Author: Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: EA Publishing
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Purchased by Reviewer, currently FREE
Blurb: Olivia Waterhouse has just graduated from nursing school and has her whole life ahead of her—until she gets drafted. Problem is, she isn’t being forced into the Army, she’s been chosen as a Kindred bride.
The Kindred are huge alien warriors—a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward—the right to find brides among the population. The chances of being chosen are about the same as those of winning the lottery—guess it’s just Liv’s lucky day.
Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the malevolent Scourge. Through the torment and pain only one thing kept him sane—the thought of finding and claiming his bride—Olivia. His need to possess her is a burning intensity that threatens to consume them both.
Angry at having her future and her family taken away from her, Liv vows to fight back the only way she can—by resisting. She has one month on the Kindred Mothership with Baird—their claiming period. If she can keep from having bonding sex with him during that time, she can go home and get on with her life on Earth.
But Baird isn’t going to make it easy for her. Every week he is allowed to touch Liv more and more intimately and according to the contract she signed, she has to let him. She’s determined to resist him but his touch sets her on fire. And just as she thinks she knows what she wants, a twist of fate and an attack by the faceless Scourge AllFather changes everything…
Review: I don’t read sci-fi. Period. I mean, what’s left to explore in the genre? Right? After decades of Star Wars and Star Trek, what’s left? Nothing interesting. That’s what I told my friend, Robin, when she was trying to convince me that this book was different and fun. Plus, she continued, the book is FREE! If I truly didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be out a dime. Robin and I have been book buddies for a long time and share book recommendations and fall in love with the same books with regularity, so I decided to give it a try. And, at this writing, Claimed is still FREE.
Robin was right, which shouldn’t have surprised me. Within a few pages, I was enchanted. Evangeline Anderson created a wonderfully quirky world of Kindred warriors….aliens who are bigger, stronger and more aggressive than human males. Their commitment and devotion to their chosen brides is perfect for me…I hate cheaters and womanizers! And there is a big bonus; as big and strong and aggressive as Baird, the hero is, he is not one of those irritating alpha a$$holes that make me grind my teeth.
Baird and Liv had been dream sharing for months before they met in person for the first time…one of the many interesting abilities of the Kindred. Baird was completely smitten with Liv before he saw her in person for the first time. Liv, however, while not being able to deny the attraction, did not want to bond herself to an alien warrior, being forced to leave Earth, her twin sister, best friend and career behind. And that’s what she would have to do. But, she has a possible out…..if she can just hold out for thirty days, she can go home.
And then, we get to accompany Baird and Liv to the Kindred Mothership. Wow. What a place! It has everything. Shops for the Earth women being claimed, restaurants and cafes, and apartments that would rival some pretty swanky Earth condos are right there to tempt the potential brides to get comfortable and stay. Comfortable? Ahem. Yeah. Liv is anything but comfortable getting acquainted with alien technology, rules, customs and pets. And, let’s not forget the most important part……sex. Over the thirty days of the claiming period, Liv is required to slowly submit to Baird’s touches, his kisses, his body. Oh. My. God! It is hot. It is explicit. Very explicit. If you’re the kind of reader who has to flip quickly through the sexy bits, this might not be the best book for you. The sex is an integral part of the mating bond, and it’s important to the story. I read every word…..while fanning myself furiously. It is hot. Baird, like all the Kindred warriors, has some interesting….ahem….attributes that scared the heck out of Liv, but had me screaming at her to just…do…it! It is hot.
Anyway, I have had to revise my opinion of Sci-fi. And I have to thank Robin for convincing me to try this book. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to confess that I am already on book three of the series, with every intention of reading my way through all thirteen available books. Thirteen books. Of hot alien warriors. I hope I survive the trip. And, I hope you will join me on the adventure. I’ll ask the Kindred for a suite on the Mothership. We’ll have a blast!