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Bonding (Himiko #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  453 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Ever wondered why love stories talk about finding "your better half"? Matt hadn't, really. Not until humanity got its biggest surprise ever: the arrival of intelligent life from space. The Himika may look reassuringly human, but their unexplained behavior and eerie silence have strained relations between human and alien.When Matt is "harvested" -- kidnapped -- by the Himik ...more
ebook, 209 pages
Published February 28th 2011 by Torquere (first published February 9th 2011)
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Serena Yates
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay
This is one of the most imaginative sci-fi books I have read in a long time. And I hesitate to even call it sci-fi - maybe futuristic is a better label? The fact that aliens are involved definitely makes it sci-fi, and the discover of their unique mental abilities confirms that, but the focus and point of the story are so much about the human condition that it felt more like a psychological journey or exploration of the human condition.

Matt is definitely in for some major surprises when he gets
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it
There was so much wrong with this book construct-wise, and yet, I loved this book SO MUCH. It's so damn frustrating. Because I wanted to rate this book much higher, but if we're talking about technicalities, it needed to be lower. I ended up rating it in the middle. Still, it was a good read and I'll be buying the next in the series.

The biggest flaw with this book was there was no plot. It was a world where humans live with aliens and there was NO (zip, zero, zilch) world building. Matt would ge
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Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: various-romance
4.5 stars An amazing m/m scifi romance with very imaginative use of the mate/bonding theme and an interesting alien occupation plot. Matt is 'harvested' by the alien race (Himiko) that has recently made contact with earth. Humans have started to become suspicious of the aliens since the abducted humans have either never returned or been found later suffering from a complete mental collapse. So Matt is petrified when he's taken and fights back viciously. A chance meeting with a Himiko (Pietr) res ...more
Adrienne -kocham czytać-
May 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Oh my god, it's so horrible! DNF and returned to Amazon. Bipolar, illogical, immature characters (who are supposed to be around 30 years old) and many inconsistencies, e.g. the narrator knowing things like someone's name or that this alien is his mate before being told, then two sentences later asking what the guy's name is or being surprised when the alien calls him "mate." This book needs serious editing for consistency. Hell maybe just scrap it and start fresh, 'cause the idea and the world-b ...more
Nerine Petros
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Updated review:

Himiko: Bonding is a story set in current times, with a futuristic theme. In this alternate world, aliens in the form of the Himika have already made contact. I really enjoyed how CB used the background of our own planet to create the scenes for this novel. Doing this made it really easy for me to connect with the characters and the emotions they felt, making the whole sci-fi scenario feel more real.

Matt is a professor of architecture. His preoccupation with the Himika stems from
Aug 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like the book, but I finally stopped at 60% because I couldn't bear it anymore.

The plot is something I always wanted to read: Human Matt finds his soulmate with the Himiko Pietr. But what follows is a sex-romp without any true meaning.

With a lot of fantasy I can accept that apparently the Himiko physiology is exact the same as the human one (except for the pointed ears - hello? Vulcan anyone?), which for one doesn't make sense and also makes the sex kinda boring because - I
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book (two parts). Be prepared that you will want to start the second book (Warrior) right after you finish one. In my case, that was 12am and I finished book two at 2:30am!

My first huge CAVAET about this book, it is a bit "pornish" in the realm of erotica. What I mean by that is that there is a large amount of sex scenes and the plot starts us off with a "bonding" moment that means instant love and sex.

Not that it is a bad thing, but if that part bothers you then you might not want
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
The cover is stupid. The narration in the beginning is really stiff and awkward. It speeds through a lot of the salient points regarding the universe and fantasy species, which I think could have used with a little bit more elaboration, although the way it's written, any more elaboration would have been clunky. Hmm...quite a conundrum. Without more clarification, it's a bit esoteric. With more, it would be info-dump-y.


Odd gimmicks, awkward gimmicks, kind of really stupid gimmicks.
I'm starti
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
I really liked the beginning of this story. Matt was interesting, well developed character, with hot temperament and anger issues. Which were understandable considering, him being angry at aliens for being kidnapped.
But the way Matt and Pietr bonded, seen each other fleetingly, just two times, before Matt crazily declared being Piertr's mate, didn't make this romance genuine. And don't let me talk about feelings and emotions...
This instant romantic development made the story bad. It simply wasn
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
From reading the blurb I expected something gritty maybe harsh. But in stead I got rather angsty read which I quite liked. You will only like it too if you are a fan of the instant bonded mate theme otherwise this book will be completely lost on you.
The book is as the blurb describes, about finding their way into this mated bond thing and the powers are telepathy and telekinesis, Matt learns how the deal with those.
I would have liked to know Pietr a bit more, we don't get any info about him at
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
99% gizmo-free science fiction that takes the mate/bonding thing to the extreme.Alluring and creepy at the same time Himiko:Bonding surely isn`t a book for everyone. ...more
Currently free for the next hour at Torquere Press - 9/17/13 -7p-8p CST(8p-9p EST)
Lexi Ander
Feb 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-sci-fi
Humanity is not alone in the universe. People were excited and welcomed the aliens call Himiko to earth. But as time went by humans became more wary of the Himiko with their pointed ears and their silence. They may look human but they are not and now humans are just realizing it. Himiko are “recruiting” people though most thought of it as harvesting or kidnapping because people they took disappeared, not to be heard from again. There were stories of people who got away, their humanity lost, sent ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
In terms of reading enjoyment, this is a pretty fun book to read. Sure, there's this alien race that's "kidnapping" humans -- but it turns out that they don't really mean anything evil by it, they're just going about their efforts in a deeply stupid way. After being "harvested" himself, the MC Matt very accidentally bonds with one of the aliens, Pietr (think the infamous fated-insta-mate shifter crap). From there, we follow Matt on his journey of learning about his new abilities (he is given a b ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorites
I loved this book. But, I should start by admitting it isn't the best writing I have ever seen. No obvious mistakes, but a lot of the ideas aren't as clever as it thinks they are and the sex often seems to involve impossible jumbles of limbs and flexibility.

But it is the first book I have read which presented a real, believable, involving sci-fi/fantasy world with hot, erotic, explicit sex and romance. The world was complete and good enough to inspire people to speculate about other things that
Cole Riann
Feb 13, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

An intriguing start, but you can definitely tell that this is Part 1 of one whole book. There's no traditional plot structure, and only even a hint at the larger plot to come. While I liked the story, it is quite detailed about the bonding, some of which seemed a bit repetitive to me. The story could also have done with a little more detail about the Himiko's origins, their arrival on earth, and their overall goals. While the last seems to be something that will be explored further in t
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't know what to write...I just didn't see the point with the story. I thought that this was going to be more about the wrongness of kidnapping and forcing someone to be something they're not but it's really just a lovestory without any real conflict. I mean I would have been furious if someone was going to alter my brain but Matt just smiles and says go ahead make me into something else so that the man I looked in the eyes once and then was bonded to likes me better. Then there is one scary ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
This is a very difficult book to review. It is very character driven and there are more than a few consistency errors. Having humans and aliens bond was unusual in this world, but it happened and the human happened to excel at being a mate and learning the alien ways. At times it was very interesting and enjoyable and then it would just feel like you wanted to toss it out the window because there just wasn't enough information for the story to flow. Then, it just ended.
Still deciding if I will
Jun 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I just couldn't read this. It all started ok (and it was even promising) but all of a sudden the human saw an alien and went all crazy yelling "my mate" and so on. Afterwards it went on like one of the bad werewolf insta love stories. Right off the bat they're in love and would be willing to have brain surgery for the other. I could accept a reaction like that from the alien, but from the human... the very man that up to that point feared and strongly disliked aliens?
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aliens
This book had all the makings of a story I'd really enjoy; aliens, "forced" bonding, prn, etc. Except, the story fell really short. My biggest problem might have been the way in which the book was written? It just felt excedingly long. Like the events could have easily been compressed and you'd have had the same feeling.

Would have given this only one star, but the author added in a second mated pair which I enjoyed reading about a lot more.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Mandy*reads obsessively* by: Simsala!
This book kept me reading,although I'm not sure why.
The premise was great,but I wanted to know more about this new world, it seemed the title is very fitting, it's all about the 'Bonding'.
But, I'll definitely read the second book, and hope for more world building and some answers to all the questions left in the first book.
Feb 09, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a good read (I find sf with human/alien encounters appealing), but ended with an unsatisfactory, unfinished feeling. I'll probably like it better when/if the series is completed ... I prefer a series with stand-alone novels or having the entire series to read at once.
Thuly Tran
Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
DNF at 33%. It's just so boring! The book blurb sounds amazing because I love the alien aspect but nothing really happen...
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, science-fiction
I have been in a m/m romance mood lately and have not been able to switch genre for the past several months. This was a cute story and super imaginative. I fell in love with all of the characters and Matt and Pietr are a sweet couple. This is an instant love type book since it is a mate bonding between two species. Pietr is part of an alien species that has been watching over Earth and decided to come to Earth and Matt is a human who is harvested because of his psychic ability that he did not ev ...more
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it
3.75 stars

I started this book with pretty high expectations. Based on the blurb, this is the type of story I love to read - alien contact, humans captured and harvested, great world building etc. Well the “alien contact” part was right and the “harvesting” to a much lesser degree than I anticipated. The rest, not so much.

The story opened with the information that a year after humans found out they weren’t alone in the universe everything changed for them, and not in a positive way. During that
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction, m-m
Well, ringing in 2016 with a confusing one. Here we go:

I feel like I was given a different book than the blurb suggested to me.

It's incredibly difficult to say if that's even a good thing, because while I dislike the jarring "wait, this isn't??" feeling I got, I did like some of the tone/plot differences since they were more unique to the science fiction cross-cultural relationship plots that are out there (sort of).

However, it was also disappointing, because this book did not get fleshed out
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
As a scifi/fantasy lover, I found this to be an interesting story with a fascinating setting. However, having picked this from a post apocalyptic list, in my opinion, this has nothing to do with a desolate or bleak setting so I was constantly wondering why this book was put on that list.

Regardless, I liked the overall story. I loved the world that it's based around and how aliens (Himika) have invaded Earth, trying to communicate with them and ended up making humans fear them instead. I adored m
Sci-fi MM romance with an alien abduction.

The aliens (Himiko) have arrived on Earth and instead of bringing peace and love, they are kidnapping humans and turning them into gibbering idiots. Matt is kidnapped whilst giving a lecture at the architectural institute. The aliens take him to a holding center, where he sees his fellow humans in various stages of distress. At that point, I thought the story was going to take a dark turn….unfortunately it did not.

Instead Matt freaks out and somehow ends
Kockara Thunderbeirgh
This book was the following: Cute, fluffy. It misses some points I expected to be addressed, but maybe will be brought to light in the next book? It was repetitive, and really didn't go anywhere plot or story wise. I felt like I was reading about a perfect couple and their perfect life with little issues that make you say one of the following; "Oh, Honey. I feel so sorry for him. Look how cute he is. Look how cute they are. Look how possessive he is. Awwww, and then after a while, yeaup I predic ...more
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