Monday, October 19, 2015

CLAIMED by Elle Kennedy

Outlaws #1
Signet Books, October 2015
Obtained via:  publisher
ISBN:  0451474449
ISBN13: 9780451474445
Dystopian Erotica

The world as we know it has been destroyed.  Unless you are of the ruling elite or an Enforcer, life is difficult and medical care unheard of.  Hudson’s father was one of the founding members of the ruling council that set up the new society that everyone now lived in.  Hudson and her twin brother were raised as Enforcers, although Hudson was really more of a nurse by trade.  After her father’s death, her brother started to change and become cruel and when she found out she was to marry a man she could not abide, she ran, branding herself an outlaw to be hunted by the Enforcers.  Hudson soon realizes her best chance of survival is Connor Mackenzie and his small band of outlaw fighters and asks for his protection.  Despite his obvious reluctance, he takes Hudson in and introduces her to a new way of life.  But when he finds out Hudson’s connection to his enemy, their intense attraction may not be enough to save their love.

Elle Kennedy is an excellent erotica writer.  She has built a well-constructed post-apocalyptic world where population control is taken care of by eliminating healthcare for all but the ruling class and those that enforce the rules.  Favors have become currency and knowledge is more valuable than gold.  The characters in this book are multifaceted and interesting, each with their own story to tell.  Connor’s past dictates the way he leads his life today and colors the decisions he makes for his group of outlaws.  Hudson has grown up in a very different world, but desperately wants to figure out Connor and his friends.  She sees something in him that makes her care for him.

Admittedly, this reader did expect more out of the confrontation between Hudson’s intended and Connor or even Hudson and her intended.  Still, the sex scenes are off the charts.  The future book set ups are perfect and the author leaves the crowd wanting more.  CLAIMED appears to be the perfect introduction to another great dystopian erotica series by the talented Elle Kennedy that fans of this genre will not want to miss.

Reviewed by T. Barringer

"This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book."

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