The Taste of Honey

Book 1 in the Mona Bendarova Series
Honey is missing and Mona is on the hunt.

The Taste of HoneyThe Taste of Honey tells the story of a world gone wrong. In an era of corporate greed and well-meaning scientists, genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, mutate uncontrollably and wreak havoc with the Earth’s genome. Entire populations of the planet’s human and animal life die off and ultimately become extinct.

During the final days of what later became known as the ‘Purge Plague,’ scientists successfully modified the human genome, barely saving humanity in a nick of time from extinction. However, their success came at an incomprehensible cost. A millennium later, the recovered human society survives by consuming the only known source of protein available… themselves.

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The ‘Taste of Honey’ follows Honey Lee-Marks; a senior member of the Marks estate and favored bed mate to her master Lee Marks. When she failed to appear in answer to her conversion summons, everyone suspiciously assumes she is a runaway, shirking her duties to her family and community.

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Her failure to appear throws the entire household into disarray. In punishment to Lee, her Master, the community randomly selects several other household members to take Honey’s place.

Eager to find the runaway and return her to face her summons, Investigator Mona Bendarova follows the leads only to realize that something is not right. Using her instincts and intuition, Mona discovers that there is more to this disappearance than first believed. Following her leads, the investigation takes a surprising turn.

Seeds of doubt and rebellion germinate as Mona comes into conflict with her upbringing and training in direct contrast to the facts she uncovers. As her investigation concludes, a decision that her best friend embraces and forever shakes her foundation of everything Mona has ever believed. Those planted seeds now grow as she deals with her internal struggle and what to do next.

By the time you finish this story, you’ll ask yourself, could this really happen?

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Appropriate for readers 18+.

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Very entertaining… Riveting at points… I found myself enthralled in this book and have gotten my friends and family interested in reading this book. This book is very easy to read, and the character developments is very unique and enjoyable to follow.” — Heather Martin

“Really got me thinking. This book really got me. From the very beginning I had the feeling something wasn’t typical … and Mr. Verry certainly came through with that as the plot develops. … Read this one for yourself … very entertaining!!” — Helena Price

The Reviews are in…

Indeed exciting! I just finished your “Taste of Honey”. What a delicious read!




Steamy romance novels filled my head with all sorts of allusion of what it would be like to be a sexy grown-up. That was then, and this is now. I find myself doing the same thing with Richard’s book, only I have kids playing in the background.

So I’m hiding so I can concentrate on reading! I’ve been under the comforter most nights, reading Richard Verry’s title, “The Taste of Honey” and calling out from under there saying “go ask Daddy” and returning promptly to my hot and steamy read.

I actually enjoyed Richard’s book very much, from beginning to end. His books were a bit of a stretch for my usual taste but I’m glad I delved in and had a read. Right now I’m finishing up “Broken Steele”.  Have YOU read Richard’s books yet?

~Leah Hart



~David E. Hawkins


Richard Verry is an excellent writer. Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down. I don’t typically read sci-fi but this author keeps you reading from one steamy chapter to the next. I like reading a book where I can follow the storyline easily and this is one of those books. Perhaps another Stephen King in the making?

~Reenie K


At first I wasn’t sure if I could continue to finish this book. It seemed so barbaric. Some parts left me speechless and others were soft and tender. However, by the end I was crying. But, was it or me and how sad I felt, or for Honey in her greatest accomplishment?



This book really got me. From the very beginning I had the feeling something wasn’t typical … and Mr. Verry certainly came through with that as the plot develops … Read this one for yourself … very entertaining!!

~Helena Price


A very enjoyable, fun read. Very entertaining … Riveting at points … I found myself enthralled in this book and have gotten my friends and family interested in reading this book. This book is very easy to read, and the character developments is very unique and enjoyable to follow.

~ Heather Martin


A must read! The plot is intriguing and kept me spell-bound throughout the book. I found it to be well-written & the author draws you in with not only his clever story line but also his complex characters. The more I read the more I understood the emotional turmoil the various characters were going thru. I am excited to see where this author takes us in the next adventure!

~Jean M


Intriguing and Well Written Story! Not my usual cup of tea, so this book was something of a departure for me. An interesting blend of raciness and fantasy, which fans of either should enjoy.

~Jack Sullivan


Five Stars! Enjoyed getting to know the characters and this future world. Looking forward to Mona’s future adventures.

~Miss TC


This book engages you right from the opening paragraph. I liked the emotions depicted in this book and I found that the author doesn’t have to state them for the reader to capture those feelings. I really was intrigued how the author depicted the characters. He was very descriptive and the reader could easily get to know them and even identify with their actions. After reading this book, it made me thirsty for more.

~Janet M


I’ve finished reading it again today. What a thought-provoking book!! I will not give the ending away. Do read it for yourself. I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed.



Great book. Everyone should read this.


Send me your feedback!

After reading ‘The Taste of Honey’ I invite you to share your feedback.

  • What did you like or did not like about the book?
  • What could Mona have done differently?
  • If you could say something to Mona and Honey, what would you say?

Good or bad, I look forward to reading your comments and constructive critiques.