Series: The Condemned, #1
Published by Orchid Publishing on December 31st 2015
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Cadet Bella West has one simple objective when she joins the scientific mission to Dragath25, the notorious penal planet housing Earth’s condemned. Earn the credits necessary to save her family from starvation. But when her shuttle crashes and the majority of her crew perish, her simple mission becomes complicated fast. Now, to stay alive she’ll have to depend on one of Dragath’s own. But such protection doesn’t come free.
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.
A very engaging and thrilling read – made more pleasurable by the unexpectedness of the story – of a marooned ship on a harsh, brutal prison world where only the fittest survive. Yet affection can blossom in strange climes, as Bella and Caine both prove in a way that’s realistically bumpy and believable.
I particularly loved Caine’s backstory and the transformative journey he underwent, where the man he used to be finally emerged like a shining beacon from under the hide of a beast. Bella isn’t a pushover either (albeit somewhat naive) but above all, there’s this edge to this series that’s already making me very curious about the second book.