This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Dystopian Romance, Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Published by Signet
Released on June 28, 2016
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Wow, where to start. This is one hot little book with enough sex for a sex craved person to handle. I’ll be very honest up front and say that the sex got in the way of the story. There! *whosh* I said it.
I met Lennox and Jamie in Claimed, where they ran a house of pleasure when the Enforcer’s attacked and they had to shut down and join Connor’s group. For more on all of that you have to read the review. The world is in a way lawless now that it has been destroyed in a great war. There is the camp that regulates everything and have Enforcer’s who forcibly recruit people outside of their walls. Then there are the bandits, who have no moral code and do what they want. Finally you have the outlaws, who try to band together and make a life outside of the Enforcer camps.
When another group requests help from Connor, he sends a few of his men in to train their people on how to fight and defend their camp. Lennox and Jamie tag along to help out. These two are best of friends having grown up together, but while they love each other it has never been a romantic relationship in bed or out. Running a house of pleasure though has made them very aware of the other’s tastes in pleasure as well as what they look like naked *gasp*
This doesn’t mean they aren’t attracted to each other, just they never cross that line. So with Jamie pining after Rylan, Lennox tups the loves and moves on. He never makes promises. When Rylan rebuffs Jamie, the gloves come off and the two start to go round after round with each other.
Now to say this was a sexy read is mild. It seemed like everyone was having sex with anyone, anywhere, but only after hours so you know the kids don’t see it. Lennox does two women at a time, Jamie does several men at one time, they do each other with an extra and without. I was amazed *looks around* that after all these years they still have condoms. Yep, condoms because safe sex is mandatory in the wastelands. I mean who wants to bring a child into this world let alone go through labor? It just amazed me that those things didn’t seem to be in short supply.
The story seemed very lacking …. in a story. The majority of it takes place in this camp where they are training groups of people (young and older) to fight. By day they teach, by night they fuck and we might get one side trip to a library for fun. There is a subplot going on between Rylan and Reese, the camp leader, because Connor knows there is something more than just training this woman wants. So Rylan’s got a hard on for Reese as he tries to figure out what’s going on. Lennox is let in on the secret and that causes problems. That is about the main part of the story besides an Enforcer visit.
Lennox and Jamie make a good team. Friends to lovers. It wasn’t anything new, just how scared Lennox was of loving someone, when he already loves her. He felt like it changed him, when I don’t think it really did. Jamie isn’t a sit at home woman, she fights and trains with them and can take Lennox on. She wants the home and family that they can never seem to make last.
So I found that we didn’t progress on making a better world. Nor did these two make any great decision. No great battle to reclaim their lives. It just felt blah. Like the story was being told for the erotic pleasure instead of both a good story and side of romance. I know life is short so you take pleasure where you can, I just got tired of it seeming to be all they did. I feel all chaffed after reading this one.
So while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t a blazingly great book. Just ok and I hope the entire story arc is moving somewhere or I might have to ditch this series.
Literary Pickers: Apocalyptic/Dystopian Romance
Pervy Girl: Exhibitionism/Voyeurism