Condemned Series, #2

Can you imagine having no control over your own life? Valdus and Ava live it every day, both in their own unique ways. When they meet on Drageth25, both have preconceptions of the other that are quickly shown as false, as they unite to fight a common evil that has destroyed both their existences. Ava’s abusive megalomaniac husband, who just happens to run the entire oppressive government on New Earth.

This was a powerful story in more ways than one. On one hand you had the human need for freedom and the inner strength that comes from fighting towards that goal. The author also illustrates how quickly some cave to the dark side of their nature when they see no other way to protect themselves. And finally there is love, which grows in the darkest of places under the direst of circumstances.

I inhaled this book in record time and was totally engrossed from start to finish. The author painted a bleak and vivid picture that Valdus and Ava have to live in. Some might find their instant love hard to accept, but I thought it made perfect sense. You can’t deny what is meant to be, and don’t waste time you might not have.

This is the second book in this series and there was quite a gap between the two books. A third is mentioned and I hope it comes soon; I’m totally vested in the world and characters I got to know while reading this.

Book Blurb for Taken

After escaping Earth, all Councilwoman Ava Davies wanted was to leave the past behind and live her life on her own terms. Now she’s captive within a labor camp deep within Dragath25’s core, a sweltering maze of caves overrun by brutal prisoners-turned-slaves. Her only chance for survival? A man from her past with his own reasons for wanting her punished.

Two years ago, resistance fighter Hunter Valdus’s and his men were sentenced by the Council to live and die as slaves in a hell they’ve been struggling to survive ever since. Now a beautiful woman with ties to the Council has landed in his grasp. A woman who just might be the key to his crew’s escape and his revenge. And all he has to do is keep her alive and at a distance until he can use her for his own dark purposes.

But raw, blood-pounding lust is a potent force. Forgiveness and love even stronger. And even the best-laid plans can be laid to waste, especially on Dragath25.

TAKEN, Book Two in the Condemned Series, is an action-packed sci-fi prison planet romance that burrows to the deepest, hottest recesses of the globe to explore what happens when revenge and lust, redemption and love, collide.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2018 5.00