Saturday, August 12, 2017

*Review* Royal Guard of Draga by Emma Dean

Genre: Sci-Fi Erotic Romance
Published: August 3, 2017


In a galaxy far from our own in a faraway future humans have settled among the stars, altering their genetics to create a more peaceful society where dominance and rank are known instinctually. Princess Adelina of the Draga royal family seeks love before political gain and her guard is the only male her eyes see. Alpha is the most beautiful man she's ever laid eyes on and ever since he came back from his training Adelina can't get him out of her mind. 

The strength and dominance Alpha has tests her will and all Adelina wants to do is submit to him, but she has duties required by the crown. When her father becomes ill her life, and that of her siblings are turned upside down. Can Adelina find love with her royal guard before it's too late and the choice is taken from her?


I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review. 

This book imagines a world that is almost a feminist utopia. Sexuality is embraced as normal and natural for everyone. The first-born child of any ruling family is the heir to the title, regardless of whether they are male or female. And it seems that women and men are accepted into the military as equals. The one kink for this feminist utopia is that women in the royal family, at least, are still expected to be essentially brood mares to continue the line of succession. "Tube babies" as they are called would not be viewed as legitimate heirs even though they contain the royal DNA. While I don't understand that last element of this progressive society, I am fully in favor of the others. 

I did have an issue fully immersing myself in this world though, because the inhabitants have also been genetically engineered to be either dominant or submissive, and there are varying degrees of dominance along the spectrum between the two which is indicated by the scent of each person. This leads to a social dynamic that is unlike anything I'm familiar with. On top of that, there are very strict rules connected to this hierarchy that feel almost at odds with my expectations of an otherwise progressive society, and those rules affect the family dynamic, at least in the royal family which is what we are treated to, in a way that I have a hard time imagining and relating to. It's just such a unique society and I'm still trying to figure out how to navigate it. 

With all that in mind, Adelina, our main character, is the black sheep in her family, because while all the other royals are super dominant (it helps to keep the peace), she is the most submissive person in existence (as far as she knows at least). But because she is a princess, she outranks everyone except her parents and two older sisters, which leads to an even stranger social dynamic when she's involved because of the rules! In case it's not obvious, I've spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get myself familiar with the rules of Draga's society, and I'm still trying to figure it out. I still want to figure it out though, so that's a good thing, I think. And I really like Adelina. She has layers that pretty much no one knows about, and I'm excited to delve into them even more. 

Overall I give Royal Guard of Draga 4.5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

Emma Dean lives and works in California with her husband and son. She loves romance but needed something different so Draga Court was born. With too many stories to write the schedule has been filled through 2018.

When she’s not writing she’s reading, or spending time with her family.
With publishing now at least she has an excuse for not folding the laundry ;)

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