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A dying race of warriors searching the universe for compatible bondmates, I'm not sure what I was expecting when I purchased Valan's Bondmate by Mardi Maxwell, but what I read surely wasn't it. This science fiction romance has its own definitions and the beginning paints the picture of the history between the Wrothians and Zarronian warrior races. It’s brutal and unsettling at times, but this allows the reader to understand the storyline. The battle for dominance and survival is prevalent between the two races. When a chemical weapon kills the females of the Zarronian race, it causes them to seek female bondmates for their dying race elsewhere. They find that they must look towards their enemy, the Wrothians, who are genetically capable of carrying their young. This is Valan and Lia's journey and the first book in the series.
Valan is commander of the Invisible and from the royal bloodline. His mother and twin sister were murdered during the war with the Wrothians and his vengeance knows no limits even for his bondmate, Lia. She was stolen from her bed during the raid to serve as Valan's mate. Left with no choice but to obey or face punishment, she learns to survive in the new world thrust upon her.
At times this book seemed one-sided, total male dominance over females, and it was disconcerting, but even as the heroine seemed to have no control over her future she learned a way around the tough and strict rules set before her. Her cunning ability to adapt developed the plot and the rising of a new era to begin.
The hero is Valen Erickson a man destined to die if he cannot find a bondmate. His people fought in a war against the Wrothians and won...but still lost. The Wrothian's used chemical warfare against Valan's people, killing off all the women. Without their bondmate's the Zarronian's were destined to die. When it is discovered they were compatible with their enemies the Wrothians Valen and his warriors journey to Zhang to steal the women needed for them to bond with.
Lia is the daughter of the man most hated by the Zarronian's. He was the man who created the drug that eliminated the Zarronian's chance of mating. When Valen takes Lia as his bondmate he is unaware who her father is. But Lia is accepting of her life now that she is removed from her home planet, where she was promised to the most hateful man there by her father. Her life was destined to pain and torture at the hands of a sadist who's only joy is abusing the women he collected. Having been raised with the knowledge that her life was not her own, she longed for someone to love only her.
Valen is an abusive man who doesn't show any consideration to Lia's needs. He treats her no better than a servant who's only job is to service him and supply him children. Yet at the same time he washes hot and cold to her. One minute he's almost loving and kind and then he pushes her away making her feel hated by him. The abusive behavior shown by Valen is from his conflicted emotions over desiring someone who should be the enemy. And Lia's acceptance of the treatment seems like she's just a doormat. But in truth it is just what she has been raise with, the abuse began at birth from her father and has just been passed to Valen. She does show a backbone in the story towards the end though and I look forward to reading more from this series as I love the style in which the Author tells her tale.
5 stars for great writing skills. To be able to write a story that can make fifty percent of the readers outraged and still keep the rest enthralled shows me someone with great skills at storytelling.
I did think that the personalities of the women were out of place. These women are essentially chattel to the men of their world, but they act like 21st century independent women once abducted. I think this was a missed opportunity.
Otherwise, the book is pretty good. The hero is a little hot and cold in his personality, but it is very Mardi Maxwell, so that is to be expected.
It is worth the buy if the sci-fi erotic romance is your thing. I am really excited by the preview of the next book at the end
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I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS SERIES.
Great adventures. This is a series I'll read over and over.Read more