In His Sights, (Don’t Tell, novella),Rie Warren

 

In His Sights, (Don’t Tell, novella),Rie Warren
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

This is a M/M romantic novella from the Don’t Tell Series. It’s set in a dystopian future where the world has undergone catastrophe and control, and is kept tightly by The Company. There are rigid rules, homosexuality and freedom are simply not tolerated. Everyone is expected to conform and act as the companies says. The homosexuality intolerance is so rigid that death is the penalty – and only after some severe beatings of course… I rarely read novellas, especially of this type of dystopian society ( usually because I don’t understand the world created, but Rie has kept this one simple and even I could follow it!) but I enjoyed In His Command so agreed to review this story.
As in any society there are anarchists, and here they’re a group of people whole call themselves Freelanders. They live off the land, nurture it, respect each other, and allow themselves freedom to choose how they want to live with minimal rules other than respect for others and safety. The company hates them, regards them as vermin and has a shoot to kill policy – they call it cleaning up 😦
Hawke is one of the freedom fighters, and this begins with him on an infiltration mission, they like to keep the Company on its toes. He gets caught though…and thinks his time is up. However to his surprise the Corporal who has captured him, Mayce, doesn’t kill him, but instead acts on the intense feelings he has when he sees Hawke. That comes as a shock to both, with Mayce knowing if he’s caught its a death sentence. Still, he lets Hawke go and they make plans for further assignations. Its tough, difficult and dangerous, and on the way home from one of their meetings Hawke gets caught…..
Its a great tale of what happens when ideals get corrupted by power, as sadly seems inevitable 😦 From setting out to protect people after the disaster that changed everything the company has become a dictatorial, heavy handed regime, filled with bigots having the time of their lives. I’d be with the Freelanders, I hate that regimented type of society. They aren’t doing any harm, but just by being there the company see them as a threat. They want everyone under their control and so there’s an ongoing war. It’s 100 pages though I don’t yet have price info.
Stars: four – great read, full of fun, romance and things to think about..
ARC supplied by author

 

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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