Alison Aimes
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Orchid Publishing
Release Date
July 2018
Book 2 of The Condemned Series
Action/Adventure Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

Run-away breeder Ava Davies only wanted to live life on her own terms. Now she's captive in a labor camp deep within Dragath25's core, a sweltering maze of caves overrun by brutal prisoners-turned-slaves. Her only chance for survival? Appeasing the leader of the most powerful subterranean gang: a man from her past with his own score to settle.

Two years ago, Resistance fighter Hunter Valdus and his men were sentenced by the Council to live and die as slaves. Now a beautiful, desperate female from his past has landed in his grasp. A woman who just might be the key to his crew's escape and his revenge. 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 the best-laid plans can be laid to waste, especially on Dragath25.

TAKEN, Book Two in the Condemned Series, is a stand-alone, 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.

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Sep 28, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
105 people found the following review helpful
Wow! I love a good sci fi romance and Alison Aimes' TAKEN was a fantastic read. Ava is Councilman Hollisworth's fifth wife and breeder. Wanting to live life on her terms, she manages to escape and hopes to make a life for herself, one where she gets to make the decisions. But things don't work out that way and she finds herself stranded on a prison planet and at the mercy of Valdus who intends to use her as bait to lure her husband to the mines. As the summary states, this 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." And Ms. Aimes gives that to us and then some.

Likes: I really enjoyed the world building. Each character had his/her own unique traits that set them apart from each other. I thought Ava was an amazingly strong female lead who only got stronger as the story progressed. Valdus' strengths are in his ability to lead, ability to fight, and his compassion (which he'd thought had died off long ago). The mines, the technology, the bad guys--all of them helped to shape this story into a fast-paced, compelling read that will have you foregoing other things in order to finish this story. Well, it did me. The romantic scenes between Valdus and Ava were scintillating in all the right ways and well, to be frank, they were downright hot.

And there's so much more.

"Beauty in a harsh land. All of it alive and thriving. Just like them." But you have to read the book to find out. TAKEN is Book Two in the Condemned Series but can be read as a standalone.
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