Would you take a chance and leave the only world you knew behind?
This is the decision Faith Reid faces. Placing all her hope in a new government program, she seizes the opportunity that offers a chance for the women of Earth to find love among the stars, on a world beyond the one they know.
How many times can one man risk rejection?
Would you give up on your dreams?
Torkel Alonson has had enough of being ignored and looked over by females on his adopted home world of Enotia. His pride has suffered and he must accept the painful truth. Females will never choose a male with his evil lineage despite his honorable service to his government’s military.
Can two people looking for the same thing find not just what they want but what they need in one another?
Torkel was adopted as a baby and brought up in the ways of Enotia and even though he has proved himself as a brave warrior, many don't trust him because of his heritage. Torkel has decided that this is the last time he will present himself for " choosing" and takes his final walk on the sands; but Torkel, the unwanted, is about to get his dream come true when Faye picks him. Not everyone is happy and they are both about to be tested in so many ways!
There are lots of books that have this theme of human females going off to find alien partners and when done well they can be fun reads. I think Ms Howard has done quite a good job in making Torkel come to life but there are quite a few supporting characters introduced and although I'm sure they are intended for future books, I did think maybe less is more! The interactions though allowed the author to inject humour as these males are not quite sure what to make of a human female. This is Sci-Fi romance so of course it's a sexy story and the heroine, Faye, is not afraid to embrace her desires and luckily Torkel is very much onboard with that!
If I had any quibbles with Torkel's Chosen, it's probably the final third felt a little too much for me. No spoilers here exactly, but the heroine goes through so much (too much?) and it simply felt wrong. Add in Torkel's reaction and no, it just didn't work for me. There's nothing wrong with dark themes in books but I much prefer balance and our hero failed big time in this. Would I read more? Yes, I would as I enjoyed the pure escapism and the ending does allow for more but I sincerely hope Ms Howard gives her readers far less injustice because some things left a bad taste in my mouth. Bottom line, it was fun, quick, and sexy but the heroine was naive and the hero needed a good shake!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.