I have so many firsts with Sue Lyndon. Claiming Their Maiden was my first menage book. Then there was a foursome in Claiming Their Princess, another first for me. I enjoyed each of these books more than I expected I would.
Still, when I learned that Kenan's Mate was a dark sci-fi romance, I was a bit hesitant. Dark? I'm more of a sunshine and daisies kind of reader. But, Sue hasn't let me down before, so I gave it a try.
I'm glad I did.
The book was longer than most of Sue Lyndon's books which allowed for a slow unfolding of the characters' emotions and back stories.
Laylah is on her way to a three month vacation on the planet Tallia when the ship is attacked, all the human males are killed and she and all the other women aboard are taken captive. Even trip insurance doesn't cover that sort of thing.
The wormhole they traveled through is closed. There is no escape.
Kenan rescues Laylah from the ship and claims her as his mate.
This book contains some non-consensual sex scenes (as well as plenty of hot scenes with two willing participants). I wasn't sure how I'd feel about that, but it was handled in a way that worked with the story. I don't want to give away any spoilers.
The world the Sue Lyndon has created on Tallia is complex and works well with the more dark aspects of this story.
I knew the punishments might be more harsh than I tend to care for, but it was handled well. Laylah broke a rule early in the book so I knew the time would come when Kenan would find out about it and strict discipline would follow. Knowing it was coming, but not knowing when, created enough tension to keep me turning the pages and wondering how it would all play out.
Kenan is part human part Kleaxian. Laylah is human but now must live the rest of her life in Kleaxian society. Each one must learn to appreciate aspects of the other's culture as they embrace the love that grows between them.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful, dramatic, sexy and romantic. Everything you could want in a book, plus a large red alien.
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P.S. I tried to knit a collar and leash (which plays a part in this book) but it was rather pitiful looking. I'll have to actually use a pattern next time.