Desperate to escape an abusive fiancee, Leah decides that the only way to escape is to get off the planet. So, she signs up for the Interstellar Brides Program. Leah is matched with a warrior from the planet Viken, a planet on the brink of civil war.
On the planet Viken, there are three princes–Drogan, Tor, and Lev. The prince regent of their planet has combined their matching profiles to find the one perfect woman who will be bonded to all three men. If all three men mate with her, their child can unite the planet. This unity is imperative for the future of VIken as Viken is about to be expelled from the protective international treaty for not sending enough brides and troops off-planet.
Leah is shocked by the idea of three mates, shocked by her need for each of them, and shocked by the punishing spankings they give her when she disobeys them.
I noticed . . .
I noticed that, after spending the past two books on Prillon warships, Goodwin is carrying readers away from the heart of the Hive battles and focusing on a smaller, more planetary tale. This one seemed only slightly related to the previous stories.
I also noticed that Viken is a very medieval feeling planet. They have space technology, but in the words of one of the characters, choose to live simply. I’m not positive how interested I am in this, but I guess diverse planets are okay.
I wondered . . .
I wondered if the brothers will be able to remain united as their focus turns from mating to uniting for rule. I imagine there are serious philosophical differences between them, and I would kind of like to see that aspect of things.
I wondered if Viken will actually be able to unite or if they are too divided.
I also wondered if Viken will modernize? After all, their queen can adjust to the medieval atmosphere of the planet.
I also noticed that Goodwin describes the atmosphere as medieval, but also makes direct references to pioneer times. I’m a little confused about the actual atmosphere on the planet Viken. Maybe a future book in the series will help with that.
It reminded me of . . .
They spend a lot of time in this book hiding out at a Bride education facility where women are trained in the arts of love and mating. This reminded me of elements of Anne Rice’s The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. That’s a book I used to love, so perhaps this is one of the reasons why portions of this book were fun to me.
I also found the atmosphere, including the references to bows and arrows to remind me of Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. I could not even tell you why, but I thought of the woodsy atmosphere of this movie as I read portions of this book.
This is the third book of the Interstellar Brides Program books. This one had some real differences in setting, actions, and even menage group sizes. It’s kind of wild, and there’s a lot of sex, including elements of BDSM. It’s fun, but not for everyone.