The Claiming of Bethany by Michelle Marquis

The Claiming of Bethany by Michelle Marquis
Publisher: Mystic Moon Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (36 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Wisteria

Princess Bethany La Sorra had known and loved Prince Cohen all her life. He’s everything she thought she ever wanted in a husband. That was until she’s kidnapped by the prince’s sworn enemy, Captain Northe Theron on the eve of their wedding. Now her future suddenly doesn’t look so safe or certain.

Captain Northe Theron is a bold alien soldier come to take Bethany hostage until the Prince agrees to meet his demands. His plan is simple revenge. When Prince Cohen gets his bride back, she’ll be carrying a little extra baggage on board as retribution for his betrayal. Everything should go perfectly, as long as Northe can keep from falling in love with this willful, lovely creature.

On the eve of Bethany’s wedding, her father’s home is invaded by aliens. She is taken as a prisoner because of a deal her fiancé did not deliver on. Though she finds her captor handsome, he tells her his plan is to impregnate her and send her back to her fiancé. She knows her fiancé would not want her if she were to become pregnant by another man. During her time as a captive, she begins to see another side to the handsome alien man. What will she do when posed with a choice to return home, or stay as his bride?

Hoe-de-doe! What a vivid picture! I had no idea I could find a green skinned, forked tongued man sexy, but I did. The author’s ability to provide descriptions of beings and animals not known to exist is wonderful. The hero and heroine were both memorable characters. The only issue I had with the story was the ease with which the hero was able to seduce the heroine. Here she is, kidnapped the day before her wedding, stolen away from the man she loves and has loved her entire life. The kidnapper tells her he plans to impregnate her and send her back to her husband to be, and the next thing you know she is begging the hero to take her!

Okay… so maybe I found the story a little hard to believe, the conflict a little thin, but it was still a very imaginative, well written story. Ms Marquis, I find your ease of story telling refreshing and bold. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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