Saturday, August 11, 2018

Theirs to Protect (The Marriage Lottery #1) Review

Theirs to Protect (The Marriage Lottery #1)
By: Stasia Black

In a world where there’s only one woman for every twelve men, a lottery is the chance for five lucky men to win the prize of a lifetime… her hand in marriage.

Nix never put his name in the marriage lottery for a reason. 
He doesn’t need a woman. 
There aren’t that many to go around anyway, not after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 90% of the female population. 
He has his job as head of the Security Squadron and it’s all he needs. He looks out for the township. He protects the few women who are left.

But when his name is called to be one of the five husbands to the woman rescued from the badlands, he doesn’t speak up to correct the error.

Because Audrey’s like no one he’s ever met before. 
That’s the name for her. 
She might be just the woman to handle a rough, brutal man like him.

Sharing her with four other men is a small price to pay. 
In fact, the closer they all grow, the more Nix realizes he might finally have again what he lost so long ago—a real family.

But when Audrey’s life is endangered, will Nix be able to save the woman he’s just learned how to love?

Let me begin this review by telling you that this book is not for the prudish or faint of heart. It lands firmly in the erotica genre and from the synopsis above about the five men and one woman thing, you can already tell what sort of book this is going to be. If sex and kink is not your thing, turn back now!

If you're still reading this then you're a freak and we would get along swimmingly. 

This is one of the many books that pop up on my FB feed advertisements and usually I keep scrolling but the photo of one woman amongst five hot men sure got my attention. I read the synopsis and curiosity got the better of me and I began reading the comments on the ad. Let me tell you, Stasia Black is a brave author. I can't imagine writing a reverse harem book let alone writing an erotic one and then putting it out there for other people to read. Girl let her freak flag fly with this one and was judged so harshly in the comments, it made me sad for her. I get it if kink isn't your thing, that's totally respectable but not everyone is the same. Why shouldn't an author write a fetish novel if the idea comes to them? Clearly people read it.

I think we need to acknowledge that with erotica novels the plot line really is secondary to the sex, so no one really expects a profound story to come from an erotic novel. That being said, a different set of standards apply to erotica and the plot line still needs to make sense and add value to the story. In this case the plot was interesting and inventive, but not at all realistic. The author created the setting she needed to in order to have the 25 men to 1 woman ratio. Let's be real, that right there is already tapping into the fantasy of every woman. Imagine being in a world where women are so rare that no matter their shape, size or appearance men are crawling all over themselves to be with her. They respect, cherish and protect her. Like she is the most precious thing in the world to them. And not just one man, many men. I don't know about you ladies, but I'm here for it.

That being said, the plot was okay. Not great, but not completely dull or hard to understand. Actually I give the author props here because not only did she create her own setting she also created her own colonies of people with their own beliefs, guidelines and rules. She created interesting and sometimes complex characters whom the reader grows to love, especially the five men who Audrey marries. 

Now, let's get to the good stuff; the sex scenes. I began this book interested to see how the author would write about a sexual dynamic between 6 people. Would she limit it to two men and one woman? Or just one man and one woman at a time? Clearly I've never had multiple partners at once because I couldn't figure out how five men and one woman could have sex at one time......well Stasia Black told me how. Very descriptively I might add. So much so that my brain started envisioning the scenes she devised as I read them effortlessly and naturally. I'm not often impressed by racy sex scenes, but these ones impressed me. I had assumed that sex that takes place between multiple people is purely for pleasure only, but the scenes in this book all took place between people that cared for each other and Stasia let those emotions show in all of the erotic acts she wrote. Stasia truly wrote this erotic book with every intention of it becoming a love story, and she nailed it.

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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