FROM THE BOOKCOVER:Knights Fork is billed as a futuristic romance and is the third book in the Gods of Tigron trilogy after Forced Mate and Insufficient Mating Material. I knew as soon as the prologue opened with a principal character issuing the statement Carpe Scrotum (seize life by the testicles) that I was in for an unusual read.
The Queen Consort of the Volnoth needs a sperm donor, and only one green-eyed god has the right stuff. Little does she know she has pinned all her hopes on the crown jewels of the fabled Royal Saurian Djinn. Not only is he the son of her greatest enemy, but he has taken a vow of chastity.
The Saurian Knight is caught between a problem father who has all the moral integrity of a Mafia Don, and a married Princess who would stop at nothing to have his seed in her belly. No matter which way he turns, he’s “forked.”
Taking the wrong lover…in the wrong place, at the wrong time…is dangerous. And when the High and Mighty intervene, it can be fatal. Can true love and a pure White Knight’s virtue triumph, when society loves a right royal scandal?
This novel is many things; a story of political intrigue, a quest, and a comedy of manners. Not having read the previous volumes, I initially had some difficulty understanding the various familial relationships integral to the story. Fortunately there is a family tree chart provided. To fully appreciate and comprehend some of the back story, I suspect reading the earlier books might be beneficial.
Set in contemporary times, the action takes place variously on a pleasure moon, assorted Royal spacecraft and even England on Earth. All of the key players are in one manner or another, important members of royalty, or the ruling class of one galactic faction or another.
Cherry’s humour is eclectic. Frankly I have never read a novel so packed with entendres (single, double or triple), euphemisms, sexual innuendos (“crown jewels”, he’s “forked”), and “pun”ishing pop culture references. Here are a few samples -
She’d exhaled in a breathy ejaculation of premature triumph. Her flighty hand alighted on his leg again. “Thank you.”Everything is played for the sly smile and silent chuckle (or groan), so all you can do is go along for the ride. Obviously Ms. Cherry constructed this series with tongue firmly in cheek. The opening chapters of the story begin slowly with “drawing room” style conversations laying down the various characters and their motivations with the action picking up midway through. However the other implied “action” never actually materializes until the final HEA chapters. Characters discuss, dream and plot sex but never actually have any. In a sense this is one long tease, so if you are looking for an erotica quotient, this is not your ticket. There is a romance at the heart of the story between Electra and ‘Rhett, however unusual it may seem.
“Of all the Djinn groins…in all the towns...in all the Communicating Worlds…” An insolent drawl cut the silence.
Knight’s Fork is not quite science fiction, nor is it paranormal romance. I can only quote Monty Python when I say – “and now for something completely different…”
Read an excerpt from the Prologue.
View the trailer from Insufficient Mating Material.