Old hatreds die hard. Old love dies harder.
On Meli Galdes' home planet, the struggle for power is a bloody, full-contact sport--in business and on the battlefield. For years her lethal skills have been a valuable asset in advancing her family's interests. She's more than earned her right to retire, but her kinsmen have one last favor to ask.
Kill the man who ruined her life.
Celino Carvanna's razor-sharp business acumen--and skills with a blade--won him the freedom to do as he pleases. There's only one thing he can't seem to control--his reaction to the mysterious woman who tantalizes his senses. Her eyes alone set his blood simmering, stirring ridiculous adolescent fantasies about breasts and honey. With a few words she dissects his soul. Who is she? And how does she slide so easily under his well-guarded skin?
It's almost too easy to draw Celino within the kill zone. Meli plans to revel in him. Drink him in. Wring every drop of pleasure out of every moment.
And when she's sure he belongs to her, she will finally repay a decade's worth of pain--in a single, brutal dose of reality.
Claire Shannon is a killer. She uses no weapons, only her mind.
Born on a planet locked in a long war, Claire is a psycher, a woman with the ability to attack minds and infiltrate a biological computer network where psychers battle to the death. But when the war abruptly ends, Claire must hide her psycher's ability to survive. She is deported to a new planet, a vivid beautiful place, where she meets Venturo Escana, a powerful psycher, whose presence overwhelms both her mind and her body.
She thought she had left war and death behind, but now she must fight for her new life and this battle might just cost her everything...
Wow, I really enjoyed reading these stories! I really enjoyed the world, we got a lot of little details, like the formalities and the structures to keep them from annihilating one another. I really hope that we get more, so we can explore more of this world!
Silent Blade, I loved their relationship, and how they were supposed to be married, but he wanted his freedom. If only he'd listened to her, but nope, just straight out rejected anything she had to say. Well, she showed him! Awesome story!
At first, I wasn't sure how these books were connected besides both having Kinsmen. But then the world that took Claire in is the same one where the couple from the first book. And then it turns out that they're friends with her new boss! So yeah, we got a quick check into their lives, which was really great!
The whole thing about the war just seemed so pointless. Just split the planet for goodness sakes! The relocation deal was a bit sketchy, why couldn't they go to other planets after to avoid going back to their lost one? That ending was hilarious, with the note from his aunt to his mom about the results from the battle that the last chapter ended with, and hopes to finagle them into marriage!
These books were just fantastic to read, and I really hope that we get more, even if it's unlikely!
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kinsmen #1, 2
Read: July 27th, 27th, 2018
Reason Why: Love their writing, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books!
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, NYLA
Published: June 2nd 2009, September 16th 2011