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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Review: Kidnapped by Maria Hammarblad

I found this sci fi romance engaging and entertaining and I think I would enjoy more writing from this author. I recommend trying this!
by Maria Hammarblad
  • File Size: 387 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc (May 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00825645A
Genre: Sci Fi Romance
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0

Book Description
Publication Date: May 10, 2012
It's a late winter night when Patricia Risden heads home in her car, on a road she's driven many times before. She doesn't have a care in the world, that is, until a man appears from nowhere, right in front of her.

The next thing she knows is being a prisoner of the unscrupulous Alliance Commander Travis 152; an intimidating man who demands information and complete cooperation. Travis soon realizes his mistake; Tricia doesn't know anything, and she is incapable of even getting a glass of water from the ship's computer.

Infamous for being a ruthless executioner, conditioned since childhood to feel nothing besides fear and pain, he still deems her harmless, and finds enough pity for the lost young woman to let her out of the cell; a decision that will change both their lives forever.

Patricia Risden goes unconscious in a car wreck and wakes up in a very strange place. If she isn’t hallucinating, she has been brought onto a spaceship. Her kidnapper is a big man with one side of his face burned. Initially he seems almost brutal, cold and uncaring as he demands to know why she had contact with an infamous Alliance rebel.  It doesn’t take long before he realizes that this slip of a girl has no information or knowledge that would be helpful to him.  Surprisingly, Travis decides to allow Tricia to roam freely on the ship as long as she doesn’t create trouble.

Whether its Stockholm syndrome or something more Tricia soon learns to care for Travis. Remarkably the conditioned training that Travis has been taught that had him loyal and dedicated to following every order of the domineering Alliance leader is replaced with the same directives but focused on pleasing and saving Patricia.

Travis has to seek help from unlikely sources to protect himself and Tricia.  Can Patricia survive her adventures into a foreign and mostly hostile world? Will Travis be able to find a way to protect Patricia from his Supreme Commander and keep her by his side?

There is plenty of imagination, action and romance in this story.  It didn’t take long for me to be rooting for Travis to find a way to keep them alive and together. I loved how Travis shifts his personality from cold, almost robotic, to a protective lover.  There are surprising friends to seek as well as unpleasant foes to escape. Ms. Hammarblad’s writing flows at a good pace with good descriptions and good character development. The story was fun and engaging. I read it through quickly and was sorry when it ended. If you enjoy action, sensual and sweet romance, and a different world plot, please try this book!

Travis' early view of Patricia:
“I know she’s innocent. She wouldn’t hurt a fly, and on top of that she has the technical skills of a stuffed toy.” Location 853.
Tricia's view of Travis:
He’d been the only refuge she had in this alien environment, and without him, she was deeply lonely and unhappy. Location 1061.
“I always stay close to you. It’s the only safe place.” Location 1263

Thank you to the Author and Bewitching Blog Tour for this book to read, review and share.
This is set primarily in another galaxy although there is a part set in Colorado. I will include this in my ARC and New Author challenges.

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