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Monday, January 17, 2011

Rite Men for Maya by Zenobia Renquist

Rite Men for Maya by Zenobia Renquist
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (68 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Maya is a half human, half merman who has decided to attend the fertility-virility rite and learn more about her merman heritage. The rite is meant to help mermen find their perfect mates, but Maya is only interested in using it as research.

Tam and Kessen are participants who are searching for their third. They are drawn to Maya and she to them. But she refuses to acknowledge the bond and runs. Tam and Kessen must pursue her through her dreams if they hope to make their love a reality and prove they are the right men for Maya.

This is an interesting look at the mating habits of the merpeople down in the depths of the ocean. They sure have an erotic way of finding mates and it’s one I’ve never heard of before.

It’s also pretty darned hot because this book packs in loads of different combinations and ways to find the ultimate forever mate. Initially a reader will meet Kessen and Tam. They find each other first and I will say that because of their social order and culture parameters, there isn’t a lot of internal angst, at first. The potential for a romantic connection is clear with them and I enjoyed reading about them.

It’s when a reader meets Maya, the heroine, that all the conflict and mild drama starts happening. She’s a young woman who has a close tie to her family – perhaps a bit too close even for her age. In that I mean that I found it a bit odd for her to still call her father ‘daddy’ and not to have shortened it to ‘dad’ at this point in her life. It’s almost like she has no real ambition to do much and is in a sort of limbo. Sure, she has a job that she acts responsible about but there just something…off. However, I also found out that she’s been pretty much sheltered from all aspects of merlife and it lends itself to a believable conflict. If a person, never mind a character, is not tested by the struggles and challenges in life, they don’t develop a personality of note. Even when there is some sort of light drama in the beginning, I didn’t get the impression that it made much of an impact to Maya. Yes, she said the words, but I didn’t feel the force of it. I was left with the belief that Maya’s character was given just enough for readers to enjoy a light sensual and sexual romp using a combination of unique and tried and true plot techniques.

I found the strongest writing to be between Tam and Kessen. They acted like men although one has a wild side and I got that impression from the quality of friends he has. Just wait until you get to the part describing the stage; it’s a visual that had me giggling.

I did appreciate the fact that Maya loved her family. I liked the idea that Kessen and Tam’s relationship wasn’t all sunshine and roses because it gave them more depth. I also liked some of the magical ideas of how merpeople can walk among us. It shows a great imagination.

Rite Men for Maya is a good read for those days where a reader wants a quick story with an erotic bent in an unusual locale. It delivers in that area. I was entertained throughout and was satisfied with the happily ever after.

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