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Ritual of Proof
Ritual of Proof
Author: Dara Joy
In a world where women hold all the power, a titled man can do little but accept his fate -- that his sole purpose is to secure a good match -- and hope his "bed price" is high enough. Jorlan Reynard has every trait necessary for that price -- he is staggeringly handsome. Irresistible. Wildly sensual. But he is also impossibly willful.The brash ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780380812523
ISBN-10: 0380812525
Publication Date: 4/1/2002
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 117 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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DaniLynn avatar reviewed Ritual of Proof on + 28 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
If you ever get tired of those historical romances where women are expected to bend to the will of the man and the couple falls in love when she asserts herself, this is the book for you. This time, the book is set in a place where women rule and men are expected to be submissive.
KellitaJ avatar reviewed Ritual of Proof on + 550 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
A very unusual sy fi story, the man is wanted to be a virgin and has a membrane the woman has to dissolve! The tables are totally turned in this last big story published for Dara Joy. I really love the others: Mine to Take, Rejar and Knights of a Trillion Stars. Dara Joy sued her publisher and now tries to sell her own published books on the Internet... they're just not as good.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book was a little different from the usual Dara Joy books but just as enjoyable to read. Its regency England meets the future with the men being the virgin's on their wedding night. A nice twist.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book was not at all what I expected for her from her other books I have read. This is written in reverse of the normal male dominated society, which would be okay. However, the style it is written and vocabulary (not obscene, either) makes this very hard to get into for me. I couldn't read more than the first few chapters and that was hard for me to even get through. I will read her other stuff, but this was dissapointing for me.
hippie-mama avatar reviewed Ritual of Proof on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
A romance, disguised as a sci-fi/fantasy, disguised as a romance.

I'm not generally a romance reader, so i was unsure when i picked this one up, because of where it was very obviously going. But it ended up being a good story, despite some of the contrived situations it presented. There were some steamy (albeit vanilla) scenes that didn't leave me cringing or laughing at the characters (which is usually the case).

What did leave me rolling my eyes was all the made-up words for common things. Alright, it's set on another world, i get that. But calling a bathtub a "bubble-pool" still seems silly to me. There was so much of this, that there's actually a glossary of terms at the end of the book. Also, use of terms such as "she-lord" and the like, in a society where the women hold ALL political power seems redundant. It's like calling rice dishes "Chinese food" while in China.

As a whole, i liked this one. The characters were mostly believable, and it was a sweet story that made me smile at the end.
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roseymoon avatar reviewed Ritual of Proof on + 2 more book reviews
Love the setup and the first half of the book. Especially the whole pms for guys thing and how sage elder males talk about this growing affliction. it lost the fun for me when he was actually asserting himself and causing her problems, but it is fun to read and terrorize guys with. ;)
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Very enjoyable
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This was a good book. I didn't enjoy it as much because of the setting-female dominant society.