Thursday, July 25, 2013

Evangeline Anderson, Shadowed: Brides of the Kindred Book 8

Title:  Shadowed: Brides of the Kindred Book 8
Author:  Evangeline Anderson
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Erotic Romance
Sub-Genre:  Science Fiction/Fantasy
Keywords:  Kindred Warriors, Brides of the Kindred, Aliens    
Page Count:  366          
ISBN E-Book: 978-1301687671   
Price:  $2.99 
Publisher:  Self-Published 
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug


Nina is normal Florida girl with a job and a life and a grandmother she adores. But lately she’s been having disturbing dreams. Dreams of a man with a shadowed face—a man filled with pain and need and desire only she can slake. She fears him but at the same time, the dreams leave her breathless with need. Who is this dark stranger and what does he want of her?

Reddix is a Touch Kindred with an inverted Touch Sense—he can’t touch with his mind like others of his kind. Instead, he is doomed to endure their emotions like a physical invasion every time he’s around anyone. Desperation drives him to kidnap Nina—the girl he has been dreaming of. But he doesn’t take her out of love but as a sacrifice to one who claims she can cure his affliction. 

Snatching Nina from her job, Reddix takes her on a journey to the stars that ends in disaster. Now, marooned on a strange planet they will have to learn to work together in order to survive. Can Nina forgive Reddix’s attack and gain his trust enough to heal him…or will his fate remain forever Shadowed?


I was a little reluctant and worried about reading book eight without having read the previous seven books.  The author even stated at the beginning that the reader would be lost.  However, Evangeline Anderson does such a great job of drawing you into the story that I really didn’t feel lost.  I felt like I was viewing a situation that had a past, but the author’s descriptions and explanations had me captivated and up to date for this story.  There was also a glossary of terms at the end of the story for anything that needed clarification.  If anything the other characters and story lines made me want to read the previous books.  I’m sure that followers of the Kindred will enjoy revisiting some of their favorite characters in this tale.

Shadowed really sucked me in from the beginning.  The action and drama didn’t let up.  This is an erotic science fiction/fantasy romance story.  Shadowed has a little of everything.  Most importantly is the plot line that continues to move forward with some twists and turns that keep the reader entranced.  It is very hard to put down because you just want to know what is going to happen next.

Loved the world building and science fiction/fantasy aspects of the story.  It was very creative and imaginative.  Being able to connect to the worlds through wonderful descriptions added an element of realism that made me, as a reader, care about these characters even more.

Reddix and Nina are wonderful characters and they have great chemistry together.  Incredible sensual and sexual scenes play out between the two.  The couple’s relationship starts out innocent and stormy and soon moves to hot and steamy.  I enjoyed the progression of both their relationship and their sexual encounters.  Both Nina and Reddix try so hard to guard their hearts from further pain, but they can’t stop their feelings for one another.

I would recommend this book and look forward to future installments in the Kindred series.