Captive by K.M. Fawcett

Captive by K.M. Fawcett
The Survival Race, Book One

Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sc-Fi/Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full length (370 pages)
Other: M/F, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review by Dryas

Rookie cop Addy Dawson must escape her alien captors. Caged with a brazen alpha gladiator claiming to be her mate, Addy refuses to breed warriors for the Survival Race—a blood sport where the last man alive wins. Nothing and no one will stop her from finding a way home, including the exasperating rogue determined to seduce her.

Years of killing for entertainment have turned Max into a hardened beast. The only time he feels human is when at stud. But when a fiery woman from his home world rejects him, her rebellious spirit awakens a part of his soul he thought long dead.

Bound together by a desire for freedom, Addy and Max will risk torture or worse to break out. But the hunted pair will never find refuge unless they can learn to trust each other with their lives…and their hearts.

Addy Dawson’s life is turned upside down on a day where everything was going wrong. As an officer, she is rescuing a pair of teenage hikers from an extreme wildfire when a man ran across the road in front of her car. She stops and starts to look for him when the car is hijacked by the same teenagers. She is then forced to dive into the rapids to avoid being burned to death.
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Addy is one of my favorite characters that I have run across in a while. She has a strong personality that affects those that are around her. She is independent, fiery tempered, athletic, and strong willed. She doesn’t let anything that happens to her keep her from her plans. She refuses to give up, letting her situation wear her down to a shell of whom she was as many have done.

When Addy wakes up, she finds herself in a strange box with a naked man spooning her. True to her personality, she quickly runs away from him, noticing that she was also naked and had a strange metal choker on her. The man, Max, watches in astonishment and bemusement as she looks frantically around to find a way out not believing that there was no way to escape.

Poor Max knows that he must be the one to break the bad news to her of where she was and what was expected of her. He informs her that she was abducted by aliens called Hyboreans and she was now considered a breeder. As he suspected she freaked out and didn’t believe a word he said, thinking he was crazy. She did settle down after a while and Max did his best to seduce her.

Max is another very complex character. He was taken against his will from Earth like Addy, but his situation was different. He and some of his college friends decided to go camping one weakened and he gave into his younger brother’s pleas to come with him, assuring their mom he would take care of him. Things were going okay until he thought he heard some bears heading towards their camp. He threw a rock at one of them to stop it, but it turned out to be a Hyborean. The horror of it was he had no idea what happened to the others until his first survival game. Max was a different person back then, like Addy he was full of fire and the hope that he can get back to earth.

Max’s life and personality changed in one instant in the first survival games he went through as he ended up killing his younger brother, not recognizing him as he had grown up. It just kept getting worse as the poor man was forced to kill one man after another to survive in each consecutive year. He was often starved and beaten for the least transgression. What made his life unbearable was the fact that the Hyboreans can Reawaken those who have died, not allowing him to just rest. He is forced to compete time and time again in the Survival Races which ate away at his humanity.

He calls the Gladiatorial side of him the beast as it has no care of anyone else’s life but his own. We see this side of him during the first Survival Games that Addy was watching. As he became older, he was sold from the most important Hyborean, Xanthrag who owns the best gladiators as he was a big time breeder who also owned the HUBREC (the area where all the humans live in), and half the humans.

Now how to explain the Hyboreans. They are large furry beasts that have superior technology and medical benefits. They do not speak out loud, they are telepathic. They are unable to talk to the humans, but they can understand the tone of voice and body language. They are also able to send soothing thoughts to their humans, and as Duncan told her, each person feels what comforts them. She finds out from Duncan; the man and his daughter Tess live in a cabin who are helping her adjust to her new situation.

This story, although rather convoluted is a way to show how one person with the right spirit and determination can make her own fate. It also shows that a man who feels dead inside can be brought back to life when he finds just the right woman and a son to fight for. Using only their wits and strength to escape when nobody thought they could. It also helps to have friends in the right place and the ability to use every available resource. This is a great book but may take some time to read.

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