Series: Hanker's Hell #1
Published by Alvania Scarborough on June 16th 2014
Genres: Fiction, General, Genetic Engineering, Historical, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense, Western
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Early settlers thought they'd found a western re-creationist's heaven.
Instead, the new world is a hellish version of the Old West.
Now the seeds of long-ago conflict are stirring to life.
Dissonance Walker believed she’d seen the worst life had to offer, only to find she’s dead wrong. Sold to a secret organization by her parents for the price of a new stove, her ability to disobey is ripped away by a brutal experiment. Determined to find the key to restore her freedom, she manages to escape her captors, only to end up in the worst place for a woman that can’t say no—on a saloon stage, ready to be sold to the highest bidder.
Bram Spencer is sure the heat has baked his brains. With his friend murdered and his ranch under attack, he needs to attend a little unfinished business. Buying some fool woman because she pokes at scabs he thought long healed, isn’t on the list. It’s bad enough he has to go through the fuss of rescuing her, now he discovers the only way to grant her freedom is to marry her. This is why he never plays the hero—no good deed goes unpunished.
Secrets have a long life. Sometimes decades. Now the sins of the past have returned, ready to collect their dues. Only trust can save Dissonance and Bram from a shocking evil... but trust is a hard commodity to come by on the frontier.
I had no idea when I agreed to review this that it was a futuristic story.This story is part western, part sci-fi, all romance. The author has created this settlement where anything is possible and the strength of the characters take this story to the next level.
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 ass. 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.
About the Author
Alvania lives in the Rocky Mountains with the menagerie of pets that own her. She uses her love of the Old West and the possibilities of space to write stories about strong, sexy men and the women who are their equals. She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.