Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Disobedience by Alvania Scarborough

Series: Harker's Hell #1
334 p.
Publisher: Silver Harbor Press
Published: 6/16/14
Source: Caffeinated Virtual Assistant Services for review.

Harker’s Hell. Early settlers thought they’d found a western re-creationist’s heaven. Instead, the new world is a hellish version of the Old West. Now the seeds of long-ago conflict are stirring to life.

Dissonance Walker believed she’d seen the worst life had to offer, only to find she’s dead wrong. Sold to a secret organization by her parents for the price of a new stove, her ability to disobey is ripped away by a brutal experiment. Determined to find the key to restore her freedom, she manages to escape her captors, only to end up in the worst place for a woman that can’t say no—on a saloon stage, ready to be sold to the highest bidder.

Bram Spencer is sure the heat has baked his brains. With his friend murdered and his ranch under attack, he needs to attend a little unfinished business. Buying some fool woman because she pokes at scabs he thought long healed, isn’t on the list. It’s bad enough he has to go through the fuss of rescuing her, now he discovers the only way to grant her freedom is to marry her. This is why he never plays the hero—no good deed goes unpunished.

Secrets have a long life. Sometimes decades. Now the sins of the past have returned, ready to collect their dues. Only trust can save Dissonance and Bram from a shocking evil… but trust is a hard commodity to come by on the frontier.
My thoughts:
This is a mash up of several genres. One is a western which is quite obvious. However, it is set on an alien planet, not earth. While this might sound confusing at first, it really isn't. In fact it reads more like an old western historical with alien parts thrown in for good measure. That made you pay more attention to the worldbuilding.

While I did like the interplay of genres, there was parts of a journal which started each chapter. It was about the founder and how the area became to be known as Harker's Hell. While I did like the added information, it really tended to confuse me. I didn't see how it played in the story until toward the end. Even then it has no conclusion and it appears to be the arc within the series. I think there will be more information as the series progresses. It does look like it continues on within the next book.

While that may have gave me pause, the story as a whole was fun to read. While I actually didn't like Bram at the beginning and even wanted his arse to be kicked throughout most of the novel, I actually melted when he realized he was causing Dissonance, the heroine, actual pain. When his understanding dawned and even though he had to go though one more arse kicking to "get it", when he did, he fully understood and became so kind and sweet to Dissonance. It was his kindness that really got to me. Yes, he had me as a fan in the end.

I give this book 4 stars. While I did find some of the worldbuilding a bit confusing I also felt it will have it's place as it builds within the series. What really shone in this book is the romance and how they truly came together. I recommend it to those that love a good fantasy romance.

17 comments:

  1. It was terrible when Bram didn't know and yep he needed a good slap.. Did you like the Mutt and his interactions. I agree the journals are part of the overall arc and I am curious.

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  2. I'm intrigued by Bram Melissa! I always enjoy a character that rubs me the wrong way in the beginning only to change my mind by the end:) And I do love a good fantasy romance, so I'm adding this to the list!

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    1. I think you'd really end up liking the guy. I did! :)

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  3. I like the idea of a Western with something more. I am definitely curious about this one.

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    1. It was interesting. I really did like the mash up.

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  4. Kimba's review of this got me interested. I hate covers of bare chested men though. Maybe I'm weird. But the story sounds pretty great!

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  5. I confess that I always have a problem with sci-fi, aliens, planets, all that so I'm not sure but I'm glad you had a good time with it.

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  6. Intrigued by this and yet not too sure its something I'd actually enjoy. Something I might pick up at the library just because it sounds like a novel read I couldn't however see myself buying a copy.

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  7. I like the mash-up of all the different genres. And sometimes, when the guy is an arse at the beginning, it's all the more satisfying when he falls hard for the heroine.

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  8. I don't read 'Western' books but the fact that this one has the added benefit of something'more' has me intrigued. Lovely review Melissa!
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

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  9. Bwahaha that sounds like an awesome mash up. I'm totally in for that.

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  10. I have to say that the blurb makes this rather confusing. However, your review makes it seem easy enough to understand. One more PNR to add to the list!!

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  11. I'm not much of a PNR reader, but this sounds interesting! Glad you enjoyed it, Melissa :)

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  12. I read a YA last year that had those types of interludes at the beginning of each chapter. They didn't make any sense until the end and distracted me more than enhanced the reading experience.

    This sounds fun though & now I know what to expect.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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