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.
Being a long time major fan of Evangeline Anderson, especially her Kindred Bride Series, I was thrilled when Kindred Brides #12 finally came out. With this series I highly recommend reading the books in order and they are so amazing you will be addicted from Book #1 "Claimed".
As the story has been outlined in the summary and by numerous reviewers I will write my review concentrating on my impressions.
We were introduced to Mei-li and Six in the last book "Devoured", so their story line was set in motion.
Mei-li is a different kind of heroine in the Kindred Series, appearing small and fragile she is anything but.
Although she is fearful of her dream sharing with a big scary looking cyborg appearing Six, Mei-li is driven in her career as a social worker for children in high risk situations. As the story progresses we find that Mei-li is a force to be reckoned with.
Fiercely devoted and protective of the children she determined to protect Mei-li will put herself in danger to save them.
She is a heroine that I liked and enjoyed. Small as she this heroine will surprise you from her fighting spirit to her determination to go after and defend what she wants ,which is eventually a very hot sexy Six.
Six is not just your average alpha hunky Kindred, he is a Dark Kindred. Although not born to this particular breed, Six has buried a horrendous family tragedy by purging his emotions and building a stark robot like existence on Zeaga complete with bionic eye and arm (his enhancements). He is totally perplexed by his small human fated mate and even more unable to logically figure out why he is so strongly drawn to her as well as his need to protect her.
The thrilling,exciting, heart wrenching, smexy romantic story of this unlikely couple is an amazing, page turning, reading experience. It is a great addition to the series. There is a well paced gradual build up of the characters romance and oh so hot love scenes as only Evangeline Anderson can write them.
Evangeline Anderson is a genius at world building, her descriptions creatively painting the new places we experience in this book (like Zeaga and a Medical Enhancement Center), as well as happily revisit the Mother Ship and many of the beloved characters from the previous books. We are also introduced to Yipper, an alien surgeon and I hope that Sylvan will be offering him a permanent place on the mothership as I hope to see more of this strange funny alien. (As he would say "yes I do,yes I do.')
Besides the central story, the evil dark forces that has been part of the plot in previous book is being built upon, expanded and will carry over to the next book. So while there is a very well deserved HEA there is also a bit of a cliffhanger at the end that leads into Book #13, "Cursed." Can't Wait!