Hunted: Brides of the Kindred #2

Evangeline Anderson
Brides of the Kindred, book two
Published April 29th 2011 by Evangeline Anderson, via Smashwords
ISBN 2940011317057

Sophia Waterhouse has always been afraid of needles and vampires so there’s no way she wants anything to do with a modern day Count Dracula—even if he does come wrapped in the package of a huge Kindred warrior with blond hair and ice blue eyes. She’s only on the Kindred Mothership to participate in her sister Liv’s wedding and that’s all.

Sylvan is a Tranq Kindred who has made a sacred vow never to call a bride. After a devastating rejection on his home planet, his heart is a block of ice no one can melt—or so he thinks until he meets Sophia.

When their ship is forced down in the middle of a rugged mountain range Sophia and Sylvan are stranded. Running for their lives they have only each other to depend on. Will they give in to the intense attraction between them or will the evil hunting Sophia take its toll?

Sylvan, a Tranq Kindred, is suppose to have little emotion. It's the Beast Kindred that possess the rage, they say. But damn, I'll take Baird over his half-brother, Sylvan's fury any day.

Sylvan and Sophia first became acquainted when Baird came to Earth to claim Sophia's twin sister, Olivia. Despite his greatest attempt to be the peacekeeper of the group, nothing could save Sylvan from pissing off Sophia. And it's been one misunderstanding after another between them ever since.

(spoilers follow)

Sworn to never take a bride after a failed mating bond, Sylvan is bewildered by his body's response to Sophia. His mating scent is out in full force and his fangs keep showing. Meanwhile, Sophia has her own shame ridden past which is obvious from the start. She was raped as a teen, and as a child she developed a fear of needles. Sex with an alpha male who bites and shares blood with his mate doesn't fall anywhere close on her To-Do list.

Soon enough, Sophia finds herself hunted by the AllFather as she is presumed to be part of a prophecy and whom he intends to breed with. She and her volunteer pilot, Sylvan, crash land on Earth and barely manage to survive. With their subsequent return back aboard the Kindred mother ship, Sophia's presence is deemed a threat and she is sent away to Tranq Prime, Sylvan's home planet. Of course, he again takes up the role as her protector despite relinquishing any romantic claim he could make on her.

Then Sylvan's ex returns. Sophia nearly gets molested by what amounts to toilet paper. We meet Nadiah, Sylvan's cousin. And Xairn's spirit is finally broken.

So, it's rare that I dive immediately into book two. And the last time I jumped straight into book three and beyond was the Sons of Destiny series by Jean Johnson. It's crazy. I can't bring myself to give these Kindred books five stars but I can't get enough! I *want* to skip book three-it's focused on Kat and the Twin Kindred, Stabs Deep and Locks Tight (I laugh every time I read those names), and threesomes aren't my thing-but these stories blend one right into another so I'm not sure what to do...

But I need to decide fast because book four, Found, is Xairn's story. He's the son of the AllFather and is in desperate need of salvation. Redemption. And some goddamned vengeance. That AllFather bastard is responsible for Sanja's death. And I cried over that bitch!

Now's seriously not the time for a series addiction. Cast in Peril is just two weeks away!! And Nadiah is in book five?! Can't. Read. Fast. Enough!

4 out of 5 stars.

  • “I’m sorry, girl. So sorry. I tried to protect you,” he murmured, looking into her true, brown eyes one last time.

    “Xairn!” The AllFather’s voice rose with fury. “I sssaid release her!”

    Again he fought the compulsion and again he won though it was harder this time—so much harder. It was now or never—he had to give the order he had always feared giving. The only one that could save his beloved Sanja from the evil and madness inflicted by his father. Save her from living a life as worthless and miserable as his own. “Sanja,” he told her, his voice breaking as he voiced the dreaded command. “Sanja, die.”

Previously in the series:


Redd said...

*rolls eyes* Are ya kidding me? Vamps and spaceships? *groans* Yeah, I was going to say the dude on the cover wasn't sportin' no wolf fangs. Where do you find these books? Better question what is going on in Anderson's head that comes up with this stuff?

Please Cast in Peril..HURRY UP! XD

Emily said...

I also inhaled this series, one book after the other, but can't really articulate why. I will say that the third book is my least favorite of the series, mostly because one of the characters takes the brunt of everyone's bad feelings, but it was worth it to read it for the continuity. Enjoy!

Ragan said...

@Emily - Glad to know I'm not the only one left perplexed.

@Redd - He's not really a vampire. He's not undead. He doesn't drink blood as nourishment. And he has four fangs, not two. So XP

Redd said...

4? 0_0