Grim by M.K. Eidem was a novel I discovered on various blogger lists over the years. As a Sci-Fi romance, it’s a bit unique from what I typically read and I’ve been craving more stories set in outer space lately.
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.
This book was beautifully cliched and I loved it. The Tornians are these tender, buff alien men that just want to procreate. Their females are bitches and mistreat the men horribly. Cue the females of Planet Earth to shake things up. Any sense of implausibility was thrown to the wind as I was reading and that’s what I love about Sci-Fi. You just have to accept what the author throws at you. With every revelation, I just had to go with the flow.
The aliens don’t understand their females? Sure, I buy it.
The aliens are shy around earthlings? Okay, why not?
Aliens don’t understand female orgasms? Well, I guess that’s something men of any species share.
I loved that Lisa was a mama bear and the children didn’t detract from the romance but added to it. I loved the clear theme of determining someone’s worth and I giggled with manic glee during the political showdown near the end. The romance was a bit sudden but I was still swooning as Grim and Lisa fight for understanding in their relationship.
If I’m not mistaken, Grim is a self-published novel and that both inspires me and creates understanding. As a self-proclaimed grammar nazi, I couldn’t help but notice the various typos and grammatical errors. I noticed that other reviewers have commented on this topic, but while I was reading, it was easy to understand what was written and since it was self-published I was able to overlook it, especially because I enjoyed this novel so damn much.
STARS: 4 out of 5