no. 12, The Brides of the Kindred - The Brides of the Kindred, No. 12
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This book is a plus length novel--over 160,000 words long
Mei-Li Hastings is in trouble. She’s Dream Sharing with a Kindred warrior. Normally that’s a regular part of being claimed by one of the tall, handsome aliens who came to Earth looking for brides. But in Mei-Li’s case, nothing is normal. The dreams she’s having show a huge, frightening male with a red laser for an eye and a metal arm. The man who’s coming to claim her is a Dark Kindred—one of the emotionless denizens of Zeaga Four where love is unknown and feelings are outlawed.
Six has risen steadily in the ranks of the Collective since his inclusion into the Dark Kindred at age fourteen. Now, to his dismay, he is suddenly having dreams he cannot ignore—dreams of a girl with dark eyes and silky black hair who fears him desperately. Despite the fact that he is supposed to feel nothing, Six finds himself drawn to the girl. And when he is ordered by his superior to claim her, he comes in search of his future bride.
Now they are locked in a struggle of light versus dark...cold versus warmth. For when Mei-Li is near him, Six’s frozen heart begins to thaw. Though the Dark Kindred warrior is determined not to commit “Feel-crime” he cannot contain the emotions growing within him for the petite girl he snatched from Earth. But with the newfound feelings of love and desire, come some much darker feelings. In order to love Mei-Li, Six will have to face the darkness within and a tragic past he has locked away for years.
Will he survive the memories that surface…or will they drive him mad? You’ll have to read Enhanced to find out.
Love the journey
Is this really the twelfth book in the Brides of Kindred series? Wow it doesn't seem that long ago that I was sitting down to open the first book Claimed and getting my first taste of these alpha males searching for their brides and boy what a delicious ride this series has been. A race of alien warriors who have traded in genetics which has resulted in a diverse population that is unfortunately predominantly male but with their inherent ability to dreamshare they can track down the one woman they are meant to be with. This quest has brought some of the Kindred to Earth but not everyone is happy with the powerful alien visitors.
Mei -Lei works hard as a social worker to keep the children involved in her cases safe but she keeps being plagued by dreams of a strange man with a frightening appearance and it's getting harder to concentrate at work. When she falls foul of an abusive stepfather the last thing she expects is to turn around and see the Kindred warrior from her dreams but that's exactly what happens and to make matters worse he insists that she leaves with him! Mei -Lei along with all single human women had signed a contract stating if a Kindred male claims her she would willingly spend one month with him but she was never quite prepared for this to really happen.
Six is part of the Dark Kindred and has slowly risen up the ranks to his current position within the Collective . Living amongst a race that prize mechanical enhancements whilst outlawing emotions he had never expected to feel called to take a bride but his recent dreams are an anomaly he had not prepared for. When ordered by his superior to journey to Earth to claim his bride he reluctantly agrees but something is not quite right and Six finds himself questioning all that he has previously believed.
To experience emotion is considered a crime on the planet Zeaga Four where Six returns with Mei-Lin but for the limited time whilst they undergo the claiming period Mei-Lin should be safe but nothing is as straightforward as Six believes. Not everyone wants peace and by bringing Mei-Lin home to his world he opens himself up to experiencing conflicting thoughts. Is it possible that his own base nature is overriding his judgement and logic? Can he really let Mei-Lin go when the time is up? Mei -Lin certainly didn't want to leave with Six but the longer she spends time with him the more she comes to realise that the hard male is definitely not a monster!
I love this series and it just keeps building with twists and turns that constantly surprise the reader . Initially the protagonists in these stories were the Scourge but in more recent books there's a new presence that seeks to cause widespread destruction . I found the total lack of emotion and desire for mechanical enhancements to be very unsettling and it's not difficult to imagine how truly terrifying Six and his fellow Dark Kindred warriors are. Poor Mei -Lin has every reason to be afraid of Six but the tiny heroine is used to standing up to bullies in her job so more than a match for him. What really worked here though is the fact that it's Six who is vulnerable and at times the author really tugs on the readers heart strings . Six has chosen to have his emotions blocked and along with them his memories of his previous life but with Mei -Lin in danger he is willing to take a harrowing journey that will change his life forever.
A wonderful sci fi romance with very hot scenes but there's no instant live and it works better this way as the two central characters learn to trust each other. I loved that the petite heroine was capable of holding her own but it's the sweet virgin hero whose willing to learn all about Earth females that made me laugh out loud. Bless him but I really do think perhaps he tries a bit too hard ! There is a lot of humour within this book which is clearly meant to offset the very emotional journey that the hero is forced to take but I found the character Yipper who is an alien surgeon to be a tad annoying if honest but as light relief I'm sure some readers will enjoy it.
What I love about these books is the fact that each one is different and I'm amazed at the speed the author writes them. Very sexy and pure escapism but written with heart and always a delight to read. This book ticks all my boxes and I'm loving the length as I hate too short books. Which brings me to another point these books are excellent value for money and for me this series is a keeper. There's a resolution to this story between Mei -Lin and Six but the story of the Kindred is far from over and that makes this reader extremely happy!
I was very lucky and received a copy of this as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review and as it's a keeper for me then it deserves a five!