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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pride Mate by Stormy Glenn

Pride Mate by Stormy Glenn
Katzman Book 3
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (140 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Violence
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Edelweiss

Shaikh Bogden Dhal Wuher Al'Abdalha couldn't forget Anjali or the time they spent together. If it hadn't been for the death of his father, Bogden never would have left his mate. And he knows Anjali is his mate. They dream together.

To get Anjali back, Bogden buys his contract and sends for him. But Anjali isn't overjoyed to see Bogden. Instead, Anjali thinks he is a slave, bought due to his training as a pleasure slave. And he's pissed when he discovers who his new master is.

Before they can settle their differences, someone betrays them, attacking their desert camp. Chaos reigns as Bogden and Anjali try to fight for their people, fight for each other, and fight to stay alive. But can two men win against insurmountable odds, or will they lose the love they share before they know they have it?

Congratulations to Ms. Glenn for this wonderful additon to the Katzman series. If you have been waiting for Bogden and Anjali's story, you're in for a pleasant surprise. When I read the previous book, Dream Mate, I thought it could not get any better. Pride Mate has got everything I admired in the first two and spades.

One of my favorite things about this series is that the mating bond is a sacred thing to the Katzman race. I love how each couple, once accepting that fate has brought them the perfect match for their soul, has become such a rock solid team. Commander Chellak Rai and Demyan's happily ever after is continued from the first book in the series, affirming that their love is forever. This lasting bond makes the love scenes even more intense as their connection is strengthened. Do not let the sweetness of the lovemaking fool you, these encounters are also highly erotic and melting hot with sexy dialogue.

Bogden and Anjali have to deal with misunderstandings, and hurt feelings before they can deal with the outside forces that threaten to tear them apart. Ms. Glenn is a master at playing up the angst to the level that I wished I was there to “counsel” the pigheadedness out of certain people. If you enjoy being totally caught up in a book, this is a great read for you.

This story, like it's predecessors, takes place in other worlds that are described in perfect detail. I loved that she created a completely different setting for this romance to develop. Like any other planet, there are so many different types of environments and cultures. In Pride Mate Ms. Glenn explores the desert, its people, and customs. I was extremely impressed by the obvious research that went into creating a believable and captivating story. She even went so far as to create a new language for this particular tribe of Katzman.

There are violent elements in this tale which are to be expected as it is about a warrior and his mate. This series also deals with issues that cannot possibly be approached outside of the fantasy realm, but will make you wish it could happen all the more. While this book can be read by itself, the experience would be more complete if the previous books were read first.

I have enjoyed reading this book many times and have eagerly recommended it to my friends. Bogden and Anjali have become one of my favorite m/m couples and I look forward to hearing more about them in the author's next book. My favorite quote from this book is not in English, which testifies to Ms. Glenn's versatility in writing: “Entya haby, entya hyety, entya a' are my love, you are my life, you are my heart.”

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