Series: Brides of the Kindred
Published by E.A. Publishing on February 9, 2011
Genres: Erotic Romance, Erotica, Romance
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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.
Talk about a hot, hot read! Evangeline Anderson hits you in the heart by way of your panties in Claimed, the first novel of her Brides of the Kindred series. This is a veritable one-handed read, so if sizzling sex scenes are likely to leave you hot and bothered, I’d suggest reading this in the comfort of your home—to be specific, in your bedroom. With the lights off (unless you need them to read with). And no clothes on.
But before I get ahead of myself, let me offer you a little backgrounder. In this scifi erotic romance, Earth is an embattled planet under the protection (actually, kind of a martial law) of alien traders known as the Kindred. They’re basically a breed of over-the-top hot, buff guys who’re as adept at the art of war as they are with that of love. And I do mean it when I say “guys”; their genetic makeup predisposes 95% (if I remember correctly) of children to be born male. However, I could be wrong on that point; I’ll confess that the steaminess of the read was sufficiently distracting so as to keep me inattentive on the point of science and numbers (here’s where I would tweet #sorrynotsorry if I were the type).
My own distraction on points like this one, which would otherwise interest me, had me sympathizing with the main character, Olivia, at several points because I could see where the hotness of the situation could keep her from knowing her own mind. More, I could understand why she thought of her mating as something like a quasi-legal abduction, as well as her desire to the life and relationships she not only knew, but built out of love and hard work.
Honestly, the “draft” the Kindred institute on linked mates is a bit on the medieval side. Still, understanding the biological pressure their race is in, given the large disparity of male-vs.-female births, makes their extreme attitude understandable, albeit not laudable. It also made me appreciate the hero, Baird, a touch more because he really put in a lot of effort and willpower to respect Olivia’s need for space.
As romantic erotica, this book wins on all counts. As erotic romance, however, I wish the hero had been a little more complex and fundamentally flawed, so I could believe the struggle and love story a bit more. After all, when the hero is hot, perfect, and respectful of a heroine’s boundaries, it’s almost too easy to fall in love no matter how much she might rant and rail at the condition. I suppose that’s the sole thing that kept me from giving this book a full five out of five, because boy, reading through this book left my brains burnt and scrambled!
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