Narrator: C. S. E. Cooney
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This second installment was even more disappointing than the first. There is a very interesting premise/plot hidden among copious amounts of sex. This dystopian series has the crazy desperation everyone feels when their worlds have turned upside down.
Lennox and Jamie have been best friends for a long time and they have also been fighting an attraction. They both felt that the friendship was too important to risk losing it if a relationship goes south. There was the angst of the push and pull but Lennox and Jamie couldn’t fight it in the end.
There were a number of things that I didn’t enjoy but the narration ranks up there. C.S.E Cooney just didn’t do justice to the Lennox. I found myself stopping and then returning to the story. I even considered just reading this story to help me get through it. The narrator definitely interrupted the flow of the story for me.
I would have loved it if the explored how to survive physically and emotionally or even rebuilding society while exploring love too. In the show The Walking Dead, there are sexual relationships but there is huge emphasis on learning to navigate in the new reality. In this book there are mentions of teaching people how to fight, but open sexual gratification takes front and center here. Most of the sex seemed gratuitous and not essential to the development of the characters or plot. I like Lennox and Jamie but this book fell way below my expectations. I love this author’s work so I will continue with her other series, but the Outlaw series isn’t for me.
*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.