Tormented

Alison Aimes
Tormented
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Publisher
Orchid Publishing
Release Date
March 2019
ISBN
9780996468343
Series
Book 3 of Condemned Series
Genre
Action/Adventure Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

SUMMARY
She was never meant to be his…

Two ruthless enemies.
One cage.
Zero chance of escape.
An explosive lust that can't be contained.

Council assassin Jade Lakotesh survives by trusting no one. Attachments a weakness. Sex a weapon. Her mission success rate flawless. Until she ends up naked, captured, and collared, her latest assignment in jeopardy. The blame for her predicament: the hothead, scarred man who prowls the cage beside her—his confusing appeal a danger she has no idea how to neutralize.

Ex-Resistance fighter Walsh Ryker hit rock bottom with the deaths of those he loved most. Now, he's plummeted to a new low, trapped with a cellmate as ice cold as she is stunningly hot. She's out for blood, lacks any ability to cooperate…and leaves him more alive than he's been in years. For a man no longer interested in feeling anything at all, she may be the greatest hazard he's faced to date.

As danger mounts and they must work together to defeat a shared threat, will the unwelcome passion between these two enemies entomb them in the dark forever—or be the key that sets them free?

TORMENTED, Book Three in the Condemned series, is a stand-alone, high heat, action-adventure romance that hurtles to the ends of the universe to explore redemption and forgiveness, need and love, and the power of second chances.

Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Mar 23, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
3 people found the following review helpful
It has been quite a while since I've returned to Alison Aimes's The Condemned series, but it's entertaining as hell with a bit of a spin to the tale of enemies-to-lovers and a flashy, bloody and violent B-movie erotica vibe.

I was hoping in some ways for a continuation for Bella and Caine's story after the first book. But Alison Aimes is taking the series in a different direction and I'm slowly coming round to it, as her focus shifts to the inhabitants of the brutal penal planet Dragath25 and the slow unravelling of the politics between a dystopian earth and corruption that shows good/evil is not as it seems.

The author pits the cold, robotic Jade Lakotesh against former resistance fighter-turned-slave Walsh Ryker and it's not at all smooth-sailing from start to end, but I was surprised--pleasantly--by the twists and turns in the story, and the gradual expansion of the world-building that seemed to be gaining steam without any signs of flagging. Essentially, it was much more than what the blurb suggested and much more than what I was expecting and that always turns out well.

The instant lust that made me cringe aside, Ms. Aimes does handle character and pacing quite well (there were parts that had me rather frustrated with them both nonetheless). Still, the biggest draw of TORMENTED isn't just about Jade and Ryker, but rather, the sudden opening up of the penal planet ‘verse and the insertions of so many secondary characters that have so much untapped potential.

Sure, it's flashy and sometimes, probably a little gratuitous--the amount of dirt and dust had me cringing during the sex scenes that went on as though these were niggly details not worth bothering about--but at the most basic, it was a fun, roller-coaster ride.
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