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WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CLAIMED
NIGHT OWL REVIEWS TOP PICK
Claimed has proven to be a great start to a brand newparanormal/erotic/science fiction romance series, Brides of the Kindred. Thereis the promise of some serious sizzle between the sheets of our maincharacters. This book is used as an introduction to the Kindred race, as wellas some super nasty alien invaders called the Scourge. The nastiest of which isthe All Father.
In this book we meet the human brides; Olivia Waterhouse,her twin Sophia Waterhouse, their best friend Katrina O'Connor; then we meetthe Kindred; Baird, beast kindred and Sylvan, blood kindred. All of thesecharacters play an integral part in the entire series.
Olivia has just finished nursing school and looking forwardto beginning her career. Those plans fall short when she is chosen to be thebride of Baird.
The rules are simple, the bride has 30 days to get to knowher groom and in the end of the 30 days if they have not mated, she's free toreturn to earth. Sounds simple right, if only that were so.
Enjoy the beginning adventures of what look to be some greatcharacters in this new series.
I've been sinking my teeth into them and loving every minuteof it. Why don't you join me on an excellent adventure in this whole new series?
WILL READ FOR FEELS...
Talk about a hot, hot read! Evangeline Anderson hitsyou in the heart by way of your panties in Claimed, the first novel of herBrides of the Kindred series. This is a veritable one-handed read, so ifsizzling sex scenes are likely to leave you hot and bothered, I'd suggestreading this in the comfort of your home--to be specific, in your bedroom. Withthe lights off (unless you need them to read with). And no clothes on.
JUST TALKING BOOKS
This was my very first book by Ms Anderson and it has led meon to read a whole lot more! There are many authors who write sexy sci-fistories featuring aliens, needing females but this series has always been fullof unique and quirky twists. The author seems to have a never ending cache ofsexy ideas to set her readers (or listeners) pulses racing. Yes this is a verysteamy book but it's also the beginning of what is a truly remarkable series.
From the Author
Brides of the Kindred
Races and their characteristics,
Cast of characters
In the Brides of the Kindred series, I am introducing a race of genetic traders who have traveled the universe for centuries looking for viable matches to expand their gene pool. The three genetic trades the Kindred have already made have resulted in three very specific types of men. But though they take on some of the physical characteristics of the race they are trading with, the Kindred gene always ensures three things: physical prowess, extremely large and muscular body structure, and undying loyalty to the female of their choice.
Beast Kindred come from Rageron--a jungle planet full of beautiful but deadly flora and fauna. They have dark hair, golden eyes, and hot tempers but their most defining characteristic is the mating fist. The mating fist is an area at the base of the Beast Kindred's shaft which engages fully only during bonding sex with his chosen mate. This ensures sex that is both tantric and multiorgasmic for both partners.
Blood Kindred are blond with pale blue eyes and come from Tranq Prime where ice, snow, and arctic-like temperatures are the norm. They have a set of double fangs located where a human's canine teeth would be. These fangs do not develop fully or become sharp enough to pierce flesh until a Blood Kindred is with a woman he wishes to mate and bond with.
Twin Kindred come from Twin Moons--a world of vast, stormy oceans dotted with craggy but beautiful islands. True to their namesake, Twin Kindred always come in pairs. The brothers are not identical, however. There is always a light twin and a dark twin. These labels refer not just to skin, hair, and eye coloring but to the twin's moods and perceptions of the world. The dark twin in the pair is usually more moody and withdrawn while the light twin takes a substantially brighter view of life.
In all their years of travel the Kindred have come across only three worlds with species close enough to their own to initiate a trade.
Earth is the fourth.
After saving the Earth from the ravaging attack of the Scourge (actually a genetic trade gone wrong, a fact which most of the Kindred are unaware of) the Kindred warriors demand compensation from the governments of Earth--the right to call brides from among our world's population. Having no choice (the Scourge are still out there) Earth agrees. A type of draft is set up and every unmarried woman between the ages of nineteen and thirty-five is required to register. The chances of winning this "bed-an-alien" contest are about the same as winning the lottery--very rare--but it does happen on a regular basis. Before calling his bride, a Kindred warrior will become aligned with her and they will dream-share--or see each other's memories and daily activities in dreams regularly.
Women who are drafted are required to go up to the Kindred Mothership and spend a thirty day "claiming period" with the warrior who has chosen them. If, at the end of that time, they have managed to resist the charms of their Kindred mate, they are allowed to go back down to Earth and resume their normal life. However, if they succumb to their Kindred male's seduction, they are mated for life and must move to the Kindred ship to live, leaving everything else behind and seeing their family and friends on Earth only infrequently. And the Kindred have a secret weapon--devotion to their female's pleasure and attention to detail during incredibly hot sex.
The Rules of the Claiming Period
The Claiming Period lasts for four weeks:
The Holding Week: the Kindred warrior may hold his bride only
The Bathing Week: the warrior and his bride bathe together and he is allowed to massage her with scented oils.
The Tasting Week: the warrior is allowed to perform oral sex on his bride.
The Bonding Week: sex is allowed but it is completely up to the bride whether she will take things a step further and allow bonding sex which is a special and specific process to the three different types of Kindred males.
The only way out before the claiming period is up is a breach of contract. This can happen if the Kindred warrior does not strictly follow the rules and tries to skip forward in the order of allowed events or by breaking one of the rules laid down by the Kindred High Council. These rules--mostly to do with restrictions on communication with Earth--are for the safety of everyone aboard the Mothership and are nonnegotiable.
Hero of Book 1 Claimed
Baird is a Beast Kindred, a native of Rageron. His father is one of the rare purebred Kindred whose bloodline has never mingled in a trade before so he has all the characteristics of his home planet. At six foot seven with black hair and golden eyes Baird is nobody to mess with and he has just been through a horrific ordeal. Captured and held by the Scourge he has been tortured by the evil AllFather who had a special affinity for the taste of his psychic pain. Throughout this ordeal, only one thing has kept Baird sane--the alignment of his mind with that of his bride's. When he escapes the Scourge Fathership his goal is to claim her without delay.
Olivia Waterhouse (Liv)
Heroine of Book 1 Claimed
Olivia is in her mid twenties and has just graduated from nursing school. She lives in Tampa, Florida with her best friend and twin sister, Sophia and their good friend Kat.
Liv is stubborn, intelligent, and not afraid to stand up for herself. With her nursing degree in hand and the rest of her life ahead of her she would be feeling great about life if she hadn't started having such dark, disturbing dreams which all center on a man with black hair and golden eyes. She has no idea what the dreams mean but when two hulking envoys from the Human/Kindred Relations bureau show up on her front step to collect her, she begins to get the picture.
Not being the type to go quietly, Liv fights the process of her claiming every step of the way. Though she is required by law to go aboard the Kindred Mothership and spend the thirty day claiming period with Baird, she makes no secret of the fact that she fully intends to wind up back on Earth living her normal life at the end of that time. Of course, Baird is just as determined to keep her as his wife.
Hero of Book 2 Hunted
Sylvan is a Blood Kindred, a native of Tranq Prime and Baird's half brother. He is built along the same massive lines as all Kindred warriors and has the blond hair and ice blue eyes of his people. He also has the cold, logical demeanor all Tranqs possess. But despite his icy exterior, Sylvan has been hurt in the past. After suffering a devastating rejection on Tranq Prime, he has vowed never to take a bride and no woman can move him. Until he meets Olivia's twin sister, Sophia, that is. Then, much to his chagrin, his mating instincts roar to life and he has to remind himself constantly that she is off limits.
Heroine of Book 2 Hunted
Despite their shared looks, Sophie is Liv's polar opposite. She's shy and gentle but not weak though it takes her a little time to learn to stand up for herself. She's a first grade teacher and an artist who loves to paint. She's also fiercely loyal to her twin and horrified when Liv is taken away to the Kindred Mothership. Her antipathy toward Baird, who she sees as her sister's kidnapper, extends to Sylvan as well so their relationship is stormy right from the start.
Though she dislikes Sylvan, Sophie can't help the way her body responds to him. She tries to avoid him but in Hunted their ship is forced down in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains while trying to return from the Kindred Mothership to Earth. Wounded and frightened, she has no one else to turn to when it becomes clear the Scourge are hunting her for their own nefarious purposes.
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Evangeline Anderson was the first Erotica Author that I laid my eyes on. (All mainly thanks to a friend on tumblr who got me reading the smutt in the first place.) But I ranted and raved about this book to my family, even though it has sex in it. I am one of those readers, if I like something a lot I tell everyone about it.
I also told all my tumblr friends about this book and told them to get it and read it. I could not help myself. Olivia is such a great character, very stubborn and hard headed. Braid was definitely in for a treat when it comes to trying to claim that spit-fire.
The main reason Olivia was so against the claiming was because she wanted to stay with her twin sister. But who would blame her? I mean to be told that you have to leave your home and friends to live on a spaceship in space would totally be hard to swallow.
I want so bad to tell you all about this book but then I would be giving out spoilers, and I hate spoilers.
So instead what I am going to say is, fellow Alien lovers will love this series. But cation, it will suck you in. Then you will be stuck on being obsessed about a new series and author.
I'm not sure what other reviewers mean by "the sex is hot" as the hero and heroine don't even have sex until 92% into the book! There's a fair amount of fondling before that but having the heroine thinking "I shouldn't be doing this. I don't really like him. I miss home" while also describing an orgasm kind of detracts from the orgasm if you ask me. Her internal monologue throughout the book is so repetitive, I found myself skimming or skipping entire pages just to move on. The conversations between the hero and heroine are also pretty repetitive: Hero "I love you and want to dote on you and be the most amazing husband ever" - Heroine "My body is telling me yes and so is my heart but I am still going to say no without asking any questions or trying to work things out with you."
Every scene ends on an unhappy note until suddenly there's a happily ever after and the big dramatic problem at the end turns out to be no big deal - solved in less than 5 pages. I almost had whiplash with the whole book ending so fast with a nice bow tied around it. No lasting consequences to any of the bonehead mistakes or anything like that. Everyone was just happy and life was good. But the scene where the hero comes back from his so-called awful ordeal with the enemy and the heroine brings him back to the land of the living left a bad taste in my mouth. He suffered a major trauma and just wants to relax and hold the woman he loves for awhile but what does the heroine do? The self-centered thing of course! It's all about her and what she wants not about what he might need.
You don't get more than a paragraph or two every five chapters about what the hero and heroine do outside of the bedroom and there are no great revelations that might suggest why these two finally get their HEA. No moments that make your heart melt. The whole book strictly follows the "claiming ceremony." You learn very little about the hero's alien culture or really anything about him. The heroine actively resists trying new foods, liking the hero's pet, or engaging in any other activity that might make her less of a snob. In fact, just about everything she does hurts the hero in some way, either betraying him/his trust, humiliating him in front of other Kindred, causing him emotional pain, etc. And most of the time, she knows that it's going to hurt him and that she shouldn't do it. And there's never an apology. It just kept showing that the heroine has zero respect for the hero. That doesn't make a good love story.
On a writing style note, please stop making the heroine stutter at the beginning of almost every line of dialogue she has. It doesn't make her sound breathless and impassioned, it makes her sound like an idiot.
The only really enjoyable part of this book was the scene with Bebo - the living blue teddy bear - and the massage mat that basically attacked her. I laughed pretty hard at that one.