It appears that women's rights have suffered a severe setback. What little plot there is between the many sexual encounters -- including same-gender fondling and voyeurism -- gives no real background. The strong, feisty heroine is easily overwhelmed by the hero's sexual expertise as he makes her beg him for sexual completion. The ending seems rushed and is a letdown.

In the year 3585 A.D., Maven, the eldest daughter of Caralon's ruler, is forced into marriage with Dane of Rawley to ensure the peace of the land. Maven has heard tales and is sure she's wedding a heartless fiend. Dane is certain that he can make his virgin bride crave him -- even if it's against her will.

As Dane forces Maven to submit to him, she becomes more determined to seek equality -- or a life elsewhere. Yet when Dane is called to battle, Maven discovers the only thing she really wants is his safe return. (EllorasCave.com, dl $5.95)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley