A debut post-apocalyptic erotic romance between a warrior lord and the fiery woman he hopes to tame.
Earth is a barren wasteland, and most people survive in primitive camps led by warrior bosses—some kind and fair, others cruel and selfish. On the edges of this barely civilized society live groups of mutants known as “techs,” who get by in squalor and near-starvation. Char is an 18-year-old girl who’s lived on the fringes of civilization for quite some time, after her mother was chased out of a camp by an abusive boss. Now that her mother is dead, Char and her stepfather, Seth, hope to find employment as warriors in one of the camps, despite the fact that women never, ever fight as warriors, and bosses often purchase beautiful women like Char to serve them. However, Char refuses to give up her dreams for the sake of gender norms, even after the powerful (but just) boss Garron chooses her to be his concubine. Garron and Char share numerous steamy love scenes while they wrestle with their feelings for each other, and their chemistry jumps off the page. Char doesn’t want to be a mere concubine, but she enjoys how Garron’s touch makes her feel; Garron, meanwhile, hates how Char challenges his authority yet finds himself attracted to her feisty nature. Their burgeoning romance is further complicated by Primus, the sensitive, smart leader of a group of techs whom Char wants to help. Garron’s growing jealousy, and the mysterious supply raids on the camp, eventually brings the story to a violent, emotional climax. Burke creates a vibrant world for her characters and a plot with high stakes. Char comes across as an admirable yet believable heroine, a refreshing element in a genre that’s often populated by flimsy, frail females.
An enjoyable sci-fi take on the erotic novel.