- File Size: 1330 KB
- Print Length: 188 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Loose Id LLC (July 10, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073VYW1KF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Ivar's Prize Kindle Edition
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Ooooh, did I love this one! I like a good auction plot line, and this one had an additional science fiction twist to it that interested me. I'm so glad I picked this one up because it was such a great, un-put-downable read. Amy Pennza knocks it out of the park with her debut book, Ivar's Prize.
The world building here is phenomenal. The time period happens in a futuristic world where Earth is basically uninhabitable after massive flooding and from the environmental waste of its people. Nadia's trained on a starship and has a secure life when she makes the mistake of trusting the wrong person. It causes Nadia to be shipped off to the prison planet, Tolbos. But nothing is as she expects. It's not long before she's taken captive, put on the auction block, and sold to a golden warlord in the crowd.
The hard-working people, the barren lands, the dog-eat-dog world. My breath was lodged in my throat for Nadia from the first. But the Warlord who buys her isn't like the other harsh inhabitants she meets, and she's kind of hopeful for her future. She doesn't have too many options, however, and Nadia's scared and intrigued, but she's also kind of a badass. I just loved her quick wit and the way her brain works. A heroine to root for, for certain!
But can Ivar trust that her presence on his homeland isn't a detriment to his people and their safety? What's his story anyway? So much suspense, so much action, so much lust. It's a rough-edged story with some raw sex appeal. Some parts absolutely blazed smoking hot!
My biggest complaint is that I wanted more. Anyone who wants a little something different with danger and humor and mystery will find it here.
The story opens to and introduces us to a young starship commander, Nadia Greene, who has been accused of theft. Trusting her boyfriend to use his connections to help her, she pleads guilty to the crime only to discover he has hung her out to dry. She is quickly sentenced and sent to the planet of Tolbos. Nadia’s bad luck continues to increase once she is on the planet and finds herself stripped of everything-including her freedom. It’s only when Ivar intercedes on her behalf does she stand a chance at survival but like everything else, his help comes at a price.
'She could either work her way to freedom in the pit like everyone else or take the easy way out by earning it on her back.'
Nadia refuses Ivar’s proposal to be his bed slave and finds herself in the garbage pits, mining for recyclables. It’s here she learns of the complicated hierarchy of the planet and the true extent of her new life.
I enjoyed meeting Nadia watching the fireworks explode between her and Ivar. Nadia comes off a little pitiful in the beginning but your estimation of her improves dramatically as you get to know her. I found her commitment to herself impressive. Her whole life has been turned upside down and she literally has nothing of her own anymore but her pride and dignity and she refuses to give those up. She is quite impressive in her spirit, sarcasm, and anger. She’s angry at herself for getting into this predicament. Angry at her ex for his betrayal. Angry at Ivar because of her attraction to him.
“I might find it a little hot, playing slave and master, but I am not your slave. You ever take my clothes away again, I promise it will not end well for you.”
The chemistry between Nadia and Ivar is hot and spicy, adding a nice bite to the story along with some mild kink and a same-sex relationship. The romance is slow to build and balances nicely against a mild mystery. Pennza does an excellent job of intertwining the mystery and romance together, using them to showcase the growth and development of Nadia and Ivar as individuals and as a couple when Ivar investigates Nadia as a possible spy sent from the Council. When certain information comes to light, they are both forced to evaluate their feelings for one another and the unknown and possibly long-range intentions of the Council.
Pennza leaves us with questions as she wraps up the story with a hasty ending and a small epilogue. I certainly hope she decides to expand this into a series as I found the world and the variety of characters introduced fascinating and ripe with untold stories.
How explicit 4.5 / 5
Amount of BDSM/Fetish 3 / 5
Story 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5
Review: Nadia has made a mistake that has landed her a one-way ticket to a prison planet. Her fiancé lets her take the fall and off she goes from her life as a star-ship officer to slave girl for a warlord.
Ivar is a warlord who is trying to figure out how the lovely and beautiful Nadia has ended up naked on the slave auction block. Is she there to spy on him? Or is she just the spirited lover he has been waiting for?
Think Mad Max with a bit of BDSM romance and strange metal that is both a coveted resource by a society that sends prisoners to mine it for their own use and is used by the prisoners in their own society. Ivar is clearly dominant and likes being in control. Nadia is intrigued and attracted to Ivar but doesn't want to be anyone's bed-slave.
Ivar's Prize is a lot of fun. Great space story with a lot of spicy action. The BDSM is not heavy but definitely part of the story and a major aspect of Ivar's personality as a dominant. There is one scene in particular in the mess hall that is super juicy! The supporting players are nicely developed and definitely potential for some of their own stories. This doesn't end with a cliffhanger, but not all the questions are answered about the politics going on between the prison planet and their jailers.
I enjoyed the book and hope there are future installments!
** Voluntarily reviewed from an advanced copy **
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