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When Leah, a geologist, woke up from a cryogenic hibernation, she quickly discovered she was the lone survivor of the fifty crew members. Despite suffering from hibernation fatigue, Leah ventured from the safety of her ship to parts unknown and to a society very different from the sophisticated one she left behind. Leah was in for a cruel awakening as she was quickly captured by a rebel group known as the Fain. Luckily for Leah, Keegan, a clan commander for the ruling Tenth House, was also seeking the Fain rebels and easily rescued Leah from her captors. This happened within the first few chapters. The action then readily picked up speed and did not decelerate until near completion.
This story had it all: an imaginative, adventurous plot, with diverse intriguing, multidimensional characters whose dialogue was very defined and engaging. I especially liked the character development of Keegan and Leah over the course of the story. Initially, the relationship started off more or less like a dominant-submissive one – with Keegan making Leah wear an arm bracelet that branded Leah as her property. Keegan even tried forcing herself on Leah. Leah, a strong minded independent scientist, wanted no part of the sex or the bracelet. She adamantly refused both. However, when she removed the bracelet, Leah unknowingly put her life in danger and was once again caged along with others plucked from the streets. It was at this point that Leah finally realized the cruelty of the society she was now a part of and that Keegan was actually trying to protect her by making her wear that bracelet. I think both these events were a defining moment for Keegan as she realized that Leah would rather risk her life than submit to anything or anyone. The relationship slowing improved to a point of mutual respect and trust. Leah trusted Keegan enough to wear the bracelet as a sign of protection- not property. This turning point was the beginning of other changes that would shape the future of their relationship and the society in which they lived as a new and deathly regime took over in the form of Keegan’s nemesis, Tiago. Keegan and everyone she cared about was no longer safe.
Missouri Vaun is a very dynamic writer. She takes her characters beyond the usual script and gives them a presence and edginess that cannot be ignored, and in so doing, the reader cannot help but become completely invested in the story. This is what makes her stories so entertaining and enjoyable.
This book is very highly recommended.
Top international reviews
Leah has woke up on the wrong planet, or so she thinks. She escaped earths pending mass extinction due to the extreme global warming deterioration and was heading to a new planet to create a new colony. Her ship is the only one of ten that was set off course and didn’t arrive at the new planet for mankind. So where is she now? And how long has she been asleep? When she’s captured by raiders and thinks it’s all over, Keegan comes to her rescue. Keegan is tough, strong and resembles some sort of military personnel but when they are alone she’s kind and nurturing. Leah is confused by her feelings and Keegan knows she wants Leah but for a change, she wants more than her body. When they are both threatened by Keegan’s ultimate opponent and Leader of the new world who wants Leah for himself, can they find a way to stop him?
Missouri Vaun just keeps surprising me. One minute she’s writing these beautiful romance novels set in the idyllic countryside and then the next book is set on another planet. I mean the versatility alone needs to be acknowledged. Kudos Missouri Vaun, you're really knocking them outta the park.
Great premise indeed, especially the global warming aspect... because it’s happening and it's scary.
I was quite taken with Keegan from the first moment she appeared on the page and her overwhelming need to protect Leah was quite a change from her normal behaviour but there is something between these two from the very beginning. I think what I loved (and it left me feeling empowered) was that both women are strong and independent. I was expecting Leah to need Keegan to protect her and she does to a certain extent but she also protects Keegan in a whole other emotional way.
The sex scenes are extremely steamy and left me a little hot under the collar. I reckon the sexual tension was close to combustible with Leah and Keegan.
The connection between the characters is undeniable and even in the moments they are second guessing their feelings you know this love between them is one of epic proportion. I really want more from them and I’m hoping Missouri Vaun turns this story into a series because it’s has such big potential to be a phenomenal series.
Without a doubt a 5 star novel.