Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hunted (Bride of the Kindred 2) by Evangeline Anderson

Sophia Waterhouse has always been afraid of needles and vampires so there’s no way she wants anything to do with a modern day Count Dracula—even if he does come wrapped in the package of a huge Kindred warrior with blond hair and ice blue eyes. She’s only on the Kindred Mothership to participate in her sister Liv’s wedding and that’s all.

Sylvan is a Tranq Kindred who has made a sacred vow never to call a bride. After a devastating rejection on his home planet, his heart is a block of ice no one can melt—or so he thinks until he meets Sophia.

When their ship is forced down in the middle of a rugged mountain range Sophia and Sylvan are stranded. Running for their lives they have only each other to depend on. Will they give in to the intense attraction between them or will the evil hunting Sophia take its toll? You’ll have to read Brides of the Kindred Book 2—Hunted to find out.

Reviewer: avidscribe
This series is a compulsive read. While erotic, there is a strong storyline at its base. Earth is under attack from an enemy called the Scourge and were it not for the Kindred warriors, who have come to the planet's aid, the human population would have been enslaved. The Kindred ask for one thing in return—Earth females to mate and marry, as their own genetic pool is 95% male.

Book one, Claimed, is the story of Olivia Waterhouse who is claimed by a Beast Warrior named Baird. The Kindred 'claim' their brides as part of the alliance pact they've created with Earth to continue to keep it safe. She goes very unwillingly (she's just graduated from nursing school and doesn't want to be separated from her twin sister Sophia or best friend Kat) and his fight to seduce her is the core of the story.

Book two, Hunted, picks up when Olivia's sister, Sophia, attends the wedding of her sister to Baird and finds herself forced into a ceremonial kiss with Baird's brother Sylvan, a Tranq Kindred. Tranqs (or Blood Kindreds) have fangs that drop down in sexual excitement. Unfortunately for Sophia, who is attracted to the tall blond warrior, she's phobic about needles and wants nothing to do with him or his vampiric teeth even though she feels an undeniable pull of sexual attraction between them.

I found the book very engaging. It's longer than the first and filled with wry moments as Sophia is equal parts surprised, frustrated and embarrassed discovering how different the Kindred and their technology are to an earthbound girl who never thought she'd step off terra firma.

The romance is formulaic. Two broken people come together and eventually are made whole but it's how these characters are broken that is the crux of the story and certainly how they overcome great odds to trust and love one another, its a satisfying ending. We also have the additional formulaic of the blushing virginal woman and the super well endowed alpha male who has learned every art of pleasuring a woman ... I have no problem there. I knew it was erotic going in to the read and it didn't disappoint. However, there were times I wanted to thump Sophia on her head with the constant fear of his teeth even while Sylvan is showing her in every manner he knows how that he would love and care for her up to his death. There were more times I wanted to take Sylvan aside and help him grow a set of balls. The sex is hot, descriptive and immersing. I found the sci-fi involving and often wry (book 1 has Baird making a pizza for Olivia with fruit cocktail on it. And then there's the massage table Olivia accidentally stumbles across. And the adjustable animal conveyance. Book 2 has a thwarp, a living article of clothing, that gives Sophia a lot of embarrassment at a function Sylvan takes her to.) Lots of fun sharing Evangeline Anderson's imagination. It's these nuances that make the series better than others attempting the same angle.

I'd give this 4 stars out of a possible 5.

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