Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Review - Marry Me Or Die © D. J. Manly

Title: Marry Me Or Die

Author: D.J.Manly

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Min Character: Silus & Crash

Silus knew that as soon as power changed hands, as it was foretold, he would be considered a criminal. The new emperor decreed that all persons over eighteen must have a permanent mate as monogamy was the backbone of society. Silus didn’t believe in monogamy and love was just some social construct created by poets. He would fight until they caught him and dragged him before his judge.

Judgment day for Silus, came sooner than he thought. And the news was grave. Silus was considered a threat to all good couples everywhere and sentenced to death.

His judge, Crash, the emperor’s son had a problem. He was going to be eighteen and was still unmarried. When Silus was brought before him, Crash was suddenly possessed by lust. Mesmerized by this bad boy’s beauty, he saw a quick and pleasurable solution to his problem. He would give Silus an ultimatum, marry me or die.


“Silus,” the voice spoke, “I like that name.”

Silus scowled. “You like my name?”

“Um. Silus Daniel Phelps. I see you’re twenty-four years old, six two, one eighty, dark hair, dark eyes.”

The voice seemed to fade out. Silus folded his arms across his chest. “You do realise that what you are doing here is barbaric.”

“Yes and it’s about to get more barbaric. Take off your clothes.”


“Your clothes, get them off, everything. Naked. Now.”

“Why do I have to take off my clothes?”

“Because I said so.”

“And if I refuse?”

“I’ll send for the soldiers and they’ll do it for you. They’ll rip them right off you. It’s better if you do it. Now, go ahead.”

With a sigh, Silus took off his shirt, his pants, underwear, shoes and socks. He held them awkwardly in front of him, perplexed.

“Throw them over there on the floor.”

Silus did as he was asked. The way he saw it, he didn’t have much choice, did he?

Again, silence.

“Hello,” he said, shielding his eyes against the glare of that light. “I believe I have a right to counsel. Why have I been denied the right to a phone call?”

“You have no rights. You will do what we tell you. Do you realise that you are a candidate for execution?”

“Just fucking great and why’s that?”

“The computer almost busted a component on your file. It says you’ve had too many lovers to count, all men. So you prefer men I take it.”

“You tell me. You seem to know all about me. And what great authority told you I have had too many lovers to count?”

“It’s in your file. Apparently, many of your former lovers were eager to testify.”

“I bet.”

“Not only that, the computer estimates how many lovers you’ve had based on many variables. It’s accurate without a margin or error of point six. Computers today are—”

“You needn’t explain. Computers are my job.”

“Oh, yes, you’re right.”

“And I know all about statistical probability. One can prove any thing with numbers.”

“So why don’t you believe in love, Silus?”

Silus sighed. “It’s bullshit.”

Marry Me Or Die © D.J. Manly



Why is it that when dictators plan they always overlook the flaw in their own backyard. This is how D.J.Manly draws me into his futuristic earth like world of two societies, where the hierarchy changes hands every 500years. Yes there was a new Sheriff and his posse in town and his first order of business is to tighten up the immoral way of life the citizen have always known.

Laden is the planet that is home to Silus and the planet that is about to have it’s government change and a new set of rules put in place. Silus has been warning his friend of the change for some time but after living all their life's one way – they honestly couldn’t imagine any other way – so he was laughed at.

So said, so done – the news rules were laid down minutes after the head was in place.

“Therefore, under our first mandate, we are
hereby giving all single individuals, eighteen
years or over, one month to find their mate.”
“What?” Silus cried out loud.
“If at the end of that period, a citizen over that
age is found to be uncoupled, this state of unattachment
will be considered a criminal offence.
That individual must report to the government
where he or she will be judged and punished.
Depending on the circumstances, the accused will 
face either hard labour of an indefinite period or in
exceptional cases, death.”

Changes to the rules mean everyone will have to find their mate or leave it too long and they face death. Silus does not believe in monogamy and he tries to rally the troops to join him, but to no avail. He soon finds himself in the dock and awaiting swift judgement.

His prosecutor however is Crash, the new governors son and certainly not who he expected. Justice is swift and Crash gives him an offer he can hardly refuse – Marry Me Or Die.

Silus takes Crash up on his offer but definately has plans to just treat the union as he has always treated all his sexual liaisons- as temporary stops in his live. Crash on the other hand has his own agenda and they do not include giving up Silus no matter how he plots.

This is one of the fun-est book I have read in a long time. D.J.Manly has created a world that is so similar to earth that you wont even know you are there until the wall of rules hits you and that is when the fun starts.

I laughed out loud at this book and I laughed hard. The dialogue is sarcastic, brutal and to be honest sometime ridiculous and that was the fun of this book.

I fell in love with this book despite it faults. Silus and Crash comes into their marriage with totally different agendas, but as with all good things someone never plays fair or by the rules and this causes a whole lot of hurt and misunderstanding.

With a in-your-face – set of In-laws who thinks nothing of giving as a wedding gift a decent sized dildo and is the first in line to enquire about the grooms package – I was loving it.

Not everything was comical or humorous in this tale, because someone is not liking Crash and knows he up to no good – but only time and a change of the rules  to prove him wrong or right.

This is a new side of D.J. Manly to me – I am used to the emotional wreck sort of protags, the angsty male leads and of course the take a chance sort of lovers as well. This mix that I got in MARRY ME OR DIE was a pleasant change and I am loving it alot.


4 Speak To Me:

Lily on 19 November 2009 at 02:45 said...

Great review, EH
I've read quite a few of DJ's books and enjoyed them. I'll have to add this one to my TBB, it sounds really good.

Blodeuedd on 19 November 2009 at 14:56 said...

Loving your review, the book does sound silly and fun. Great that you liked it even though it had faults

Erotic Horizon on 19 November 2009 at 19:30 said...


I also enjoy DJ' book and was very pleased about the comical side of this book..

Nice surprise...


Erotic Horizon on 19 November 2009 at 19:31 said...


Sometimes it cool to find that one book that just work for the mood I am in...

I enjoyed this one...