March 2004
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In the first story of this anthology, titled Prisoner of Love we find the heroine, Elaine, has been kidnapped to be auctioned as a sex slave. When her turn comes to be auctioned, a blue eyed, tall man wins the bid and takes her away. After he brings her to a safe place, he tells her that he was sent by her brother Roger. His name is Jakura Agda (Jake) and he attended college with Elaine's brother. She remembered having met him then. However, she is not still completely safe as they will be forced to remain where they are for a while so as not to arouse suspicion. As the days go by they fall in love with each other, however, once they can finally leave Jake, who is royalty in his country, decides that he wants to keep Elaine by his side at all costs.

This contemporary romantic short story is tender, passionate and heartwrenching at times. However, it does show that love does conquer all. Although there are cultural differences, Jake has been educated in Elaine's country, and he soon realizes he is making a serious mistake in trying to force Elaine to stay with him. Thankfully, he is not so stubborn as to risk losing her. This is a nice and satisfying tale.

In Violet Love Silana, a Magentan saboteur, is being brought to prison. On their journey back, she falls in love with her captor. He, on the other hand, is not so sure about his feelings for her. However, his conscience does not allow him to bring her back to Earth and he lets her go. Haunted by all the lives she had taken, she had promised that she would never kill again any of his kind, and he believed her. Saying goodbye was heartbreaking.

Violet Love is a futuristic short story that shows that anything is possible when there is true love. This romantic short story is narrated in first person by the hero, and we never get to learn his name. Silana, the heroine, belongs to a race, the Magentans, which is at war with the Terrans. Although tender and heartwrenching at times, it didn't emotionally involve me as much as Prisoner of Love, probably because first person narration is not my preferred point of view for a story.

Overall, if you fancy two truly romantic quick reads on the sweet side of the scale, you may want to give Elizabeth Batten-Carew's little anthology a try.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Mireya.