Brides of the Kindred, #14

The story arc continues and it just keeps getting deeper. The Kindred and their more than vague deity the Goddess are still fighting the good fight against evil, and more specifically Two from previous books. Two is a malicious little sh*t in this particular story, and I can’t get the visual of his liver lips out of my head.

Trin and Thrace are the main characters and both are from worlds that have cut the opposite sex out of the picture. Trin’s planet uses males, when they have to, as beasts of burden and don’t involve them in reproduction at all other than their donation of DNA. And there is speculation as to whether that is voluntary or not. Thrace is a not so distant relative of the Kindred known as the Havoc, and they refuse to bond with females. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right???

There was a lot of violence in this tale of forbidden love as well as subject matter that may disturb some readers such as abuse and memories of non-consensual sex; be forewarned.

I had a hard time connecting with Trin but have never been a victim of brainwashing, which is essentially what her culture is based on. Oh, and a severe joy of punishment if you fall out of line. The “false goddess” story line was intriguing as well as disturbing. I got very frustrated with Trin’s dedication to her vow and her albeit unintentional constant injury to Thrace’s feelings. Talk about denial!

Thrace was awesome and more honest with himself than Trin was and it showed. He was resistant to his feelings but accepted them for what they were and then embraced the suck because of Trin’s stubbornness. I can only imagine how he kept his course of faithful devotion in the face of what she slung at him.

Of course there is an epic event that requires the Goddess to shower her benevolence and also cast a new task in the path of the Kindred. And that’s what keeps this series so interesting and entertaining. I would recommend, but only if you've read the previous books.

Book Blurb for Enslaved

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.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2015 4.00