Tales of the Shareem - Series by Allyson James

The Shareem. Males created to be tall, muscled, sexy, and ... enhanced. They come in one of three levels - pure sensual pleasure, games and wicked fun, or the ultimate barbarian - complete with whip. They know how to bring a woman to ecstasy and exactly how to keep her there.

On a future planet settled by humans, the Shareem were bred to be the perfect love slaves for the rich and powerful women of their matriarchal culture. When the company that created the Shareem is forced to close, the men take up a precarious life in the margins of civilized life. 

Tags: erotica, paranormal romance, sci-fi


Review & Comments

Tales of the Shareem is not my usual reading fare. The books are a bit short (although priced very competitively), there is very little action and a lot of seemingly gratuitous sex. In fact, it may be a stretch to call these paranormal romance at all, given that the paranormality is limited to distant-future genetically-manipulated humans with the completely non-violent ability to release pheremones. 

And yet ... 

The characters stand out. The Shareem have similarities because they are Shareem, and the female leads have certain similarities as well - being mostly high-born, for instance - but I can remember the names and specific personalities of each main character even months after reading the books. This is unusual for me. Normally I'd expect this level of characterization to require lengthier books with more intense action, but here the characterization is so gentle, so unobtrusive, that it's difficult for me to describe. 

The writing is likewise unobtrusive. Although the stories have an almost mythic feel, there is none of that overblown fuzzy language you sometimes get with faux myths. In fact, the world feels very real even though we only see aspects of it through the laser-sharp focus of the story. The pieces that we see - the creation and fate of the Shareem, the philosophies and power structures of the matriarchal society - are fascinating. 

And the sex ... Well, I adore Allyson James' sex scenes. But more than that, I can't comment on these books without commenting on the sex because the sex is the focus. The stories are fundamentally about finding love, trust, and acceptance in unconventional places - in this case, through physical pleasure in a culture that despises carnality. Both the passion and the tenderness that the characters feel for each other through their sexual explorations fairly rolls off the page, without at any time being actually gratuitous. 

Tales of the Shareem is not my usual reading fare. Nevertheless, I treasure this series.