Tamsin’s Choice by Mardi Ballou
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci/Fi Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (55 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Duty forces Empress Designate Karloutria from Planet Nowemapo to find an Earthling mate in forty-eight hours. Prepared to sacrifice her chance for love to save her father and her planet from a monster, Karloutria never expected to fall for Luca.
Luca d’Alessandro needs a second chance. All he has to do to rule Nowemapo as the empress’s consort is beat out the hefty competition and make it through the ritual sex trials. Piece of cake, as long as he keeps his head on straight and his soul buttoned-up. But then he never expected to feel what Karloutria arouses in him.
Base your life on the wills of a cat? If you’re Tria and you need to escape the wrath of a lunatic alien tyrant, then here kitty, kitty.
Sound interesting? You need to read Tamsin’s Choice.
Ms. Ballou writes an intriguing story of a woman with a tough choice—marry a tyrant and free her father of his gambling debts or find a human who’ll do the same job. I really felt like I was there on the planet with Tria and Luca, surrounded by the sumptuousness of the mating/selection ritual.
Although I thought the story started a bit slow and was rather heavy with back story in the beginning, once it got going, I couldn’t put it down.
I liked Tria because even though she’s in a sticky situation, she only loses her pluck a few times and what woman can’t relate to that? Lots of people have to make do with what they have and that resonated with me. I found her resolve once she made her decision to move a tad fast, but that was the nature of the story and it works.
Luca is an interesting hero because he’s got his sights set on Tria even though he’s never really seen her. He subjects himself to lots of humiliation which tears his ego to pieces, but it’s because he’s doing it for the chance to be the man she loves. Talk about dedication! I liked his unwavering desire for her too. Once he set his mind to making her his, I rooted for him to get his wish.
The sex in this story sizzled, but I thought it went a bit quickly. I wanted to see more sensuality, but it still scorched my fingers.
If you want a story that’s guaranteed to heat up a cool night, then you need to read Tamsin’s Choice. I give this story 3.5 cherries.