Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Book Spotlight: Merrick's Maiden (Cosmos' Gateway #5) by S.E. Smith

Title: Merrick's Maiden
Series: Cosmos' Gateway Book 5
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Publication Date: December 30, 2015

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? 

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Overall Rating:  5 Rockin’ ★★★★
Love is not defined by race, color or ethnicity; it is defined by the heart and soul.  Prime Warriors bond for life and cannot survive without their bondmate.  In this fifth book in the Cosmos’ Gateway series by S. E. Smith, she continues the story of Merrick the Leader of the Eastern Clan on Blaade. Merrick was captured during a mission on Earth to help his allies.  He knows that they are trying to retrieve him from his captors. His prayer is that they find him in time, because his time is running out!

At the tender age of sixteen Addie Banks lost her hearing when she contacted Spinal Meningitis.  She has fought to become an independent, self-sufficient woman in a world without sound.  Addie has always been surrounded by love and her supportive family but she needed to step out on her own.  In order to support herself she had taken a job to clean different offices.  While cleaning she stumbles across a man (being) in a cell, chained down and in bad shape.  She knows that she must help him, but doesn’t know how.  When Addie begins hearing a voice in her mind, she thinks she may have gone off the deep end until she realizes it is the man in the cell.  Who is this man?  How can he speak to her in her mind?

Merrick cannot believe that he has finally met his bondmate. Now he has something to live for, to fight for and he will find a way to escape and protect Addie, his mate.  He is imprisoned with no way to protect her or to claim her. Since he was taken, his captors have experimented, drugged and abused him relentlessly almost to the point death. His body cannot take much more and from the things he has overheard, he doesn’t have much time left before they kill him. Merrick knows that there are people searching for him that will not give up; he just needs to find a way to get a message to them before it is too late.  Will he find a way?  Can his people find him in time to save him and Addie?

Hero – Merrick Ta’Duran 5 stars
Heroine – Addie Banks 5 stars
Steam: 5 stars
Plot: 5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! True love will always find a way around all obstacles and this book is a testament to that! Acceptance, love and really fantastic sex also help to push this love story into another place.  When you add a hot, sexy alien and a smart, full of it female you have an unbeatable combination!

Would I recommend this author: Yes! Each book that Ms. Smith pens is an adventure for her readers!  Her characters are unforgettable and the plots are well thought out and moving.  If she is not on your must read author list, she should be for all lovers of good romance.

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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