Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sought (Bride of the Kindred 3) by Evangeline Anderson

Kat O’Connor is no pushover. She’s a no nonsense girl with a commonsense approach to life. But there’s nothing common about what’s happening to her lately…

First she was forced to have a kinky mind ménage with two of the hottest and most irritating men in the galaxy—Twin Kindred warriors, Deep and Lock—in order to locate her kidnapped friend. Then she couldn’t get their feelings out of her head. And now she’s on her way to their home planet, Twin Moons, to find a cure for the debilitating illness their unorthodox joining caused, when all she really wants to do is go home.

Locks Tight, the light twin of the two, is already in love with Kat. Her curvy plus-sized body is the epitome of beauty on his home planet and her sharp mind makes her doubly attractive. But though he fell for her the moment he saw her, Twin Kindred are unable to mate a woman alone. Lock knows nothing can happen between them without his brother…

Stabs Deep. The dark twin has a secret agony in his past—a tragedy he feels he and he alone is to blame for. He too, hungers for Kat, but he hides his fear of rejection behind an impenetrable wall of angry sarcasm. For if he lets anyone get too close, the unbearable pain he has already endured once may happen again.

Now Kat and her twin warriors are on a quest—but they’re all looking for different things. Kat wants to find a way to dissolve the half-formed bond between them so she can be alone in her own head again. Lock wants to convince both her and his brother to complete the bond which will keep them together forever. And Deep is trying to protect his heart and love Kat from afar…though it grows more and more difficult to deny the hunger he feels for her growing inside him.

Their travels will take them from the uncharted wilds of Twin Moons to the Deadworld of the Scourge home planet. Will Kat find a cure for having other people’s emotions crowding her mind? Will Lock convince his brother and the woman they both love that they’re all meant to be together forever? And will Deep ever unshield his heart long enough to let Kat in?

You’ll have to read Sought, the third book in the Brides of the Kindred series, 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 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.

Book three, Sought, is the best of the three. I believe a fourth is planned. Kat, the dear friend of both sisters, has managed to attract the attention of Twin Kindred, Deep and Lock. She's a pint sized zaftig attorney who, in book two, is forced to have a mind menage with the Twin Kindred in order to find Sophia when she is kidnapped by the Scourge. Unbeknownst to any of them, the mind sharing has created a half formed bond between them and in book three she goes with the twins to their home world to find a way to dissolve the bond. The bond has the side effect of massive headaches and strong sexual feelings for both men and the sooner it's dissolved, the happier she will be. She doesn't want the complication of men in her life and certainly not Twin Kindred who marry as a pair taking one woman between them.

She is everything the twins have ever wanted in a female and they certainly do not wish to end the bond, but instead to see it through to its completion. On their planet, a plus-sized woman is revered and highly desired (everywhere but here, right?!). They frequently refer to her as an 'Elite.' Kat can't get out of her own way to realize she isn't in Kansas anymore and needs to trust these men who desire her above all else. But there's a problem—Deep is dark and sarcastic and appears to do everything he can to create friction between them. Kat, raised in a fractious home, struggles with memories of her own parents bickering and is terrified of winding up in a relationship that might mirror their's. Deep's sullenness and biting sarcasm keep her on edge and unable to see that he's hiding a secret from their past that he blames himself for, thus striking out verbally to keep the distance he thinks he needs. He feels innately unlovable. Kat could love Lock easily—he's the light to Deep's dark, but the verbal battles with Deep make hope of a threesome impossible. Unfortunately, she can't have one without the other. But Deep thinks he's found a way ...

As with the other stories in this series, I have an issue with strong alpha males being so weak around the women they are lusting for. None of them have confidence. Warriors all, but it's hard to read about these impossibly gorgeous men so grateful for the least bit of affection thrown their way. Perhaps it's their emotionalism which I find too fantastic. In a way, they lack balls. There is a stalkerish quality to their pursuit of the women they desire as bond mates, while the women perpetually throw up walls to prevent real intimacy till the very end.

While I loved the detail, the descriptives, the richness of this particular story. I was frustrated that Kat spent more than half of the book terrified of sex with Lock and Deep in a Twin bonding sense because of her absurd belief in what three-way sex would involve with men so endowed. Why didn't she simply ASK?

This book is much longer than the other two and provides so much more story to the ongoing battle with the Scourge. Characters from the previous books weave through this story as well which makes it a very satisfying read. As with the other two books, this contained lots and LOTS of merry moments I found myself laughing out loud about. Evangeline paints a very believable sci-fi world and fills it with wonderful nuance.

5 stars. I couldn't put it down.

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