Book Review: Claimed

review-cover-claimedTitle: Claimed [Brides of the Kindred 1]

Author: Evangeline Anderson

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Erotica

Rating: 4 Stars

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Olivia Waterhouse has just graduated from nursing school and has her whole life ahead of her—until she gets drafted. Problem is, she isn’t being forced into the Army, she’s been chosen as a Kindred bride.

The Kindred are huge alien warriors—a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward—the right to find brides among the population. The chances of being chosen are about the same as those of winning the lottery—guess it’s just Liv’s lucky day.

Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the malevolent Scourge. Through the torment and pain only one thing kept him sane—the thought of finding and claiming his bride—Olivia. His need to possess her is a burning intensity that threatens to consume them both.

Angry at having her future and her family taken away from her, Liv vows to fight back the only way she can—by resisting. She has one month on the Kindred Mothership with Baird—their claiming period. If she can keep from having bonding sex with him during that time, she can go home and get on with her life on Earth.

But Baird isn’t going to make it easy for her. Every week he is allowed to touch Liv more and more intimately and according to the contract she signed, she has to let him. She’s determined to resist him but his touch sets her on fire. And just as she thinks she knows what she wants, a twist of fate and an attack by the faceless Scourge AllFather changes everything…

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

Okay, I admit it, I enjoyed Claimed by Evangeline Anderson a lot more than I expected to. Firmly in the science fiction romance genre, the book leans quite heavily towards erotica – and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly isn’t something I generally look for in my reading.

As far as the technical aspects of the writing – the book could use some editing. I caught some missing punctuation, awkward phrasing, and a dozen or so typos. There were instances where a lot of ‘telling’ was going on in the narrative, or the author was interjecting her voice into the descriptions, but none of this was book-breaking, just… noticeable.

The characters were fun if a little cringe-worthy at times and the romance was hot if a bit awkward to read. The alien aspect of the story and their part of the world-building was fun for the eroticism, but not grounded in any sort of reality. I had to suspend my disbelief a bit. Okay, a lot. I know, I know, aliens aren’t real (well, not the muscle-bound hot ones anyway. ) but even in fiction, I like there to be some sense of the story being grounded in believability, and this just wasn’t.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a bit silly and a whole lot of sexy, and there were moments where I genuinely laughed out loud. If you are looking for a fun, sexy read, give it a try – just don’t say I didn’t warn you about the heavy alien eroticism