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.
It likely should be a guilty pleasure but I like future prison science fiction romance.
I get tired of the idea that people are reduced to raping mindless animals, however, I also get sick of the idea that the moment a man can he will assault a woman (not the hero of course) But I also feel that these plots are a way for working out the constant threat and anxiety most women experience to some degree.
So, this is a pretty basic a man projects a woman (and in this case her colleagues too) in exchange for sex. They fall in love.
The survival aspects are pretty good as are the class issues. The action of the escape is well done but we have a lot of annoying baddies and the heroine makes me nuts by underestimating all threats.