Hail is a Dark Kindred. Since emotions are outlawed on his home world, he is learning to feel now that he lives on the Mother Ship. Strong emotions are bad news, though--they bring out the part of his DNA that is Bolaxian Beast, a race of beings known for their fierce breeding lust.
Isobel is afraid to trust the huge Kindred warrior with her heart and the safety of her young son but when fate throws them together, she has no choice. When Hail's beast comes out, will Isobel run from him…or bond with him?
You'll have to read Bonding with the Beast to find out…
Isobel is a divorcee who's started all over again with her son, Brandon, who has Asperger’s. She's a devoted mum, very protective and the bond she shares with her son is lovely to read about. Isobel is going to catch up with an old friend on the Kindred mothership but is bowled over when her ride arrives. Not only is Hail the biggest Kindred Isobel has ever seen, but he also happens to be the guy who has been haunting her dreams! Hey, that's spooky enough but when Brandon says he too has dreamt of Hail, things start to take a very strange turn.
Okay, using a child with any form of autism as a plot device could go either way but it works beautifully here. Told with a sensitivity that makes Brandon an intrinsic part of the story, it was heartwarming to read about his interactions with Hail who with his unemotional responses seemed robotic, enabling Brandon to connect without the fear that could make human interaction so problematic.
It's Hail's way of turning off his emotions that drives this story. Although Kindred, he is part Baloxian which means he has a rage inside him that turns into a true beast when released. Meeting Isobel puts Hail in a quandary as he wants to feel but also fears he might harm her. Things don't quite go as Hail anticipates, meaning the author gets to have fun with her characters and of course eventually give her readers the happy ending they hope for.
I received a copy of Bonding With the Beast that I've voluntarily read with no requirement for a review. These thoughts and comments are my own honest and I believe fair opinion.