Author: Patricia A. Knight
Series: Verdantia #3
Genre: fantasy, erotica, romance
Publish Date: August 25, 2013
Publisher: Troll River Publications
Length: 271 pages
Description (From Goodreads.com): Who would've thought a rogue nobleman and a secret agent tied in shibari knots would be so instrumental in saving a world from sexual slavery.
For disgraced nobleman and accused murderer, Ramsey DeKieran, a pardon is an unobtainable fantasy. When the High Lord of Verdantia offers the prize, Ram knows there'll be a catch. He accepts the impossible mission – the off-world rescue of a Verdantian noblewoman, one of the last of her kind. The one bright spot: elite mercenary, Steffania Rickard, is ordered undercover to help DeKieran – posing as his sexual submissive.
For Steffania, assisting the dominating Ramsey on this insane mission will be challenge enough. The damn rogue trips all her triggers – good and bad. But infinitely worse, on the planet, Vxloncia, she must submit as Ram's sex slave, and there's no faking it. Bent at his knee, serving his every command, Steffania doubts her carefully hidden desires will remain concealed.
Their mission takes on new urgency when they unmask a heinous program of enslavement, long cloaked in secrecy. Together they must find a way to overcome their initial animosity and recover a woman vital to the future of their race.
In the maelstrom of sex, savagery, domination, and submission, they will need all their wits and strength to survive – but the battle for their hearts is lost – to one another.
My Review: I have loved Patrica A. Knight's Verdantia series ever since Hers to Choose. The characters are always so vividly described that you become actively involved and interested in their lives.
Ramsey DeKieran is an accused murderer who has been offered pardon if her can rescue a noblewoman from the planet Vxlonica. Vxloncia is a horrible planet where women viewed as objects and submitted to torture and slavery.
Ram is an incredible alpha. The role of dominating Steffania is not a stretch for Ram at all. Although his is an accused murderer and a little rough around the edges, Ram does have a big heart and he is capable of caring.
In order for Ram to succeed in his mission he is accompanied by Steffania Rickard. Steffania is an elite mercenary who is not happy taking orders from anyone, let alone Ramsey. Steffania must learn to play Ram's obedient submissive in order for both of them to survive.
For Steffania pretending to serve Ram is something she never expected to enjoy. Unwilling, Steffania begins to grow attached to Ram and cannot stop her affections. She also has trouble hiding them. The chemistry between Ram and Steffania is electric. Their BDSM scenes leave the reader and Steffania with little doubt as to Steffania's feelings toward Ram.
The action in Hers to Cherish is incredible. Ram fighting and the ending scenes during the escape from Vxlonica are straight out of a movie. Also, other characters such as, Pansy, are introduced. I would be interested in reading a book about Pansy, another slaaf Ram and Steff meet on Vxlonica. Pansy was captured and abused by her Dom on Vxlonica. However, a scene towards the end of the book leads me to believe that she may have found someone else to truly love her.
Overall Opinion: Hers to Cherish is an amazing book about love, submission, and seeking redemption. During the book Ram must prove his worthiness to Steff as he is an accused murderer and she must deal with her feelings for him. Out of all three books in the Verdantia series I think this one may be my favorite because there is so much love between Ram and Steff.
Hers to Cherish can be read as a stand-alone book because you do not have to read the other two to understand Ram and Steff's story, although I do recommend reading them. I give this book 4 stakes and I hope there will be more in the series.
Get to Know the Author (From Goodreads.com): Patricia A. Knight is the pen name for an eternal romantic who lives in Dallas, Texas with her horses, dogs, and the best man on the face of the earth – oh yeah, and the most enormous bullfrogs you will ever see. Word to the wise: don't swim in the pool after dark.
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You Should Also Check Out: The rest of the Verdantia series: Hers to Choose and Hers to Command
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