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This is the first book in intriguing paranormal/alien romance. I was recommended this book by Audible due to my browsing history. I decided to give it a try.
This audiobook is narrated by Anne Johnstonbrown. Although she read this book clearly and succinctly, I found her interpretation of Olivia a little grating. I am not overly fond of whiny female protagonists. Unfortunately, this is how Anne Johnstonbrown's interpretation of Olivia's character comes across as.
Olivia Waterhouse is ordinary human who finds herself conscripted into a contract with one of the Kindred, an alien species that has made a deal with the governments of Earth in return for protection from a rival alien race, the Scourge. I liked her feisty and determined resistance as she struggles with her attraction for Baird.
Baird is a Beast Kindred and is determined to claim Olivia as his bride. I really like this man, he is a warrior with a warm heart. His patience with Olivia's resistance is stretched a little thin at times, but he is gentle with her as he tries to break down her walls.
This story is told through the eyes of Liv and Baird, although Liv's twin sister, Sofia, and Baird's half brother, Sylvan also have their say. Right from the start, the story intrigued me. Aliens who require human females to help keep their population up sounds like fun, right? I liked the premise. However, the execution left a little to be desired at times. I kept thinking that Olivia could have done things a little differently. Nevertheless, I found the story entertaining. This book is full of funny incidents and misunderstandings that had me either grinning or giggling. The massage mat called a "Touch Me" was in one scene that had me giggling. However, the sexual tension between these two is steaming! The contract that Liv inadvertently entered into with Baird has several rules that have to be followed in weekly increments until the month is up, culminating in a mating. I found myself feeling sorry for Baird, as he truly cares for Liv, though she fights for her freedom at every step. I suppose I would fight too, if I was forced into a marriage/mating contract with an almost stranger (they have been dream sharing). As they become closer, things start heating up and the seduction gets hotter and hotter. The language the author used makes this book more erotica than erotic, as Baird is always mentioning or thinking what he would like to do with Liv in the bedroom, and Liv is no better with her thoughts. In a way, this turned me off rather than on. I like erotic romance but, this became a little too much even for me. I reached the end of the story with mixed feelings. I am not sure if I will continue this series in audiobook, even though the ending had me intrigued about Sofia's and Sylvan's story, Hunted. I may read it instead of listening to it.
Evangeline Anderson has written an intriguing alien romance. I love her fast paced writing style and the flow was wonderful. Her characters are lifelike and likable. I would consider reading more of her books in the future.
Due to the explicit sexual language and scenes, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. I do, however, recommend this book if you love New Adult, Erotic Paranormal or Contemporary Romance and Erotica genres. - Lynn Worton
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I read this series some time ago and enjoyed it so was happy to buy the audiobook. However I just couldn't get to grips with this version and think it is because the heroine has such a whiney voice. In the book she is quite feisty and so this high pitched whine took away my interpretation of the story and left me disappointed. I won't buy more if the same narrator is used.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I love looking for new series to read and came across this book on Amazon for $0.00 and was able to purchase the audio version for $1.99. Needless to say, I was not disappointed in my $1.99 purchase.
The fist book in the series has a decent plot, good character development, and I though the author did a good job of creating the "Kindred" warriors and world.
The story kept my attention from the very beginning and held it all the way until the end. The romance was more of an erotica feel and some parts did come across as cheesy. It's a good thing I do not get offended easily from hearing the P**** word a lot :-)!
I've already listened to the second book in this series, and think it was much better story, plot, and characters. (Waiting to see if book three will be available for whispersync.)
* Evangeline has another series called "Born of Darkness" and the first book in that series called "Crimson Debt", was really good.
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What made the experience of listening to Claimed the most enjoyable?
The narrator's voice literally has the range of emotions that Baird and Olivia are feeling. It was as though she was giving a moment by moment account. The passion is what had me . I normally never buy audible book but this was just outstanding!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Claimed?
When Baird sees Olivia, the beautiful beast kindred warrior was just mesmerized by the beautiful woman, that he could be worthy of her.
Which scene was your favorite?
When they finally got together, the sex was both breathing and sensitive and the care he took with her. The fact that he could be gentle and when they were both into the sex was mindblowingly decadent.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Baird chose to give himself up to the scourge. I cried and cried, the love that he had was heartbreakingly beautiful.
Any additional comments?
I have to really wonder why I waited so long to read this book/ series that the idea of alien life beyond our round is absolutely enthralling and enticing to be captivated with the unknown. The first book surpasses my expectations of paranormal erotica. The book is so well-written and the character development and the plot is absolutely astounding. The many varieties of kindred has me fascinated. Evangeline Anderson is both innovative and enchanting. At times I found myself crying with the depth of emotion it was palpable. Give the book 5 stars….Absolutely fascinating! Olivia Waterhouse has a huge problem she has been drafted, assuming the role of reluctant bride to that of the kindred . Having just finished college, she has her life to live the experiences..but no more. Can she resist the aching need to be devoured . Period. Where did that come from. Period. She has been secretly communicating with her alien lover not knowing their link is that of bondage mates. She knows him or is it just a forbidden fantasy. Can she realize, her on reality or is she just destined to commit the unimaginable... The denying her lover, the one person meant for her? Can she realized it before the relationship is irrevocably destroyed? Baird is a beast kindred , beast in all sense of the word … Pure muscle… Hundred percent pure! Having been incarcerated by the scourge, the only thing that kept him sane was Olivia. Only thing in his mind is too find, claim and mate with her ! He literally wants to devour her… To consume her mind, body and soul. He can't fathom why she is so angry(her life has been stolen). Can he change her mind? Can they find what is staring them right in the face ? Their love… Unbeknownst to them and unspeakable evil is surrounding them!? Is it too late for Barid and Olivia? Barid is concupiscent , but can he show Olivia she is too? This is a full novel and it's so action-packed… Drama, romance and the sex is voracious and titillating. It's a must read for anyone looking for a exciting sci fi paranormal erotica. Evangeline, this first book is fantastic!
* Please note the review extends to the audible version as well as the written. The narration was sensational gave the book a whole new dynamic. The voice was clear ...mesmerizing and enthralling the book itself was a fantastic read, but the audio just made the book A thousand times better . Would recommend this and the entire series if you enjoy audiobooks this science fiction erotica masterpiece is for you .
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