Mate of the Tsatrya

Ann T. Ryan
Mate of the Tsatrya
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Silver Publishing
Release Date
November 2011
Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance

Joseph Archer never thought much of the Tsatrya race, only acknowledging they were superior to mankind in strength, speed and that they were blessed with extreme good looks. This all changed when he met Mykael of Lithonur. Not only was Mykael challenging what Joseph used to believe about his sexuality, he was also desiring a Tsatrya who ruled one of the continents of the New World. Before Joseph could stop himself, he had fallen deep for Mykael who was now trying to convince Joseph to become his true mate.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Feb 04, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
166 people found the following review helpful
In addition to having a lovely cover, this book surprised me with one of my favorite m/m subjects, one that wasn't stated in the blurb or in any type of a warning. If it was, I missed it. I also missed the fact that I have read another book from the same author and loved it. Just that fact would have made me read this one but luckily I picked it just the same.

MATE OF THE TSATRYA starts with a sort of introduction into what I assumed was the creation of the race. The details were rather vague and the explanation from the beginning of the book wasn't touched again through the rest of the book. So basically what you discover at the beginning is what you get and the rest is romance.

Joseph is a human who, as I understood it, lives on a different continent than the Tsatrya race. His friend Jess is just about obsessed with Tsatrya and persuades Joseph to go to a mixed ball with him. Although reluctant, Joseph doesn't even get the chance to be bored at the ball after the other race arrives before he is caught, seduced and whisked away into an available room. It might be a hormonal thing where passion and pheromones will turn even a straight man gay, but once Mykael looks at him, Joseph gets glaze-eyed and spreads his legs.

This is a bit of an instant love story, which worked pretty well for the most part despite some interesting parts being skipped. The author develops the story slowly at first, giving us bits and pieces of their mating and I really liked that part, but then the mentioned surprise popped in and suddenly the romance got completely neglected.

This book is reviewed by a fan, and I know I say that often, but there really aren't all that many subjects I like. Some friends would even call me picky, so when I chose books I do tend to lean toward those which have predispositions of getting a higher rating. I did get into this one blind for the most part, but the introduction of something out of the ordinary just about lighted all the lamps and made me grin like a lunatic. So yes, I am a fan. But loving a certain subject doesn't really mean that particular subject should overshadow everything else, and that is pretty much what happened here.

I assume, maybe without any grounds for it, that the reviews for the previous book, where the details of the ‘surprise' part were skipped, influenced the author to make it the focus of this book. I do understand that, no matter how much we write for ourselves, our goal is also to please our readers. After all, everyone loves praise. I compliment that effort and do have to say that I liked this story. In general I am fascinated by the race itself and the hints of the magnificent world hiding in the author's head. I would love to see more of it and read about another couple who will outshine both of those pairs I've loved until now.

For the most part this is a pretty standard story, where you have a leader falling in love with someone he shouldn't and making it work despite all the odds. Add the unconventional physical characteristics into the mix and you have something extra to look forward to. But those are the stories we all love and are always willing to read, because those stories work and they tend to satisfy our desire for something romantic as well as otherworldly.

I gave my honest opinion as I do always, but despite my rating, which might not seem as a good one to some, I did like this book, and I am expectantly waiting for the next one. I do hope the balance between romance and all the good stuff is perfect, but even if that doesn't end up being the case, I know I will read what this author has to offer with pleasure. Her leaning toward fantasy with a twist makes me figuratively buckle up and prepare for the ride, because I know she will show me all the interesting places and whisper the secrets the best romances are made of.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Silver Publishing.
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