Trapped (The Condemned Series #1)
by Alison Aimes
Coming March 1, 2016
When Bella West crash lands on prison planet Dragath25, the only thing standing between her and a mass of brutal criminals is one of their own, a ruthless loner known only as 673. But what starts out as a desperate trade based on protection and raw lust soon blossoms into a scorching need that will push them both to the edge….
Cadet Bella West has one simple objective when she joins the scientific mission to Dragath25, the notorious penal planet housing Earth’s condemned. Earn the credits necessary to save her family from starvation. But when her shuttle crashes and the majority of her crew perish, her simple mission becomes complicated fast. Now, to stay alive she’ll have to depend on one of Dragath’s own. But such protection doesn’t come free.
Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, 673 has become more beast than man after eight grueling years on an unforgiving, hazardous planet of dirt and rock—and even more treacherous inhabitants. He doesn’t look out for anyone but himself and he certainly never grows attached. So when the bold female offers him pleasure in return for protection, he takes the deal without hesitation. He never expects how her touch will alter him. Or the growing realization that saving her may be the key to his own salvation.
But as dangers mount and their ‘simple’ deal unravels will he prove to be her surprise savior or her ultimate downfall? Because caring for someone on Dragath25 may prove the greatest hazard of all.
Sci-fi isn't something that I used to read a lot of but I find it's holding my interest more and more lately and I was so happy to discover Trapped by Alison Aimes. I was first drawn to it because the blurb reminded me of a book I read last year that I really enjoyed, not to mention that I've always had a thing for bad boys and prisoners are right up my alley, but all that aside, Trapped is definitely a book that stands on its own and held my interest until the very end.
Let's start with my main reason for loving this book... Bella! As soon as her shuttle crashed on Dragath25 she took charge and did what needed to be done. And as soon as she spotted Caine, no matter how dangerous he might be, she knew that she needed his help if she was going to survive and she was smart enough to offer up the one thing a man in his position would want... Anything.
And Caine... Sigh! He comes off as gruff and maybe a little scary in the beginning but the way he starts to soften for Bella from the get-go... That man is just perfect! He's a total alpha that's protective, possessive, jealous, and everything an alpha should be, but when it comes to his woman he knows when to push and when to apologize.
Okay and let's not forget the smoking hot sexy times between these two. Even though it started out as a deal between them, Bella's protection in exchange for Caine's pleasure, there was never a point where Caine forced Bella to do anything she didn't want to do. He offered her ample opportunities to back out, and when she stayed put, he let her experience pleasure in ways she's never experienced it before.
Of course, Dragath25 is a prison planet and their story isn't all sunshine and rainbows... There's very real danger lurking around every corner, and let's not forget the fact that Caine is a prisoner... How could they possibly get their HEA?! Luckily, thanks to some twists and turns, and a little persistence on Bella's part it all worked out in the end.
Overall, I couldn't be happier with Trapped and I cannot wait for the next book in this series!!
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Trapped through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.