I love this book. The characters and their flaws spoke to me. The honest and unflinching examination of relationships of all kinds was really quite re...moreI love this book. The characters and their flaws spoke to me. The honest and unflinching examination of relationships of all kinds was really quite refreshing to me as well. (less)
*DISCLAIMER* This review has run-on sentences and is way too long. Also it's strictly my opinion, and I in no way mean to be disrespectful to the auth...more*DISCLAIMER* This review has run-on sentences and is way too long. Also it's strictly my opinion, and I in no way mean to be disrespectful to the author or anyone who disagrees.
I went into this "sci-fi-rotica" with low expectations. In a way, I was pleasantly surprised, as Evangeline Anderson is actually quite good at writing sex scenes and foreplay. And because that was a large part of why I bought the book, I actually enjoyed it a fair amount. The dirty talk was hot and I enjoyed the sex for the most part. I also think she occasionally has good creative ideas (like the genetic trading thing) that could be expanded on a lot further. Even the idea of the Kindred and Scourge if they were re-written or re-imagined to be just slightly more believable, could be awesome That said...
The one part of the story that bothered me the most was actually the premise. For some reason, I just couldn't get passed it. I mean, the main heroine is essentially ordered for thirty days to be wooed by a massive musclebound Kindred "warrior" (on to that later, lol) and if she gives in, they have passionate bonding sex, they are then essentially married and the bride has to leave behind her entire life on Earth. This is the price paid by the chosen women of Earth, for being saved from the Scourge, another race of aliens with Kindred blood...they are genetic traders, after all.
Naturally, our heroine Olivia, is quite reluctant to relinquish all she knows and loves, in spite of the promises of sexual fulfillment and life of love and pampering from a monstrous dude she hardly knows. This premise is what creates the long and drawn-out conflict in the story, between her and Baird (the hero). Olivia hence forth becomes almost unbearably irritating. She's intensely attracted to our hottie hero Baird yet constantly feigns resistance, fearing never to see her twin sister Sophia again (who is the main character in the second book btw). In a way, I can't blame her. Baird is portrayed as absurdly possessive, as he is a Beast Kindred and as such thinks women are pets to be loved, cared for, and given a good rogering now and...now. But after the millionth "Mine...she's mine" (growled softly of course) it just gets kind of tiresome. Baird is also goodhearted, in spite of his innate badassness and never tries to force himself on his new bride. Supposedly he fell in love with Olivia before even meeting her, through their dream sharing. Why that is though, I can't say, as Olivia reveals herself to have few redeeming qualities. She bitches, she moans, she makes "humorous" social faux pas on alien planets, but she rarely if ever does anything deserving of the praise and admiration Baird gives her. Common sense would tell most of us that she is undeserving of such devotion, and that's another problem I have with this story. The heroine does not deserve the hero. Not even remotely. And the fact that the hero wants to love and possess the heroine foreverrrr and everrr inspite of this, makes me dislike him as well. I just had a hard time respecting Baird because his feelings were just too unbelievable. Also, the whole mating fist thing=ICKY! Yuck yuck yuck Evangeline. Please don't.
I personally, also find the "Gentle/Loving Warrior" archetype really lame. A massive killer warrior that's maimed, destroyed and done awful things to other living beings isn't going to be unconditionally devoted to a whiny b*tch when there are plenty of other women in the universe. Sorry. Totally unable to suspend my disbelief on that one.
Three stars for the sex, otherwise I'd give it two.(less)
**spoiler alert** Having read the author’s prior two books of the Kindred series, I felt compelled to read this one too. Sought is the story of Olivia...more**spoiler alert** Having read the author’s prior two books of the Kindred series, I felt compelled to read this one too. Sought is the story of Olivia and Sophia’s best friend Kat, who is independent, humorous an d plus-sized. In Hunted, Kat joined psychically with Twin Kindred (who only mate with one woman between them, as they are seen as a complete person, together, or something like that…) Lock and Deep, in order to find and save Sophia. In this book, she has to deal with the aftermath of having only a partial bond to the warriors, which creates a lot of pain and feelings of attraction to both men, within her. She is frightened by the prospect of completing and initially she wants to end it all together. Lock and Deep both want to bond with Kat, but Deep is as reluctant (actually more so) to do it as Kat is, because the Twin Kindred lost the first woman they claimed, Miranda, to suicide. In the end, the HEA prevails. First the good: 1. Kat…she didn’t annoy me quite as much as the twins did. She’s spunky and has a decent sense of humor. She has her annoying moments to be sure, but I appreciated her personality much more than Sophia or Olivia’s. 2. The author is clearly building on the story. Her world building seems to be improved or improving. She introduces new characters that I’m assuming will have their own stories later on. 3. The sexy parts of the story are pretty well written, and few in my experience, can match Evangeline’s “dirty talk” abilities. That said, the bad 1. I found the characterization of Locke and Deep to be extremely lacking. While it’s clear to me that Lock is the “beta” nice-guy so to speak, and Deep is the hard core Alpha male, they never rise beyond their archetypes to become interesting or compelling. They are very cardboard. Lock did not even seem like he really belonged in the story, to be quite frank, and I know that I am not the only reader to say or think so. I found Locke to be quite effeminate and was not attracted to his pathetic groveling. Deep like most alpha males, was written to be obstinate and stubborn, but his passive aggressive bitterness and refusal to see the truth about Kat and his brother really got on my nerves after a while. I felt that he was behaving much more as a scorned woman might,, than as an “alpha male”. 2. Miranda and the suicide- While I found this aspect of the story to add a much needed “dark side” of the Kindred Mating system, the way this part of the story played out really kind of bothered me. It’s basically only glossed over that Miranda killed herself due to her fear of becoming a mate to the Twin Kindred, as well as not wanting to leave her life behind. If this were reality, not only would this be a valid concern but it would probably be the #1 concern for all women “drafted”. However, the author chooses not to actually address this, and sidesteps it with a trite “it’s not your fault she killed herself” type of conclusion. And while I agree that it isn’t actually the fault of the Twins, it probably never would have happened if they weren’t drafting brides in the first place. 3. This story was poorly edited. I found a few glaring errors, like for example, switching out Lock and Deep in scenes where only one of them is present. It always irritates me when I see simple errors like these, though I suppose it’s more the fault of the editor for not catching them, than the author. All in all, it’s really a lot like her other stories. A “meh” for me. (less)
I barely got through this book. I’ve found with Laurann Dohnner, that her books tend to be hit or miss for me. This one was a definite miss. The “hero...moreI barely got through this book. I’ve found with Laurann Dohnner, that her books tend to be hit or miss for me. This one was a definite miss. The “hero” is an overly domineering a-hole who in once scene, chains the heroine to his bed so she can’t leave him. If a man did that to me, I’d kill him the second I got a chance, not bone him. Casey does the latter, and it’s so bogus and unbelievable. She resists him all the way up until this point, unable to forgive him for keeping his “house cleaners” who he also shares sex with. I found the whole thing very disturbing, instead of sexy. (less)