The year is 3008 and Mara is before The Panel for creating havoc in the streets. Lightner, her father, is the only one permitted to speak for her, but since he despaired of her actions he did the only thing he could do to save her from Standard Consequence. He arranged a Panel Marriage for his feisty daughter with Trand Zford, a provider who specializes in proteins. It is Lightner's opinion that life on a station will remove Mara away from the City and the corrupting influence of The Assembly.
Mara believes the marriage a farce, and is shocked to learn that Trand fully intends to make her his wife. The clothing in the changing room is that of a married woman, and she is horrified to learn she must wear a chimet.
Trand decides he must take command of his new bride while still in the Hall of Consequence when she refuses to permit him to place his ring on her finger. He takes her to an Applied Consequence room and spanks her soundly, and Mara tearfully agrees to behave. But will she<
This was a very good story. My only complaint was how short it was. There was so much more that could have been added to the story. If she was such a problem, how come it went so easy for her with Trand, especially since she thought of herself as a slave. I think he could have avoided a lot of problems if he would have just told her what he wanted from the beginning. Will read the sequel as well.
Very short futuristic story that I feel should be combined with it's sequel. Honestly, I couldn't blame Mara for what she got in trouble with, handing out flyers. One burning question I have is how did our male character get roped within having a panel marriage anyway? How was he asked and why did he want one? These are never answered and the majority of the story is spent being upset over the forced marriage and eventually loving it.
The story is well written. I liked the futuristic setting and learning about the authors new world. I came to care about what happened to Mara but sometimes found that Trand dealt too harshly with her.
I so enjoy books by this author. She tends to write futuristic arranged marriage stories, which are my two favorites. This starts out with a young woman who has been unfairly accused of the crime of slapping an officer and stands to be harshly punished in a public arena. The only other choice is to marry a man who promises before the court that he will take her in hand. This story is about those first few months of marriage and the two of them learning to understand one another. A good read. This one has as sequel and I would recommend reading it as well.
Had a really hard time with this one
Great story thought Trand was too harsh at first but Mara was determined to do things her way
I really enjoyed Mara and her husbands chemistry as well as the descriptions of the discipline. They were harsh but fair. Overall well written story.
well written great plot lots of romance and Bratting
This story is short but packerd full action and lots of lessons being learned the hard way by Mara. Mara can't believe her father married her off and know she has a husband who spanks hard. Though after a few lessons she does become a much nicer person.
I liked this SF DD story. The future society is interesting, but i could have wished it was described in a bit more detail. But the process where Mara learns to accept her husband's benevolent control was in general a good one. This did have the classic problem of such stories -- Mara is punished for actions which are against orders but seem, under the circumstances, justified, with not enough attention paid to her reasons.
The story gives a pretty good read even though it is short.
It almost broke my heart when Mara learned that her arranged marriage was real and not just a hoax for The Panel. I enjoyed following her journey. She learned many lessons the hard way and grew into a pleasant young woman in the process. Don't miss the sequel More Consequences for Mara
This was a good story and a quick read.