My name is Sophie Lynch. I've just become the leader for Single for Life.
I'm spending three days vacationing on Biyaha with a hot alien who needs to get married before he turns twenty-five. We can't keep our hands off each other.
I've got a problem.
This is the story of how I will create TerraMates.
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Earth has too many people so Sophie decides she needs to join the Single For Life movement and promote the idea of no more children. The planet of Biyaha has the opposite problem and has passed a law that all citizens must be married by the age of 25 or they become one of the disappeared. Khellan is days away from his birthday when Sophie is told she has to take a vacation before she can start her new job as head of the North American Single For Life chapter. She decides to surprise Khellan to encourage him to get married because she would hate for him to disappear. This is where things take an unexpected turn, and where I quit telling you about the book. I loved this story! There were a few places where I was screaming at the characters because I thought they needed a swift kick in the butt, but watching Sophie and Khellan dance around the elephant in the room was very enjoyable. I loved the drama and angst. I also loved the chemistry between them. I know that this will be another one that I read over and over again.
ORIGINS is the 11th book in Lisa Lace's TerraMates series, but goes back to explain why the agency was started... thus the title. I love that Ms. Lace always has a fresh take on the alien planets and how the cultures are different from that of earth's yet shows enough commonalities to show they are in the end just two people falling in love. As I've come to expect of the books in this series there is danger, suspense, and drama for the young couple before they find they realize they have fallen in love. Sophie McCallistair, was from Earth at a time when overpopulation was a very serious issue. She was an intelligent woman who wanted to be part of the solution and had a successful career with an agency called Single for Life that advocated a commitment to never marry or bear children. She had just received a promotion, which per the agency's policy requires she take a few weeks leave of absence to vacation before settling in to her new position. She goes to visit her friend, Khellen, who lives on Biyaha and she had met when they were much younger at a virtual reality camp. Biyaha's population is dwindling and to prevent their people from dying out completely they have strict laws about marriage and against preventing the birth of children. They encourage married couples to have large families and have strict penalties if you don't marry before a certain age. Khellen understands the reasons for his planet's laws, but has always hoped to marry for love. He is just about to reach the age where he will be forced to marry when Sophie, his longtime friend comes for a surprise visit. Never having actually met, neither had any idea how fiercely they would be attracted to each other or the problems it would create for the both of them. These two faced many challenges before they realized they wanted to spend their life together. Very good story and I enjoyed learning how TerraMates originated from the inevitable love of Sophie and Khellen. I listened to the audiobook and was impressed with the narrator's storytelling. 4 stars. ~Complimentary audiobook received. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Sophie is from Earth and determined not to add to the devastation that overpopulation has caused. She joins Single for Life and before she can accept her new promotion she has to take a vacation. The only place she can imagine is going to see her best friend, a man who up to now she has only had virtual contact with. Khellen lives on a planet where you most be married and ready to reproduce by your 25th birthday, or face dire consequences. But he's never found the right woman. When he finally accepts a girl his mother forces on him, his best friend arrives from Earth. Maybe Sophie was what he was looking for all along. Very interesting and unique set up for both Earth and the alien world, in regards to the people the laws that they find themselves having to live under. This was one of those books you get swept up in until....SCREECH (the record stops playing abruptly)......you want to slap a character silly! Yes, more than once I wanted to reach into my e-reader and slap Sophie! But she redeems herself before the end and HEA ensues. I liked Khellen but boy oh boy did he need to work on his communication skills. There was plenty of action and drama to keep the story exciting which I appreciate. The sexy scenes were well written and all kinds of fun to read! I enjoyed this story and I would recommend this one to lovers of romance, passion, hot alien stories or just a good story. But be warned you may want to smack sense into a character or two before you finish. Received a copy for an honest review.