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I honestly didn’t get that the settlers of the Hanker’s Hell decided to re-create the old west and live it until Dissonance‘s story and condition was revealed. There were experiments taking place to people who were sold into slavery and as a result, she can’t say no to an order. The beginning of this story finds her being sold to the highest bidder. Enter Bram, our hero, who decides to buy her and set her free. The law dictates that the only way she will truly be free is to become a wife, his wife. They have sexy chemistry, so he marries her and sets out to tame her. She doesn’t tell him about her unique condition, or the horrific life before that. So their lives are a little uncomfortable for her. When trouble comes to Bram’s estate, he and Dis stand together to face it and their future together.
The good: At the beginning of every chapter, we get a snippet of Harker Shand Delias’ journal. Harker is one of the original settlers and his story is really intriguing. There are people disappearing and Harker is trying to figure it out. When we are given Dis’ story we get a better idea of what this world is capable of. More importantly this story is a romance. When Bram finds people are out to ruin him and his wife’s life her gets really chivalrous. Bram’s job as a bounty hunter makes him a bad a**. I loved that about him. Bram’s drive to keep Dis safe and happy made this story a swoon worthy romance.
The bad: With everything going on in this story, it is hard to make sense of the genres. It is a western, and then it is sci-fi, too. I hated the characters living this “simple” lifestyle when there seemed more advance technology at work in this world. This didn’t really work for me at first. Also, why doesn’t she just tell him her condition. She struggles unnecessarily because she is stubborn. Gah!
I loved this as a romance. I have to admit that the genre confusion wasn’t keeping me from enjoying the story, at all. The author is able to somehow make this work and by the end I could understand why they chose to live like that. Bram and Dis have very good chemistry and their sex scenes were very hot. When we see the lengths Bram goes to for Dis, even in all her stubbornness, this romance really got me. All the elements come together to make this one hell of a story.
Scarborough quickly establishes some of the governing rules of this Old West and boy howdy. Our hero, Bram Spencer, a legendary bounty hunters takes pity on our heroine, Dissonance Walker and despite ever intention not to he buys her. Obviously, our bounty hunter has been too busy hunting criminals because he quickly discovers he cannot just free her as intended. Right away I was hooked by their situation and eager to see what developed.
Throughout the story, there is this mysterious science fiction thread with experiments, parasites and missing folks. For the most part, we are kept in the dark, but after each chapter, we read from journals that slowly give us the background to this strange world. While I am still not a hundred percent sure what is going on, I will say this I am curious and anxious to learn more. Usually I want my world completely fleshed out but we are learning as they are. They have only begun to scratch the surface and I like that we are learning as they do. This thread also brought suspense as our couple find themselves targeted.
At the heart of Disobedience there is a romance. I adored both Dissonance and Bram. Their chemistry felt genuine and I went from laughing aloud to swooning. Dis is snarky and to see her threaten Bram and the ranch hands just made me smile. I love feisty characters and she is just a hoot. The author does an excellent job of fleshing them out and allowing the reader to connect. Scarborough brings the heat but keeps things very mainstream. It was a hot combination of heat, humor and steam.
Secondary characters including an over-sized dog added humor and gave it a small-town feel. From the local sheriff to a feisty old lady with a wooden spoon I felt right at home.
I loved the people in this book. Witty dialog, strong personalities and heartfelt emotions radiated from each of the main characters. Even the bad guys/gals, though not quite as well defined, were out there enough for me to recognize (and detest) their motivations. I also appreciated how the author worked the history of the settlement of Harker's Hell into the beginning of each chapter.
My personal rating is 4.5 stars, withholding that last half a star only because there is a plot line that is not fully resolved in the first book of the series. But since this is a personal preference, the visual rating will be five stars, as I hope others will see this and decide to pick up Disobedience!