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Read Stolen Desire

Read Stolen Desire (Planet of Desire #3) by Robin Lovett

My people call me the Sex God, but I, Koviye of the Fellamana, am so much more. I read their every desire and satisfy them with a mere touch of my hands. I’m sworn to share my powers, and this thing humans call monogamy is biologically impossible for me, or so I thought until I met the human, Jenie, Lieutenant General in the rebellion against our mutual enemy determined to destroy us. Now, as though Jenie has some power over me, I cannot think of touching anyone but her.

I’ve dreamt of Koviye every night since I landed on this sex planet where every breath I take is an aphrodisiac to my blood. I am not fully human, I am part alien, and the planet has awakened my body’s instinct to find a mate. The next person I have sex with I will form an attachment for life, which is impossible for the Sex God. I have a rebellion to lead. Mating a polyamorous alien would ruin me. I can never have him, no matter how much I burn for him.

But I need his help. My best friend was taken prisoner by our enemies, the Ten Systems, and the only person with a ship fast enough to save her is Koviye. And all those dreams I’ve been having about him aren’t just dreams, he tells me. They’re real. He can dream walk, so if I can’t have him while I’m awake, at least I can have him in my dreams—as if that will ever be enough.

I enjoyed this but am not sure how I feel about the ending. Plot-wise I thought it worked but emotion-wise I’m a little iffy on how things worked out for the hero. Is monogamous sex really a requirement of her mating bond, or just monogamous emotions? The earlier books are about getting in tune with your sexuality and becoming less judgmental about sex, I thought maybe this book would include learning more from the Fellamana culture instead of turning them into kind of closed-minded isolationists? Not that everyone suddenly becomes exhibitionists but it might make sense in the context of the story to learn to appreciate a different culture and attitude, especially the culture of the man you love?

By Tracy Durnell

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