Series: Against the Odds 02
Author: Kate Sherwood
Genre: Futuristic, Science Fiction
Length: Novel (216pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1st April 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3½ – 4 Hearts
Blurb: Things were confusing enough before the revolution, when Adam Challoner was a rich idealist and Remy Stone a jaded prostitute. After months of fighting, Adam has risen to become the leader of the continent. Now he’s responsible for feeding his people and holding the country together.
But without a fight, without a purpose, Remy scrambles to find his place in the freedom of the postrevolution world. When his quest takes him away from the capitol, Adam can’t object. Remy was a slave before the revolution—Adam won’t deny him his freedom now.
Then an attempt on Adam’s life brings Remy back to his side. In his new role as bodyguard, Remy keeps his distance, but neither he nor Adam can ignore the connection between them. For them to be together, Remy needs to free himself from the damage inflicted by his past, and Adam has to fight through the restrictions of his present. But as the political situation deteriorates, Adam and Remy once again find themselves fighting for their lives—and for each other.
Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Adam has taken up his position as the leader of the North American council, after the revolution. Remy is trying to find his place in the new order, now that he is no longer a sex slave. Adam is weighed down by the responsibility and seeks comfort from Remy’s presence, but Remy needs to find his own place and sets out to find it. Adam lets him go, but Remy returns when there is an assassination attempt on Adam’s life. Remy knows what he wants from Adam, but Adam can’t seem to see past Remy’s past. Adam needs Remy, but believes Remy needs to find the person beneath the slave. As the two face danger, political intrigue and a colony coup, they have to find their way back to each other and accept their love.
This story continues from just after The Pawn and continues with the storyline of the revolution and the after effects of struggling to keep a continent under control without falling back into the old ways. Adam faces difficult decisions, as he tries to balance a new council and keep them working together, while dealing with his yearning for Remy who seems to be more distant. Both Adam and Remy are as we remember them from The Pawn, but this time we see everything from Adam’s perspective and we follow along as he deals with political situations and betrayal, while struggling with his feelings for Remy and the appearance of his wife and daughter.
This story will draw you in as the plot twists and thickens. The relationship between Remy and Adam is still uncertain and only gets solved near the end of the book. It is interesting to watch the play between Adam and Remy and I really liked it when Remy finally confronted Adam’s treatment of him, telling him the way things are and how they should be. Although their relationship is again played out in the background it still has impact and the result is brilliant. Both Adam and Remy face a lot as they maneuver through the political quagmire that the revolution left behind. They also have the colony planets wanting their freedom and someone wants them dead. For those of you who wonder, there is no cheating and not that much sex, Adam’s wife and he have been separated for over ten years and Dar (Remy’s childhood friend) is quite prominent in this story.
I will recommend this to those who love post revolution, political unrest, struggling relationships, assassination attempts, danger, nation unrest, smooth talking and a meeting of minds that leads to hot sex and a brilliant ending.