by Mara Gan


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Duty and prophecy get in the way of everything.All I ever wanted to do was read my books, play my sports, and help people. Life and prophecy had other things in mind.Helping people is what I do; as an empath and semi-frequent telepath, I can easily sense and understand people's needs and emotions. Sometimes even before they do. Being able to read everyone's thoughts and feelings all the time can drive me crazy with anxiety, but that moment when I can finally make someone's life better makes everything worth it.Unfortunately, I'm also the next in line to rule the galaxy, I'm the only diplomat most planets will listen to, assassins try to kill me on an annoyingly regular basis, and a much-vaunted Prophecy has decreed that I'm going to die. Oh, and someone blew up my home planet.Kind of a lot to deal with, right?Too bad I just got another problem: a big, irritating, overbearing bodyguard with serious anger management issues. And I think I'm falling for him.

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ISBN-13: 9781945910630
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 791,686
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.07(d)

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Joined 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MAustinreviewer 11 months ago
Joined was a great 4 star read and book one in the Joined series. You get all sorts of great things in this sci-fi book, humor, action, romance and so much more. I like being taken to another world and I really enjoyed this one. Princess Meda was great, she has feistiness to her. She also has a love for reading. She has people out to get her, trying to prevent her from taking her rightful place as the next ruler. When things take a scary twist and she is forced to flee, she has Perseus assigned to protect her. Perseus was a little bit of a jerk in the beginning but he eventually grew on me. As these two spend more time together things start to grow between them. Can they have something together? Will Perseus be able to keep her safe? Overall I really enjoyed this book, I had several LOL moments. Mara pulls you right in with her writing, the world she created was amazing. All of the characters were great. I will warn that there is a slight cliffhanger. If your looking for a great Sci-fi read this is the series for you. 1-click and get started today.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Adams for Readers' Favorite Andromeda is the Heir to a Galaxy and this is a big year for her. She’s getting engaged, about to take over the throne, and under threat of assassination on a daily basis. Enter the Protector, who was chosen by an Oracle to see to her safety. He’s a big, dangerous mercenary who just happens to set her heart pounding double-time. Joined: Book One by Mara Gan follows these two characters in a tug of war of emotions that had me on the edge of my seat the entire story. The world building was really well done, with just enough description to picture the futuristic and other-worldly settings but not so much that it lost sight of character and plot development. Speaking of characters, Gan did a great job of getting me invested and wanting to peel back their layers. While altruistic almost to an extreme, Meda showed enough moments of humanoid flaws to make her believable. Her protector, Perseus, was set up to be a figurative darkness to her light, but still with a golden heart. He was almost too invincible to be real at times. He somehow managed to settle a lot of fights, kill a lot of people, and still never get a scratch. Both main characters experienced growth and overcame flaws. Great twists to the story included Meda having a really unique form of mind-reading and empath abilities, plus several other species/characters were introduced with special skills and it was fun learning about what made them different. Mara Gan set a fun pace with action and twists frequent enough to keep the reader engaged. Side characters were numerous, so many of them just didn’t get much development time, but I feel confident we will get to see more of them in the subsequent books. This story will reel you in fast! In conclusion, if you like fun characters and action-packed plots with a sizable dose of romantic tension and forbidden love tropes, you will find an entertaining read in Joined. You will want Book Two ASAP!
rockrchic923 More than 1 year ago
Joined by Mara Gan, is the first book by this author and what a great opening act! Following the story of Andromeda, or Meda, who prophets have seen her as the future ruler of the galaxy has been raised from birth with this responsibility on her tiny shoulders. Being both empathic and telepathic, can make getting time to herself alone with all the noises going on in her head. While Meda does great with diplomacy she wants only to be a normal person more than anything. When death threats become a daily ordeal, Meda is given a bodyguard, Perseus, who can’t seem to makes heads or tails of Meda. Being such a tiny woman, she seems so fragile and yet the more that he gets to know her, her independence and brains seem to amaze him. From the first meeting, Meda and Perseus have sparks flying off of them, from arguing to kissing they can’t seem to get enough of each other. But will these two be able to cross the divide that brith has put between them or will they be doomed as nothing more than faded memories of what ifs? Gan is a new to me author, and boy am I glad that I picked this one up. The story of Meda and Perseus was such a great divert from what I normally read. The characters were well written, the storyline keep me intrigued and I couldn’t get enough of the slight romance elements mixed in with the sci-fi angle. If you are looking to try a new author, or just like to experience new styles of books this is one that you need to try immediately.
Bobbi Wagner More than 1 year ago
Joined: Book One by Mara Gan is Science Fiction story that is engaging and fast reading. This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it. This authors attention to details were creative and made me feel as if I was right there with the characters. Her story is easy flowing and is easy to understand. Her characters are both connectable and lovable. They took me on a roller coaster ride of various emotions including laughter. There are also some twists and turns that left me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. This is the story of a woman who just wanted to sit around reading her books, helping others and playing the sport she loved. Her problem is that duty gets in the way for her a lot. She just wants to help people with her talent of reading minds. Most of the time she can tell what is going to happen before it even happens. Because she is the next in line to rule the galaxy. But with that comes other who want to assassinate her. This is where he comes into her life. She needs a protector and he is it. Her problem with this is, she doesn't think she needs protection and he has an anger problem. On top of that, she feels that she is falling for him. I enjoyed both of these characters. She is full of attitude and wants things her way. She is strong headed but also sensitive with helping others. He is one of the best in his field. He has just as much attitude as she does but protecting her with what he was hired to do. He is determined that protecting her is exactly what he does. These two were really great together, there was even some chemistry going on with them. Their banter back and forth made me laugh most of the time. The secondary characters in this books are supportive and help make the story flow. I highly recommend this book. Find out what happens when a protector takes on a job that maybe a little more then he can handle.
FluraEirinn More than 1 year ago
With barely repressible humor, Maragan created a Daliesque world out of time and space. From philosophical threads she weaves a tapestry of love and loss. Her actors (as well as Maragan herself) are cleverly named with a polyglot nod to character. Action swells and comes at us from unexpected angles. An O. Henry pause holds us in suspense waiting for the next episode.