19 Mar 2019

Review: Jake's Redemption (The Angel Eyes Series Prequel)

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

From Goodreads:
An imprisoned cowboy. An empowered woman. When true love is forbidden, opening their hearts could destroy them both…

Chained and enslaved, Jake Nichols is convinced he’ll die alone. In this new order where men are stripped of all power, he endures brutal torture at the hands of his female captor. But when he’s hired out to build a ranch home for an outspoken beauty, his dreams of escape transform into visions of passion.

Monica Avery struggles to fill her heart in a loveless society. With marriage outlawed and romantic partners reduced to pawns, she’s given up hope of finding her soul mate. But the rugged rancher building her shelter awakens her deeply buried desires.

As the project comes together, Monica discovers a kindred spirit in the tenderhearted Jake. But despite their growing attraction, he still belongs to a cruel woman who’d rather see him dead than free.

Can Monica save Jake, or will their love lead to a tragic tomorrow?

Jake’s Redemption is a full-length book in the Angel Eyes cowboy dystopian romance series. If you like scorching-hot chemistry, clever post-apocalyptic worlds, and star-crossed love stories, then you’ll adore Jamie Schulz’s captivating tale.

Most of us take freedom as granted. We are used to living in a world where we don't have to think about losing our right to make decisions for ourselves. When the war strikes in this book, the normal lives that you and I live, turn to the slavery of the previously dominate sex, the world is thrown into chaos.

The war left women in power and men enslaved. Parties of women hunt all the remaining runaway-men and selling them to the auction houses, then to be sold forward to their new mistresses. The book deals with many triggering topics such as rape, violence, and deprivation of rights and freedom. I don't recommend reading this if you are easily triggered by these or you feel that reading about these topics may cause you to feel anxious. The descriptions and scenes are very explicit and are considered a norm in the book's society, and for that reason, the topics are not censored at all.

Jake Nichols was born years before the war, so he knew what it meant to be free. After women began winning the war with their ability to produce 'hysterical strength', an ability that activated when a woman was facing a fight or flight situation, giving them overpowering physical strength compared to men. This way the women were able to overthrow men for good and imprison and force men into slavery. The book doesn't gloss over details on the abuse Jake goes through in Darla Cain's, his mistresses', household. I felt sick reading those parts. The scenes are explicit and Jake's pain is real. The way some of those scenes were written were sickeningly realistic. 

The book delves into everything with emotions first. The torment that the cast of characters goes through is such a rollercoaster that not many would survive out of it sane. Plot-wise the book moves languidly and the pace is slower than walking, but the main focus is on the inner-torment that the character at hand is experiencing.

This book, although, well written, made me truly realise that this sort of sci-fi is not for me. The more traditional is more my cup of tea. Also, books that make me feel good or bring some wort of value in my life are what suit me. To those who are worried that if the abuse, torture, rape, and such, scenes are glorified in Jake's Redemption, the answer is no. There was just one chapter I had issues with. The characters contradict everything they have been saying about the wrongness of selling men when they 'just feel like it' by doing just that. 

This book is definitely for those already interested in the genre and not for beginners. The topics that the book deals with are suited for adult audiences only and then still be read with caution in mind. The writing was good, but the content just wasn't for me.

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