Just Finished Reading: Claimed (Brides of the Kindred, #1)

Claimed (Brides of the Kindred, #1)Claimed by Evangeline Anderson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I read this on a recommendation of a friend & overall, it was alright. I was hoping the scifi would save it for me but while it was interesting, there simply wasn't enough of it for it to win the day.

I found Olivia hard to take. I have a problem taking a heroine seriously when it's repeatedly stressed that ALL her former romantic interactions with men have been horrendous because all the men she's aligned herself with have been basically rutting cretins who wouldn't know how to stimulate any woman mentally, intellectually or physically. It makes me wonder about the woman & why in the pantheon of males, she is not only attracting but hooking up with (& getting engaged to!) these losers. It's not a compliment to the woman, that's for sure. Frankly, I thought that it should have been evident to Olivia that since she'd chosen so poorly (repeatedly), she was lucky to be drafted by Baird who required no more of her than willingness & a scent to die for. Nursing degree or not, I can't see that she had anything else redeeming or compelling of value. Honestly, I never bought that after an alien invasion of Earth by the Scourge, single, literate & somewhat educated women would sign up for the genetic draft & not bother to learn all they could about the possible culture they would find themselves in should their number come up. Srsly? All Olivia, Sophia & Kat had any inkling about was the sex & even then it was mostly rumor & spec. Maybe it's just me, I'm a scifi freak so any chance I'd have of even interacting with an alien race & I'd geek right out & learn everything I could.

And then there's Baird. Simply put, I felt sorry for him most of the time because he cared so much & kept trying. It bordered pathetic. I quite liked his scene with the priestess in the garden. I can't hate any guy driven to seek religious intercession on matters of the heart.

The sex scenes were well written & not repetitive or so unbelievable that I was annoyed. I don't recall cringing or rolling my eyes, so I'd say it's all good.

I know that I shouldn't judge this book too harshly because I didn't go into it thinking it was a serious read or anything. But I really do need a bit more to buy into characters & root for their relationships that I feel I received. I will admit that I wasn't so annoyed by Olivia/Baird that I lost interest, so that's worth something. As it stands, I'm more interested in the mains siblings, Sylvan & Sophia. Maybe they're book two. If so, I'll probably read it.

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