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.My Thoughts: Holy Mother of Pearl! You'd think I'd reach a point where the "earth woman must become the unwilling mate to a big brawny alien" storyline would cease to titillate me. YOU'D BE WRONG! This one was goooood and I want more of the Kindred and their Brides now. *looks covetously in the general direction of Amazon*
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…
For the most part, I liked Liv. Her entire life was disrupted when she was drafted and she didn't deal well with it. I'm totally on board with that. However her determination to deny Baird his mating rights got a little old after a while. I understand why she wasn't willing to give up her life on Earth and it worked for her as a character, but I wanted them to get down to the sexy times and Liv's emotional discord kept getting in the way of that.
Baird was totally yummy. After his months of imprisonment at the hands of the enemy, his need for Liv is huge. Not just for her body, but also for the connection they had mentally forged. Her mental touch had been all that kept him sane during his capture. He's incredibly patient with her under the circumstances and every time they were in a potentially sexual situation, it was HAWT.
I loved the world building and the entire idea behind the Kindred and their Brides. And, yes, I'm still looking covetously at the rest of the books in the series.
Books in this series
1. Claimed - Kindle
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Claimed was a free ARE download I picked up on 12/21/11.