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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 to 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' life has been one of silence since a devastating illness when she was 16. 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 to 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, but it won't matter. She is his, and he will do everything he can to convince her: hold her or even kidnap her if that is what it takes to make her realize 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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By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-30-16
WITH MS S.YOU'RE GUARANTEED A GOOD SCI-FI ROMANCE
The Publisher's Summary pretty much sums up the plot - ruthless humans capture Merrick, repeatedly do various nasty experiments which slowly drain his strength and they have every intention of killing him..... and soon. While innocent Addie is at her evening cleaning job she stumbles across a chained and imprisoned handsome stranger with silver eyes and it's a case of wrong place wrong time.... or perhaps right place right time? Because the safe silent world Addie knows is about to become dangerous - but oh so yummy too as the mesmerizing Alien vows to protect, honour and love her as his words invade her silent world and his body claims hers. Merrick can't believe that finally he's met his Mate..... however the timing and circumstances couldn't of been worse... then, in true S E Smith style, things do in fact get worse as Merrick and Addie fight for freedom, fight to stay alive, fight for their relationship.... and fight the sick and twisted monsters who've held them captive.
Any fan of this series already knows that they're going to get an action packed listen peppered with danger, humor, sex, passion, romance and sex because these sex starved possessive Warriors just can't stay out of trouble in their quest to claim their Mates. Multiple POV's but mainly the H & H, entertaining Sci-Fi romance, a handful of various secondary characters thrown in plus the old familiar ones too and the narrator was good. It's instant everything... but hey and a shrug - there's absolutely no complaints here.
Worth a credit? Yes it would have been but, at under $10 I saved the credit for a more expensive listen and so I just bought it.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Karen Park on 06-24-16
What would have made Merrick's Maiden better?
I couldn't wait to listen to the last book so I bought it rather than wait for my credits. I skipped a lot of chapters. I was boring and not as good as the others. At least they didn't say bond-mate every other sentence like the last books.
What could S. E. Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Written it better?
Did Suzanne Elise Freeman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
She was fine.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Kindle Customer Cecilia Mary O'Shea on 07-03-18
I thoroughly enjoyed this book the courage of a deaf girl, was well well thought out and written them to get hearing back as well as finding out that she was having twin girl's was a brilliant twist at the end
By Simon on 05-21-16
Wow, the Cosmos' Gateway series is awesome
S.E. Smith is a very talented author indeed, coupling her wonderful stories with the vocal performances of Suzanne Elise Freeman is definitely a winning combination
I am really looking forward to hearing the next in the series on Audible 😊