About the Book:
Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, 673 has become more beast than man after eight grueling years on an unforgiving, hazardous planet of dirt and rock—and even more treacherous inhabitants. He doesn’t look out for anyone but himself and he certainly never grows attached. So when the bold female offers him pleasure in return for protection, he takes the deal without hesitation. He never expects how her touch will alter him. Or the growing realization that saving her may be the key to his own salvation.
But as dangers mount and their ‘simple’ deal unravels will he prove to be her surprise savior or her ultimate downfall? Because caring for someone on Dragath25 may prove the greatest hazard of all.
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Eve Hart's Romance Review:
For a debut book, this is one of the BEST sci-fi romances I've ever read!
What can I say about it? Ms. Aimes did an incredible job crafting a universe where humans are dominant but dying off--why? Well, we used up all our resources, of course. Ms. Aimes built a world where a single counsel of greedy whores ruled with an iron hand, and people who weren't in the same class were left to starve in the slums of a desolate world.
Out of this horrible place comes the heroine who is risking her life to find plant life on penal plant Dragath25 (who the hell named it that, anyway?). Instead of a safe landing and easy, peasy expedition, she finds herself crash landing, and one of only a handful of survivors.
Luckily our hero, known in the beginning only as 673, is sniffing around, looking for things to salvage. When he sees Bella, the heroine, he knows he wants her, and whens he begs him to help save them, he offers her two choice -- give me your body for my pleasure, or die out here. Hell, of course she took the former option. HOLY DAMMIT! Is there something wrong with me if I admit, I really liked the domination aspect of their initial relationship?! It got me hotter than the surface of Dragath25!
What started out as a dom/sub sexual carnival, turned into something more, which is what really made me fall in love with this book. Don't get me wrong, the sex in this book is OFF THE F@#*ING CHARTS, but it isn't just thrown in as page filler. Not only do we see the hero go from being a near-animal with only a number (673), to a prisoner known as Convict, to a human man, with a human heart, who would die to protect Bella -- Caine. I loved seeing Caine's personal growth, and what I loved more than that was that Bella wasn't so "independent" and "feminist" to take help when it was staring her in the face. She set aside her pride and freedom for the good of her, her friends, and their future. I appreciate a story where the heroine isn't too prideful, ignorant, bitchy, or "independent" to let a man protect her.
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Though, there is one thing I wish Ms. Aimes would've done...the ending was wrapped up too cleanly. I think Pogue should've been dismembered, violently, and I wanted to SEE the bad guys back on Earth look Caine in the eye and know they were getting their asses transported off world to a hellish penal planet far WORSE than Dragath25. I wanted the satisfaction of seeing Caine and Bella WIN!
What else can I say about this book other than I CANNOT WAIT for TAKEN, book two in The Condemned Series.
Well done, Alison! You've got a winner here!