Rowena chooses to continue this series, I'll
be waiting in line with the rest of her fans to snatch and glorify a copy of her
immense chess wit, romantic interludes and shinnigans with a royal family that
just doesn't quit when their world turns upside down and topsy turvey. Five
romantic thumbs up!
Heather, for ibookdb.net
Prince Djetthro-Jason is offered a choice: hide his true identity and Mate with Princess Martia-Djulia or die. He agrees to Mate with Martia-Djulia because he knows his true love Djinni-vera is lost to him. Unfortunately Prince Djetthro-Jason, also known as Djetth, can never tell Martia-Djulia that he is the man she knew as Commander Jason. Martia-Djulia must believe that Jason is dead.
On the day of their Mating ceremony Martia-Djulia is distraught to learn that Jason is dead and her brother has put an imposter in his place. When Martia-Djulia publicly rejects Prince Djetthro-Jason her brother comes up with a plan to put the two together.
While flying over an island on An’Koor, Djetth and Martia-Djulia are shot down and stranded. With only each other for company they will have to learn to trust and depend on one another. But how is Djetth supposed to Mate with a woman who won’t take her clothes off even when her life depends on it?
When someone send assassins to the island, their situation becomes all the more serious. Can they make it out alive? And will they be able to figure out who wants them dead?
INSUFFICIENT MATING MATERIAL by Rowena Cherry is a fantastic futuristic romance full of mystery and page-turning suspense. Throughout the story I kept wondering: Would Djetth be able to seduce Martia-Djulia? Would Martia-Djulia figure out that Djetth and Jason were one and the same? Who wanted them dead? And most importantly, would Martia-Djulia find the love she so richly deserved?
Djetth is such an excellent example of an alpha male, and Martia-Djulia is a resourceful woman who’s not as flighty as she lets on. Together they compliment one another so well you can’t help but love them.
This book also has one of the best ending sequences. Everyone in the story pulls together against a common enemy. Ms. Cherry has created a seriously evil villain. What goes around comes around, and it definitely came back on this villainous specimen.
Trust me, INSUFFICIENT MATING MATERIAL is a book you don’t want to miss. Be sure to check out the back-story in Rowena Cherry’s previous book, Forced Mate.
Review by bookmaedin
This is the sequel to "Forced Mate". It picks up where the last novel left off. Prince Djetthro-Jason is the captive of Emperor Tarrant-Arragon. (Tarrant-Arragon was the hero in "Forced Mate".) Prince Djetthro-Jason is allowed to live; however, he must wed Princess Martia-Djulia, the Emperor's sister. Djetth has no problem with that! He enjoyed one outstanding and explosive night in bed with the princess before. Of course, the princess knew him as Commander Jason instead of as Prince Djetthro-Jason. But there is a twist this time around. The prince is not allowed to reveal that he is the man she fell in love/lust with. He must woo her all over again.
Princess Martia-Djulia would never forget the night she spent with Commander Jason. In fact, that entire night has been forever burned into her heart and soul. She refuses to love another. She even runs out during her (forced) wedding ceremony. Bad idea! Her brother, Tarrant-Arragon, makes a bold move and shoots down the vehicle in which Djetth and Martia are traveling in. She finds herself stranded on a deserted island with a man she wants nothing to do with. Strangely enough, there seems to be wild life on the island that is not native to it. Then again, who really cares? At least they will not starve. But in order to survive, the two must learn to work together. All the while, Emperor Tarrant-Arragon keeps a close eye on the pair.
***** First off let me say that even though this book is part of a series, it can still be read as a stand alone story. But this book takes on a much deeper meaning for the readers who did enjoy the previous novel, FORCED MATE.
I simply could not stay mad at Emperor Tarrant-Arragon for the stunts he pulls on this couple since I understand the reasoning behind his actions. More is going on than I state in the synopsis above too! My problem is that I could not think of a way to tell about any of it without giving something vital away. So you will simply have to read in order to find out what the sub-plot is. Those of you who enjoy a lot of spice in your space opera, such as I do, will find yourself backtracking a few times and rereading various sections. If you do not like hot, steamy, memorable flavors in your tea, I suggest you pass the kettle on to someone who does. Excellent adventure and highly recommended! *****
(Reviewed by Detra Fitch)
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