Mated in Treason Kan Asma Vampires Book 1 Christa Paige Paranormal Romance Hartwood Publishing June 13, 2017 339
Welcome to the world of the Kan Asma Vampires. The Kan Asma are genetically modified humans who've become vampires. For centuries, the Kan Asma lived symbiotically with their human neighbors until the government recognized something had increased their life spans. Scientists and militia stormed their quiet Abkhazian village and betrayal followed. Many vampires experienced brutality and torture. Others died from experimentation. After a perilous journey, the surviving Kan Asma fled their homeland and settled in West Hollywood, California. The refugees cling to their sacred traditions, holding their mating rites above all others because without them, their numbers would diminish. There is no love or emotion in their Council-determined matings. Now, their quiet lives have suddenly been turned upside down. Lines have been drawn between the wealthy aristocrats and an uprising determined to halt the unfair ritual keeping wealth and power out of reach. Those who are lucky to find love in these matches are very few, and they will have to fight with everything they have in order to claim their mates or suffer a broken heart for eternity.
When the kraliyet bodyguard ended up in her hospital bed after an explosion left him in critical condition, Nadia tried to warn herself not to fall in love with him. After all, she's no vampire Cinderella, and happily-ever-afters didn't happen to low-born females of the Kan Asma. But her heart wouldn't listen, and soon she wanted to claim Gunnar as her forever mate, even if it meant taking him the only way possible, as a husband in a disgraceful human ceremony.
Gunnar fell in love with his nurse the moment he saw her smile. He yearned to claim her as his, but the Council would never allow him to mingle his powerful blood with a female from a poor family. The penalty for an unsanctioned mating is a death sentence. He doesn’t care about the threats and possible consequences of making her his. Though, due to the high probability of genetic incompatibility, he can't complete their blood-bond without knowing if it might take her life. Losing her would be worse than torture.
Their only hope lies with the treasonous Faction hell-bent on destroying the very people Gunnar calls family. Determined to find a way to be mated, Gunnar seeks out the leader of this hidden uprising. Together, Nadia and Gunnar must break every law and rite of their vampire culture to become bonded for life. Gunnar will play a deadly game of subversion or pay a blood price that would sever him from their people and put a bounty on his head. They must survive a dangerous infiltration of the Faction, because they’ll do anything to be together, even if it means being mated in treason.
Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Kan Asma vampires are geneticaly modified humans who lived in a small isolated village in Russia. Everything changed when they discovered and ate a toxic berry that killed many and those that lived were changed into vampires. They lived their lives until it was discovered that they did not age causing their small village to be attacked by militia and put them into the hands of scientists who did unthinkable things to them. Those that finally escaped left their home and fled to West Hollywood, California.
In spite of living in America the Kan Asma’s strictly followed the traditions that they always did and the main one was that marriages were not based on love but on DNA matches made by the Council who decided when and who females would marry. This is Gunnar Nakani’s story.
Gunnar is the bodyguard and valet for Traians (Tray’s) Komar one of the ruling class and when an explosion in Tray’s penthouse put Gunnar in the hospital his life would change and for the first time in his long life he would find himself going against tradition and his boss. Seriously wounded Gunnar begins to welcome the care his nurse Nadia gives him and he realizes that his feelings for her are getting dangerously serious, serious enough for him to risk everything he has ever believed in.
Nadia fell for Gunnar as soon as she saw him but she knows that a relationship between them is forbidden and could never work but that doesn’t stop her heart from wanting him. Against everything they have both known they can’t stay away from each other but a rebellion by those who want the mating practice stopped will give them what they want but will it come without serious repercussions.
The rebels are convinced that they can tell if a female and male are compatible and if so they have every right to mate, if true can Gunnar and Nadia have a chance at happiness and if they do mate against the Council what will be their fate.
This was a very unique take on vampires and I totally enjoyed the fight for the right to mate out of love not DNA. Gunnar and Nadia’s love was beautiful but will it lead to a HEA? I am already reading book two and know that I am in for a great read.