You can save her body and damn her soul...
or you can save her soul and watch her die in your arms.
Brides of the Kindred, book fourteen
ebook, 478 pages
Published January 31st 2015 by Evangeline Anderson Books
Anything for you, Mistress…
Thrace S’ver is an unwilling slave. Drugged and bound, he is taken to the Flesh Bazaar and put up for sale to the highest bidder. But this is not the first time Thrace has been on the auction block—he has a past full of horrors he doesn’t intend to repeat. Desperate to be free, he swears he’ll kill whoever buys him.
Lonnara Trin is the Captain of a merchant ship from the all female planet of Zetta Prime where sexual relations with a male are considered unnatural and wrong. She has no use for males personally, but she needs a big, muscular slave or her business will suffer—Thrace fits the bill.
Soon Mistress and slave are embroiled in a desperate conflict which draws them intimately together. To her surprise, Trin actually begins to have feelings for her slave. And though Thrace swore to be free, he finds himself devoted to his new Mistress. When their differences threaten to tear them apart, Trin tries to grant Thrace his freedom. But she doesn’t realize that his heart has already been… Enslaved.
This was the first of the series that had so little lead up, there was no clue to who it was about. Except for a prophecy of a man born free and enslaved by his own will.
Captain Lonnara Trin, part Earthling thanks to her mother's exotic choice in a sperm donation, hails from Zetta Prime, a colony that was once part of Yonnie Six where men are abused slaves to a nation of women that don't believe in male-female intercourse. Zetta Prime doesn't believe in such sexual acts either, but instead of dominating the males of their species they choose rather to live apart from them.
Having no male slave to accompany her in her trades with Yonnie Six, Trin is forced to buy one such male in hopes of being taken seriously in her business deals. She arrives at Dominus Two during the Flesh Bazaar with the aim of purchasing some well-trained male to pose for a year or two at her side then free him from his life of subjugation. What she finds is Thrace.
A cousin to the Kindred, Thrace is a Havoc. Equal in strength, stamina, and difficulty to kill, their prime is difference is in their bonding. For Kindred, who soul bonds to their mate, their long life span transfers and is shared with their female. For the Havoc, their lifespan is cut short as it averages itself out with that of their female. Kindreds dream share. Havocs do not. For these reason, and others, it is said that Havoc do not bond at all.
Thrace is no stranger to slavery, having been taken as a teen and sexually victimized by his Master thereafter. He escaped that hell, only to walk into a bar, order up what turned out to be a spiked drink, and ended up right back on the slave blocks. Defiant, and seething inside, Thrace is forced to suffer the agony of his pain collar as the slaver attempts to parade him for Trin. In an attempt to save him, Trin finds herself on the path to becoming a slave herself after assaulting the seller and ends up purchasing Thrace with all but a few credits to her name to escape the courts and their thoroughly bribed officials.
When he awakens, strapped to a cot, the traumas of his youth come barreling to the surface and, despite Trin's gentle mannerisms, his thrashing limbs and fiery temper puts them at immediate odds. Doesn't help that he nearly chokes her to death upon waking either.
Coming from a colony devoid of men, obviously Trin's a virgin. A very ignorant one at that. She knows nothing of sex between men and women, and even less about erections outside that of her pet stallion. Her only knowledge of human intercourse comes from the strict lesbian rituals of her homeland. And poor Trin has never desired a woman's touch. Not like she has come to desire Thrace's.
Thrace was just wonderful. I loved how easily he fell for Trin and how quickly he became so utterly devoted to her. Trin was equally great, until the guilt of her betrayed religion took over and then it was just a long stretch until the girl managed to get over herself.
Seeking atonement for her sins of allowing a male to penetrate her--which Thrace did in order to save her life from passion berry poisoning--Trin flees to her home world to be cleansed by a series of painful punishments dictated by their high priestess in which they slash her skin and murder her pets, among other things.
It takes Becca (book 10) and Charlie (book 13) to save the day and bring our two protagonists back together.
After fourteen books, Brides of the Kindred is still going strong with another installment expected in spring. This time around, the mold gets a bit of a stretch as an assassin falls for his target. Love it! Can't wait to get my hands on it, and hold all hope that this series is long from completion. However, I wouldn't mind a sequel to Purity sometime soon.
4 out of 5 stars.