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Bitter Harvest [Kindle Edition]

Kim Knox
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's 2050, and humans are an endangered species. Lieutenant Robert Sutton has survived the collapse of civilization by luck, his wits, and a chance mutation that makes him immune to the nano-virus that has wiped out millions. Now, his compound of survivors is surrounded by the infected, who are driven by the need to spread the contagion through sex. It is only a matter of time before they attack. So when Sutton is assigned to interrogate a prisoner who claims to have overcome the infection, he immediately suspects a trap...

Nicholas Rider may have survived the virus, but he's a changed man, ruled by his desires. But his need for Sutton is different. Rider craves an end to his overwhelming needs, and Sutton could be the man to do it.

Secure in his belief that he's invulnerable, Sutton can't understand or resist his intense attraction to his prisoner. Will Rider be his downfall—or his savior?

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Product Details

  • File Size: 260 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (March 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070Y00B8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stars: 3.5/5 April 23, 2012
By Alex W
Format:Kindle Edition
Overall
This story is a dark sci-fi, post-apocalyptic erotic romance. That has to be understood for the story to be enjoyed, and even then, this won't be for everyone. I surprisingly enjoyed it. While there was a bit too much sex and sexual tension for my taste, the world that Knox described was creative, easy to visualize, and dark, creating an absolutely perfect setting. Compared to the world in which they live, the characters feel a little flat, but this could be, in part, due to their sex drive running most of the show.

An interesting story with an inventive resolution. Everything fitted together well and left me satisfied with the story as a whole. Also, I loved the little comment about the bees. Brilliant and subtle.

Strengths
The world creation was very impressive in this story. In the short amount of time, the author painted a dark picture, used dialogue to fill in knowledge gaps, and provided all the necessary information without bogging down the story. The visuals, while sparsely provided, were enough to help the reader envision the world, relying more on reader experience and intuition than description. Definitely the strongest part of the story.

While I found parts of the ending a little too much, for the most part the resolution and the plot leading up to it were excellent. I didn't know where things were going and I liked the journey we went on while being taken there.

Weaknesses
A little too sex heavy for me, but that is preference. However, it did detract from character development a little as both men seemed to think with their little heads too much to create more in depth realizations. Still, it wasn't so much sex that I rolled my eyes, and most of it was glossed over, giving the feeling of lots of even more sex without bombarding the reader with scene after scene of it in hot nano-infected detail.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not working for me April 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
2.5
When I read m/m, I like the men hard. I like my science fiction hard, too. If it's offered as romance, I like the relationships developed. So I was not very happy with this story, because one out of three isn't enough.

From the opening scene, where Rider has been captured and bound under the assumption that he's an infected spy, come to suck what's left of unchanged humanity into the "hive," the sexual come-ons are fast and thick. "The infected are always ready to f***," because exchange of bodily fluids passes the nano-virus around. An insane AI has created the nanos as a way of subjugating humanity for its own unexplained purposes. Rider is marked as infected but has thrown off the infection, or so he'd have Sutton, his interrogator, believe, although he has the residual need to nail everything standing. Sutton feels the draw but he's supposed to be immune to the wiles of the infected.

This is one of the few human enclaves left, but the lights are still on, the water's still running, and the med-techs have enough of a lab inside the Tower of London to be able to run tests. There must be a limit to what they can do, because the humans test-f*** (author's term) such spies. The humans have fought very hard to survive but perform this sort of suicide mission regularly, which made no sense to me at all. Once Rider convinces everyone he's really not infected, just a pheromone-shedding, bragging sex machine, they release him into the general population, and draft him for a suicide defense when the compound is about to be overrun by the infected.

Time spent waiting to die is always best spent having sex, so Rider and Sutton do.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for this book February 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The cover and description were good. Unfortunately the book was slow and didn't keep my attention. It took me all day and night to finish this book. When I was done I was glad it was over with. Don't waste your money on this book. I didn't like it at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Dystopian Romance September 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have enjoyed this and several other titles by Kim Knox. Her hallmark of the big tease and original paranormal settings mesh really well with the romance at the heart of the story. This is a novella - not too short and of a good enough length to get into the characters and plot. Very graphic but very enjoyable. As with her other books, the main character(S) tend to have omnivorous and very well practiced sexual habits (read: overactive and bisexual) - those looking for virgins might want to keep that in mind. For me, I just really like the pure originality and thought she puts into the world building (and yeah, they are hot!).

As a note, I listened to the audible version and the narrator was excellent. I'd recommend listening to this highly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Major Disappointment January 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me start off by saying, I hate writing bad reviews. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I don't enjoy trashing an authors work. There are points where my frustration takes over, but I like to believe that I am just giving some constructive criticism. How it is interpreted is up to those who read my reviews.

So, onward!

I didn't like or understand this book very much. There were a few part sparkled in that I enjoyed, but overall? Major disappointment.

All the character Rider talks about is the men and women that he has slept with. Like it's something to be proud of. It really, really turned me off of the book. I'm not favorable to characters who treat sex like a sport. Mostly because I like it when sex between the characters really means something. Rider made it seem like a game to be played. It annoyed me and just made me angry. He was crass and rude, yet the main character is still obsessed with him. I almost stopped right there, but my biggest pet peeve is having unfinished books, so I continued.

As I read the story, my feeling did not change. I still couldn't stand the main character's love interest and I began to lose the will to read this book. Good thing it is very short. Even finishing the book, I couldn't give it more than two stars. I didn't understand how Sutton and Rider could be a couple. They were ill-suited. Their relationship didn't make sense to me. It was mostly because I didn't like Rider. He was so obnoxious and insincere. I couldn't tell if he actually had feelings for Sutton or not. He used sex as a weapon and I couldn't stand how smug he was all the time.

I didn't mind Sutton. He was kind of boring, but I liked him much better than his partner. The story felt really slow because of his point-of-view.
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I live on an ancient boundary line, once marked by a Neolithic burial tomb. The tomb's now a standing stone circle-thank the Georgians for that one-and stirs my mind with thoughts of history and ancient myths. I mix the essence of the past into fantasy, along with the essential mix of magic and sex. I also writes science fiction romance, pushing out into the far future with effortlessly sexy men and the women who can't resist them.

I'm multipublished, having books at Ellora's Cave, Samhain Publishing, Loose Id, Liquid Silver Books and Carina Press. You can contact me on my website or come and chat at my blog: www.darknessandromance.wordpress.com

Website: www.kim-knox.co.uk

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