Book Review: Claimed by Evangeline Anderson

10439221Title: Claimed (Brides of the Kindred, Book #1)

Author: Evangeline Anderson

Genre: Science Fiction, Erotica

Publication Date: February 9, 2011

About the Book

(from Goodreads)

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…

 

My Review

I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

Warning: if you don’t like books with a lot of sex and sexually explicit language, this book isn’t for you.

Claimed has a lot of sex in it but it is an integral part of the story. Earth is being protected by the Kindred against another alien race called the Scourge. The Kindred have agreed to protect Earth as long as they are allowed to choose females as their mates. Once a Kindred warrior claims his bride, they have 30 days to bond or she may return to her old life. There are a lot of rules that must be followed, one of which that the warrior and his bride must be together for those 30 days and the bride isn’t allowed to communicate with her family. 

Bonding is not just sex but one step beyond that. When Baird claims Olivia to be his bride, she must live with him on the Kindred ship and he does everything in his power to get her to bond with him willingly both physically and emotionally. Olivia has a twin on Earth and no matter how much she is tempted by Baird’s gentleness, kindness, patience and sexiness, she knows she has to resist so she can go back to her twin. She can be annoying at times, not because of her stubbornness, which is understandable, but because she often doesn’t listen. Not only is that frustrating for poor Baird but it puts her in danger. 

The idea behind this story is great. There are some unexpected twists along the way and if you don’t mind, or really like, a lot of sex and sexually explicit language, this is a good read. I’m looking forward to listening to the next audiobook in the Kindred series which is about Olivia’s twin, Sophia.

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