Jake's Redemption: The Angel Eyes Series Prequel

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ISBN-13: 978-0998025711
ISBN-10: 0998025712
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 Jake's Redemption is a prequel to the Angel Eyes series, holding the unique ability to combine a cowboy romance with a dystopian fantasy insert to create something appealing both to romance and sci-fi readers.

In the opening scene, Jake and friend Bret are prisoners of a woman who openly mocks her former lover Bret: "How could you think any self-respecting woman would want you for anything more than your gorgeous face and hard body?" she asked, not waiting for a reply. "A decent woman would never accept you as an equal. Any woman who would is worse than the slave you will shortly become."

It's a scenario of men stripped of their power and enslaved by women, and one in which Jake Nichols suspects his life will end. Jake endures torture in captivity, but his life is not slated to conclude in this manner. When he's hired out to the beautiful Monica to help her finish building her ranch home, everything changes.

Unlike most dystopian reads, even those which include romance between characters, Jake's Redemption is firmly rooted in romance and doesn't skirt the edges like most such fantasy novels. This translates to steamy sex scenes, percolating love, and a focus on interpersonal relationships that supersedes the usual focus on survival tactics and conflict.

This isn't to say that the story is one-dimensional. Indeed, it is filled with psychological depth and insights. Jamie Schulz takes the time to explore each character's growth process, and this is reflected in passages that reveal these changing viewpoints: "There was more to him than the trembling, half-starved, pitiable man who'd first arrived, and definitely more than just his handsome face. All of it made her wonder what else lay beneath his wary, kind, and sometimes curious eyes."

Love builds predictably, but not without its obstacles, and as Jake and Monica begin to consider forging a brave new world, many things change.

It's rare to find a prequel that adequately covers the logic and progression of the novels to come. Often, such an attempt feels like an afterthought rather than holding real foresights to dovetail with the foundations of what is to come.

Jake's Redemption carefully crafts a story that doesn't feel like a manufactured tie-in, nicely pairing the feel of a romance read with the backdrop of a society where power has shifted and resulted in radical redefinitions of not just control, but love itself.

Forgiveness, trust, and control are hard gifts to give; especially in a world turned upside down. Jake and Monica are challenged on more than one level, finding that their increasing affection for one another redefines not only their perceptions, but how they feel about their potentials both individually and with one another.

As Jake begins to realize he has work to do to move from being a slave to being a powerful man in love, Monica finds him increasingly compelling. His emotional growth is very nicely portrayed, as is an evolving passion based on a different kind of power structure: "And what are you feeling?" she asked, almost breathless. His throat muscles worked as though he was having trouble swallowing. Then he took a deep breath and gave Monica her second pleasant shock of the morning. "Like I want to try to be the man I used to be. I want to stop being afraid. But I'm not sure how."

Romance readers will relish Jake's Redemption's effective, unusual blend of dystopian sci-fi and the trappings of romantic passion, but sci-fi fans looking for something different will also appreciate the story of a world that has changed so much that lovers must find new ways of defining relationships and themselves.

-D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

 Jamie Schulz's dystopian romance novel Jake's Redemption, a prequel to the Angel Eyes series, follows main character Jake Nichols, who was a rancher and construction worker before the Wars, a chaotic point in human history when women enslaved all men. Using drugs as a means to keep them captive and afraid, men are to be used only for their bodies, forced to be completely submissive to their Mistresses. Monica Avery, Jake's new Mistress, is desperate to find her soulmate in this new society, but seeing Jake work with his hands and mind on her land opens her heart in a way she didn't think possible.

Dystopian fiction and romance have been inexplicably and delicately linked these past few years, and, looking at today's headlines, it's no wonder authors are drawing inspiration from the news and humanizing media figures the best way they know how. By all accounts, tossing rustic cowboys into this mix just shouldn't work. But author Jamie Schulz not only weaves the diametrically opposed genres together, she crafts a thoroughly unique and engaging story that's nearly impossible to put down in Jake's Redemption. Genre-crossing  walks a thin line, but Schulz melds the genres with aplomb. Even with the immense legwork that must be done to lay the rules for Schulz's complicated world, Jake, Monica, and Angel all receive deeply layered character development. Plot and character work in tandem, with the horrors of Darla contrasting with the fiery passion between Monica and Jake. Once the reader acclimates to the world Schulz has created, many of the plot points will seem familiar--but never so much so the reader can rest easy. Nothing--not even a frightening dystopia--will stop the main characters from their happy ending, but how Jake and Monica arrive there is a truly fascinating journey that readers will eagerly devour. With such a strong prequel, the rest of the Angel Eyes series looks bright.

- Red City Reviews




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  • Item Weight : 1.36 pounds
  • Paperback : 423 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0998025712
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0998025711
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.06 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Jamie Schulz (December 11, 2018)
  • Language: : English
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