Apr 20, 2010
PAGAN & PEN REVIEW
Title: Healer's Garden
Author: Nina Pierce
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Futuristic Erotic Suspense
Length - 193 pgs.
Other: M/F *M/F/F *F/F
Pagan & Pagan Elements: No/No
About The Book: In the female-dominated society of the twenty-third century, mating with a male, even if it is to save the human race, is a distasteful task, and one Healer Jahara Hriznek has successfully avoided―until now.
Brenimyn is a gifted breeding instructor at the Garden of Serenity. Forced to copulate with all females requesting his services, he yearns to find the one woman who responds to his touch. When Jahara arrives with the new class of breeders, Brenimyn’s body immediately aches for her, but convincing the stubborn healer that sex between a man and a woman is more than just an act for procreation, proves to be a challenge he refuses to fail.
Jahara doesn’t want to enjoy the sinful rapture only Brenimyn brings to her body. Brenimyn has no intention of dousing the flames of desire licking at them until Jahara is completely his―body, mind and heart. But when the government finds their loving relationship a threat to the natural order, there may be more than their stubborn wills at stake.
The Review: Healer's Garden was an easy, enjoyable read. Nina Pierce puts you immediately into the world that she has devised, and immerses you in life as Jahara and Brenimyn know it, in the year of 2267. Society in this future is female-centered as a plague has wiped out a large part of the male population. Men in this society are either selected to be breeders, providing sexual services to women until they have the two children required by government to repopulate, or they become laborers. Brenimyn is a breeding instructor.
All in all, the sex is steamy, the romance touching, and the story entertaining. I found myself rooting for Brenimyn to find his heart's desire, and change Jahara's mind about a man and a woman having a loving relationship.
As with many futuristic tales, some of the character's names may be a slight stumbling block for a reader, but most are easy to pronounce and don't disrupt the flow of the story.
Pagan Elements: The use of healing magick and other gifts are used throughout the book. The book refers to a Creator, but nothing specifically religious or spiritual otherwise.
Cover (Rated 1-10): 8. The cover is created to depict life in the Garden of Serenity, which it does very well.
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