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Wray (Tornians Book 3) Kindle Edition
Wray found himself drawn to the small female he’d found beaten and abused on the Ganglian ship. She resembled a Tornian female, but was much smaller. Could she be what he had been searching for?
Kim Teel has had a hard life, at least she thought she had, until her parents were suddenly killed and then her sister and brother in law disappeared. At nineteen, she realized she’d been protected from all of life’s hardships. She had been cared for and loved her entire life had come to expect it. She was terribly spoiled. Determined to change her ways, Kim went looking for her sister, only to be captured by the Ganglians and it was then she learned what happened to the ‘unprotected’ females of the universe.
Wray and Kim are both doing the same thing, trying to survive. But what they find is that there are more important things than just survival. And once they learn that, the universe changes forever.
- ASIN : B00MR2MKE8
- Publication date : August 30, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1730 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1508605483
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #258,808 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kim is abducted from Earth by the ganglians after she goes looking for her sister, who'd gone missing after she and Kim had a huge fight.
Wray rescues Kim and nurses her back to health. All the while he is curious about Kim, who she is, what she is, and where did she come from? He's never seen anything like her.
Wray and Kim crash land on a uninhabited planet and take shelter. They grow very close and learn about each other. Wray has no idea about Earth, their women, or culture of which Kim feels him in. Wray does the same for Kim. He tells her all about Tornian women, joining, their warrior lifestyle and more.
Upon being rescued off the planet, Wray and Kim face many obstacles. Some friendly and some deadly. Some constructed from lies and deceit. The biggest obstacle is change. Kim has opened Wray's eyes to many things he never considered and never considered wrong. And all he wants is to be with Kim so if change is needed, that's what he's gonna do. Whether the rest of the empire agrees or not.
The reason I can't rate this book higher is because... it wasn't as good as the first one. I really liked 'Grim' and found that although the heroine had a tendency to speechify (esp. at the end) and thus subdue a patriarchy, I liked it. I really liked the interaction between characters, her daughters (THANK YOU--moderately acceptable writing of children!), and the fact that it was an alien-kidnapping romance ++++ world building/alien sociology, etc.
But Wray.... although it kind of added to the world building in terms of better understanding the 'laws' of the Torian culture, didn't meet the expectations of the first book. Firstly, it was a LOT more exposition and less interaction between characters. Even when it was just Kim and Wray. We were in his head, in her head, but rarely did it seem it was between them. There was what seemed to be the 'token' other-female-alien friend, and the usual confusion about whether the other guys in the story could rape the heroine or not... not cool. I also wanted more about how Kim wouldn't tell them where Earth was. That seemed a huge point in her favor in book one and barely touched upon in this book. And another problem I had was how the Healer seemed so very skeezy in this book becomes okay in the previous one? confusing.
Personally, I liked it, but it Grim will be my favorite--although I'm hoping for a Rebecca (or was it Rachel?) & Callen book 3. (This comment is made because her named switched back and forth--there are other editing errors to be overlooked as well).
Still, rather enjoyable.
That being said, I did enjoy this particular segment of the story and would recommend it, but read it first, Nikhil second and then Grim and I think that the reader will get more out of it.
Kim has been through hell and survived. Now she has to navigate a new world, a new culture, and her feelings for Wray. These two have a lot of emotional scars to work through before they can have a future together. I love the over-protective, sweet, and clueless Tornian males. Wray, and all Tornian males, are the perfect male aliens and check all my boxes for a perfect alien hero.
Like I said in my review of Grim, this series is a favorite of mine and always makes me happy. I know there are a lot of grammatical and plot issues but the romance between the couples is what I really love. I know this series will not be for everyone, but it is my guilty pleasure and I will continue to reread it as I wait for the next book to come out.
Warning: Heroine is raped and abused.
Top reviews from other countries
Emperor Wray has been meeting with Emperor Liron of Kaliszian and was returning home when they encountered a Ganglian ship which refused to stop. Going aboard it, Wray finds an injured female hidden away. Heading back to his ship The Searcher with the female, when the shuttle is attacked and it lands on Pontus, a planet in Kaliszian space. There are more problems to be cleared up before all ends well.
I enjoyed learning all about the new races the author has invented and hope that as the series develops I will remember all their titles and race details.
There was a healthy amount of sex in the relationship but she could be a bit more descriptive. I have been jaded lately by how some other authors have written nothing but sex scenes and no storyline at all but this author seems to be stuck in the Mills and Boon era. But at the same time if chapter after chapter is all sex we readers tend to switch off and become immune to it.
The rape of Kim was handled well and I believe we were told enough without too many graphics.
Hope to see another book in this series out soon.
Great to see a new author selling her books at a reasonable price
Kim is a bit of a hothead who speaks first and regrets later which is part of how she was captured. Wray after rescuing her decides to find out how a female will view him not knowing he is an Emporer. If you have read the first book in the series this book follows the almost identical format and plot. The story starts with the couple getting to know each other and the second half is about how Tornians adapt and react to Kim. The storyline is well plotted but too similar to the previous book to make it stand out in its own right. A solid read and I do recommend if you enjoy sci-fi romance.