Finally! Merrick gets his own story. I really enjoyed him in previous books; especially when Tink and her family ganged up on him Earth Style. Like all men on his planet he is desperate for a mate to complete his soul, but he has to wonder if it's worth being paired with a human. Like all the men in this series, he is Alpha all the way, but seems to lean a little on the a**hole side. That is based on comments made to mated males with earth females. That all changes when he has to trust an earth female to help him escape....
There is a bit of a learning curve for the men of Baade; they are used to their women who have devolved into possessions as the population dwindles. Earth girls are anything but docile, and don't take crap or depend on a man for anything. It's also a learning curve for earth women. These men are powerful protectors and let's face it ... hot. It's kind of nice to have a take-charge-kind-of-guy once in awhile. As long as he doesn't make a habit of it.
Addie, the romantic interest for Merrick, is a young woman and basically very sheltered due to her illness that left her deaf. But she's working on breaking free of the loving bonds her parents have placed on her. She goes from mopping floors to helping get Merrick out of his prison, and in the process thinks she is going crazy since she can hear him in her head, to horrified that her kind could do what is being done to Merrick. The physical romance was a slow build up and not the driving force of the story. The action moved fast and while I was disappointed Merrick seemed so easy to contain, it became clear that was not the case. Little teasers were left lying around about potential future stories, and I was very satisfied with the way the author tied up the potential problems between Merrick and Addie. An entertaining read.
Merrick Ta’Duran is the powerful leader of the Eastern Mountain Clan on the Prime world of Baade. His people, known as the Ghosts of the Forests, live high in the Eastern mountains. Merrick feels the weight of responsibility as the males within his clan become desperate to find mates among the few remaining females. When word comes that a new species has been discovered, he knows he must do what is right for his people - even if it means traveling to a strange, alien realm to do it.
Merrick’s world changes when he is injured and captured by a ruthless group of humans. Drugged and held against his will, he is the subject of experiments and testing as the humans try to discover where he came from and duplicate his strength and ability to heal quickly. After months of captivity, he fears his life will end on the strange world until one chance encounter gives him hope.
Addie Banks’ world has been one of silence since a devastating illness when she was sixteen. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she goes to school during the day and works at night to put herself through college. Her life unexpectedly changes when she stumbles across something she wasn’t supposed to see while at work. Now, she hears a voice in her head - and it is driving her crazy. Her only hope for peace is to help the creature talking to her escape from the men holding him.
Merrick knows the female who helps him is his bond mate. She may deny it. She may fight it. She may even try to run from it. It won’t matter. She is his and he will do everything he can to convince her, hold her, even kidnap her if that is what it takes to make her realized that they belong together.
Will Addie hear the love and longing in Merrick’s voice? Can she trust and accept the new life he has to offer? Or, will a ruthless killer silence him before she gets a chance?