Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Harvest: Taken by M. A. Church

I recently received The Harvest for review from Storm Moon Press.  I had vacillated on whether or not I wanted to review it because I dislike aliens- alot.  Aliens and space are just not my thing (probably a by product of too many years of watching Star Trek with my dad growing up).  But this romance had two things that you rarely see outside of fanfiction- mpreg (male pregnancy) and intersex characters.  Both are things that I enjoy reading in the fanfiction world so I had to give this book a try and I loved it.  The writing is funny, realistic and interesting.  Here's the cover and the Goodreads blurb:

In the year 2050, humanity finds out they are indeed not alone.

Massive space ships appear without warning above the capital cities of all major nations. The planet Tah'Nar is dying. Chemical warfare has reduced the once-intersexed warrior race to sterility. They need fresh DNA in order to reproduce and have an idea for a harvesting program... and so they turn to Earth.

Earth governments negotiate a lottery, and Dale Michael assumes he's safe since he's under the Harvest age limit. How wrong he is. He's illegally harvested and claimed by Tah'Narian starship captain Keyno Shou. From the moment Keyno sees Dale, he knows he must claim the spirited human male for his own. What he doesn’t expect is a spitfire with a mind of his own—and a deadly disease that will require a risky procedure to cure.
Goodreads says that this book is only 165 pages but it feels like a full fledged book.  I didn't feel like I was missing something like you usually do with short works.  Dale is a man after my own heart because he never just does what he's told.  He fights back and he tries to make things better for those around him.  He does the right thing to the best of his ability- even when it gets him in trouble or puts him in danger.  He also adapts to his new life and environment and decides to do the best he can with what he has, no matter the strange twists that his new life throws at him.  The science behind the world of the Tah'Narians seems well thought out and explained.  The world of space and far flung planets is beautifully crafted.  All in all, this is a lovely romance with some surprising twists.  I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the sequel.  Thanks to Storm Moon Press for the opportunity to read and review this one!

You can click here to find The Harvest on Goodreads.  Author M. A. Church can be found on her blog, Facebook and on Twitter.  The Harvest earns 4 Fairies for an interesting and engrossing romance!

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