Ms. Redd has created an interesting new world for the readers. It focuses on the race of the Stiyaha and the Betram ritual that all of the unmated people are driven to take part in while either in their human form or their beast form. If they remain in human form they must wear a mask. Unforgettable Lover is a well written and flowing book, with strong characters and an interesting plot line as the main characters must battle their own weakness to discover whether they are strong enough to stand together. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Two of the people taking part in Betram have their own secrets that drive them to remain in human form, trying to remain unattached. Leonna is facing the night of freedom with trepidation; she doesn’t want to be tied to a man so she has decided to remain in human form to fight the attraction. She is finally drawn to a man, for the night, while she is able to keep her identity from him she knows right away that the tender man who makes her feel unbelievable things is Prince Nicholai, the heir to the throne. Nicholai is fiercely drawn to the unknown female and while he does not believe he is entitled to a mate he can not get the unknown female out of his mind. Like a modern day Cinderella Leonna and Nicholai must decide if they can have a future together. Nicholai has an enemy who will stop at nothing to see him not be on the throne.
The Betram ritual, when the full moon occurs on the summer solstice, is a sexual rite—and a requirement—for all unbonded Stiyaha of age. The irresistible urge to mate drives their inner beasts. Some succumb and transform, while others hide behind masks. None can escape the compelling need.
For Leonna, Betram offers one night of freedom from a destiny she doesn’t want. Eager to participate, she’s drawn to a formidable male whose tenderness burrows into her soul. Despite discovering she’s below his status, she is caught up in their passionate frenzy, and loses her heart to a male she can never have.
Though reluctant, as an unbonded male, Prince Nicholai must participate in the Betram ritual. Because he fears harming anyone he gets close to, he dons his mask and vows to stay in human form. What he doesn’t expect is the intensity of his hunger for a certain honeyed female hidden behind a disguise. As much as he longs to forget her, he can’t, for she’s unforgettable.