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Hers to Command by Patricia A. Knight

Description: For some, existence without their mate might seem like the end of their world–for the members of Verdantia’s Tetriarch, it would be.

Love triangles often create disastrous relationships, but the unlikely members of the Tetriarch face worldwide disaster without the successful bonding of their trio.The inhabitants of the sentient planet, Verdantia, are poised on the precipice of extinction following a brutal invasion by an off-world, nomadic horde. Verdantia’s capital, Sylvan Mintoth, must have its failing energy shield restored, or the planet is doomed. The Elders know the shield can draw energy from only one thing—a very arduous and grueling coupling of two specific people who were pre-chosen by the planet Herself and promised by prearranged marriage contract.

Conte Camliel Aristos deTano, Ari, has long spurned the marriage forced upon him. His contractual bride, Princess Fleur Constante, is the beautiful future queen. She was but six years old when the contract was signed. Though young and inexperienced, she is willing to risk everything, including her own sanity, to save her planet.

Verdantia draws strength from the duo, but the sentient planet whispers to Ari that a third is necessary – Ari’s aide de camp, Visconte Doral deLorion, an angelically handsome, skilled assassin who silently surrendered his heart to Ari long ago.

The trio struggles to make this surprising partnership harmonious, pushing through pride, scars of past abuse, fears of inexperience and distrust. To save Verdantia, they must overcome their individual weaknesses and realize their full potential.

Only the tetriarch and their combined synergy, can harness Verdantia’s immense power to shield its citizens from invasion




So, with a name like Fleur, I honestly didn’t think I’d like her very much. Being who I am, I was most looking forward to Ari and Doral. However, this is a trio, so I realized I’d have to adjust to the idea anyway. Fleur is surprisingly humble for someone with a name like hers. Her obvious lack of experience sexually actually makes her more endearing. But watching her grow is the most appealing thing. She has a temper and she’s fiercely loyal and protective.

Ari is the very confident type. He’s been very promiscuous in the past as he ran from what his family forced him into, marriage to Fleur who was still a child while he was almost at adulthood. He’s had scores of women and men, but as a commander he issued a rule that commanding officers couldn’t have relations with their subordinates. Being a man of honor, he tied his own hands when it came to Doral.

Doral is probably my favorite. He’s known as a ruthless killer, though few know the reasons why. He has a dark and tortured past and from the beginning it’s obvious he’s head over heels in love with Ari but can’t act because of Ari’s own rules. You feel his hurt when Ari is called away to perform the Great Rite with Fleur. He constantly shows his utter devotion to Ari, following commands with little argument and even killing for him. Finding out the details of his past made this so much better for me.

Now, the story itself. This is a very different world. Sex powers the energy of what some would call magicians. They perform their Rites during sex and the sex actually powers the shield that protect them. This is a very accepting society of sexual differences. It’s kind of how I wish our world was now. So no one bats an eye at the possibility of males with males for their rights. What makes this unique is Fleur, the royal princess and heir apparent to the thrown, being paired with Ari and then Doral being added to the mix. In their society, it makes sense that Fleur would be oddly accepting of Ari’s attraction to the other male and that she would fall for Doral as well.

As for the really fun part, the sex, I found it fairly hot in the beginning with just Ari and Fleur. But when Doral was added to the mix, first with Fleur, then in the first threeway, it got hotter. Hottest was when Doral finally got to take Ari while Ari got Fleur all at once. That made me regret being at work while reading. Talk about steamy.

There were a few grammatical issues here and there, nothing that took away from the story. All in all, the author has created a fascinating and unique world that I’d love to read more of.



I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of this for review and now I want the next in the series.

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