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's 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.
©2013 M.K. Eidem (P)2015 M.K. Eidem
I have listened to this book several times and enjoy it over and over. I like the theme behind the story. A lot of effort has been put in to the production and it makes the book come alive. I like listening to dual voices. Well worth the cost.
I have already read the digital copy of this book a few times and I can't get enough of Grim and Lisa's story. It has everything u want in a story,
hot sexy alien, feisty beautiful heroines, edge of your seat action, drama and most of all a sense of humour that Made me laugh.
i felt every emotions the characters felt, the narrators portrayed the leading characters as i have imagined them to be, specially Grim and his husky/hoarse voice.
The only criticism i can make is the female narrator has one distinctive voice and so when she portrayed the other womens including Carly and Mikey, I couldn't tell the difference because her voice never changed, they all sound like Lisa. Apart from that am giving it five star*****
"SO DANG GOOD!!!"
Wowza! This book was so dang good....
Ok... if you have ever read one of my reviews...you know I hate dual narration.... UNLESS it is done like this book... Female reads female parts and male reads male parts... This was so good... but this book had a little something extra that I am just not use too... SOUND EFFECTS!!!!
I must admit at first...I hate it... the birds chirping and the hum of the spaceship was driving me batting...but by chapter two...when someone knocked on the door and you hear the knock first then the narration...well I must admit, it really made this book stand out... I fell in love with it... It was amazing... so kudos for this brilliant version of narration and sound effects...
No on to the review... GRIM... I so want a GRIM... Although he was scarred from a battle he won against 8 other warriors, Grim was looked upon as "not worthy" to mate due to his scars... Oh, did I mention he is KING GRIM... but nope, he got scares so the snoody women of his planet didn't want him. So when Grim has to go find mate(able) Earth women because his brother the emperor's new wife accidentally told of her home planet...Grim is in luck! He forces Lisa to mate with him in order to pick up her girls which were left back on earth... She does, because there is no way she was leaving her girls...
OK.. this is when the story picks up, because WOMEN are special, as they are rare on Grim's planet... Now King Grim has got three!!! Man this book was so darn good... I can't wait for book 2 to come on Audible...
Narration was Amazing!! So enjoyable... Credit well spent...
This is a buy, sale or credit... Great book!
"Well Worth the Credit!!"
Color me impressed with this book. The author took their time with letting you fall in love with the characters. Instead of wham bam thank you ma'am romance, you get well developed characters that make you want to invest the time in getting to know.
This is the first dual narrator audio book that i have listen to that I have enjoyed. Usually you are jarred between two different ways the book is being read it feels like you have to constantly readjust to the narrators. This was done in a way that you hope is done every time you see that there will be two narrators. With one doing all the male voices and perspectives and one doing all he female voices and perspectives it comes out perfect. And with the man doing the general narration it is truly the best dual narrated books I have ever listened to..
The story is good with strong male and female characters that have just enough sense and empathy that you don't feet the need to scream that someone is stupid or smack them upside the head ( you know there are some characters you want to do that to sometimes). The plot is interesting and not predictable and will definitely keep you interested.
The only thing that was kind of distracting were the background noises. In some areas it was a little annoying and others made me think I was hearing things or something was wrong with my headphones.
i don't want to explain the story or the characters because I think the book is good enough for you to buy and explore for yourself and fall in love with the book with your own impressions, i will just say I loved the good guys and strongly disliked the bad. The author made everyone 3-dimensional in a way that even when the crazy comes you can kinda see why.
All I can really say is that the series should be interesting and i can't wait for the next book.
"Wow, just WOW!"
Definitely yes, even though I've not read the print.
I got this audio book based on a review from a member I follow. It popped up in my email as a raving review. As I do like a good sifi romance, and the book sounded pretty cool I bought it for a credit. Boy, am I glad I did!!!
Admittedly this is my first full scale audio book with sound effects. And all I can say is WOW! It is/ was absolutely the coolest thing! Lol, now I want all my audio books to have sound effects!
I noticed on Good Reads this book had a lot of typos and mistakes in the writing that turned people off. This being an audio book that's not really a problem. Although there where a few glitches in the performance that should have been fixed during production. It wasn't enough to turn me off the story.
I greatly enjoyed the interchanging male/ female narrators for male/ female characters. And given the huge amount of different characters in this book I believe they did an excellent job of giving them all different voices. I think Jennings did a slightly better job then James did though. As a few of James male voices sounded too similar and a little funny sounding (almost lisped). I really wasn't sure I liked Grims whisper/ growlish voice either, because I found it harder to discern emotion in it. But it's sound is explained so I was fine with that.
Like I said the sound effects where awesome in the background. As there is very little world building in this story (much to my disappointment), they bring a level of description to the story that it would suffer greatly without. It helps you to build the setting in your mind, through sound, that let's your imagination fill in the rest. I could buy a recording of the ship background noise and listen to that all the time! I'm not sure why but I loved that noise! The only time it bothered me was when they where inside and you could hear birds. On the planet I could deal as I imagined the palace as more open like, but on earth in the house it was just irritating. But only for the 5 min. they where there. All else was amazing!
The story was refreshingly different. Still an instalove romance (a little weird as they are kidnapped), but there was plenty of relationship building so it made it less weird, I think. Lol, that probably doesn't make any sense but at the moment I'm sick of the instalove romance thing. BUT I really liked this story, SO I just delt with it. It does get better, and better as it goes on. I can't wait for the next book to be released as well as more of this author's work!
Definitely worth a credit!
"BEAM ABOARD FOR AN ENTERTAINING SCI-FI LOVE STORY"
The action and tension kicks in right from the start and doesn't stop until the very end and, if you're a sci-fi fan, you will have been captivated by all the world-building of this new alien species and, if you're a romance fan, you will have been ensnared by a sweet and tender love story. With it's hunky colorful alpha Warriors (who outnumber females 200 to 1) which is why feisty Lisa finds herself captured, along with other women, and on board a spaceship heading for deep space and far far away from her small children. But help is at hand when the giant bronzed and scarred Grim steps in to offer her his protection and to go back and get her children but there's a catch..... she must 'join' with him and no other.
From there the layers build and build to create an entertaining, fascinating and hypnotising storyline that will have you transfixed on this new Warrior species with their strange culture, pride and honor, expectations, strengths and vulnerabilities. Then they'll have you swooning at their humble gentle caring attitudes towards women and their hopes and dreams to become protectors and fathers.
Unfortunately, Lisa's transition into their world isn't an easy one as behind the scenes are greedy enemies whose plans and deeds have been deadly in their bid to overthrow the Emperor. Angst, drama, sex, loving touching scenes, a loveable H & H and various other secondary characters make this and exciting listen. Told from both POV's but the true genius is the dual narration because it comes across as actual conversations between the male/female leads and the sound effects, which I didn't think I was going to like in the beginning, actually grew on me in the end.
Worth a credit? Yes definitely, although I did think a previous book was missing as Wray (the Emperor) and his human mate Kim were actually the first couple to find the 'compatibility' between species and their difficult story was hinted at many times during this listen. So I went on to the authors website to see if there was a book missing and I am happy to report that their story is actually book 2 in the series. I don't know why they did it this way round (maybe the reason will become clear after I've listened to that book) but I think I would've preferred it to have been Wray and Kim's love story first. This is an author I'll be watching out for from now on.
"This Was The Best Story!!!!"
I loved the sound effects in the background.
Grimm and Lisa
Grimm and Lisa
I liked how they grew together as a family.
I liked how strong yet feminine Lisa was. Great storyline with lots of adventure and sizzle too.
"A very pleasant Surprise!"
Did not read the printed version, but found myself in unexpectedly in love with the Audible version.
The story line is quite good,and keeps you interested for the entire time. (Aka,did not fall asleep while listening to story.). The tempo of plot development is great,nothing felt rushed,nor dragged out. The characters are nicely developed and the romance actually adds to the story instead of distracting from it.
Also i in love with the female character of Lisa!. Here is an intelligent, loyal and fierce female lead. She does not have super powers nor mayor phisical strength,has lived a life wich required plenty of realistic sacrifices, and has 2 small children to look after. And yet this amazing individual manages to use her assest, to turn her life and the Universe upside-down
Freaking sound effect; whaaat?!. 1st book i ever listened to that has the sound of space ships zooming by, birds chirping,pounding/ knocking of doors,and all kinds of other sound effect goodies added to it. The 1st few times it honestly distracts, and had me worried i may not be able to enjoy the story this was. But after a few
chapters you come to expect it,and realize it truly adds to the experience. (Bonus,i now clearly know the sounds of a guy to get kneed in the goolies!).
I tried, and have the eye baggies and dark circles to prove it!. I am now in withdrawal and need the 2nd book,i know it's published -so takey credits & get on to it already Audible! .
The male narration may come over monotonous at times,give it a chance (it actually fits the character). Don't let the front cover turn you off from this purchase,it really does not match the content of the book!. (I had my screen turned off the entire time,trying to avoid seeing the cover image..or worse be seen :p)
"😍Best book I've heard in a long time!!"
Where do i start?
This book pulls you in, the kids are too cute!!the story line is great. i loved this book, can't wait until the next one.
"I'm Glad I Took A Chance On This One!"
In the beginning, I was thinking "this is going to be a cheesy" but the story grew on me and by the end, I could not stop listening to it.
The narration was good, and the sound effects gave the story that something "extra" but did not overpower the narration.
Looking forward to the other books coming out in audio.
Yes. I really enjoyed this story, especially the vulnerability of the hero. I have to say the the that the heroine was kind of annoying at the very end. I'm not sure who made her the authority on intergalactic romance - but she certainly had no problem being the boss of everyone! All in all however, I enjoyed this book a lot.
It reminded me a little of Laurann Dohner`s Zorn series...
I lived the duel narration!! It was like watching a movie...with my ears...
"Male Alien Warriors Desperate for Women"
Not bad strong storyline. Good characters and descriptive. I am new to the alien things but I'm liking them. The narration was tolerable. The background noise threw me off. It did not really bring quality to the book. The male narrator I found poor on his reading. He made most of the men sound as though the had speak impediments.
I really loved the strength of the Heroine in this story. She had a wisdom and kindness of found endearing. The author in my opinion made a mistake as casting her as a 24 yr old. The character was much too mature for 24. While being a widowed mother of 2 of a man who did of cancer will age you. It does not make you able to become a nurturing Queen of a Alien race of males able to rule with assertion and diplomacy. That was people willing to follow you rule. That comes with age and experience. So 24 is a little unbelievable for me. Plus the narration leads you to think the heroine is in her mid to late 30's.
"A Bland Moderately Saucy Beauty and the Beast tale"
Yes, I'd have introduced the Lords of the noble houses earlier in the story and try to mislead readers a bit in order generate more suspense and interest. The story line was just too predictable and our heroine way too perfect and eager.
The description of the aliens and their different worlds was too brief and unconvincing. A little more detail about the power-struggles and political games between the noble houses would have added a multi-dimensional more complex approach to the main plot thereby intellectually stimulating readers as well as entertaining them.
I enjoyed the interplay of voices, the way each took turn to represent the male and female voices respectively.
No. There wasn't enough of a (interesting) story to build-upon.
This is the first time that I have written a review but after listening to this book, 3 times, I just had.
The Tornian Empire where the story takes place and where women are few and far between and Earth women are much sought after. Enter our hero Grim, a 7 foot+, very muscular and extremely hot warrior and Lisa a 5ft nothing earth woman
Yes the sex scenes are explicit but very well done and there is actually a very good story as well.
I won't put any more as it would spoil the book but I have just bought the second book called Wray
A great story, sex romance, what more can a girl ask for
"GET THIS BOOK IF YOU LOVE SCI FI"
Yes I would listen to Grim again it's a wonderful story and an amazing book. I've re-read the book every time a new one is release just to enjoy reading it again and again. Now that I've gotten the audiobook it just means I can sit back close my eyes and imagine this in my mind again and again.
When she stood on the floor of the claiming area and claimed him as hers ..... I wanted to get up and beat them myselves with how they treated them... Really made you feel for the characters in the book.
Having a story read by a male and female narrator brings and added dimension to the story. You can actually hear the characters interacting and imagine the scenes taking place much easier.
Yes very definately. I love M.K. Eidems works and have all her books to date. She's an amazing author and I'm looking forward to the new releases.
M.K. Eidem is a relatively new Sci-Fi Romance author who I was introduced to when a friend bought me one of her books. I've bought everything she has released to date as her books keep you wanting more and you can't wait for the next installment of the story. My only complaint ..... she doesn't write them quick enough. But in all honesty what an amazing author and if this is just the beginning I can't wait to see what happens further down the road when she's more established.
"Strong but not aggressive story"
Good book. I will look at the rest of the series. I enjoyed the use of two narrators, Commodore James and Laura Jennings. It had an impact on the story, strengthened the development.
I could understand why Lisa made the decisions she does and the growth of the relationship with Grimm.
This is a calm but strong story. One I will recommend to friends but I think my husband may find it a bit of a chick-flick
Really enjoyed this :-) got so involved with the characters. Narration a was great too. Had a job to stop listening and can't wait to listen to the next book.
"Codswallop and soft porn"
After listening to the audio summary don't expect the story to get any better. That's about as good as it gets. It begins with Lisa, a widowed housewife being abducted. She wakes up to find herself and a group of women on a spaceship heading away from planet Earth and on their way to an alien galaxy. The alien men believe all the Earth women to be unattached and therefore see no reason why they shouldn't take them to use as 'breeders' for themselves. The alien's own women are in very short supply and a scarcity of female births due to a virus has resulted in a population of two hundred and fifty males to one female. One of the alien males, Grim, who just happens to be a king and the Emperor's brother persuades Lisa to 'join' with him if takes her back to Earth and collects her two children. That night they 'join' and Lisa is happy to bag Grim, who just happens to be the King of one planet and the Emperor's brother. Then Lisa sets about transforming Grim's castle using her interior design skills before moving on to redesigning the warriors uniforms. By the end of the book she's managed to knock him into shape and win most of the warriors around to her way of thinking before putting the galaxy to rights. What utter nonsense with a liberal amount of soft porn throw in. Life's too short to waste on this sort of rubbish
Pretty much how I heard it in my head when reading it. Lisa could have been a bit more forceful but overall, a good interpretation.
"Start to a really good series?"
After looking for a while for another series that I would like, I think this might fit the bill, it has an interesting storyline with engaging characters, and a very promising set up for the next stories, that said, this is the only book available on audible at the moment, which is a shame since I would really really like to know how the story continues!! If you like Laurann Dohner, Kresley Cole, Thea Harrison and Shelly Laurenston I feel sure you will like this book (series)
"Thank goodness a very good storyline"
I take my love of audible books very seriously, they are my escape... I awarded this book by M.K.Eidem a 4/5 overall, however in truth it was more a 41/2 out of 5 and there are very few books that I would give such a high score too.
For the Science Fiction angle of the story and the twists and turns of the plot I admit I'm torn but I think Laurann Dohners Cyborg Seduction series springs to my mind. As for the care and passion of the Lead male in this book I'd have to go with Hunters Claim by S.E.Smith.I'm REALLY looking forward to the next book in the series ... on Audible Please ... hint hint
No and No I was very impressed by the amount of characters that Commodore James and Laura Jennings were able to portray with an effortless ease ...
I found myself occasionally becoming frustrated that the lead female was so darn understanding at times, knowing that I wouldn't be. I laughed and welled up a few times and admit to feeling a level of loathing for certain characters that shocked me.
At the beginning of the book I struggled for a few minutes with the background noises in the recording, adapting quickly and loved it. In the end I found the whole book very enjoyable.
Okay now for the nitty gritty, lets talk about the sex ladies and gentlemen ... There was a surprising amount of sameness and fluffy description to the sex in this book and while it was a bit vanilla at times it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the book too much.
I have all e-books of of Tornian now have audible Book1.
I. would like more.
The. stories are. great and the characters come to life when you have a audible Book.
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