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The Pirate Prince by Michelle M. Pillow
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Jul 09, 12

Read from March 05 to 17, 2012

[Originally reviewed for RT Magazine, though the submission was apparently lost and reassigned without this reviewer's knowledge.]

While Jarek comes across as somewhat more likeable than his twin brother Reid (from the previous book), he still starts off as a priggish and self-absorbed alpha male. The hero and heroine meet when she decides to impede his escape from her planet by attacking him with a knife. But for some reason he imagines, against all evidence, that she is trying to escape from some cruel master.

The heroine was difficult to relate to, and her motives were a bit befuddling. Given that their culture has supposedly progressed beyond forced marriages, and she obviously loves her family, it's difficult to understand why she deliberately gets herself snatched by space pirates on a whim. A privileged princess, and the overprotected 'baby' of the ruling family, Mei initially gives the impression of a naïve, impulsive youth. She seems innocent enough through the first few chapters, and then all of a sudden the reader is handed the jarring revelation that she is forty-seven years old and has had herself a number of lovers. She then goes on to be more adept and predatorial in the bedroom than even her were-cat captor.

Mystical romantica with a hint of sci-fi. Much like it's preceding book, it could benefit from another round of editing. And though some readers may appreciate the Asain-oriented flavor, the setting descriptions are more bland than engrossing. Excessive recapping of other family member's status makes the dialogue frequently feel forced. And being more sex-driven than anything, it doesn't seem as though the plot comes into play until more than halfway through. Even then, I'm sorry to say its substance seems overall lacking.
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