A warrior with a scarred heart who doesn’t know how to love. And the woman who must teach him how before it’s too late…
The son of the evil AllFather, Xairn is filled with conflicting emotions. On one hand, he has finally gained his freedom and cut the ties that bound him to his race and the sadistic male who is his father. But doing so has unleashed feelings in him Xairn would rather keep buried. Desires that he prayed would never manifest now rage through him and they are centered on one woman alone…
Lauren Jakes is the long lost cousin Liv and Sophie never knew they had. Abducted by the Scourge, she formed a connection with Xairn more meaningful than any other in his life. But though Lauren thinks she knows him, there is more to the huge Scourge warrior than she comprehends. A nightmare childhood and a cruel father have scarred Xairn’s heart almost past the point of healing. But that is nothing to the secret inside him—the forbidden desires coded into his very DNA itself, which urge him to commit unspeakable acts in order to sate his newly awakened hunger.
Now a conflict is brewing—both in Xairn’s soul, and aboard the Fathership where the twisted AllFather has hatched a new, malicious plot to bring his estranged son home. Can Xairn resist the brutal lust growing within him? Can he fight against his very nature which urges him to dominate and control any female he mates? Can Lauren heal his heart before the AllFather’s trap closes on both of them?
And can she teach him how to love before it’s too late?
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Like all the books before this one in the series, this novel focuses mainly on one relationship while introducing the next book’s couple and dabbling in the pairings that were previously established in the other tales. In Found, we are immersed in the difficult and seemingly insurmountable coupling of Lauren and Xarin. Unlike the previous three books, this tale begins with a whole new level of darkness. Yet, even in such a situation, the chemistry between the lovely Lauren and the lonely Xarin is palpable. Together the duo craft a dramatic path toward happily ever after, but danger lurks at every turn.
As always I shall start by discussing the main female protagonist. Lauren is a determined, cupcake baker with a level of street-smarts that keep her from losing herself in the dark world of the Scourage. Now, while I didn’t find Lauren nearly as relatable as I did Kat, Sophia, & Olivia before her, I did enjoy her way of responding to the things that happened to her; it was very real. Xarin, the male protagonist, was in my opinion, a marvelous character. He was deep and dark, but sweet and well-intention in regards to Lauren. The additional aspect of BDSM to his desires was just another plus for me. Evangeline Anderson has a real talent for crafting males that truly touch the reader; they are realistic, but still have that element of fantasy to them.
My favorite part of the novel was not Lauren or Xarin or even the plot, though all three of these things were positives. No, my favorite part was the inclusion of Little One. What can I say? I’m a true sucker for animals. All in all, I highly recommend this book, as I have the rest of this series, to anyone who enjoys science fiction romance novels. This one in particular I believe will appeal to fans of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
A satisfying change of pace
So you get a glimpse of Lauren and Xarin from the previous book and it picks up eight where Sought left off with the two hurtling to parts unknown.
I enjoyed Lauren because, unlike the last three female characters, she’s very confident of herself and can hold her own in most situations. (I have a soft spot for confident heroines)
Xarin is adorable, and watching him struggle with recognizing his feelings and repressed emotions made my heart cry sometimes.
I enjoyed Lauren’s rational relations and her forwardness when it came to Xarin. It’s the kind of story where the sexy-stuff felt more like an obligation and less of a plot point with the ongoing will they won’t they smoosh trope.
The Suspense and drama with the Allfather was chilling and so great, lining up nicely with the story, allowing us to also meet the next couple.
I have very few complaints with this installment. I’m not a big BDSM person but I wouldn’t go far as label that aspect as turn-off. There were only two occasions I’d classify as a “No means Yes” situation as I am not a fan of pushing your partner into doing something they don’t want, especially when they take the trouble to vocalize it, so I had to knock off a star. (Remember, “no” means “no,” not “maybe”)
I hope to see more strong and open minded characters like Lauren. She was SO refres