King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered 'unfit'. The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females. The Emperor's discovery of a compatible female on a slave ship changed that. He'd ordered Grim to find his Empress' home world so more 'unprotected' females could be obtained, knowing Grim would never be allowed to Join with one.
Lisa Miller is a widowed mother of two little girls, Carly and Miki. Her husband died just a year ago, after a long battle with cancer and she misses him immensely. Friends want her to start dating again but in her heart, she knows there isn't a man on the planet she could love like her Mark. Who could love their girls like their own. Therefore, she'll stay alone.
When Lisa is discovered 'unprotected' at her husband's grave, she wakes on an alien ship heading for an alien world. Refusing to accept this she confronts the large males, demanding she be returned to her children. Seeing his chance to have a female, Grim agrees to accept and protect her offspring, if she agrees to Join with him and only him. Realizing this is the only way she can retrieve her children Lisa agrees and the Tornian Empire changes forever.
Grim is the first book in the Tornians series by M.K. Eidem. This science fiction romance is full of action, drama, twists and turns and many, many editorial mistakes. However, it is saved by the overall storyline, and because of that it is worth muddling through for. I have wanted to read this book since it came out, but shied away because of the reviews. Don't let that stop you from reading this fabulously, creative love story about Grim and Lisa struggle to navigate two different cultures. Their other worldly love is worth the effort.
Grim is considered an unfit mate because of an attack that left him scarred and deemed unworthy. In his culture, scars represent a warrior’s inability to defend and protect others as well as himself. Therefore with the ratio being 200 to 1 with males outnumbering females, you can see why he had expected his life to remain solitary. Lisa is a widow and has two young daughters. She is kidnapped by the Tornians from her home planet, Earth. Only when she accepts their leader, Grim's ultimatum to join with him and only him is she able to retrieve her girls. Their journey is complicated with the cultural differences. Women are revered almost to a point that in my mind was ridiculous, but necessary for the storyline. While at the same time males are considered expendable in their culture. If one dies, another can take his place. With King Grim having not only one female but three in his household, he is envied by other males in Tornian society. When the plot to overthrow the current regime begins to unfold, their lives are in peril and decisions must be made.
The story is written at a steady pace and if you can get pass the mistakes, it's truly worth reading. For me it was a hard read with all the errors. In addition, having paid more than I normally would for a book, it really did not sit well. At times it seemed rushed and sympathizing with the plight that the characters endured was difficult. Would I read another book by this author? Yes. The storyline was good and I believe in second chances.
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