Living on the Edge … Claimed by Elle Kennedy #Review

Posted October 6, 2015 by Shari in Reviews / 14 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Living on the Edge … Claimed by Elle Kennedy #Review

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Series: Outlaws #1
Published by Signet
Released on October 6, 2015
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

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The Delight

The desire to be free no matter the hardship it may entail. Revenge might cause more pain in the end, but that doesn’t stop either one from giving up on what they want most. Danger around each tree, these two have a battle against society and their communities to come together. HEA? Not sure in a post-apcalyptic dystopian society HEA is ever possible.

The world was pretty much destroyed by war and now the residents of the world must try to rebuild a life from the ruins. Parts of the US are under water, some arid, while others harbor a new regime of power that is heavy handed and no option for escape. Hudson Lane was born a part of the ruling class. While still not the greatest life it is well above those who live in the city. Medical care is denied to all, but the ruling class. Not even the ruling classes spouse may receive medical care. Escape is the only course Hudson feels she has when faced with the brutal engagement to an Enforcer that she reviles.

Connor leads a ragtag band of outlaws. While he never shirks the yoke of leadership, it is not a job he aspired. Hudson asks for his protection and while Connor thinks it is a bad idea, his merry band of outlaws quickly change his mind. In the end though, Hudson won’t take him off course from killing the one man who took his wife’s life. Being an outlaw means more than just stealing, it’s a way of life. Sex is common and no shame to be found. Stealing from the Enforcer’s is encouraged. Still, you have to be fearless to survive and Connor only has one wish, possibly a death wish, but a wish to avenge his wife’s murder.

Connor was a wonderfully strong character. He never for once believed Hudson’s story of losing her whole group. Knowing she was part of the society he detests, he sets about testing her with events that bring out more and more of Hudson’s secrets. They go to a whore house where he makes her watch what’s going on, and little by little chips away at what she is hiding. They make a deal to relieve each other’s itches without getting attached as outlaws never stay in one place long.

Hudson goes from naive to survivor very quickly. She was trained to fight, but also to be a nurse so her skills are in much need. She makes herself valuable to the camp by working hard, providing intel and getting it on with Connor. Slowly she worms her way into each man’s life from Connor, Rylan, Kade, Xander and Pike. And Connor doesn’t mind sharing Hudson with Rylan several times. Hudson cares for Rylan, but in the end her heart belongs to Connor even if he told her they can’t have a future.

The climatic elements kept you guessing. Was Hudson’s brother Dominik really going to hand Hudson over to his enemy? Did Dominik really kill Connor’s wife? Why are Enforcers killing outlaws instead of imprisoning them into the hated society? Lots of questions, some answers and others I think will come as the series goes on.

Now we just have to get the other men paired up with some outlaw women and start a whole new society of outlaws! I do have to admit I was about to give up at the 11% mark, but I am so glad I stuck with it as I ended up throughly enjoying the world the author created and the blurred lines of what the characters can cross without it being morally corrupt.

About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • Planning to read this later this week. I have been bored with my picks lately I hope I have luck with this one. It sounds like my kind of fantasy

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I read this one several months ago when I was into zombie and apocalyptic stories. I have heard it mirrors another story written by a different author, so I might check that one out.

  • The dark, gritty, post-apocalyptic world and the harshness of the society sounds good. Glad you were able to keep going.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It bored me quite a while before I finally got interested. Hoping she continues the series.

  • The harsh post apocalyptic world sounds like it makes for an interesting setting. I like couples that seem so unlikely at first, a high class one and an outlaw in this case. And how they somehow make it work and are perfect for each other. I am not a fan of revenge plot lines, so I don’t think this is one for me, but it sounds like a well written book. Great Review!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It turned out all ok in the end, but it had me iffy for a while if I would finish it. The revenge plot was shaky at best.

  • OMG I never saw this one on Netgalley or I totes would have requested it! It sounds like the perfect fall read and I never read as much adult dystopia. I’m so adding Living on the Edge to my must read list!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I am on a Penguin arc list and they send me what is coming out each month with widgets to get them. A lot of times I don’t see them out for everyone on NetGalley. I don’t take on a lot of NetGalley reads anymore so I don’t become behind so it might not have been available.

      It’s a wonderful story, but it is called Claimed.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I am on a Penguin arc list and they send me what is coming out each month with widgets to get them. A lot of times I don’t see them out for everyone on NetGalley. I don’t take on a lot of NetGalley reads anymore so I don’t become behind so it might not have been available.

      It’s a wonderful story, but it is called Claimed.

  • Dystopia…interesting…and it being adult, the more interesting

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It was my first Dystopian book. I am usually not into that type of story but it worked.

  • This looks great book. I really should add this to my list. I love Dystopians. Great review.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I loved it but someone on Goodreads says it parallels another popular author’s story, but I haven’t read that one so I can’t offer an opinion. I like this one and thought it was an interesting take on society after it’s destruction. Lots of kinky sex.

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