Book Review. The Bonding. Imogen Keeper. 

He must choose – her life – or his freedom.

Tam is brutal. Hard. Uncompromising. Resigned to a lifetime alone. Until he finds a woman frozen in space, suffering from a deadly disease. There’s only one way to save her – to Bond her to him for life with his mind, his body, and his serum.

She must choose – her people – or his love.

When her planet is invaded by alien slavers, Nissa launches into space in a cryo-pod in a desperate search for help. Tam may be her savior, but their future is not meant to be.

In a universe at war, Nissa and Tam battle their dangerous addiction and their own stubborn hearts. Their strange part-chemical, part-mystical Bonding brought them together – and just might be what tears them apart.

READER ADVISORY: Graphic sexual content and language. No fade to black here! Including one attempted attack on the heroine.


Genre : Sci Fi / Erotic / Romance 

Rating ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

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Tam meets the dying Nissa and, in order to save her, must give her a serum (i.e. his semen, hence the title The Bonding) The consequence of this bonding is that the two must not ever part, or the worst kind of physical pain will be inflicted on the pair. 

The book is set in space, Tam and Nissa are from two different planets and so, of course, mating is treated differently from us. There is a fair amount of sex between Tam and Nissa, but tenderness too. 

There were interesting parts to the book. Tam’s jealousy of Nissa’s father, that handing down of one’s ‘Little princess’ (Quite literally, as Nissa is a princess) And the nature of which Tam had to save Nissa, which was Stockholm Syndrome – ish. 

The pace of the book, on reflection, is slow, and the end dried out, but it was wrapped up neatly, and we leave Tam, and Nissa, in what is a happy ending. 

If you’re a Doctor Who fan, think of The Bonding as an x rated Doctor Who episode (And if you were watching the show when David Tennant was the Doctor, then you have already probably had some x rated thoughts…No? OK, just me then…)

This book made me fall in love with the Sci Fi genre all over again. 

Author: Idontwearahat.

Katie is a published poet, reader and reviewer.

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