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Ritual of Proof
Ritual of Proof
Author: Dara Joy
Dara Joy makes her hardcover debut with an extraordinary new novel, one that reexamines the very nature of love and tests the boundaries of romantic fiction. Countless readers have already flocked to her unique, page-turning tales, making Joy a nationally bestselling author. Now, this spectacular writer reaches for even greater heights in Rit...  more »Joy gives us a different look at ourselves, our society, and our expectations in relationships. Ritual of Proof creates a vivid new world; it's a book you will remember long after you've reached its riveting conclusion. This is a dazzling tale of sensual intrigue and power, set in a world where women have all the control...and desirable men fetch staggering bed prices. An elite upper class dictates society's mores, while the vices of its rich, influential She-Lords are politely overlooked.Set against a sweeping canvas of political conspiracies, the Marquelle Green Tamryn decides to marry...making an alliance with an influential family and consolidating her position among her peers. So she fastens a defiant Jorlan Reynard to her house and to her bed. And so the Ritual of Proof begins...for both of them.But there are forces conspiring against Green, especially from Claudine D'anbere, her sworn enemy -- a woman who would do anything to destroy her. Soon, Green must summon all of her considerable influence to fight, and in doing so, she does what society deems close to unthinkable -- and turns to Jorlan for help. She is both surprised and overwhelmed by his masterful abilities as both ally and husband, but when the validity of their union is called into question and a series of disasters befalls them, they realize that there is more than their place in society in's their very lives that are threatened.
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ISBN-13: 9780380978342
ISBN-10: 0380978342
Publication Date: 6/2001
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow Company
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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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.