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Merrick's Maiden

The Cosmos' Gateway, Book 5
Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
Series: Cosmos' Gateway, Book 5
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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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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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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Breathtaking

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

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 30-04-2016

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.

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  • Karen Park
  • 24-06-2016

Disappointed

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?

Serious disappointment.

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  • Kathy Goff
  • 07-02-2019

Love it!

Love this whole series. All have fun twists & turns of adventure, love, & laughter. This book moves the story past the Bell family & the transition was seamless. Loved the characters of Addie & Merrick. Moving on now to Core & Avery....

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  • Davis
  • 01-07-2016

Read other books first

This book is an erotic romance with scifi.

From the first page I should have listen to the other books first, I was so lost.

Addie lost her hearing at 16 and has only kept 2 people close to her, not even her family can see how strong she is. Until she is hired to clean an office with a caged man in it, or is he?

Merrick is trapped on earth and needs to be free to go back to his home planet. Nothing will stop him, well until Addie comes walking into his room and he know she is his mate. Not not only does he need to flee he needs to claim what is his.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 24-04-2016

Book 5: well done

Some of the overlaps from previous stories is a bit confusing, but can't speak to whether it's more or less confusing to have read the previous stories, as I'm pretty tired while writing this. Narration fits the story. I would like it even better without some of the mispronunciations.

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  • Sharon Demond
  • 19-04-2016

The Silent World of Love - Warrior Style!!

Would you listen to Merrick's Maiden again? Why?

Oh I am sure I will - as I have just about all of SE Smith's books. Love the characters, hate the villains, friggin love the author!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh I think I loved Addy the most, however, Merrick was a close second.

Have you listened to any of Suzanne Elise Freeman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I have, and Suzanne is great, she is starting to get right up there in status as David Brenin. (Love that man!)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well I could understand Addy being upset thinking Merrick had just left her. She as hurt and angry, but she still loved him. Thinking she had to push him from her mind, only to run smack-dab into him. Then how he had saved her, but she still couldn't forgive the hurt she felt. Then finding out he had no choice, because he almost died. Great!

Any additional comments?

The end when not only did she get her hearing back, but was going to have twin girls! Awesome. Now I understand the bad guy getting away, because someone must get him. I just don't want Derek or Runt's story (and I know there will be a story!) having to cross paths with him. I do hope that Derek finally catches Runt - even if she is young. Oh SE Smith you have made me a happy customer. But hurry and release more books on Audible. Hugs & Kisses!

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  • amanda
  • 20-04-2019

pretty good book!

it was really good I just hate(sorta spoiler alert)that they had to have sex under the conditions they had to but it was romantic and steamy at the same time! He was very thoughtful and considerate to make her first time, even under the conditions it was, memorable for her OMG he's a keeper in so many ways... totally worth a listen!

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  • shifter reader,
  • 04-04-2019

when's next book<br />

I love the series, when it's the next book coming out? Hope it's Derricks' turn, or maybe Cors.

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  • Queen Vicki
  • 05-02-2019

More! 😀 🤗 🤔

Wonderful series worth rereading several times over. Can't wait till Ford's story is on Audible and more books are written about these great people of like and earth interact with each other as the Prime warriors look for and find their own bond mates. Brock and Le... something and the two Russian women have to be dealt with we don't even know where one of them is. The pregnancy of all the women left and finishing the development of the serum from the mating fluid in their fangs/teeth, maybe taking samples of how the fluid works on human women can be developed and be used or mixed as the Prime really need a population boost esp females but the original siren can be used for the Prime women who want a male child instead of twin girls. Please Ms. Smith please continue with the series and of course make them Audible as well 😔 🙂 😃 😍 😎.

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  • Kimmy
  • 01-02-2019

Wonderful Book and Series!

Loved this book and series! Loved the narrator as well! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Kindle Customer Cecilia Mary O'Shea
  • 03-07-2018

Merrick's Maiden

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

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  • Simon
  • 21-05-2016

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 😊