Series: Tornians #1
Published by Self Published on August 30, 2013
Pages: 438 pages
King Grim Vasteri is the strongest, most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He has been sent by his Emperor to find and retrieve compatible females for their dying civilization. Lisa is a widowed mother of two little girls who finds herself and her daughters suddenly in high demand. Will the most feared warrior in the Empire keep and protect them? Or will he allow another to claim them?
King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered 'unfit'. The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females. The Emperor's discovery of a compatible female on a slave ship changed that. He'd ordered Grim to find his Empress' home world so more 'unprotected' females could be obtained, knowing Grim would never be allowed to Join with one.
Lisa Miller is a widowed mother of two little girls, Carly and Miki. Her husband died just a year ago, after a long battle with cancer and she misses him immensely. Friends want her to start dating again but in her heart, she knows there isn't a man on the planet she could love like her Mark. Who could love their girls like their own. Therefore, she'll stay alone.
When Lisa is discovered 'unprotected' at her husband's grave, she wakes on an alien ship heading for an alien world. Refusing to accept this she confronts the large males, demanding she be returned to her children. Seeing his chance to have a female, Grim agrees to accept and protect her offspring, if she agrees to Join with him and only him. Realizing this is the only way she can retrieve her children Lisa agrees and the Tornian Empire changes forever.
The purchase of Grim by M.K. Eidem was somewhat of a journey. I guess I was in the mood for a science fiction romance and Grim seemed to fit the bill. It really didn’t matter what the reviews were saying because the synopsis was too interesting and unique that I couldn’t pass it up. Now that I’m finished I am so grateful that the story worked out magnificently.
Grim was so different than I was expecting, and I have read quite a few alien world romance stories thank to the mind of Ruby Dixon. The world, characters, and conflict with Grim was so on point that I found myself devouring this story.
With the way Grim began I was somewhat hesitant to invest my full attention towards it because it had the makings of a smut sci-fi read. To be honest, I’ve become burned out on those. Almost immediately, following those thoughts, Eidem pens the earlier circumstances between Grim and the heroine in a way that just shouts “There’s more to this story!” Not only does Eidem deliver this message she also sets the foundation of this series within the first two chapters. You learn who the bad guys are, you learn what their issue is with the hero and heroine, and you also get to see the potential internal conflict that could take place between the H/h.
From the way Eidem structured the beginning of Grim, the butterflies in my stomach (always a good sign of an enjoyable read) burst forth from their restraints and were unleashed to bask in the awesomeness of this story.
The only downside I found with Grim was the author’s aim to pique our interest in Wray’s story, who happens to be the emperor and Grim’s brother. Wray should’ve been the first installment, but is actually the second story in the series. I will admit to being curious as to what went on between Wray and his love interest, the future empress. I would’ve loved the sequence of this series better if I had read Wray’s story before being educated about this literary world through Grim and the heroine’s eyes and experience. I don’t like to backtrack so it’s a toss up of whether or not I will actually give Wray a chance or just cut my losses and keep going forward in this series.
I’m so excited to read the other stories from some of the secondary characters from Grim. Also, I don’t know what other conflicts could arise because the one in Grim seemed pretty final and did a good job of eradicating the root of the main issue within this world.