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Posted by ashlynnmonroe on May 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

This one was my favorite!

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Having a friend who is Aurora's Star Prince's Consort definitely has it's privileges. For geologist Mallory, that means being given unprecedented permission to come to Aurora and study its native rocks. Well, with one condition. She will be escorted around by the sexy duke DeBaron, a warrior priest of Aurora. He's not thrilled with the job since the rocks are sacred in Aurora. But when Mallory is bitten by a surprising rock creature, her life is literally in DeBaron's hands and his sacred connection to Aurora, and he's determined to keep her alive no matter what he has to do, even if that means lots of sex.

This is the second book in the Aurora series and I loved this book just as much as the first! I would encourage you to read the first book in the series before this one. I just think that having a bit of back story adds to this one. But beware that if you haven't read the first, reading this book is going to make you want to read the first since the story is so good. Not only do we get more tantalizing information about mysterious Aurora, we also get two really fun and well written characters. Mallory and DeBaron also have great chemistry, both when they're disagreeing and when they're getting along, which leads to some great sex scenes. This really is a series I can't encourage you enough to read.

Overall rating: 5 Heart

Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Amy Hopkins

April 28, 2012

Is there anything better than a girl with a purpose? Tasmin Robins will let nothing get in the way of her internship on the fascinating planet of Aurora. That is until the lasers start firing and she finds herself saving the man standing next to her. “No good deed goes unpunished.” An old Earth saying which grows some teeth on Aurora. DeMarcus Le’JeMur is incognito, getting ready to play hooky for a day. What he gets is shot at and owing a life debt to the woman who saved him. That means marriage if the old laws are enforced. And wouldn’t you know it, his mother is behind a big push to have them enforced. But once he gets to know the spunky human he finds he doesn’t mind. In fact, it becomes what he wants more than anything. For a man who can have any woman he wants Tasmin presents a challenge. Can he win her?This was a cute read about your average woman becoming a princess and not really being thrilled about it. Oh she liked the hot hunk of a prince, all the sex and such but the public adoration and constant ceremony of the Aurorian culture held little appeal. As DeMarcus sets about to win her the political intrigue continues and the climax of the story involves more lasers and a surprisingly barbaric sword fight. I found the story fanciful and steamy, a delightful combination. And the happily ever after that was expected was delivered with an original twist. A good read.

Score: 3.50 / 5 Mallory Blain is over the moon at the opportunity she’s been given. She’s to travel to another planet to study the similarities in environment to Earth. She’s been allowed this privilege due to her friendship with Aurora’s Star Prince Consort, Tasmin. She and Tasmin were roommates in college. Talk about networking paying off! What she doesn’t anticipate is the snotty hunk assigned to accompany her. He doesn’t like her from the word go and it only goes downhill from there. This is so not going to work.DeBaron is a warrior priest and the prince’s cousin. Those qualifications along with his expertise in geology earned him the title of royal babysitter. Convinced the woman is a clueless seeker of fame and fortune he treats her badly and is shocked to discover she is actually all he could ever want in a colleague and a woman. When deep in the desert he discovers she has suffered a bite from a native species that induces passion he does what is needed to save her life. But gets way more than he bargained for in the process. And when he truly grasps what has transpired between them his faith is enriched beyond measure. Can he get her to accept the gift they’ve been given?While I enjoyed this story a lot (the spiritual sex sounds awesome) it didn’t match the first in the series. DeBaron was just a little too much of a douche in my opinion. His magical transformation to ardent suitor just didn’t gel for me. I know many speculate hate is the same as love but these two really didn’t like each other, so while they were attracted I had a hard time transitioning as quickly as they did. And the speed and finality of their connection was daunting to say the least. Mallory certainly thought so, as she wasn’t raised in the mysticism of it as DeBaron was. I definitely recommend you read if you’ve read the first book and it was enjoyable in it’s own right. Aurora sounds like an amazingly magical place.

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