Six years after a disastrous off-world dig that left her with non-functional ovaries, emotional trauma, and a ruined reputation, Dr. Jule leBois' mentor, Dr. Rik Jarvi, offers her a chance to reclaim her career in xenoforensic archeology. Jule goes to Damaria, where the natives' obsession with fertility surpasses humans. There, she plans to keep her head down and do her work.
The first graves yield the bones and grave goods of women who have given birth, except Jule's DNA tests say they're male. Rik initially rejects Jule's findings, sending her ballistic when he questions her competency. Then the team discovers a pheromone-laden Temple of the Sleeping Lover. Drawn to the phallic sculpture in the center of the temple, Jule tampers with the site by loving the Lover. Soon, all the women in the camp--including Jule--are pregnant.
Incredulous and guilt-ridden, Jule deals with her fears by throwing herself into finding the science behind the miracle of her sterility reversal, but her efforts are stymied by conspiracy theorists, an eco-terrorist, and a rumbling volcano. Jule's largest shock, though, comes from discovering Rik had forged her name to Damarian-required documents. He didn't want her on his career-making dig, but the Damarians had insisted she be the lead archeologist. Only then does Jule realize the depth of the conspiracy of the past and present--the Damarian Matriarch's agenda to revive the ancient rites of the Sleeping Lover--and why Jule was hand-picked to lead the expedition.
This is a synopsis not a hook. I'm sure you don't intend that opening line to be funny, but it's a howler.
Some of the images are straight out of porn pulp but nobody went broke overestimating the market for that.
You need to focus on the heart of the novel: she's been targeted to do something. What are the consquences if she refuses or fails?