Published by Carina Press on 2014-06-16
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, General, New Adult, Romance
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Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. Excommunicated after getting pregnant with twins, she's left with no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her at the institution by the time she gives birth, or have her babies taken in her stead.Ric Bennett wants to help. A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, he runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya's records, prevent her from having to make an impossible choice, and free her forever. But when his plan is sniffed out, things get bloody, fast. The Line wants them back. The organization has discovered information about Naya and her twins that make them more valuable than just sex slaves. It makes them dangerous—and part of the The Line's larger plan.As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya's quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they'll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.Book one of two77,000 words
What if corporations seized territory and created their own countries? What if these corporations decided that they wanted more and to do so they were willing to go to extremes in genetic warfare? This is some of what is at stake in this new series from Anne Tibbets. We get a brutal introduction via a woman who has lived thru hell for nine years as a sex slave only to be let go when it is discovered that she is pregnant.
Naya/Natalia has been in this hell where she has 10 hour-long appointments a day, 7 days a week with no holidays or rest days. Imagine being forced to have sex or do whatever you are told by the person who bought time with you that many days in a row. She’s not used to having clothes or being treated with any sort of kindness but when she’s kicked out of the Line she ends up making the best of a horrible situation. She’s overwhelmed many times in this story with any human kindness and touch is something she is terrified of but you get glimpses of how badly she desires it. I loved seeing her really start to come in to her own as the book progressed and while she has a long way to go you get to see that she’s an incredible survivor who will do well as she gets used to being “free”. Her flashbacks are horrific and serve to provide more information on how this came to be while also showing you more about how strong she really is even at a young age. I really loved how much she was willing to do to protect her babies from the hell she lived thru but I really loved how she was willing to sacrifice herself to save people she didn’t know.
Ric is someone I am looking forward to getting to know better as the series progresses. He’s a tower of strength even as he crumbles because of the costs that this operation places upon him. He’s got an amazing heart and seeing him work with Natalia was painful but still made me smile at times. He wants to help but from the beginning you can sense a deeper connection to her and the need he has to keep her safe plus let her spread her wings. He’s very dedicated to destroying this evil but also very practical in that he knows it can’t be done overnight but needs to be accomplished over time even as it hurts him to know the Line still operates. As he finds out what the Line is really for you can sense that nothing will ever be the same for the residents of this corporate hell and that hopefully the start of a revolution will be forthcoming.
I look forward to learning more about this world and hope that Natalia and Ric get to find true happiness not only with one another but with the society that so desperately needs change. Special thanks to the team at Expresso Book Tours for giving me the chance to spread the word about this book and by giving me the chance to host a stop on the tour where I get to share with my readers the awesome tour contest….
Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.