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Merrick's Maiden

By: S. E. Smith
Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author S. E. Smith brings another action-, adventure-, and suspense-filled story to transport listeners out of this world.

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?

©2014 Susan E. Smith (P)2016 Susan E. Smith

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Breathtaking

Another spectacular book from S E Smith, i love these series and i want more.

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One of my favourites by this author.

Narration was enjoyable. One of my favourites by this author. I loved this in book form and really enjoyed it in audible. Being able to listen whilst doing other things is great. BOOK REVIEW I have owned this series for ages and love re-reading it. At the end of Cosmos Promise Merrick had been captured and was missing. A leak in the government was giving the baddies a heads up so they kept moving Merrick to other labs whenever rescue was close at hand. Months later we find Merrick caged in yet another cell somewhere. Wow, finding out what happened to Merrick was scary. Abused and used for testing purposes by some really rotten human ratbags. Unfortunately people likes these exist in real life. Addie was the cleaner at one of the places where Merrick was being held. Addie was cleaning in a restricted area and stumbled across Merrick in a cage. By touching each other the bond mate rings form on their palms. Addie has been deaf since her teenage years and hearing a voice in her head was a bit startling for her but she came through a real trooper and tried to help Merrick escape. Unfortunately, the baddies knew what she was doing. Addie is then kidnapped and used to make Merrick behave but she was able to summon help from Cosmos group. In all the confusion of the rescue Addie is dumped in a human hospital and forgotten about as no one knew they were mates. The silence she felt as Merrick was no longer with her must have been heart-breaking. Merrrick was unconscious during the rescue and was dying due to the drugs that had been pumped into him. He was taken back to Baade to be healed though he still nearly died even with their advanced technology. A lot more happens to make this one of the most action packed books in this series. I found it funny that Addie fell asleep in stressful situations. Cute but silly. Markham needs to be found and put down. If Avery is Cores bond mate, then he must be going crazy as she keeps disappearing on him. Cannot wait for the next book in this combined world series. Don’t care whose it is as I love them all.

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