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A Mere Formality

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,314 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Warning: this story is one big dirty joke. There is no actual sex, but there is a lot discussion about it. It was written on a dare. Someone told us that we couldn’t write a short story around one particular phrase, and we did. So I recommend this for people 18+. Because you know, we wouldn’t want to corrupt your minors.
ebook, 26 pages
Published 2008 by Ilona Andrews
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Mar 22, 2014 Marsha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults only
In an effort of full disclosure, let me first say that I am a huge fan of Ilona Andrews. I truly love the world building, characters, plots and humor of this husband and wife writing dynamo. " A Mere Formality" is another example of an incredible read by this pair. Usually, I do not care for intergalactic space stories. However, once again Ilona Andrews proves that good writing can make a believer out of anyone.

Deidre is a researcher and officer for the Second Intergalactic Empire. Sir Robert Sa
Laura the Highland Hussy
This was a fun little story.

It begins with 3 alien species negotiating for peace. There is a death, and the entire room erupts in chaos.

Just as they are trying to salvage the peace talks, the injured party sends their demands over. Money. An exorbitant amount. And... Dierdre.

Dierdre is just an analyst, she has no idea why the leader wants her, but she's willing to find out.

This was a fun and sweet story with Ilona Andrews' sense of humor woven throughout. I really enjoyed it, and I'd love to
Dec 31, 2012 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy author
This was a fun story with a believable possible relationship in just 26 pages, a great idea for computer interfaces, a nifty idea for the origin of a sf colony, (view spoiler).

It's free to read on their site, but if you'd prefer Kindle, .Epub or PDF, you can download it at their site now.

I find myself thinking what I so often
I am normally no fan of short stories, but this one was completely different. There was no rush to fill in a back story and no race to finish. I would love the chance to read a full length story about this world with these characters.
Lord Nagrad is strong and slightly scary, but ultimately he is doing the best he can to follow the Reigh's code and help his people. Deidre is the advisor to Sir Robert Sergei Sarvini, Ambassador of the Second Intergalactic Empire to the Branches of Reigh, and a dar
This a pretty good story complete with the Andrew's team normal humor, sarcasm, and wit. There isn't much action as most of the story takes place around a negotiation table but it still has its moments of suspense. It was pretty confusing at the beginning with the introduction of 3 alien species, but you can quickly figure it out and move onto the meat of the story.

I was sorry it had to end!
2nd read 6/16/12:
I rediscovered this freebie short which is available now in several ebook formats from the Andrews' website, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did when I read it before in its online in only incarnation.

In this scifi story, Deidre is a cultural analyst working for a diplomat on the cusp of an important treaty when the lord of a military race, the Reigh, dies during a diplomatic banquet and the responsibility is laid on the hosts (the faction represented by Diedre's boss) H
Ladies and Gentelmen, I believe we have a winner!

forgive me while i squeal like a fan girl and dance around...wait, maybe there's a picture to show these kind of things....

Nope, I can't find one (which leads me to the thought that using pictures in review is an art of itself, applause).

Back to buisness: while you might be confused a bit at the beginning of the story, eventually everything is expalined one way or another

but you've got to stay alarmed or you'll be lost

This short story was amazing
Being a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series I was interested in reading this short story. I knew that it would be nothing like the Kate Daniels books but I still enjoyed it. I like science fiction but don’t really read much of it so this was a good story to find.
The story was not really what I had expected to be honest. There is a bit of adult content that surprised me somewhat, I knew that there would be some form of adult content because you are warned before downloading the book but I was sur
A fun short story!
Selenity Jade
Oct 02, 2014 Selenity Jade rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ilona Andrews Fans
I’m a huge Kate Daniels series fan (which I am currently rereading so that I can read the new book that came out when I wasn’t looking), so I pretty much read just about everything by this husband and wife writing team.

A Mere Formality is a science fiction short story that has a smidgen (and I do mean the tiniest smidgen) of romance in it. It’s extremely short, but the world, the people, the porn humor in it was absolutely amazing. I honestly couldn’t have imagined any other writer capable of bu
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
I got this free from the Ilona Andrews website.

It's a romantic sci fi short, with the most inventive use of porn I've ever seen in a story. As cryptic as that sounds, I don't want to spoil anything by explaining more.

There is an 18 and over advisory on the story, but if you are expecting lots of the smexy scenes, think again. It is still very adult, just maybe not in the way you are imagining.

This was just a lot of fun to read. Good humor and characters.
I really like these folks. It's a husband and wife writing team and they have a wonderful sense of ornery. Check out this short story and then buy their two print books, Magic Burns and Magic Bites. This is at least adult in theme and a laugh out loud take on cultural differences. If they ever decide to write a full length with these characters, sign me up.
It's no secret that I'm a bit of a fangirl when it comes to Ilona and Gordon Andrews and I absolutely adore their Kate Daniels series. All of their stories are full of humour, fantastic world building and great characters and even though A Mere Formality is only a short story (with 26 pages) it's no exception.

This story is completely stand alone so you don't need to have read any of the author's previous books to enjoy it and it's available to download for free from their website here: http://ww
A fun short Ilona Andrews story based around a diplomat who in forced into some awkward discussions involving her hand in marriage and what her 'duties' as a wife would be.
Made me laugh though sadly it ended too soon, but its a freebie so I can't complain!
A wonderful short story. I would definitely read this as a full length novel and pay full price. I thought the story was fantastic and the characters were very interesting. Brilliant.
Lady Jaye
Funfunfunfunfun! The only reason this is four instead of five stars is because it took me about three starts to get into it. Great short story, and free too. I love Ilona Andrews.
Great short story, would love to read more about this world/characters.
Ilona Andrews can do no wrong.
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This is such a fun, entertaining story. Granted, I’m a bit partial to the Andrews and their Kate Daniels series is my favourite series ever. I love the worlds they create, their fantastic casts of characters, the plots, the humour… I just basically love their writing.

I like science-fiction but have never been into the whole space thing, didn’t know what to expect from this story and wasn’t sure I would like it. Still, the blurb won me over. A big dirty joke? Someone challenging the Andrews to w
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Hmmmm, well I came to the conclusion that science fiction just isn't my thing. I liked this one a little bit. At first I was confused with all of the new terms and species and trying to figure out what was going on (it's apparent pretty fast though.) Deidre and Lord Nagrad were good characters. Honestly, Lord Nagrad didn't really fit for me. I would have liked him to be a bit more, I don't know, leaderish... yes, I made that up.

I liked that Deidre was smart and intelligent and capable of making
Melissa Hayden
Deirdre is a member of the special crew mediating the treaty of two worlds. Deirdre is one who does all the research, with her fingers in the computer interface and mind flying through it. Now, Deirdre is on her way to the banquet for the treaty, when the Reigh enter and the tension of this dangerous group, even under sign of peace, is felt. One of the Reigh is bumped by Michel, but the Reigh could have avoided the happening and didn't, dropping his sign... on purpose? The four races in presence ...more
Renee B.
"To serve to the most of my ability and to sacrifice my life should
my duty demand it."

This had me at Several men dressed in black entered the hallway from a side
passage, also aiming for the door. Deirdre caught Fatima's arm. "The
I immediately wanted to know everything about them!

Deirdre works at the Diplomatic Corps of the Intergalactic Empire and during one of the planned banquets at the Orbital Embassy, the Reigh leader dies after one of her co workers offers him something to eat.. sen
Oct 22, 2014 Yazzie added it
I feel like this short story is beyond any sort of star rating system, on account of being short, written as a joke and bloody hilarious. I kind of wish Ilona would explore this world further- the world building is great and the characters are interesting, even if the plot is a joke (oh I see what you did there, me).
Apr 12, 2015 Jess rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 15
Silly but not in a way that I hate.

Free on their website:
I found this story entertaining and well-written, I especially loved the sci-fi aspect of it. I found the character of Deirdre likable and a good choice as the focus of the story. The "mature" nature the story took surprised me, but it added some humor to the mix. I would have rated the story higher but there were a few info-dumps that I did not feel added much to the story and caused it to drag a bit. I also felt the story needed to be a bit more fleshed out for the ending to be more realistic. ...more
Gracie O'Neil
I loved this story. Whenever I need a good fun, comfort read I go back to it and enjoy it again.
Ria Lize
*sigh* Really short, but seriously, I will read anything these two write.
I really enjoyed this, it's a short read but a fun one and it didn't feel rushed. Ilona Andrews does short stories really well and I love that they're free- what's not to like?
Barbara ★
The story was confusing at first with three alien powers and many characters but you quickly understand who is who and what is going on. There isn't much action since basically it's an inter-galactic negotiation. It's surprising when the smut starts and a little disappointing that it's all talk. In only 26 pages, there isn't enough time to devote to details but the relationship (or lack thereof) between Lord Nagrad and Diedre didn't have any basis for the ending. I think this definitely needed a ...more
4 out of 5 Stars

To make up for the death of his father during a political banquet, gruff warrior Lord Nagrad demands marriage to quiet unassuming researcher, Deidre. But Deidre isn't so naive and passive as she appears...

For a short novella, A Mere Formality packs in well fleshed-out world-building, three-dementional characters, and a cute believable romance. Andrews knows how to write gruff sexy alpha heroes who aren't cavemen and don't compromise the heroine's agency. I love how Deidre is a st
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