Audiobook Review – Claimed by Evangeline Anderson
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…
Wow!! I am now addicted to this series!! It is a delicious ride from beginning to end! I wasn’t sure at first, because Sci-Fi is not one of my top genres. No worries, this had such a great story and a well-built world. It was rich in detail and so very creative.
This book sets things up for several romances. The main story is Olivia and Baird, which is very complicated. I really prefer my hero to be Alpha and I see him having those tendencies. It is tough to gauge, because he is healing from his recent imprisonment. Olivia is also a rather sassy gal, which I prefer. Their journey is rife with issues, thankfully it does end with a HEA.
It was extremely emotional in the last quarter of the book. I am not ashamed to admit I was sobbing my face off! I was plenty invested in the romance and what was happening to these two dynamic characters. Part of the reason it was so engaging is the mixed narrative. You get both Olivia and Baird’s POV, in addition you get a couple supporting characters. This is great for building anticipation of the next book, as they are the leads!
The story aside from the romance was great too. I was kind of hoping to know a bit more about the Scourge and how they came to be. There was a nice rundown of the Kindred and their origins, even if it was brief. I am definitely thinking this series will have me devouring books at an alarming rate! I just cannot help but jump straight into the next book!
I listened to the audiobooks narrated by Anne Johnstonbrown, who was a new voice for my ears. I really enjoyed her work here and will definitely be looking for more. She has a swift pace that helps sweep you up into the story. Her energy feeds into the characters and enhances the emotions. Her male voices held just enough of a hint of masculinity to carry them and the women had distinct differences.
This was of course a smexy read, so there was plenty of bedroom action. Loads of hawt detail to keep ya on edge, have that cold shower ready! There is more foreplay than actual intercourse, you will see why if you read it, don’t want to hand you a spoiler! Sigh, if only a gal were lucky enough to have a Beast Kindred focused on her! Yum
The first three books in this long series are out in audio, I am hoping the rest are releasing soon, cause I am terrible at waiting!! I am captured and need my fix!