PURSUED: Brides of the Kindred by Evangeline Anderson
Elise is fractured inside, stained by a past she refuses to remember.
Merrick is scarred both inside and out, a half-breed with a brutal background, at home nowhere in the universe.
Now they are tied together by an unstable bond which could kill them both.
Their journey will take them to the lawless planet of Rageron—the wildest of all the Kindred worlds. There, in the deep blue jungles of an alien world, Elise must bare her soul and relive the horror that nearly killed her. Can she and Merrick make each other whole or will Elise run from her pain?
If she does, Merrick cannot help but chase her…Elise is being Pursued.
This is the 6th book in the Brides of the Kindred series. You will need to read Claimed, Hunted, Sought, Found, and Revealed, also by Evangeline Anderson in order to understand it.
This book deals with Elise and Merrick, who were introduced as minor characters in a few past stories. Elsie was kidnapped by the AllFather and Merrick rescued her from the stasis chamber she had hidden away in. What they didn’t know was, when he released her, it caused a stasis bonding between them that could end up be deadly for both of them. So they need to find a certain plant on the Kindred home world to deactivate the bonding. What makes the whole story unique, is that Merrick is a hybrid Kindred, a cross between a Blood and Beast Kindred. Because of their hybrid nature, they can never bond with a female, so Merrick will do anything not to give up a bond he thought he’d never share with a female. But, he also doesn’t want to jeopardize Elise’s life. Oh, the quandary.
This book deals with sexual abuse between child and trusted adult, so some people may not want to read this story, but what happened to Elsie defines her in her adult life, so it’s a necessary evil you have to read. And that’s what brings Merrick and Elsie together, their deep, mental scars.
This book is just as rich in detail, and characterization as the other books. We do some more planet hopping, and get a better look at the new threat to the Universe, The Hoard and their leader, Draven. He is a true bad boy. I have noticed that Evangeline has backed off somewhat from all the sex scenes. Maybe because she’s already shown the different bonding sex for the different Kindred warriors.
Book 6 was a satisfying read, and I look forward to the next one in the series. I give it 4 feathers.