Claimed by Evangeline Anderson

Claimed by Evangeline Anderson
Brides of the Kindred 1
Publisher: E.A. Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (321 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Waratah

Brides of the Kindred Book One—Claimed

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…

This little book hits the ground running with action and suspense. Lexa only thought she was getting away from it all with a trip off her home world.

There were parts of this book that made me laugh out loud. First, Lexa’s mother is a Lawmaker, and that even that fact doesn’t help Lexa when it all goes south. Second, the quick hand of justice was on a speeding train. It took them all of fifteen minutes for a trial, sentence and judgment. I’m sure most judicial systems would love to be able to do that.

Lexa isn’t a bad sort of young lady, sassy and not easily led to follow the “in-crowd”. When she’s caught in a situation, not entirely of her making, she’ll have to pull some strength from way down deep in order to survive.

And for the record, thirty days or death, really what kind of sentence is that? On the run for her life she meets two males both in the middle of their own sentences. Roan is pretty easy to look at and easy to figure out. His whole philosophy on the prison term? Run or Die… period. Jenner, he was little more complex, sexy hot in a weird kind of way and very confident in his abilities to make Lexa “weak in her knees”.

This read was short and to the point but with a serious cliff-hanger. The story reminded me a little of the movie “The Running Man”. Besides being a cliff-hanger the only negative I’d mention is the characters could have used a bit more meat to them. Readers who are expecting a true ménage should be aware that while they both claimed Lexa, they didn’t “claim” her together.

The premise was interesting and I wanted to see how they survived their sentence. I knew there would be team work but these three take it to another level. I love Sci-Fi so, for me, it was a fun read and I’d recommend it to others who enjoy action, suspense, red hot sex and a bit of sharing.

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