The Hand of Vengeance by Renee Rose #Review

Posted June 20, 2016 by Shari in Reviews / 8 Comments

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The Hand of Vengeance by Renee Rose #Review
The Hand of Vengeance

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Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Small Publisher
Released on October 6, 2015
Pages: 184
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Sometimes you need a change from your normal stories and go out on a limb. That is what happened with the Hand of Vengeance. Sci-fi, old-fashioned planet of men and women subjugated to slavery. I wanted to see the rebels prevail, a doctor fall in love and a new world created. Well, it all happened, but somethings were a little over the top.

Dr. Lara Simmons is a humanitarian doctor offering medical services to survivors of earthquakes on war torn Jesel, a planet inhabited by humans from earth seeking a simpler life. Jeselian males have tended to go backwards in the whole female equality movement and use domestic discipline to keep their women in line. One problem I saw with this was the rebel president was female. Moving on. Lara is kidnapped by Jeselian rebels to operate on a very important member of thier leadership.

Lara is a typical A personality doctor who can’t seem to worry about her own safety and well being in the hopes of saving more people or escaping her captors. When their craft is shot down from the sky, Lara has to rely on Blade to save her, but she doesn’t get the memo. Well….Blade bends her over his knee to deliver a spanking for endangering her own life.

Blade, also known as The Hand of Vengeance, is a lone wolf rebel not scared of anything. Born into slavery, watching his sister raped and murdered, he has one single focus to bring down the governing body. He doesn’t have time to fall in love or have a softer side. So when the doctor keeps endangering herself, Blade steps up to correct that behavior.

So that is where I got a little upset. Blade doesn’t know Lara from anywhere, but he throws her over his knee and smacks the Hell out of her ass. He does this a lot and he expects her after the first time to just bend over and take her punishment. So a woman from Earth who has only had sex once, is expected to just bend over and take a spanking? Yeah, she enjoys it after a few times, but it is totally non-consensual.

The sad part is the book had a good story behind all the spanking. The planet has been taken over by a bad guy who enslaved everyone making them work in mines under deplorable conditions. A rebellion is going on at the same time the planet is being rocked by earthquakes. All during this they are planning their last act of rebellion to reclaim their planet.

Now there is one point in the end that disturbed me a little so I am going to mark it as a spoiler.

Spoiler
Birth control lasts 5 years by shot on earth. Lara is at the end of her five years so it fails. She gets pregnant and in the epilogue is having a tough birth. The birthing coach suggests giving Lara an orgasm to help the baby out. I am not morally offended by this, but as someone who has given birth 3 times, I will be damned if I want a man playing with my clit while I am pushing his baby out.  

The Hand of Vengeance was well written, but the many spankings got old, the fuck in the ass punishment got old and Blade just grew old after a while. I didn’t find him sexy, nor did I find Lara sexual growth interesting. I was more into the rebellion that the romance.

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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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Sophia Rose
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Hmm, yeah, being swatted by a total stranger who had no claims on her does slide into non-con for me, too. And you’d think since he’s part of a liberation movement that began b/c his sister was molested that personal liberty and choice would have more meaning for him.

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Shari Delighted Read

The first time shocked me as they didn’t know each other, he had just kidnapped her so she was running away. He called it endangering her life. Yeah, I didn’t buy that. She liked it way to much. Overall, I wanted more of the rebellion story than the romance.

Mary Kirkland
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I think reading this would just make me mad. I’d be mad at him for being so irritating and pushing spanking as a punishment, which to me is just outrageous. I’ll pass on this one.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

If it was consensual then fine, but he does it against her will and I am not ok with that.

Lover Of Romance
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oh I like the sound of the rebellion here, which is fun to read in sci fi romances. Not sure how I feel about the punishing aspect of it though.

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Shari Delighted Read

I really wanted the rebellion story. It was interesting along with the new planet. Unfortunately the romance fell flat and the shock value was way high.

Debbie Haupt
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Debbie Haupt

Great review, I love Sci-Fi so thanks for the heads up!

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Shari Delighted Read

I want more sci-fi that has a good story and romance.