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Torkel's Chosen

(A World Beyond #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  3,096 ratings  ·  226 reviews
What would you do if Earth didn’t have enough men?
Would you take a chance and leave the only world you knew behind?

This is the decision Faith Reid faces. Placing all her hope in a new government program, she seizes the opportunity that offers a chance for the women of Earth to find love among the stars, on a world beyond the one they know.

How many times can one man risk re
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published February 5th 2015 by Michelle Howard (first published February 1st 2015)
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3 stars.

This could have easily been 4 stars...except the heroine took a little bit too much abuse and she was the ONLY one apologizing - which really REALLY bugs me.
(pet peeve)

Before I rant, keep in mind I do recommend this book and fully intend to read the next in the series.

The world building was fantastic. The characters created were wonderful and I felt myself fully immersed in this story.

PLOT: Faith is living on an Earth in the future where a virus has decimated the male population where wo
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Hmmm well i actually quite liked this. The premise was interesting, i hear its common for this type of book topic but its the first ive read where the female searches for an alien male due to lack of males on earth. I was pleased with it. What i wasnt pleased with was the naiivity of the h. And thusly the consequences added a level of drama but i was wary of the resolution.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Samantha K
3 1/2 stars

I enjoyed this book a lot and would've rated it higher except for one MAJOR thing - this book needed a good grovel from the H!!! I don't understand why authors have their H's behave badly and then neglect that critical element! Neglecting to include a good grovel scene can ruin a book. If the author would've included a good grovel (& depending on how good it was) this easily could've been a 5 star book.

The h in this book was super annoying with her beyond stupid decisions however thos
I liked so much about this book. The world building is nicely done and it has one of my favorite troupes: a hero and heroine who both want to be married.

Though it isn't exactly, mail order bride, it is close enough.

The band of brothers the Torkel leads is a wonderful group of special forces. His story of adoption and his loving family are great.

I like the heroine. However, she does something really dumb. It works my nerve and I think that if she doesn't get how she should have come forward with
Brutally Honest
Dec 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well, that was disappointing!

It started off really well, the hero being so desperate to have a chosen, and the heroine being sweet and kind, it seemed like a match in heaven.

Sadly... what kind of military compound is so easily broken into? Why was Axan so damn upset at the heroine choosing the hero? Why did the heroine have to go through months of literal torture, and then on top of that have to apologise, while the hero who had abandoned her didn't apologise even once? And our heroine, after fi
Coyora Dokusho
Beginning: Okay

Early Middle: STUPID!!!!!! ..... Stupid!!!!!

End: Meh

Torkel needs to get his ass confronted with something and feel the mother of all guilt-trips

that is all.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Delta by: Haikufall
3.5 Stars
With age a factor and the chance of having a husband and family becoming progressively unlikely, Faith Reid makes a decision to pay the required $20,000 fee to travel to another planet to mate with an alien. Choosing the planet Enotia for the tall muscle bound HAWT alpha male population, Faye is about to get an education when she's informed she, along with all the women aboard ship, will have to choose their husbands immediately upon arriving from a pre-selected pool of eligible men, and based s ...more
The first book in the A World Beyond series by Michelle Howard. Faith who prefers to be called Faye has made the decision to leave earth and find a mate elsewhere. Women outnumber the men on earth and Faye wants love. She knows she won't find it on Earth. She ends up on Enotia and choses Torkel Alonson. Torkel is a elite warrior and this was his last year to find a mate. But there are those who feel Torkel doesn't need a mate and especially a coveted human one. Torkel was adopted as a baby. He w ...more
Amy M.
Mar 02, 2016 marked it as not-interested
"Hero" that deserves to get stabbed in his sleep.
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Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

This book really pushed some buttons.

I hate it when misunderstandings escalate and when you cast projections on the other person when it's you with all the hang-ups. Yes you've been burned and admittedly it's terrible but that does not excuse your asshole behaviour.

The more I think about it the more I get pissed off and the more I question myself that what exactly was it that I liked/enjoyed about this book? Was Fay (the h) just plain new born stupid? Fudge Yes! But did she deserve what happene
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
good, But!

The story line was interesting.
Even if in reading the synopsis and sample I wasn't expecting a team of aliens men as bad ass as Navy SEALs, which there are frequently compare to in the book. And really if not for aliens words or some details, like names, I thought reading a book with a team of Navy SEALs. Not what I was going for in this book.
So actually at the end I have a strange feeling, I don't really know if I read a book of sci-fi or military romance. It was like eating two deser
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I can’t decide what is worse... a so-so story that is written well or a SUPER good story that has infuriating holes in the writing! This book is the latter.

Honestly - the story had me from the minute I started reading. The premise of a “choosing” where the men line up in hopes that a woman will pick them for a mate and the women having the decision of getting that choice is perfect! How many times do we read of just the opposite? And, add to that, Torkel is a Navy Seals-type warrior (albeit on
Torkel and Faith. Well I have to say I was VERY disappointed in this one. I enjoyed her other warlord series so much, that I was expecting more of the same. But this was kinda predictable and Faith was dull as dishwater. Torkel is your usual elite Alpha hot-guy but with the handicap of racism against him by so many of the people on his adopted planet. So he is used to being undervalued and has learned to expect nothing. Where Earth is short on men due to some virus, Torkel's home planet is short ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF 80%

This book left a very bad taste in my mouth. I don’t like blackmail driven plots because, as Kyele said, “You’ve got to be extremely naïve.” Yes, extremely, to not see the solution to this problem staring you right in the face. And I do not like naïve characters, be they male or female.

Torkel was no better. I mean, come on… How the hell did you become a leader when you blab to your wife about top secret missions every time you go on one? She couldn’t have given him anything if she didn’t
Monica **can't read fast enough**
The narration on this one was excellent and the addition of limited sound enhancements was a nice touch. The story was good enough to get me interested in this world. I will more than likely continue this series. The only negative is that book 2 isn't on audible ye. ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stars: 3.5

Overall: Earth is over run with woman and for the past 20 years there has been a program where woman can purchase a ticket to go to other planets to find a husband. Faye has been saving up for years and finally gets her chance to find love. When she boards the plane she meets a really nice woman who helps her decide where she wants to go. When she gets to the planet, before leaving the aircraft a man approaches her and offers her money to pick a warrior that he claims to be a friend. F
Good concept. Story opened great. Interesting plot. Ssomeone pays her to pick the guy she ends up with; then blackmails her into spying on where hubby and his team will hit next. So far so good.

She gets found out, and hubby is upset, everyone is upset. Then she gets kidnapped, and tortured, and hubby thinks, good riddance. Actually, he thinks she ran, and when she is retrieved, doesn't believe her. Hubby and team actually went to retrieve Lindsay (h's friend) whose powerful husbands (politician
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. I wasn't sure if I would after seeing the prominent negative reviews on Amazon. I'm glad to say that I read the book anyway.

Right from the beginning, I cared about what happened to the Hero. The obstacles he has dealt with are delineated right from the beginning and you root for him to find the love he's been hoping for. I have to admit that it took a little bit for me to care about the Heroine. I wasn't sure about her until the two really seemed to start bonding tog
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one was a really surprisingly awesome read. I mean I had hoped it would be good, but I wasn't expecting certain aspects of this story to emotionally blow me away, but it did.

This is the first book to this series. And while it does open up doors for other characters to have their stories told, I'm still on the fence about diving into the other books. Simply because I felt this one was so good, I don't see how others could be better. Still deciding if I'll proceed further or not, but I HIGHL
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it

3.5 stars!!

I really enjoyed this and think it was a good start to the series. Action from the first page and a few quirks along the way to make it different from it's peers.

In the beginning I thought Faith was totally dumb and basically to stupid to live but I have to admit she grew on me and redeemed herself at about 60%. Torkel and his buddies are fantastic .... I can't wait to read the other guys stories, especially Kyele!!

Hurry up with the next book please - I need to know WHO the baddie is
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: aliens
I cannot be but disappointed with Torkel's story. I got a preview of him and I wanted more.

Michelle Howard, you really have a great imagination, why limit to short stories?
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I was pretty excited about this book and it was mostly ok. But the heroine got on my nerves so much, I can only rate this book 3 stars.
Faith Reid decides to leave Earth and join the Singles Program and find a husband. Luckily for her, Earth women are very much appreciated in the Universe. She settles for Torkel, who's some sort of Navy SEAL / Special Forces commander.
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Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is what it's come to ladies. Finding men on different planets. In the book's version women outnumber men 10 to 1, so women are forced to planet-hop to find a man. In the real life version, men are just plain ole a$$holes who'd rather watch PornHub and masturbate than be in an actual relationship. Meanwhile, us "live and in color" Earthling gals read books about women who are forced to planet-hop to find a man.

Is it super predictable? Yup. Is it hella sappy? Yessss. Is it gonna make a singl
DNF at 40%

About as bland as an unsalted cracker. When I read sci fi alien romances I want... you know.... Aliens... Not regular human guys with cockrings.

Don't hate it but I don't like it enough to give it more time.
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
A nice spin on an old trope. Rather than scarce alien women forcing alien men to look elsewhere for partners, it's Earth women who are in abundance and Earth men who are lacking in numbers due to an epidemic virus.

Enter our heroine Faith/Faye Reid who at 29 and 10 months, is desperate to go off planet to find a partner. The shortage of men on Earth has made it impossible for a woman to have a monogomous relationship let alone have a family. From the get go, the heroine stunk of desperate. While
Marta Cox
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
In a future where women heavily outnumber men it's possible for a price to travel to other planets to find compatible males . Faye is determined not to remain alone and simply wants a family of her own and hopefully love. Time is running out though as once a woman hits thirty they are not eligible for the programme but finally Faye gets the clearance she needs and so begins her journey.
Torkel was adopted as a baby and brought up in the ways of Enotia and even though he has proved himself as a b
"Torkel's Chosen" was so much fun to read. I couldn't put it down. I got very involved, because the writing was that well done. I screamed at the heroine and hero alike. I fell in love with Rydak, my favorite warrior, whom I hope gets a Chosen One soon!

I don't know how realistic it all is, but it's certainly dreamy. To go somewhere where all women are valued, have their choice of men, and an a near guarantee that each couple will grow to love one another without question? Sign me up for a littl
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