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Merrick's Maiden PDF, ePub eBook Merrick Ta’Duran is the powerful leader of the Eastern Mountain Clan on the Prime world of Baade. His people, known as the Ghosts of the Forests, live high in the Eastern mountains. Merrick feels the weight of responsibility as the males within his clan become desperate to find mates among the few remaining females. When word comes that a new species has been discovered, h Merrick Ta’Duran is the powerful leader of the Eastern Mountain Clan on the Prime world of Baade. His people, known as the Ghosts of the Forests, live high in the Eastern mountains. Merrick feels the weight of responsibility as the males within his clan become desperate to find mates among the few remaining females. When word comes that a new species has been discovered, he knows he must do what is right for his people - even if it means traveling to a strange, alien realm to do it. Merrick’s world changes when he is injured and captured by a ruthless group of humans. Drugged and held against his will, he is the subject of experiments and testing as the humans try to discover where he came from and duplicate his strength and ability to heal quickly. After months of captivity, he fears his life will end on the strange world until one chance encounter gives him hope. Addie Banks’ world has been one of silence since a devastating illness when she was sixteen. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she goes to school during the day and works at night to put herself through college. Her life unexpectedly changes when she stumbles across something she wasn’t supposed to see while at work. Now, she hears a voice in her head - and it is driving her crazy. Her only hope for peace is to help the creature talking to her escape from the men holding him. Merrick knows the female who helps him is his bond mate. She may deny it. She may fight it. She may even try to run from it. It won’t matter. She is his and he will do everything he can to convince her, hold her, even kidnap her if that is what it takes to make her realized that they belong together. Will Addie hear the love and longing in Merrick’s voice? Can she trust and accept the new life he has to offer? Or, will a ruthless killer silence him before she gets a chance?

30 review for Merrick's Maiden

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    4 stars! Enjoyed this one a lot, except for my usual romance novel issues. I simply can't stand the hero's thoughts about past OW or sexual comparisons (even if they favor heroine). I just don't want to think about the hero's past sex with OW, especially when the heroine is a virgin and has zero experience to make her own comparisons. Ugh. Unfortunately, almost all authors do this. Well, enough of that tangent........as far as Merrick's Maiden goes, I really liked the plot. I liked Merrick and Ad 4 stars! Enjoyed this one a lot, except for my usual romance novel issues. I simply can't stand the hero's thoughts about past OW or sexual comparisons (even if they favor heroine). I just don't want to think about the hero's past sex with OW, especially when the heroine is a virgin and has zero experience to make her own comparisons. Ugh. Unfortunately, almost all authors do this. Well, enough of that tangent........as far as Merrick's Maiden goes, I really liked the plot. I liked Merrick and Addie. I am sure I will read more books in the series as they come out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    Merrick and Addie. Listened to on audio and the reader, Suzanne Elise Freeman is just OK. The story though, was a fun frolic of OTT evil dudes (and dudette), Hot insta mates and guest appearances of old faves. Of the Mars needs Women trope, the men from Merrick's world a coming to Earth through a portal to look for mates. Addie is deaf ever since she had meningitis as a teen. So her life has been derailed but she is almost done with her schooling. Then her night cleaning job at a secretive pharmace Merrick and Addie. Listened to on audio and the reader, Suzanne Elise Freeman is just OK. The story though, was a fun frolic of OTT evil dudes (and dudette), Hot insta mates and guest appearances of old faves. Of the Mars needs Women trope, the men from Merrick's world a coming to Earth through a portal to look for mates. Addie is deaf ever since she had meningitis as a teen. So her life has been derailed but she is almost done with her schooling. Then her night cleaning job at a secretive pharmaceutical lab leads her to Merrick, the sexy alien in a cage. He was captured in the last book. I guess you could read this as a stand-a-lone (I've only read the first book myself) but I got a little lost in the names of all the characters from previous books. That might be less of an issue if it hadn't been an audiobook. Anyways, The book revolves around finding Merrick and helping him escape and of course... killing the bad guys. Addie and Merrick were cute together. It probably would have been boring if it weren't for the bad guys and action. A nice low stress read like all the other books I've read by this author. I liked how SES kept Addie in character, always hampered by her disability. Merrick is able to speak to her in her mind and it's the first sound she's heard in 6 years. At first Merrick didn't even realize that she was deaf.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda Sims

    I've not read anything by this author before, and it's possible that this book wasn't the right one to try first. I realise it's part of a series but I quickly picked up on who was who and what was happening. The author is a talented writer that's obvious. So why the three stars? Well this is a romance story, and that's what's lacking here IMO romance. There's no relationship building between the H/h, in fact the bulk of the story's focus is elsewhere. The scenes between the two main characters I've not read anything by this author before, and it's possible that this book wasn't the right one to try first. I realise it's part of a series but I quickly picked up on who was who and what was happening. The author is a talented writer that's obvious. So why the three stars? Well this is a romance story, and that's what's lacking here IMO romance. There's no relationship building between the H/h, in fact the bulk of the story's focus is elsewhere. The scenes between the two main characters felt a little forced and rather contrived. I did enjoy the story, but I'm not sure I will read more of this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    This books is a more personal book for Susan because she writes about Spinal Meningitis. In her intro Susan is talking about her father and his life in silence and this is how her book starts with Addie Banks who lost her hearing when she contacted Spinal Meningitis. Addie's fight to be independent and adjust is a would without sound is a great portrayal. She always had love and support from her family but she needed to manage on her own. Prime Warriors bond for life and this is the story of Merri This books is a more personal book for Susan because she writes about Spinal Meningitis. In her intro Susan is talking about her father and his life in silence and this is how her book starts with Addie Banks who lost her hearing when she contacted Spinal Meningitis. Addie's fight to be independent and adjust is a would without sound is a great portrayal. She always had love and support from her family but she needed to manage on her own. Prime Warriors bond for life and this is the story of Merrick the Leader of the Eastern Clan on Blaade. Merrick, at the end of book 4 (Cosmo's story) was kidnapped. He was a hard head during the series and I was curious about the man hiding behind. He didn't disappoint. After months of captivity he never lost his will to survive and escape. Wile Addie was cleaning some offices she stumbles across a man in a cell, chained and in bad shape. Coming out of her haze and saved by a guard she finds weird markings in her palm and hears a man's voice in her mind. Merrick cannot believe that he has finally met his mate. In the beginning he is to excited to notice Addie's reluctance to talk to him but he understands that she needs time. Addie decides that she must save him and now Merrick has something to live for and fight for. Trying to save Merrick, Addie finds herself prisoner next to him and their relating and attraction start to grow. I found a enjoyed the sweet, tender, protective side if Merrick in spite of all the abuse that he was subjected. Finally free, Merrick and Addie get their happy ending (i do not want to give more spoilers). I highly recommend this book. As usual Susan writes a beautiful story with a sweet, loving alpha male and a heroine to match his in courage. I am looking forward to more books in the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Varied Books

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  6. 5 out of 5

    The Book Junkie Reads . . .

    I was not bowled over with this one but good . . . Merrick Ta’Duran was the powerful leader of the Eastern Mountain Clan on the Prime world of Baade and he has been captured by very bad unscrupulous humans while on a rescue mission on Earth. Caged, drugged, and experimented on Merrick finds that he needs a way out. He finds that in one fragile looking human female that he can speak to. Addie lost her hearing years before from a illness gone too far. She now lives in a world that holds silence fo I was not bowled over with this one but good . . . Merrick Ta’Duran was the powerful leader of the Eastern Mountain Clan on the Prime world of Baade and he has been captured by very bad unscrupulous humans while on a rescue mission on Earth. Caged, drugged, and experimented on Merrick finds that he needs a way out. He finds that in one fragile looking human female that he can speak to. Addie lost her hearing years before from a illness gone too far. She now lives in a world that holds silence for her. That was the case until one night she hears a voice she has never heard before. She never thought she would hear again. Her connection to Merrick spurs her to do something that could cost her her life. That was a real possibility since she was kidnapped the next time she went to work. Things just get a bit more exciting for her life from that point on. She finds a connection with Merrick and then it all get taken away. Merrick and Addie had a different kind of connection. I enjoyed their story but it could have been more. It was good seeing RITA again and some of the other characters waiting for their story. Narrator Suzanne Elise Freeman came back strong as all the previous narration showed she could be. It just was not the captivating story that I was wanting for Merrick. I wanted so much more for him. The clarity was there. More like a 3.5 stars. . . I was wanting so much more and more adventure but not near death for Merrick

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen A

    I thought I had read the worst, but nope. This was it. Wow. How bad can it get? Complete with grunting Neanderthals and sex that includes "lush mounds" leaping from lacy bras. Where are the credible science fiction novels with a romantic story line? A good book allows you to suspend your disbelief and all I could do was laugh at the stupidness of this so-called "novel." I suppose I should avoid any and all books with half naked people running their tongues over each other in the cover art.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I really love this author. Highly recommend her books. I am eagerly awaiting the next one out this month. I am going to start on another of this authors series. The stories are so entertaining.

  9. 5 out of 5

    JodyL

    While on earth helping Tansy, Merrick is kidnapped. He is kept in a lab and experimented on. He is knocked out with a strong tranquilizer before they take him to the lab so he isn't sure what they are doing to him. All he knows is that he feels disgusting when he awakes. He is not sure that he can mentally hang on much longer. Addie has been deaf since and illness when she was sixteen. She is now finishing up college and is working two jobs in order to get away from her too protective family. The While on earth helping Tansy, Merrick is kidnapped. He is kept in a lab and experimented on. He is knocked out with a strong tranquilizer before they take him to the lab so he isn't sure what they are doing to him. All he knows is that he feels disgusting when he awakes. He is not sure that he can mentally hang on much longer. Addie has been deaf since and illness when she was sixteen. She is now finishing up college and is working two jobs in order to get away from her too protective family. The first day of her job as a cleaning lady in a lab, she sees a man caged. One of the guards tell her to forget that she was ever there because that floor was supposed to be off limits to her. The caged man had touched her while she was there and now she has tattooed circles on her hand. She hasn't heard a voice in many years but she now hears a man in her head. Merrick realizes that she is his bond mate and tries to warn her away from going to work the next day. She didn't listen and now she is kidnapped too. The lead scientist wants to find a way to clone the "alien male". There is plenty of exciting things going on in this story. It is a nice addition to the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tristen

    This one wasn't my favourite because of the inconsistency in the deafness. There was a great period when it was explained and you could imagine how surprising having a voice and overcoming barriers would've been. But too many times throughout the story she was able to understand aliens or follow speach by lip reading when other times she had forced people to look at her first or was easily audible when other times she would sign as well or stay silent and give gestures instead. I love that she wa This one wasn't my favourite because of the inconsistency in the deafness. There was a great period when it was explained and you could imagine how surprising having a voice and overcoming barriers would've been. But too many times throughout the story she was able to understand aliens or follow speach by lip reading when other times she had forced people to look at her first or was easily audible when other times she would sign as well or stay silent and give gestures instead. I love that she was strong whilst being physically challenged but it was irritating the moment she meets Merrick the habits of several hard fought years just disappear and she's able to recognise doors being knocked on down stairs or bullets whizzing by and how did she get her licence?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Sprouse

    Good read This story picked up just where it should have in the story line. Merrick has almost reached his limit. The testing, constantly being drugged, being shocked, moved from one place to another, is draining him. Then he meets Addie by accident. His mate. Addie lost her hearing while still in high school but has worked hard to get on with her life and trying to get a degree. You have a crazy doctor wanting to experiment on Merrick and a cold hearted killer wanting to hunt him like prey and t Good read This story picked up just where it should have in the story line. Merrick has almost reached his limit. The testing, constantly being drugged, being shocked, moved from one place to another, is draining him. Then he meets Addie by accident. His mate. Addie lost her hearing while still in high school but has worked hard to get on with her life and trying to get a degree. You have a crazy doctor wanting to experiment on Merrick and a cold hearted killer wanting to hunt him like prey and then keep is body as a trophy. It's a great story in the series. Really hope the next book will be out soon. To many warriors still need mates

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vivien Tsang

    1st few chapters were a bit boring, it was only until Merrick & Addie meet did it get slightly better. Bad guys scenes were equally as boring especially that bitch. I'm glad Dr. Rockman is dead, no one should torture or kill in the name of science though I think she should have been taken to Baade & used as a whore since she is so fascinated with their mating ritual; she can get first-hand knowledge all she wants. Markham should have been apprehended or killed at the end, not still loose 1st few chapters were a bit boring, it was only until Merrick & Addie meet did it get slightly better. Bad guys scenes were equally as boring especially that bitch. I'm glad Dr. Rockman is dead, no one should torture or kill in the name of science though I think she should have been taken to Baade & used as a whore since she is so fascinated with their mating ritual; she can get first-hand knowledge all she wants. Markham should have been apprehended or killed at the end, not still loose to raise terror once again.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Hidden beach-house Working as a cleaner in an office block, being deaf as well as a student made life difficult. Then one day she saw a man chained up and had touched his hand as she was grabbed by one of the guards. Now she has a tatoo type rings on her hand and it itches. Suddenly she hears a voice in her head, it says she is his bondmate. This Alien love story is an excellant read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    SuzyHD

    Great Storyline 5+* Ms Smith has done it again with another great storyline and very well written book. You will really hate the villains in this story. I was hoping the Prime Warrior would get his Right of Justice on this bad guy. Guess I will have to wait until the next book. Also, I am very pleased to read that there will be a next book in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    Merrick's Maiden Merrick has been missing for months. Every time they get close to rescue him, they move him. Addie is working extra jobs while going to school. Cleaning the lab she didn't know when she entered one her life would never be the same. Enjoyed this book in the series. Lots of action.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    I had to give this five stars because it’s got it all; a super sexy alien from a strange and beautiful realm, a gorgeous human female with a disability that she’s managed to courageously deal with, hot hot hot exchanges between them, and very scary escapades! Plus, the HEA is extremely satisfying. I can’t urge you strongly enough, read this book. It’s an absolute thrill!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alarna Martin

    it was ok. the writing was weird at points and i don't think it needed to be as long as it was and i dont like how it kept switching to other characters throughout the book. and how anytime there was a dangerous situation the h would fall asleep. :(

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ava Camille Weeks

    Merrick's Maiden: Cosmos' Gateway Book 5 Since I waited for some time to read this book, I can see it was worth the wait! I would enjoy reading more of the Prime warriors ' stories as well!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle McCaulley

    A great romance series Start at the beginning of the series for full affect.third it's one of those series that you just want to stay inside there world and listen. Love the characters and the stories are wonderful.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Lange Rosén

    Ok, one of the better in cosmos series

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Excellent addition to the Cosmos' Gateway series. Fun, erotic, HEA. Adults only.

  22. 5 out of 5

    abbra_kadabra

    cool

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Great book. I love this series and the humor mixed with a wonderful plot always suck me in.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marge DuFala

    Enjoyed it This book Is just as god as the previous ones. I enjoy the whole series.good characters and interesting situations. One

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Good Was so looked my forward to this book about Merrick and although I liked it I didn’t love it. Addie was a bit stupid at times and overall story didn’t flow as well.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Romance

    A bit sweet and corny but the world building is very enjoyable

  27. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Quite a lot of violence towards disabled woman but it had a good offset I enjoyed it immensely by the end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kymnesha

    Good-bye for now 😢😢 loved this sirse and can't wait for more!!!! P.S. loved the relationship list it was getting a little hard to keep them all straight, thanks S.E. Smith.

  29. 4 out of 5

    L M

    I have owned this series for ages and love re-reading it. At the end of Cosmos Promise Merrick had been captured and was missing. A leak in the government was giving the baddies a heads up so they kept moving Merrick to other labs whenever rescue was close at hand. Months later we find Merrick caged in yet another cell somewhere. Wow, finding out what happened to Merrick was scary. Abused and used for testing purposes by some really rotten human ratbags. Unfortunately people likes these exist in r I have owned this series for ages and love re-reading it. At the end of Cosmos Promise Merrick had been captured and was missing. A leak in the government was giving the baddies a heads up so they kept moving Merrick to other labs whenever rescue was close at hand. Months later we find Merrick caged in yet another cell somewhere. Wow, finding out what happened to Merrick was scary. Abused and used for testing purposes by some really rotten human ratbags. Unfortunately people likes these exist in real life. Addie was the cleaner at one of the places where Merrick was being held. Addie was cleaning in a restricted area and stumbled across Merrick in a cage. By touching each other the bond mate rings form on their palms. Addie has been deaf since her teenage years and hearing a voice in her head was a bit startling for her but she came through a real trooper and tried to help Merrick escape. Unfortunately, the baddies knew what she was doing. Addie is then kidnapped and used to make Merrick behave but she was able to summon help from Cosmos group. In all the confusion of the rescue Addie is dumped in a human hospital and forgotten about as no one knew they were mates. The silence she felt as Merrick was no longer with her must have been heart-breaking. Merrrick was unconscious during the rescue and was dying due to the drugs that had been pumped into him. He was taken back to Baade to be healed though he still nearly died even with their advanced technology. A lot more happens to make this one of the most action packed books in this series. I found it funny that Addie fell asleep in stressful situations. Cute but silly. Markham needs to be found and put down. If Avery is Cores bond mate, then he must be going crazy as she keeps disappearing on him. Cannot wait for the next book in this combined world series. Don’t care whose it is as I love them all.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews

    Overall Rating: 5 Rockin’ ★★★★★ Love is not defined by race, color or ethnicity; it is defined by the heart and soul. Prime Warriors bond for life and cannot survive without their bondmate. In this fifth book in the Cosmos’ Gateway series by S. E. Smith, she continues the story of Merrick the Leader of the Eastern Clan on Blaade. Merrick was captured during a mission on Earth to help his allies. He knows that they are trying to retrieve him from his captors. His prayer is that they find him in ti Overall Rating: 5 Rockin’ ★★★★★ Love is not defined by race, color or ethnicity; it is defined by the heart and soul. Prime Warriors bond for life and cannot survive without their bondmate. In this fifth book in the Cosmos’ Gateway series by S. E. Smith, she continues the story of Merrick the Leader of the Eastern Clan on Blaade. Merrick was captured during a mission on Earth to help his allies. He knows that they are trying to retrieve him from his captors. His prayer is that they find him in time, because his time is running out! At the tender age of sixteen Addie Banks lost her hearing when she contacted Spinal Meningitis. She has fought to become an independent, self-sufficient woman in a world without sound. Addie has always been surrounded by love and her supportive family but she needed to step out on her own. In order to support herself she had taken a job to clean different offices. While cleaning she stumbles across a man (being) in a cell, chained down and in bad shape. She knows that she must help him, but doesn’t know how. When Addie begins hearing a voice in her mind, she thinks she may have gone off the deep end until she realizes it is the man in the cell. Who is this man? How can he speak to her in her mind? Merrick cannot believe that he has finally met his bondmate. Now he has something to live for, to fight for and he will find a way to escape and protect Addie, his mate. He is imprisoned with no way to protect her or to claim her. Since he was taken, his captors have experimented, drugged and abused him relentlessly almost to the point death. His body cannot take much more and from the things he has overheard, he doesn’t have much time left before they kill him. Merrick knows that there are people searching for him that will not give up; he just needs to find a way to get a message to them before it is too late. Will he find a way? Can his people find him in time to save him and Addie? Hero – Merrick Ta’Duran 5 stars Heroine – Addie Banks 5 stars Steam: 5 stars Plot: 5 stars Cliffhanger: No Would I recommend this book: Yes! True love will always find a way around all obstacles and this book is a testament to that! Acceptance, love and really fantastic sex also help to push this love story into another place. When you add a hot, sexy alien and a smart, full of it female you have an unbeatable combination! Would I recommend this author: Yes! Each book that Ms. Smith pens is an adventure for her readers! Her characters are unforgettable and the plots are well thought out and moving. If she is not on your must read author list, she should be for all lovers of good romance. Merrick's Maiden S.E. Smith ***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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