Kindle Edition, 454 pages
Published June 20th 2012
by Evangeline Anderson Books
Merrick is scarred both inside and out, a half-breed with a brutal background, at home nowhere in the universe.
Now they are tied together by an unstable bond which could kill them both.
Their journey will take them to the lawless planet of Rageron—the wildest of all the Kindred worlds. There, in the deep blue jungles of an alien world, Elise must bare her soul and relive the horror that nearly killed her. Can she and Merrick make each other whole or will Elise run from her pain?
If she does, Merrick cannot help but chase her…Elise is being Pursued.
This book was amazing. It's everything I love in paranormal romance--two broken characters coming together through horrors and finding peace in one another. Le sigh.
I absolutely loved this story. It seems to start off simply enough, Merrick and Elise have formed an artificial bond between them and need to dissolve the bond because it's neither natural or healthy for either of them. Since they both have such strong emotions towards one another, it seems a rather cruel trick that Fate has played on them when they discover that their feelings aren't really...real. And the plot thickens more cruelly when Elise remembers that she has a fiancee. How does a girl such a fact? Well, in Elise's case it's because of trauma. And because she found herself enduring a very unusual sort of trauma, sort of a double whammy since she was being victimized by being forced to watch a previous trauma of her own being played on a memory screen by the AllFather. I would also say, she probably forgot about her fiancee because I doubt she ever had any real feelings for him.
But I digress. The story has a lot of little such plot twists that seem to drive Merrick and Elise farther apart from one another, and yet, also ironically enough, pull them together. Because there's nothing Merrick wouldn't do to help Elise, even though sometimes doing what she asks him to is hard. He hates watching her in pain, but he can't push her to share her past because he doesn't want to hurt her. All in all, it was hard to read their story in places because I just ached for what each of them was going through--always trying to sacrifice themselves for the other. And what Elise ultimately does for Merrick, opening up her vault of traumas and secrets, knowing full well they could break her, was brave and an act of pure love. It also proved to be an act of healing--for them of them.
This was one romance that was sweet, and tender and raw and totally devastating.
5 glittering stars.
And it goes on my favourites shelf ♥