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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

First Sharing by Jory Strong



First Sharing by Jory Strong
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (57 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Light Bondage
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Viscaria

Laith d’Amato never thought to form a mate-bond outside his race, but when he sees Cyan Dupre, the human female the scientists on Belizair have matched him to, he’s more than willing to claim her. Exquisite. Feminine. Intoxicating. Dreams of sharing her with Rykken d’Vesti become a vision of certainty for Laith. Only by including Rykken in the mate-bond will there be hope for Belizair.

One look at Cyan and the mating fever of his race swamps Rykken. Without the wings of the Vesti and Amato she seems fragile, in need of a strong male to care for her. It’s not the Vesti way, but for the sake of friendship and the future of Belizair, Rykken will fight his genetic imperative and cultural upbringing. He’ll join with Laith in the first sharing of a human female.

Lethal grace and poetic beauty, Cyan finds it impossible to resist Laith and Rykken. They’re erotic fantasy and artistic inspiration—but loving them comes with a choice between doing what’s right for her heart or what’s right for her art.

Two males, one full of hope, and one with deeply ingrained beliefs, might be the first to try and save their respective races. Can they convince the woman of their dreams that she truly belongs with them before their time is up? Can they work past a lifetime of beliefs to actually share a woman between the two of them? In this First Sharing, anything is possible.

In this prequel to the Fallon Mates series, Jory Strong gives us the tale of the very first Amato and Vesti to share a mate. As a fan of Ms. Strong’s work, I was already familiar with the world of the Fallon Mates, and had often wondered about Cyan and her men as they were mentioned in the other books of the series. It was great to see how the whole process of finding a mate and sharing her was first implemented.

The characters in this story were, as typical of Ms. Strong, wonderful to behold. Laith d’Amato was a driven and determined hero. From the moment he sees Cyan, he knows she is perfect for him - and Rykken. If only he can convince Rykken along with Cyan, everything will be perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how he planned to convince the two to go along with the plan. Rykken was… whew… he was hot, in a very dominant way. The struggle between his primitive instincts and what he knew and trusted must be done made for very compelling reading. Cyan made me wish to be like her when I grow up. She was strong-willed, and yet very mellow – a very good combination that balanced out the personalities of Laith and Rykken. I couldn’t have asked for three more interesting and compelling characters.

Jory Strong has a very fascinating world in her Fallon Mates stories, and I love to visit whenever I can. These are all books I’ve read more than once whenever I feel the urge to experience – vicariously of course – a ménage that will steam up my ereader screen. In the case of First Sharing, Ms. Strong has given this reader a wonderful look at how it all started as well as two more heroes to drool over. Whether you’re already a fan of Jory Strong, or you’re brand new to the world of the Fallon Mates, you can’t go wrong with this series, especially this story. First Sharing is most definitely a keeper in my book.

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