Garridan’s Mate (in the Hearts Unleashed Anthology) Etherya’s Earth #6.5 by Rebecca Hefner
General Garridan has lived for centuries without a bonded mate.
Born an aristocrat, he chose to forgo his family’s wealth and privilege to fight in the Vampyre immortal army.
After the centuries-long War of the Species ended, a new foe emerged, reaffirming his vow to protect his people.
Although his father wants him to bond with an aristocrat and settle down, Garridan only has eyes for one woman.
Siora is a natural warrior. When the immortal army finally allows women to join, she pledges to become the first battalion leader as conflict consumes the realm.
Once they defeat Bakari, she can settle into a security role at Lynia and help her father at his farm.
Dreams of the amber-eyed Vampyre who relentlessly pushes her during training have no place in her world, even if the general is the only man who’s ever made her long for a bonded mate.
Consumed by her skill and effort, along with her inherent natural beauty, Garridan offers to help Siora secure a leadership position as they near the final battle.
Although she swears they have no future, Garridan finds himself longing to claim the stubborn woman as his mate, no matter the cost.
Can two warriors from different paths find love amid their blazing desire, or will fear douse their spark before it’s barely begun to burn?
Publication date 12/10/2021
This is actually from an anthology book. But I’m only reviewing Etherya Earth (Garridan’s Mate) by Rebecca Hefner
I love this series, I love the way the stories have evolved with time.
And when I get the chance to read another book from this series, I snatched it out of the authors hands 😉
It is a short story, but that doesn’t mean anything was missing.
Garridan, friend to Commander Latimus (his book The Elusive Sun) he’s also the General to the king’s army.
He’s an aristocrat that wanted to fight and not Lord it over his lands! (He’s father dies enough for both of them!)
Being cajoled into bonding with a high ranking female is not on his list of priorities (and anyway the female in question doesn’t see him that way, she has eyes for another!)
But once a certain female vampire joined the ranks, he’s set his sight on winning the coming battle and then winning the most stubborn female he’s ever come across!
Siora has worked hard to be where she is today.
She might have come from lowly stock (her father is a farmer) but she’s got great ambition, she wants to be the first female to lead a battalion in the King and Queens army. But proving herself has been an uphill battle! But Siora is nothing but determined! And if that means taking lessons on combat from the leader who stirs her blood and anger, then so be it.
It starts with a training session that soon leads to anger then uncontrolled passion! Siora and Garridan know that they need to keep their liaison a secret, but Garridan wants more! Can he convince the spiky female he wants a bonded mate and a soldier to fight by his side?
Siora is well aware their “training sessions” are on a limited time scale, he won’t want a lowly female when he can have the lovely vampire aristocrat. She needs to keep her eye on her goal and not get sidetracked!
Can they overcome the obstacles that life throws at them?
Can they work together and end the threat to Etherya?
And can we have a happy ending for a few more characters that I’ve fallen in love with? Please 🙏
Sexy Vamps & Steamy Sci-Fi!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rebecca Hefner is the award-nominated author of the 𝐄𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐚’𝐬 𝐄𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐡 series and the 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐭 series. A huge fan of steamy romance, sci-fi and fantasy, she hopes to take you on an emotional journey that inspires lots of tingles and feels. Each hero is a candidate for 𝒃𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒃𝒐𝒚𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅, so drop her a note and let her know which one is YOUR favorite! *𝑺𝒊𝒈𝒉* 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐏𝐀𝐒𝐓 𝐒𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 (𝐒𝐜𝐢-𝐟𝐢 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞) 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 1 – 𝑨 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒐𝒙 𝒐𝒇 𝑭𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒔: A brilliant scientist must solve time travel but can she trust the handsome soldier who offers protection? *𝑆𝑒𝑚𝑖-𝐹𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡 2020 𝑆𝑤𝑜𝑜𝑛 𝐴𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑠, 𝑆𝑐𝑖-𝐹𝑖 𝑅𝑜𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 2 – 𝑨 𝑫𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒏: Two time travelers thrust into a timeline that was never theirs… 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 3 – 𝑨 𝑻𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒅: Two enemies become reluctant allies to save the world! 𝐄𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐘𝐀’𝐒 𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐇 𝐒𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 (𝐅𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐬𝐲/𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞) 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 1 – 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑬𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝑯𝒂𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒅: A sizzling enemies to lovers saga. *𝐹𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡, 2019 𝐵𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝐵𝑢𝑦𝑒𝑟’𝑠 𝐵𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑠𝑡 *𝐹𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡, 2019 𝑊ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑆𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑠 𝐹𝑙𝑦 𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 2 – 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑬𝒍𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑺𝒖𝒏: A heartbreaking tale of secret and forbidden love. 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 3 – 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒂𝒓𝒌𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝑾𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏: Can a snarky princess help a redeemed/reformed anti-hero accept love? 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 4 – 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒆𝒍𝒖𝒄𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝑺𝒂𝒗𝒊𝒐𝒓: A complex heroine believes she is unlovable. Will a strong soldier be able to break through her impenetrable walls? 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 5 – 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑰𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝑪𝒉𝒐𝒊𝒄𝒆: What happens when a Vampyre falls for a human who can never share his immortal future? 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 5.5 – 𝑻𝒘𝒐 𝑺𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒔 𝑼𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒅: Two beloved characters find their happy ever after. 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 6 – 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒓𝒚𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒄 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒉𝒆𝒄𝒚: Can a royal princess and a stoic Vampyre solider find true love despite her ominous prophecy? 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 6.5 – 𝑮𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒏’𝒔 𝑴𝒂𝒕𝒆 (𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑯𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒔 𝑼𝒏𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒚): A warrior will stop at nothing to claim his mate.